Episode 123: Hackers

Special Guests: Renoly Santiago & Iain Softley

Hack the planet! We dive headlong into Iain Softley's 1995 film, Hackers, and explore how the film presents a candy-colored version of the nascent days of the world wide web.

We're joined by our old friend Josh Hadley to talk about cracking, hacking, and phreaking.

Links:
Buy Hackers on Blu-Ray
Visit the official Renoly Santiago site
Like the Trap for Cinderella Facebook page
Buy Hackers on DVD
Listen to the We Hate Movies episode about Hackers
Listen to the Good Bad Flicks episode on Hackers
Read about the 20th Anniversary of Hackers
How the hacks of Hackers compare to 2015

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1 comment:

  1. See, I had the opposite experience of this movie as you all. When I watched it as a teenager in the 90s I thought it was totally absurd for all the reasons you state in the podcast. But watching it today, what was once frustratingly inaccurate to a small subset of people who knew something about computers is now boldly obvious to almost everyone. It is essentially a fantasy visualization of the internet. And yes, it's a totally iconic time capsule of the 90s. Was it lazy screen writing to have such a fantastical depiction of the internet? I'd prefer to say it was a kind of 90s naivety of all things computers that only could have come out of that era. It's definitely similar to watching 70s and 80s sci-fi movies that are full of technology that are totally outdated or leepfrogged. It was a fantastical vision that was basically only possible in this one fleeting moment of time.

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