10 Netflix films to satisfy your inner geek
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These days, all it takes is a passing interest in superhero movies for someone to declare themselves a geek.

But the genuine geeks are those whose relatively uncool passions extend far beyond the odd trip to the multiplex.

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From Dungeons And Dragons and Star Trek to chess and computing, Netflix has several titles that explore and celebrate geek culture in all its glory.

Here’s a look at 10 titles that every loud and proud nerd should have in their queue.

Atari: Game Over

In stark contrast to the Steven Spielberg movie it spawned from, the E.T. video game bombed so hard that 700,000 copies had to be disposed of in a New Mexico landfill.

This intriguing documentary sees X-Men scriptwriter Zak Penn and his crew attempt to unearth both the actual game cartridges and the real story behind one of the gaming industry’s most notorious flops.

Man Vs Snake

An early 80s video game is also at the centre of this underdog documentary – the original Snake game known as Nibbler.

After learning that his 25-year-long world record score of one billion points has now been surpassed, Ottawa native Tim McVey decides to set out on a Rocky-esque comeback to reclaim his crown.

Of course, now middle-aged and out of shape, it’s a task which proves to be a lot harder second time around.

The Dwarvenaut

The worlds of Kickstarter and Dungeons And Dragons collide in this fascinating portrait of eccentric Brooklyn-based entrepreneur Stefan Pokorny.

Having built a business creating miniature models, the D&D Dungeon Master then used the crowdsourcing site to fund a more ambitious project – an entire miniature city.

For The Love Of Spock

As well as the 1970s animations, the Voyager series and its two recent big-screen adventures, Trekkies can also indulge themselves in two documentaries about the sci-fi phenomenon.

The Captains sees William Shatner interview all of the franchise’s starship captains, including Chris Pine, Scott Bakula and Patrick Stewart.

But it’s For The Love Of Spock, a documentary about the late Leonard Nimoy and the fan worship surrounding him, directed by his son Adam, which proves to be the most affecting.

Back In Time

Released to coincide with Back To The Future Day in 2015, Back In Time is an affectionate tribute to Marty McFly, Doc Brown and, of course, the DeLorean.

Alongside interviews with Michael J Fox, Christopher Lloyd and director Robert Zemeckis, Back In Time also explores the how the films connected with an entire generation of cinema-goers.

Turtle Power: The Definitive History Of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Film geeks can also enjoy documentaries on Ghostbusters (Ghostheads) and Aardman Animations (A Grand Night In: The Story Of Aardman).

But if crime-fighting, pizza-eating amphibians are more your thing, then you can also check out this well-received doc about the 30-year history of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Raiders: The Story Of The Greatest Fan Film Ever Made

Film fanaticism doesn’t get much more committed than this.

Awestruck by the first Indiana Jones movie, three 11-year-olds decided to embark on their own adventure and make a shot-for-shot remake of the Spielberg classic.

The gang worked on the project for seven painstaking years, but budgetary constraints meant they couldn’t recreate one particular scene – the big-budget airplane explosion.

Two decades later, the original cast reunite to finally complete their love letter to one of the 80s quintessential action adventures.

And The Oscar Goes To…

If you’re the kind of film buff who stays up until the ungodly hour of 4am to watch the Academy Awards in full, this is the doc for you.

And The Oscar Goes To… traces the history of the ceremony from its inaugural event in 1929 to The Hurt Locker’s Best Picture victory in 2010.

Bobby Fischer Against The World

This 2011 documentary celebrates the most famous world champion from the most unashamedly nerdy but most intelligent sport – chess.

Using previously unseen archival footage and interviews with his nearest and dearest, Bobby Fischer Against The World explores how the self-taught eccentric ended Russia’s domination in the early 1970s and ultimately became the unlikeliest of American sporting heroes.

Silicon Cowboys

We all know about the rise of Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, but this fascinating documentary shines the spotlight on three unsung heroes of the early digital age.

Back in 1981, three friends decided to take on the world’s number one tech company, IBM, with a brand new company, Compaq.

Although the trio ultimately lost their David vs Goliath Battle, Silicon Cowboys reveals how they impressively still managed to change the world of computing.

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