Notice I say notable instead of good or bad. Each of these films has something to say about the early days of personal computers and the Internet and their impact on our culture. Some are entertaining and informative; others not so much.
They’re all either documentaries or based on true stories.
Triumph of the Nerds (1996)
“Triumph of the Nerds” is Robert Cringely’s in-depth documentary on the early days of the personal computer industry. The PBS series aired in three episodes (“Impressing Their Friends,” “Riding the Bear” and “Great Artists Steal”) and includes interviews with Microsoft’s Bill Gates and Apple’s Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, among others.
Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 83% positive reviews.
Nerds 2.0.1: A Brief History of the Internet (1998)
Pirates of Silicon Valley (1999)
Anthony Michael Hall (“Weird Science”) played Bill Gates and Noah Wyle (“E.R.”) played Steve Jobs.
Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 86% positive.
Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 92% positive.
It shows the experiences of co-founders Joseph Park and Yong Kang, two young investment bankers swept up in the dot-com frenzy.
Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 60% positive.
Revolution OS (2002)
Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 43% positive.
We Live In Public (2008)
Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 84% positive.
Welcome to Macintosh (2008)
Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 33% positive.
Rip! A Remix Manifesto (2008)
In the documentary “Rip!: A Remix Manifesto,” Web activist and filmmaker Brett Gaylor explores issues of copyright in the information age. He shows how mash-up artists are influencing popular culture and the media landscape.
Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 33% positive.
Rotten Tomatoes audience rating: 43% positive.
Middle Men (2010)
Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 41% positive.
The Social Network (2010)