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THIS IS AN EDUCATIONAL MOVIE EVENT.
Movie Discussions:
  • If you attend, please be prepared to contribute to the discussion of the movie that is presented before the movie and after the movie.
  • Attendees who wish to not contribute to the discussion are still welcome but are encouraged to change their mind as the discussion is one of the better aspects of our events.
Discussion Topics:
  • Please view our Discussion section for discussion topics suggestions.

Theater Discussion Night

Event Basics
What: This event features educational presentation of movies through the healthy discussion of each selected movie.
When: The 2nd and 4th Friday of every month starting at 9PM (21:00). Please see the FamiLAB Calendar for dates.
Where: FamiLAB Classroom
Why: Discussion of movies brings added dimension to many movies.
Who: Adult FamiLAB Members. Non-members and minors must be accompanied by responsible, current adult FamiLAB members.
How: Classroom Video Projector and Movie Screen
Event Procedure:
There is to be no cell phone conversations during these events.
If you must use your cell phone, please leave the room until your cell phone conversation has ended.
Using a laptop during the event is allowed as long as it doesn't disturb other attendees.
9:00 PM
Pre-Movie Discussion: This is a casual discussion time when questions about the movie may be asked.
Additionally, at this time, an optional intermission time may be discussed and planned.
Movies exceeding 3 hours will have an intermission automatically planned.
Movie donations may be made at this time. Additionally, donations may be made at the end of the event.
9:30 PM
Movie Presentation Starts: Movie is played and there is to be NO discussion during this time.
At this time, attendees will be asked to silence their cell phones to respect the movie organizer and other attendees.
(Optional) Intermission
There is an option for an intermission to be planned for movies being shown.
This will be automatically planned for any movies that are 3 hours or longer in length.
The intermission duration will not be a set length and instead be for as long as needed for the comfort of attendees.
Some of the reasons for an intermission will be for obvious reasons.
Optionally an intermission is for a mid-movie discussion. This would be possibly for contemplating story development, character development and a possible conclusion of the movie story.
After Movie
Movie has ended and discussion may start.
Movie duration can vary so there's no set time as to when this occurs.
Lloyd will start the discussion establishing the first discussion topic.
Lloyd will open the discussion to everyone else attending.
After Discussion
Attendees are encouraged to add entries to the discussion page here:
Theater Discussion Night - Discussion
Attendees may suggest other movies and make movie donations at this time.
Event Organizers and Co-Hosts:
Organizers:
Lloyd organizes this event and moderates the discussion.
Co-Hosts
Co-Hosts may occasionally be present for special events.
Co-Hosts will be present when someone with a specialty can present information that would enhance the discussion and have additional information regard the topic of the movie or know more about the movie(s) themselves.
Attendance:
Attendees:
  • This is a members event.
  • Non-members may attend this event provided they are accompanied by a current member.
  • Minors are permitted provided they are accompanied by an adult member who is the parent or responsible adult member who they're familiar with.
  • Attendance is very casual and flexible. There is to be no Eventbrite listings for this event and never will be.
  • People may just come in as they desire as long as they try to attend from the beginning of the event until the end.
  • There isn't any RSVP policy for this event. However, please let Lloyd know whether you will or will not be attending.
  • If you plan on attending but are running late, please be respectful to everyone else attending and text Lloyd at 321-220-4013 or message him on Slack letting him know your planned arrival time so we can plan when the movie may begin.
  • Sentient AI driven androids, other forms of mobile sentient AI and AI driven advanced cyborgs are welcome as long as they can be respectful to the organic humans attending.

Mini-Schedule for Upcoming TDN Events

January 2018 February 2018
12th Event Cancelled Due to Illness 9th Cancelled: Personal Emergency
26th "Colossus: The Forbin Project" 23rd "Pitch Black"
March 2018 April 2018
9th "Logan's Run" 13th "2001: A Space Odyssey"
23rd "The Truman Show" 27th "The Shining"
Movies with a strikethrough ("Movie") means it's been shown.
Any event slot with Open means no movie has been planned for that day. Suggestions are welcome for that event.

Next Movie

Movie: "Pitch Black"
When: February 23rd @ 9PM (21:00)
Where: Classroom
Title: Released: Rating: Genre(s): Time Length:
Pitch Black 2000 R Horror, Sci-Fi 1 Hr 49 Mins

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The Suggested Movie List

Movies to be suggested should be primarily from the 80's science-fiction genre but can also range to other eras and genres as well, depending on the content of the movie.
Just because a movie is in the list doesn't mean it will be selected to be shown. This list is just to give options to pull from.
Current movies in the list being considered are in not of any particular meaningful order or priority.
Movie listings are color coded by MPAA rating:
G PG PG-13 R NC-17
"Unrated" and "Unknown" movies will be considered "Rated R" unless other information can be provided indicating what it should be rated as or equivalent to.

