Hacker News readers voted the best movies in 2015 from the site, and it turns out the best is an award-winning documentary about hackers and cybercrime.
Hackers, hackers, hackers.
What do these three words have in common?
They’re all about hacking.
If you’ve ever watched the hacker-centric documentary The Insider, it’s safe to say that the film resonates deeply with many hackers and their sympathizers.
The Insider is a documentary about an FBI agent named Sam Sifton who, after spending months researching and writing a story on the underground world of hackers, learns that his source of information wasn’t just a hacker.
It was the FBI itself.
It’s an incredibly compelling story about the FBI’s role in the rise of hackers in the 21st century, and one that has inspired a number of movies, from The Insider to the new cyber thriller Hackers.
In 2015, the Hacker News team decided to give Hackers its own award.
Hacker News, as a platform, has long been an important part of the hacking community.
But it’s only recently that we’ve started to see it becoming a mainstream media destination for many of us.
The award for Best Hackers has been a long time coming.
So far, the winners have been released publicly on the Hacker Blog and Hacker News.
So what are some of the best hackers of 2015?
Here are 10 of our favorites.
The Spy Who Loved Me (2014) “If you can’t see that the title is a joke, you’re not reading it right,” writes Aaron Swartz.
In the film, Swartz (played by Michael Shannon) is a 23-year-old activist and computer hacker who, as part of a collective called Anonymous, was accused of stealing documents from a high-tech firm and passing them to WikiLeaks.
After being charged, he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit computer fraud, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.
But after a jury found Swartz guilty, he appealed his conviction and won a new trial in 2014.
In 2016, the filmmakers took Swartz’s story and spun it into a film about how a group of young activists could win a national movement against a corrupt and oppressive government.
“I thought it was a great way to show how young people are making a difference,” Swartz told the BBC.
“This is really a story about young people trying to take on a system that’s rigged and a system in which they’ve never been able to, and a very real and very urgent challenge.”
The film, written and directed by Shannon, premiered at SXSW in Austin and earned the 2015 Sundance Film Festival’s Audience Award for Best Documentary.
“Furious 7” “When I heard that James Wan and Mark Wahlberg were going to make a sequel to Furious 7, I was excited,” says John Goodman.
“But when I saw that this was going to be a movie about the same story as the first, I thought, ‘I don’t want to be part of this movie.'”
In 2015’s Furious 7: Special Edition, James Wan’s original version of the franchise was reimagined as a modern-day action-adventure, and this time, the director and his co-writers made the sequel that was, in many ways, their most ambitious.
The movie featured a new cast and an extended opening sequence that showed the film’s new hero, T-Bone Walker, as he battles a series of giant robots.
But, as Goodman points out, the action is still centered around T-Bones personal battles with the robotic dinosaurs and a mysterious robot named The Rotten.
“It’s still a very grounded, grounded, fun action movie, but it’s also a film that doesn’t necessarily focus on the action,” Goodman says.
“Furious, the sequel, is more focused on what’s happening in the world than what’s going on inside the story.”
The Man Who Would Be King (2012) “The greatest thing about this film is how it’s all about the idea of a boy and his sword,” writes Paul Dini.
“When you watch it, you see that sword in the hands of a man.”
In this 2013 documentary, a boy named Roland is playing an important role in an ongoing war between humans and machines.
Roland is a man who’s grown up in a technologically-advanced society that doesn´t understand what it´s like to be human.
He’s also raised by his father, a scientist who’s a former soldier, and his stepmother.
When Roland is 14, he goes on an adventure to protect a computer in a war between machines and humans.
“What happens is, he gets kidnapped and his father tells him to go on an expedition, and he gets taken on an important mission,” Dini writes.
“And it ends up taking him on a dangerous journey, and what happens is that he is forced to save a very important human being