If you push a real spy for a few minutes, they'll admit their life is nothing like the movies. Car chases are rare, beautiful opponents are few, and the itinerary is anything but exotic. It's mainly sitting at a desk, clicking and typing. But as Alfred Hitchcock once said, "The cinema is not a slice of life but a piece of cake."
Programmers have the same problem as spies. Their lives are a long, slow slog through a bazillion keystrokes and clicks. The end result is often very powerful, but the journey is a visual snooze. Movies, however, love to explore power, and computers play a big role in powering modern life. To film hackers without putting the audience to sleep, Hollywood bends the truth.
But every once in a while a movie comes along to get the tech right -- not completely right, perhaps not even 50 percent right, but correct enough to give the tech-inclined among us pause, especially when compared to the usual blockbusters that reduce hacking to an allegory of whirling clouds of neon fragments commanded by impossibly sentient beings.
Here are nine movies and series that kind of get the tech almost right, a little. These filmmakers should be celebrated for trying to nail down the nuances of programming and programming culture at least some of the time.
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