As far the outside world understands when it comes to working with engineers, they are not like other people (“they” being engineers). They see the world in a very different way from non-technical folks, and will naturally have a different perspective of what would make up a good romantic movie.
For example, an engineer and non-engineer are sitting in front of the famous romance movie, “The Notebook”. The engineer begins to speak of the possibility of Ryan Gosling being an actual robot that traveled back in time to the 1940s, which turns out to be some space continuum sci-fi dimension that neither main character is aware of. You can’t go wrong when crafting together that kind of storyline! The non-engineer, on the other hand, is looking at things like hair color, and what kind of jacket the protagonists are wearing.
In that spirit, here are the top 10 best Valentine’s Day movies for engineers, loaded with actual story, in addition to human (mostly human) emotional interaction:
- A.I., Artificial Intelligence, 2001 – with Jude Law as a robot of uncertain intentions, and a cute little teddy bear robot? Bar none, this is the top #1.
- Good Will Hunting, 1997 – Matt Damon dressing down the poly-sci post-grad student, who could ask for more?
- Armageddon, 1998 – Music is epic, forbidden love–My apologies to all those that know it would be much easier to train astronauts to drill, than train drillers to become astronauts.
- Looper, 2012 – All about time travel! Did I just say that?
- Inception, 2012 – Dream within a dream within a dream, awake, sleeping, awake, it anything you will be glued to the screen, trying to figure out the puzzle. (This may have been one of Alex’s dreams – Dreamscape, 1984))
- Spaceballs, 1987 – If you want a classic, hilarious movie that never gets old.
- Ex Machina, 2015, – a romance/physiological thriller dealing with AI robots. Who’s playing whom?
- Primer, 2004, an Indie but goodie, a non-dumbed-down time travel experiment that might actually work.
- Office Space, 1999 – the preeminent study of office culture. “It’s not that I’m lazy, it’s that I just don’t care.”
- Galaxy Quest, 1999, – no self-respecting engineer Trekkie would miss this one.
As long as you find the right mixture of organic life and sci-fi, you are sure to have the best Valentine’s Day ever!