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Discussion on: 9 Must Watch Movies for Programmers in 2020 🎬

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hidden_dude • Edited

I'd say the best movies (in order of importance) are:

  1. General Magic (2018)

  2. Triumph of the Nerds (1996)

  3. High Score (2020)

  4. Sillicon Valley (2014)

  5. Hidden Figures (2016)

  6. Tron (1982)

The first two are really eye opening in terms of what happened and how startup succeed/fail.

And they aren't so fictionalized like "Pirates of Sillicon Valley" and others that took a lot of liberties with reality.

For fiction "Silicon Valley" is good because of all the jabs it takes at the expense of Silicon Valley culture.

Hidden Figures, while not directly related to modern CS, is pretty good too because of the illustration of the life of a "computer" back in the day when they were people!

The Imitation Game could have been good but it portrayed Turing as the ONLY genius and as an annoying person. I thought that was weak and unnecessary.

And Tron for it's profound innaccuracy... but high nostalgia factor for 1982. :)

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'Damilare Durojaye

Also include

Download: The true story of the internet

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Download_The...
I'm sure it's available somewhere on youtube.

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hidden_dude

I haven't seen that one. I'll check it out.

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Patrick Nelson

This one is great! Pretty cool to see my own company on there (eBay, episode 3 "Bubble") even though all the footage is like 12yrs old now, hah.

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hidden_dude • Edited

Hmm.. saw the first episode of "Download" but so far I find it to be a bit too over dramatized. While not factually incorrect they paint a more negative picture than necessary at times.

For example, they paint Bill Gates as being hard on his employees. But most people know that he actually gave stock options much more freely than others of the time. And was far nicer than people like Steve Jobs. The problem with a lot of these movies is they always want a villian and a good guy.. when the reality is that there was a strong competition between companies and yes.. sometimes they did bad things.. but they weren't entirely bad people either.

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Yash_Jaiswal

High score all the way 🙌🙌

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OM Author

General Magic is awesome, I have watched it. Also Silicon Valley.

I'll watch the rest, thanks for sharing this amazing list and your suggestions, mate! 🤗🤗

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Patrick Nelson

General Magic has been on my queue for a while.

Triumph of the Nerds was new to me; thanks for the recommendation!