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Nerd Pride Movie Night: Real Genius, 8pm 4/20 at Instructables HQ Answered

We're hosting Nerd Pride Movie Night here at Instructables HQ at 8pm Friday the 20th of April.
First movie: Real Genius starring a young Val Kilmer. A fabulous nerd comedy classic from 1985- see it and recognize the source or all those great quotes.
Plot summary: A group of exceptionally bright students are unwittingly involved in the development of a military weapon.
We'll provide the popcorn.

Location:
Instructables, 2175 Monarch St, Alameda, CA
Note that the mapping programs don't get our location exactly right. We're in the control tower at the old Alameda naval air base.
Directions here



What is Nerd Pride Movie Night?
Nerd Pride movies celebrate nerds doing their thing. These are not just movies for nerds, or movies nerds like to watch- these movies are classic examples of nerds using their science and tech skills to overcome overwhelming (and often ridiculous) odds.

We'll be alternating Instructables Show & Tell with Nerd Pride Movie Night every month until we think of something even more entertaining to do. I'm toying with the idea of Bad Science Movie Night (The Core!), but we'll see how the nerd classics fare first.

We're starting off with the truly classic Real Genius, and will follow up in June with Ghostbusters. Feel free to offer your suggestions, but be warned that I can't stand Buckaroo Banzai, so will veto it with prejudice no matter how many votes it receives. Fire away.

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KentsOkay
KentsOkay

13 years ago

DANG! Another event I'm going to miss... Say did future me swing by for my cookie?

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dsman195276
dsman195276

13 years ago

darn i dont live there... i wanted the free popcorn!!!!!11

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zachninme
zachninme

Reply 13 years ago

My friend was just gripeing about those, saying they were terrible, calling them horror movies... Although, after reading Wikipedia... I do understand where he's coming from... but it sounds interesting.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 13 years ago

It was so "unscientific" and they ended up.....oh wait, I don't want to spoil the horrible ending for you too, if you still want to see it

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zachninme
zachninme

Reply 13 years ago

Yeah, so I read on wikipedia, I picked up on a lot of the unscientificness while I was reading the summary, before wiki pointed them out :P

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 13 years ago

Oh well, it takes digging through a lot of dirt to find the gems, eh ?

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astrozombies138
astrozombies138

13 years ago

4/20... national weed day and hitlers birthday AND instructables movie night.. quite the day

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westfw
westfw

13 years ago

"The Wizard of Speed and Time" has been "released" as a downloadable DVD. Rather in keeping with the whole "Instructables" theme, too. But not such a good movie...

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randofo
randofo

14 years ago

Here is my list...

Nerdy Post-apocolyptic/Sci-Fi:


Silent Running
City of Lost Children
Tuvalu
Brazil
12 Monkeys
This Island Earth

Nerdy documentary:

Fast Cheap and Out of Control
The Way Things Go (<--- short, possible double-feature with something?)
Fishing with John (Tom Waits gives you fishing instructions... of questionable use)

Nerdy rock-operas:

American Astronaut
The Forbidden Zone

Nerdy comedies:

Spaceballs
any Wallace & Gromit film
Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
MST3K the Movie

Nerdy mad scientists:

The Fly
Young Frankenstein
Geek Maggot Bingo
Skeleton of Cadavra

This may be stretching it, but a marathon of the BBC Prisoner series would be awesome. Everyone likes the Prisoner and #2.... except for #6... he is not a number, he is a free man!

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stasterisk
stasterisk

Reply 13 years ago

The Last Starfighter Hackers Star Wars!?

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fungus amungus
fungus amungus

Reply 14 years ago

Wow... someone else has seen American Astronaut.

Two more additions to the list:

War Games
Repo Man

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randofo
randofo

Reply 14 years ago

Yes! War Games. Everything I know about anything I learned from watching War Games.

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LasVegas
LasVegas

Reply 14 years ago

Yes, and Ed Wood's last movie with Bela Lugosi, is still frequently listed as the all-time worst movie, Plan 9 From Outer Space. Bela actually died before shooting began, so a home movie of him in front of his home was used in the opening shot of the film.

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lemonie
lemonie

Reply 14 years ago

I found a copy of Plan 9 From Outer Space yesterday! There's precious little footage of Bela (as you indicate) his character very conspicuoisly covers his face with the cape for most of his scenes. I still prefer Bride of the Monster though.

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stasterisk
stasterisk

Reply 13 years ago

Plan 9 from outer space is public-domain now. You can get it on the internet archive! Hooray, internet!

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LasVegas
LasVegas

Reply 14 years ago

His character covers his face, because that's a stand-in that Ed Wood found at the last minute when Bela died. If you look, the guy is way too tall! :)

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canida
canida

14 years ago

Nerd Pride Movie Night is this Friday! Let me know if you can make it so I know about how much popcorn to make. We're looking forward to seeing you.