About the list table:

  • Movie titles are linked to their IMDb pages.
  • Movies are listed alphanumerically for ease of searching.
  • The additional information listed is for those who wish to look for certain ratings, genres, or time length.
  • Movie titles that are grayed out and with a 'strike through' are movies which have been shown. They remain on the list for reference purposes to track what movies have been shown.

The Suggested List:

Title: Released: Rating: Genre(s): Time Length:
12 Monkeys (aka: Twelve Monkeys) 1995 R Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller 2 Hr 9 Mins
1408 2007 PG-13 Horror 1 Hr 44 Mins
2001: A Space Odyssey 1968 G Adventure, Sci-Fi 2 Hr 29 Mins
2010 1984 PG Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller 1 Hr 56 Mins
A Clockwork Orange 1971 NC-17 Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi 2 Hr 16 Mins
A.I. Artificial Intelligence 2001 PG-13 Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi 2 Hr 26 Mins
Altered States 1980 R Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller 1 Hr 42 Mins
Android 1982 PG Sci-Fi 1 Hr 20 Mins
Automata 2014 R Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller 1 Hr 49 Mins
Beetlejuice 1988 PG Comedy, Fantasy 1 Hr 32 Mins
Bicentennial Man 1999 PG Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi 2 Hr 12 Mins
Blade Runner 1982 R Sci-Fi, Thriller 1 Hr 57 Mins
Brazil 1985 R Drama, Sci-Fi 2 Hr 12 Mins
The Brain That Wouldn't Die 1962 Unknown Horror, Sci-Fi 1 Hr 22 Mins
The Car 1977 PG Action, Horror, Mystery, Thriller 1 Hr 36 Mins
The Changeling 1980 R Horror 1 Hr 47 Mins
Christine 1983 R Horror 1 Hr 50 Mins
The City of Lost Children 1995 R Fantasy, Sci-Fi 1 Hr 52 Mins
Colossus: The Forbin Project 1970 PG Sci-Fi, Thriller 1 Hr 40 Mins
The Creeping Terror 1964 Unknown Horror, Sci-Fi 1 Hr 17 Mins
Dark City 1998 R Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller 1 Hr 40 Mins
The Dark Crystal 1982 PG Adventure, Family, Fantasy 1 Hr 33 Mins
Delicatessen 1991 R Comedy, Crime 1 Hr 39 Mins
Double Down 2005 PG-13 Action, Drama, Romance, Thriller 1 Hr 33 Mins
The Entity See Note #1 Below 1982 R Biography, Drama, Horror 2 Hr 5 Mins
Event Horizon 1997 R Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller 1 Hr 36 Mins
The Evil Dead See Note #1 Below 1981 NC-17 Horror 1 Hr 25 Mins
The Evil Dead See Note #1 Below 2013 R Fantasy, Horror 1 Hr 31 Mins
Ex Machina 2014 R Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller 1 Hr 48 Mins
Full Metal Jacket 1987 R Drama, War 1 Hr 56 mins
Galaxy of Terror 1981 R Action, Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi 1 Hr 21 Mins
Gremlins 1984 PG Comedy, Fantasy, Horror 1 Hr 46 Mins
Gremlins 2: The New Batch 1990 PG-13 Comedy, Fantasy, Horror 1 Hr 46 Mins
The Haunting 1963 G Horror 1 Hr 52 Mins
The Haunting 1999 PG-13 Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller 1 Hr 53 Mins
I, Robot 2004 PG-13 Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller 1 Hr 55 Mins
Insanitarium 2008 R Horror, Thriller 1 Hr 29 Mins
Insidious 2010 PG-13 Horror, Mystery, Thriller 1 Hr 43 Mins
Insidious: Chapter 2 2013 PG-13 Horror, Mystery, Thriller 1 Hr 46 Mins
Insidious: Chapter 3 2015 PG-13 Horror, Mystery, Thriller 1 Hr 37 Mins
The Island 2005 PG-13 Action, Adventure, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller 2 Hr 16 Mins
Labyrinth 1986 PG Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Musical 1 Hr 41 Mins
Lifeforce 1985 R Action, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller 1 Hr 56 Mins
Logan's Run 1976 PG Action, Sci-Fi 1 Hr 59 Mins
Maximum Overdrive 1986 R Action, Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi 1 Hr 38 Mins
Network 1976 R Drama 2 Hr 1 Min
Outland 1981 R Action, Crime, Sci-Fi, Thriller 1 Hr 52 Mins
Pitch Black 2000 R Horror, Sci-Fi 1 Hr 49 Mins
Repo The Genetic Opera 2008 R Horror, Musical, Sci-Fi 1 Hr 38 Mins
The Room 2003 R Drama 1 Hr 39 Mins
R.O.T.O.R. 1987 R Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller 1 Hr 30 Mins
RoboCop 1987 R Action, Crime, Sci-Fi, Thriller 1 Hr 42 Mins
RoboCop 2014 PG-13 Action, Crime, Sci-Fi, Thriller 1 Hr 57 Mins
Rose Red See Note #2 2002 PG-13 Horror, Mystery, Thriller 4 Hr 14 Mins
Rubber 2010 R Comedy, Horror 1 Hr 22 Mins
The Shining 1980 R Drama, Horror 2 Hr 26 Mins
Short Circuit 1986 PG Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi 1 Hr 38 Mins
Silent Running 1972 PG Drama, Sci-Fi 1 Hr 29 Mins
Stranger Than Fiction 2006 PG-13 Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance 1 Hr 53 Mins
The Terminator 1984 R Action, Sci-Fi 1 Hr 47 Mins
They Live 1988 R Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller 1 Hr 34 Mins
The Thing 1982 R Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi 1 Hr 49 Mins
Time Bandits 1981 PG Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi 1 hr 50 Mins
Transcendence 2014 PG-13 Drama, Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller 1 Hr 59 Mins
The Truman Show 1998 PG Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi 1 Hr 43 Mins
TRON 1982 PG Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi 1 Hr 36 Mins
Tron: Legacy 2010 PG Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi 2 Hr 5 Mins
Turbo Kid 2015 Unknown Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi 1 Hr 33 Mins
Vanilla Sky 2001 R Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller 2 Hr 16 Mins
Vice 2015 R Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller 1 Hr 36 Mins
Waiting... 2005 R Comedy 1 Hr 34 Mins
Wargames 1983 PG Sci-Fi, Thriller 1 Hr 54 Mins
Westworld 1973 PG-13 Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller, Western 1 Hr 28 Mins
Wizards (Ralph Bakshi's) 1977 PG Animation, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi 1 Hr 20 Mins

