The Greatest Mancave

One of my favorite movies is Sneakers (1992). It has an excellent, intricate plot, memorable characters, and exciting suspense. After going through it again to gather screenshots, I fell in love with the bits of the soundtrack I heard all over again too. Briefly, and without giving too much away, it features a team that breaks into banks for a living. Only afterwords they return the money and advise the owners of the banks on their security loopholes. The team is led by ex-hacker Martin Bishop (played by Robert Redford). I should also add that the NSA is in it, about 21 years before it makes its public debut. It just kind of surprised me when I watched it for the second time over the summer. Anyway, that should do it for the synopsis. DON’T think it’s a boring movie, I purposefully kept it dry so that the freshness of the movie is preserved for your first-time viewing. Highly recommend it; it will make your night. 

But what I really wanted to talk about was the group’s pad. I mean, it just stuck out to me as the sickest hang out I’ve seen in a while. And it’s located in San Francisco, CA.

First of all, I need to define what it is. Formally, it’s the headquarters of their business. It’s their center of productivity. But it also functions as a pretty sweet hang out space – they hang out there and have some parties from time to time.

Just chillin'

Just chillin’

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Easily converted into party space

Easily converted into party space

I’m also just infatuated by the technology that they have there. Apparently, based on a blog post I read that praised this movie, this was a must watch for programmers because it’s technologically accurate. There are just so many machines that have many applications. Considering how that’s the center of their business, which is breaking into banks, they probably have some pretty interesting toys in there. That place had to be the ultimate command center of its time. OF COURSE all those exotic machines could be replaced by a single monster PC (or maybe a humble $400-500 laptop), but that’s beside the point.

Check out the stuff to the left

Check out the stuff to the left

Dat computer tho. Simply fascinating

Dat computer tho. Simply fascinating

All-in-all, I’m probably so charmed by this place because of the awesomeness of the overall movie. I mean, it’s one of the major settings of the movie, and plenty of memorable events occur here. So in liking the movie, it makes sense that I would also have an attachment to this place. Just go watch the movie

James Earl Jones agrees

James Earl Jones agrees