eWEEK Technology in Film Awards

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eWEEK Technology in Film Awards

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eWEEK Technology in Film Awards - <font size="2">Best use of technology as a metaphor for chaos under bureaucratic control</font>

Best use of technology as a metaphor for chaos under bureaucratic controlThe award goes to Terry Gilliam??s 1985 classic "Brazil." Both Orwellian in nature and a comedic satire, the perils of technology breakdown are a central theme in "Brazil." -Don Sears

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eWEEK Technology in Film Awards - <font size="2">Best depiction of an operating system that no one understands</font>

Best depiction of an operating system that no one understandsThe award goes to "Wargames" (1983), in which Matthew Broderick hacks into an ultra-sophisticated Department of Defense simulation system. No one including its creator knows what the system can do or how it will do it. -Evan Schuman

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eWEEK Technology in Film Awards - <font size="2">Best sci-fi flick starring Keanu Reeves</font>

Best sci-fi flick starring Keanu ReevesThe award goes to "Bill &amp; Ted's Excellent Adventure" (1989). We know what you're thinking: How can this movie top sequel "Bill &amp; Ted??s Bogus Journey?" Simple: It features a time-traveling phone booth, a PG version of Gearge Carlin and a bit part by Abraham Lincoln. Most excellent. -Pat Burke

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eWEEK Technology in Film Awards - <font size="2">Best legitimate use of technology</font>

Best legitimate use of technologyThe award goes to "The Matrix Reloaded" (2003), in which Trinity hacks into a power-plant network. Rather than using something that doesn't look anything like a real computer screen while typing a thousand words a minute (like you??d usually see in movies), Trinity uses the real-life security tool nmap, finds an open SSH port and hacks the system. -Jim Rapoza

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eWEEK Technology in Film Awards - <font size="2">Best use of everyday technology in the service of justice</font>

Best use of everyday technology in the service of justiceIn "The Departed" (2006), Leonardo DiCaprio's undercover cop uses text messaging to bring down the leader of the criminal gang that rules South Boston, demonstrating that the guile of a device??s user can be just as important as the technological bells and whistles. -Sarah Shemkus

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eWEEK Technology in Film Awards - <font size="2">Best compost-triumphs-over-reality film</font>

Best compost-triumphs-over-reality filmThe award goes to "Silent Running." In this 1972 movie, the caretaker of a spaceship containing Earth's last nature reserve is told to destroy the ship. The caretaker cuts the ship loose instead of snuffing it, in the hope that the ship will drift off and take root somewhere that hasn't blown up. -Lisa Vaas

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eWEEK Technology in Film Awards - <font size="2">Best prediction of 20 minutes into the future</font>

Best prediction of 20 minutes into the futureThe award goes to "Max Headroom." OK, so maybe it was a 1987/88 TV series. So sue us. In the series, we see an urban world where Zic-Zac, Micro (ahem) and other powerful corporations fight to control the media, and thus the buying public. The idealistic herovideo blogger Edison Carter fights to get the truth out ahead of the corporate goons. -Steven J. Vaughn-Nichols

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eWEEK Technology in Film Awards - <font size="2">Sappiest use of e-mail</font>

Sappiest use of e-mailThe award goes to "You've Got Mail" (1998). In the film, sicky-sweet Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan hate each other in the real world but unknowingly romance each other in the virtual world of e-mail. (And AOL wins an award for best product placement in the process.) -John Pallatto

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eWEEK Technology in Film Awards - <font size="2">Best depiction of the dangers of vaporware</font>

Best depiction of the dangers of vaporwareThe award goes to "Antitrust" (2001), in which Ryan Phillippe's character is brought in by a Microsoft-like company to make sure it meets the launch date for its global communications system. Tragedy ensues. -Patrick Hoffman

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eWEEK Technology in Film Awards - <font size="2">Best example of human voice/computer user interface</font>

Best example of human voice/computer user interfaceThe award goes to "2001: A Space Odyssey." In this 1968 movie, Hal is the malevolent, super-intelligent computer with the human voice interface that is determined to eliminate all the humans it views as impediments to a successful mission to Jupiter. -John Pallatto

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eWEEK Technology in Film Awards - <font size="2">Most effective use of networking</font>

Most effective use of networkingThe award goes to "The Terminator," the 1984 film in which networked computers begin talking to each other and eventually plot the overthrow of the human race. Hell, they even build a time machine. -Jeff Burt

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eWEEK Technology in Film Awards - <font size="2">Best integration of technology into the slasher genre</font>

Best integration of technology into the slasher genreThe award goes to "The Mangler 2" (2001). In this straight-to-video turkey, billed as a sequel to a Stephen King short story, a student uploads a nasty virus into her high school's computer system. Little does she know the virus has a thirst for human blood. (Don't miss the cables actually slithering from the wall to pick up a murder weapon.) -Emily Zurich Deyring

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eWEEK Technology in Film Awards - <font size="2">Strangest use of an iPod</font>

Strangest use of an iPodThe award goes to the 2006 movie"Firewall," in which Harrison Ford plays a security expert at a bank who gets caught in a scheme to steal money for a gang that has taken his family hostage. Ford takes his daughter's iPod, hooks up a scanner to it and takes photos of bank account numbers. Ford says, amazingly, "10,000 songs, 10,000 accountsit won't know the difference." -Chris Preimesberger

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eWEEK Technology in Film Awards - <font size="2">Best reverse Nerd-gineering</font>

Best reverse Nerd-gineeringThe award goes to "Revenge of the Nerds." In this 1984 movie, the titular characters' love for technology brands them as outcasts and lands them, for a time at least, as roomies in the gym. But their computer smarts eventually get Louis, Gilbert, Booger et al a way-cool off-campus house, power over the frats and even the girl. -Deb Donston

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eWEEK Technology in Film Awards - <font size="2">Best use of biometrics</font>

Best use of biometricsThe award goes to "Minority Report" (2002). Set in the year 2054, "Minority Report" is the story of a futuristic society where pre-cogs prevent murders before they happen. Department of Pre-Crime Chief Anderton (Tom Cruise) finds himself targeted as a future murderer and goes on the lamwhich is nearly impossible in 2054 since everyone is subject to retina scans at all times. -Renee Boucher Ferguson

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eWEEK Technology in Film Awards - <font size="2">Best peripheral device</font>

/font&gt;Best peripheral deviceThe award goes goes to the flux capacitor from the "Back to the Future" series. It turned a DeLorean into a time machine. Enough said. -Sarah Shemkus

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