("The Suggested List" table is maintained carefully by Lloyd. Please do not edit it without permission.)

Much of the information about the movies is retrieved from IMDb.
Some inaccurate information is possible and has been discovered.
So, please report any inaccuracies to Lloyd so that they may be corrected.
You may reach him via Slack, @lloyd.black or in the #theater_discussion Slack channel.

"Note #1" Information:

Movies flagged with "See Note #1 Below" have scenes with unusual sexual scenes and situations.
Minors are restricted and some viewers may choose to skip this movie when it's scheduled to be shown.
Below is information on each movie with the Note #1 flag and a description of the scenes in question.
Movie Specific Information:
Title: Released: Rating: Genre(s):
The Entity 1982 R Biography, Drama, Horror
Scene Info:
The scenes in "The Entity" that flagged this movie consist of rape by a paranormal 'entity' (thus the name) which is somewhat graphic and contains nudity. Some of it was done through special effects but the content is graphic and may be objectionable for some viewers.
The Evil Dead 1981 NC-17 Horror
The Evil Dead 2013 R Fantasy, Horror
Scene Info:
The scenes in both versions of "The Evil Dead" contain a woman being sexually violated by plants. The original movie from 1981 was more graphic with nudity. I have yet to see the unedited version the reboot in 2013 so I was only able to see a girl get restrained by plants but not stripped while some rather horrible looking root finds it's way up between her legs and suggests it enters her that way. The reboot just has a nasty violation that looks like it would kill a girl. However, I unfortunately need to watch it again to make a better comment about the scene in the reboot.
Some movies that mention 'Note #1" are going to be on the border of the restriction of 'no porn'. However, they're NOT porn, just strange and extremely suggestive so they are still being planned for showing.
The category of "hentai" in anime is often hardcore porn in many of the known videos. So, there will never be any hentai as to prevent the possibility of showing porn.
Additionally, any live action versions of any hentai title will be considered porn. So, there will never be a showing of any live action versions of any questionable hentai.

"Note #2" Information:

Movies that exceed 3 hours in duration will have an intermission during the event.
Intermissions will most likely last at least 15 minutes.
This is done for the comfort of event attendees.
Movie: "Rose Red"
The movie "Rose Red" lasts 4 hours and 14 mins. If this movie is ever shown it will be shown during one long event.
However, it will include an intermission so that people may take biological breaks, get food or drinks as needed, etc..

Star Wars Night

"Star Wars Night" was merged into Theater Discussion Night and therefore the Star Wars series will be shown occasionally during TDN events.

