Starring the Computer is a website dedicated to the use of computers in film and television. Each appearance is catalogued and rated on its importance (ie. how important it is to the plot), realism (how close its appearance and capabilities are to the real thing) and visibility (how good a look does one get of it). Fictional computers don't count (unless they are built out of bits of real computer), so no HAL9000 - sorry.

Please let me know if you spot any mistakes, or have any tips about films not mentioned here that feature computers.

James Carter <james@starringthecomputer.com>


News

2014-08-23 20:00 He's Just Not That Into Your iMac
There's a Apple Aluminum iMac in He's Just Not That Into You.
2014-07-12 15:31 School iBook
There's a small role for a Apple iBook G3 in Old School.
2014-07-04 23:45 Cracked Amiga
An Amiga 1200 makes an appearance in the Best Boys story from season three of the UK version of Cracker.
2014-06-25 00:15 Alien Compass
The special edition of Aliens as a small role for a number of Grid Compass 1139s.
2014-06-17 23:45 Raise the 9845
The genuinely terrible film Raise the Titanic has a small but vital role for a Starring-the-Computer newcomer: the HP 9845.
2014-06-07 16:54 Stay Cool - It's an Update!
Well it's been ages since the last update as I've been struggling to find the time. Now though, I'm really going to try to get in at least one update a week, even if it's only one film. Stay Cool is a bit of an Apple-fest, featuring a Macbook Air, an Aluminum iMac and a Macintosh Plus.
2014-04-20 22:55 Easter Update
Twister's Revenge has a pretty crucial role for an AT&T PC 6300 and there's also a fairly important role for a Tandy TRS-80 Color Computer in The Littlest Hobo episode The Hero. There are less substantial roles for a Commodore 64 in Skateland, an HP TC1100 in the Big Bang Theory episode The Lunar Excitation and panels from a Burroughs B220 and an IBM AN/FSQ-7 in Silver Streak. Finally there's the usual connection of Apple appearances: a Aluminum iMac in Horrid Henry: The Movie and a Macbook Pro in Killers.
2014-03-30 22:56 Chuck in an OQO
The Chuck Season 3 episode Chuck Versus the Ring: Part II has a Apple Macintosh SE and a Commodore Amiga 1000 as well as a newcomer to Starring the Computer: an OQO Model 2.
2014-03-14 23:43 Zenith in the Pink
She-Devil has an early example of the "pink laptops for girls" trope, featuring a powder-pink Zenith Supersport.
2014-02-10 00:04 Vale Vaio
With Sony getting out of the PC/laptop business, what will James Bond use in future? In Casino Royale, he uses a Vaio SZ (a Starring-the-Computer newcomer), whilst his adversary Le Chiffre uses a Vaio FJ.