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lemonie
lemonie

Reply 14 years ago

Sorry I don't think I can make it, only finished work at 16:30. L

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Tiggersong
Tiggersong

Reply 14 years ago

*waves hands* There are three of us coming. Um. We can eat a lot of popcorn. Should we bring anything besides drinks? Tiggersong

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Kiteman
Kiteman

14 years ago

When I was at uni, back in the 80s, the film society I helped run had the proud boast of being the second people to screen Buckaroo Banzai in the UK. The first cinema to show it burned down the first night.

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Tool Using Animal
Tool Using Animal

14 years ago

Buckaroo Banzai is BRILLIANT! I'd suggest "Howard the Duck", and Lea Thompson's a +

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Tool Using Animal
Tool Using Animal

Reply 14 years ago

Inspired by insomnia a few other fave "bad" movies. Zardoz, Ice Pirates, Lifeforce (A movie about naked space vampires, with Cap'n Picard), and "Quatermass and the Pit".

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canida
canida

Reply 14 years ago

See above; Bad Movies Nerds Like != Nerd Pride Movies.

That said, I'm going to have to go looking for Lifeforce. Heh.

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canida
canida

Reply 14 years ago

Buckaroo Banzai is BRILLIANT!
You must have been on some pretty heavy meds at the time; that's all I can say. I've a great appreciation for many quite bad movies, especially when seen with the right group of people, but this was just lame. Which is a shame- it could have been quite good.

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canida
canida

Reply 14 years ago

Exactly. That's why we're making lots of popcorn.

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fungus amungus
fungus amungus

Reply 14 years ago

I haven't seen it in a while, but I admit that I did love that movie. Even saw it in the theater. I've been holding back from seeing it again because I'm afraid of destroying my nostalgia and quite frankly I hate seeing movies more than once. From what I recall I think it's more in the What Nerds Like to Watch and Quote category with Princess Bride and everything from Monty Python.

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ewilhelm
ewilhelm

14 years ago

Did they alter the image in the poster to move Val's eyes closer together? Yikes!

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fungus amungus
fungus amungus

Reply 14 years ago

I don't know, but I miss the old movie poster. This nuclear afro thing isn't doing it for me.

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trebuchet03
trebuchet03

14 years ago

Does it make me any less of a nerd to say... I don't think I've ever seen this? To restore my status.... I have.... The Original Star Trek Movies.... on VHS :P

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canida
canida

Reply 14 years ago

Yes, it does.
Please turn in your nerd credentials immediately- we'll return them upon proof of watching Real Genius.

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fungus amungus
fungus amungus

Reply 14 years ago

Oohhh, nerd demotion! No, really, go see it.

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LasVegas
LasVegas

Reply 14 years ago

I can one-up ya, trebuchet! I've got the original Star Wars Trilogy on VHS... And Easy Rider! :)

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trebuchet03
trebuchet03

Reply 14 years ago

Also has the trilogy :P But you've got m on Easy Rider :P

My old bossman had Han Solo Frozen in Carbonite (full size) - one of 1500 made. It was pretty cool walking into work and seeing that (among other awesome related memorabilia) :P

Image From Google search

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noahw
noahw

14 years ago

Whoa Whoa Whoa,

Did I just read that The Core would be a candidate for Bad Science Movie Night? You must be crazy because 1) The Core is awesome, and 2) It's real. Read the article and then be very afraid that the center of the earth may have actually stopped spinning.

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canida
canida

Reply 14 years ago

We went to see The Core at The Parkway, an Oakland classic beer & pizza movie theatre with couches, with at least a dozen MIT nerds.

It was spectacular- at certain points the engineers screamed in pain, at some points the physicists cried, and sometimes we all just yelled and threw popcorn.

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lemonie
lemonie

Reply 14 years ago

(you are joking) Definately the biggest pile of crap I ever bothered to give half my attention to just to see how bad it was. Still it's seems someone has one-upped this plot with Sunshine...

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fungus amungus
fungus amungus

14 years ago

My favorite geek pride moment was in Apollo 13 when the engineers needed to figure out a way to keep the astronauts alive. Fell asleep soon after and woke when they landed in the ocean.

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trebuchet03
trebuchet03

Reply 14 years ago

My driving instructor was one of those guys! It was really interesting talking with him :P Sadly, he passed away from lung failure... The classic engineer stereotype - chain smoker :/

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lemonie
lemonie

Reply 14 years ago

NASA nerds, and real ones too! I had read that NASA nerd had plastic insets for their shirt-pockets (to keep Biro-ink of the fabric.

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Drackar
Drackar

14 years ago

Banzai was...crap, really. Amusing crap, but crap that gave me a headache.