FlipSide: The final match

So which is the best government-themed movie? We began this competition two months ago. Now, after weeding through the selections pair by pair, we have two finalists: the venerable “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” (1939) and thriller “The Hunt for Red October” (1990).

It’s tempting to view this final bracket as a match between a classic flick and a modern one. But you could argue that “The Hunt for Red October,” with its Cold War backdrop and 18-year technology gap, has a nostalgic feel of its own.

The other two movies in the final four, though both older than “The Hunt for Red October,” might resonate more with contemporary audiences.

“War Games” (1983), which “Mr. Smith” beat soundly, looks less like science fiction these days, despite its dated technology. And the political scandal of “All the President’s Men” (1976) has a timeless quality, despite its dated feel and sense of fashion.

One final historical perspective: “Black Hawk Down” (2001) made the best showing of movies released since 2000, losing to “All the President’s Men” in the quarterfinals.
Indulge your nostalgia by casting your vote at www.fcw.com/polls.


Click here to enlarge brackets (.pdf).


chart

FCW in Print

In the latest issue: Looking back on three decades of big stories in federal IT.

Featured

  • FCW @ 30 GPS

    FCW @ 30

    Since 1987, FCW has covered it all -- the major contracts, the disruptive technologies, the picayune scandals and the many, many people who make federal IT function. Here's a look back at six of the most significant stories.

  • Shutterstock image.

    A 'minibus' appropriations package could be in the cards

    A short-term funding bill is expected by Sept. 30 to keep the federal government operating through early December, but after that the options get more complicated.

  • Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco

    DOD launches new tech hub in Austin

    The DOD is opening a new Defense Innovation Unit Experimental office in Austin, Texas, while Congress debates legislation that could defund DIUx.

  • Shutterstock image.

    Merged IT modernization bill punts on funding

    A House panel approved a new IT modernization bill that appears poised to pass, but key funding questions are left for appropriators.

  • General Frost

    Army wants cyber capability everywhere

    The Army's cyber director said cyber, electronic warfare and information operations must be integrated into warfighters' doctrine and training.

  • Rising Star 2013

    Meet the 2016 Rising Stars

    FCW honors 30 early-career leaders in federal IT.

Reader comments

Please post your comments here. Comments are moderated, so they may not appear immediately after submitting. We will not post comments that we consider abusive or off-topic.

Please type the letters/numbers you see above

More from 1105 Public Sector Media Group