Film buffs: Check out these great tech related movies

November 3, 2014

The rapidly developing world of technology is seriously interesting, and I couldn’t think of a better way to explore than through film. It seems that it has only been until recent years that we have seen a lot of films that explore the more recent technological developments. Popular films such as The Social Network and The Internship are both great films about two of the biggest movers and shakers of the industry. However, it was their Hollywood blockbuster style made them very popular. But what other films can we look at to learn more about this fascinating, connected world that we live in?

The first film on my list is called Koyaanisqatsi (1982). It is classified as a visual tone poem as it has no dialogue and consists of dramatic time-lapse footage accompanied by music. The title, Koyaanisqatsi, is a term from the Hopi Native American language meaning “unbalanced life”. The film shows the chaos of modern life, and provides truly fascinating images of the interaction between humans and technology. While this macro scaled look at the development of modern super cities may be different than any film you have seen, it’s well worth it to watch.

The second film on the list, CitizenFour, covers a recent event in history: the Edward Snowden case. Snowden is a former NSA (National Security Agency) computer programmer who leaked very sensitive files that ultimately made the NSA’s spying known to the public. The film picks up his story as he is on the run in Hong Kong, and shows his trials and tribulations during the time after the leak. He is now living in Russia having sought asylum with the Kremlin, and continues to be wanted by the US government. The documentary is described as part real life thriller and part exposé. Having received critical acclaim, the film is a great way to learn more about the kinds of data security issues we face and will face in future.

Another worthwhile film about the future of the internet is Google and the World Brain. This film covers Google’s movement to scan all the books in the world and host them in their digital libraries. This would ultimately provide the largest body of knowledge known to man, accessible with a key stroke. However, this doesn’t go without hurdles. The biggest opposition comes from publishers who want to continue their rights to the published materials. Google also gets a bit of flack when it tries to sell access to scans of books that are out of print but still under copyright. This film is especially great if you’re interesting in books and the implications of a monopoly on information.

And finally, Catfish, a story about love in the digital age with an unimaginable plot twist. It’s the story of a young man who finds love on the internet as many people do these days. Only the story doesn’t really end there. The term Catfishing is a fairly new word that means to deceive other people online with a fake or altered profile. The film follows the young man as he sets out to determine the fate of his new found relationship. Catfish has also been adapted into a popular MTV reality series, where other young people in similar situations are given help to figure out the truth. The film is truly a sign of the times, where it’s easier than ever to meet people, but just as easy to be lonely and betrayed. 

by ryan

Writer, Photographer, News Junkie. You can often find him experimenting in the kitchen or planning his next trip. Also a big fan of documentaries, he is eager to constantly learn more about this world we live in. Send him an email at ryan@t3me.com