6. The Truman Show
A brilliant pastiche on the reality show craze sweeping the world at the time, The Truman Show took shows like Big Brother to their (il)logical extreme by creating an entire world in which the central "character" lives his life out on TV.
Jim Carrey was excellent in the lead role, giving an understated performance as Truman Burbank, a man whose every moment is captured by hidden cameras and beamed around the world to millions watching on televisions.
It was a clever riff on our apparent willingness to walk blindly into a mass surveillance state where everything we do is tracked, traced and monitored as well as the bizarre infatuation we were showing, and still show, for watching other people do not very much on television.
5. Electric Dreams
If nothing else, two things merit the inclusion of 80s film Electric Dreams on this list. First, it has one of the best movie songs ever, in the form of Together in Electric Dreams; second, it has a character named Madeline (the same as our editor).
Electric Dreams is the story of that classic love triangle - between man, woman and computer. The male lead, an architect by the name of Miles Harding, decides to buy a PC to use at home to help with a work project. Through a freak accident, Harding manages to bring the computer, named Edgar, to life by spilling a bottle of champagne on it.
Harding and Edgar then battle for the love of their neighbour, Madeline, who connects with Edgar via the power of music.
The 1984 film was a precursor to the current security threats we face via computing. In a mirror of today's problems around identity theft, a jealous Edgar made life difficult for Miles by cancelling his credit cards and registering him as armed and dangerous.
Considering the first PC was only released by IBM in 1981, Electric Dreams was also an early example of personal computing in film. And Harding certainly must have been a successful architect, considering that the cost of a home computer at the time would have been around £5,000.
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