18 May 2022
Once we started our research, we quickly realised that finding ‘the best’ internet-based views was quite the challenge, given there were so many options on offer – from sci-fi thrillers, 90s classics, through to TV documentaries and short films – but we’ve given it our best shot.
1. Ready Player One?
Stand by for another BeFibre plug… given our customers have the power to download an entire new-release PS5 game in only 14 minutes, we had to include this gaming-focused flick.
If you haven’t seen it yet, the plot centres around a teenager on a quest to get his hands on a fortune left by eccentric James Halliday after his death. The keys to the treasure are hidden inside a virtual reality – for one worthy player to find.
Credited with coining the term ‘catfishing’ (whereby a person creates a fake social media account), this docu-film followed main character Nev as he sought to meet his online love interest, Megan – who he had been dating exclusively via Facebook.
Once face-to-face though, all was not as it seemed, leaving Nev heartbroken, but not enough that he couldn’t use his experience to create what is now a long-running MTV spin-off, Catfish: the TV show – demasking other interest fraudsters.
3. The Social Network
We couldn’t compile a list of web-based films without a nod to the story of Mark Zuckerberg and the launch of Facebook. While it’s not a biopic by any means, it uses Zuckerberg’s life as a communication metaphor as well as alienation in the modern age and is well worth a watch.
4. You’ve Got Mail
Prepare for some tech nostalgia right here. While there’s a dating app for everyone these days, this American classic starring Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks tells the ‘original’ online romance tale of two people whose digital devotion flourishes – with neither aware they are business rivals.
5. The Matrix
Okay, we know this is actually a sci-fi film, but it explores where technology might take us in future – the good, the bad, and the ugly. Plus, it’s an absolute classic, and if you haven’t watched it, you absolutely should.
While not a film, there’s been a lot in the news recently about cryptocurrency and Bitcoin, and this uber-cool series centres around a desperate banker, a Haitian-American gang lord and a Cuban-American hacker who join forces to unwittingly create their version of the American dream, using – you guessed it – cryptocurrency.
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