Wargames (screens with The 414s)
Sat Dec 07: 2.30pm
Series - Paranoid Data: Pre-Millennium Tension in Film
Seattle is the setting for this 1983 classic that stars a young Matthew Broderick in his second feature film role. David (Broderick) is a precocious high school kid that has a knack for computers, and in an effort to find a video game company, he accidentally hacks into a government supercomputer, WOPR. When he engages in a game of Global Thermonuclear War with WOPR, he triggers a series of fake and real scenarios involving nuclear missiles that could possibly start World War III and he must find a way to stop it. Featuring cumbersome computers that are built to learn, very much like A.I. today, WarGames is a battle of man vs. machine. While in the 80s it was clear who should win in this scenario, it is less clear who has control today. And dont forget: WarGames was nominated for three Academy Awards sound, cinematography, and screenplay.
Screens with The 414s (2015)
Imagine a group of computer-savvy teenagers from Milwaukee that watched the movie WarGames and were inspired to hack into high-profile computer systems in the US. They exist; they named themselves the 414s and became the first widely known computer hackers, whose work ultimately changed how we approach computer interconnectivity today.
Northwest Film Forum (View)
1515 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122