These movies are listed in chronological order based on the story of the series:

Title: Released: Rating: Genre(s): Time Length:
Episode I - The Phantom Menace 1999 PG Action, Adventure, Fantasy 2 Hr 16 Mins
Episode II - Attack of the Clones 2002 PG Action, Adventure, Fantasy 2 Hr 22 Mins
Episode III - Revenge of the Sith 2005 PG-13 Action, Adventure, Fantasy 2 Hr 20 Mins
Rogue One 2016 PG-13 Action, Adventure, Fantasy 2 Hr 13 Mins
Episode IV - A New Hope 1977 PG Action, Adventure, Fantasy 2 Hr 1 Min
Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back 1980 PG Action, Adventure, Fantasy 2 Hr 4 Mins
Episode VI - Return of the Jedi 1983 PG Action, Adventure, Fantasy 2 Hr 11 Mins
Episode VII - The Force Awakens 2015 PG-13 Action, Adventure, Fantasy 2 Hr 16 Mins
"The Last Jedi" will be listed here when it's released on DVD.

The animated series shown on TV are a TV show and therefore will not be shown during TDN events.

Suggesting A Movie

Movies can be suggested but the movie needs to be previewed by one of the organizers to know the nature of the movies before its selected to be shown.
The movies shown are for the enjoyment of everyone therefor they will be previewed to prevent unexpected objectionable material.

If you have a movie you'd like to be considered, you may suggest it via the below methods:

  1. Post it in the Slack channel #theater_discussion and post it as "Movie Suggestion: (movie title)"
  2. Send a Slack DM (direct message) to @lloyd.black with the message "TDN-Movie Suggestion: (movie title)"
  3. Email Lloyd at lloyd.black999@gmail.com.
  4. Or manually email lloyd.black999@gmail.com, with the subject "FamiLAB - TDN" and in the body of the message: "Movie Suggestion: (movie title)" and if possible give a brief description.
There's no promise it will be selected for watching, it's just to be suggested.
Lloyd Black organizes which movies are to be selected and the suggestions in general. You may reach him on Slack at @lloyd.black .
Please send suggestions to him and discuss suggestions with him.

Some restrictions when it comes to suggestions:

  • The MPAA movie rating would be beneficial when suggesting a movie so it may be properly listed. However, it's accepted that some movies, such as "direct to video" types, may be "Unrated".
  • Historical or "Based on true events" movies are likely to be rejected as this event is for fictional movies only.
  • TV shows will NOT be accepted into the suggested movie list. This event is for movies only. However, Dustin and Lloyd may override this for special situations.
  • Very short 'made for TV' series (TV movies) are allowed, like 2-6 episode for the entire series, like many 'Stephen King' TV movies. "Rose Red" is a good example as it's split into two segments.
  • Additionally, segmented movies will include an intermission between segments for the comfort of attendees to the event.
  • Romantic and romantic comedies are extremely unlikely to be accepted as they are outside of the original scope of the purpose of the event.
  • Overly positive and 'feel good' movies are also extremely unlikely to be accepted.
Keep in mind, this event was originally supposed to be for fun 80's era Sci-Fi B-movies.
It has been expanded extensively but was never intended to be for uplifting movies.

Serious restrictions - (Movies that will NEVER be considered):

  1. Actual porn, hardcore or softcore. Porn is totally unacceptable for our events, no exceptions are made for this. This includes hentai style anime, it will NOT be shown at all.
  2. Any movies that are literal or approximate reenactments of real past events. Again, this event is for fictional movies only.
  3. Any movies that are religious or have strong political themes. Example: "The Passion of the Christ" will never be shown. This will be enforced.
The avoidance of these topics are to avoid arguments during discussions. Even if it's agreed that arguments wouldn't be initiated, religion and politics are usually avoided anyway.
Please understand this is event is for peaceful discussions about fictional movies and not for anyone's strong views on topics whether they're related to the movies or not.

Discussion

Basic Discussion Rules:

  • Please use some common sense when discussing the movie.
  • Please keep discussions peaceful, no arguments are to start. The whole experience is to be educational and enjoyed by everyone.
  • If the discussion is political due to the politics in the movie, please keep it reasonable.
  • Do not bring current day real politics into the discussion unless they're relevant to the movie.
This is NOT a platform for anyone's opinion of our current political state.
If an argument does start you will be required to leave immediately.
  • Do not bring your ego into the discussion. Nobody is right or wrong in discussing fictional movies.
  • Keep in mind that most everything discussed during a fictional movie is theory, so please do not take opposing theories as fact or personal.

Possible general discussions could include the following:

  • Compare the ethics that existed in the fictional reality of the movie to ours.
  • Compare the fictional reality to our actual reality we're dealing with currently, is it better or worse.
  • How would the movie reality would evolve in it's future.
  • Compare the technology they have to ours. Is it better, worse, totally fictional, a joke, etc..
  • (Optional:) Compare the types of people. Are they even comparable in intelligence, etc..
  • Are the main characters likeable? Do you identify with the antagonist or the protagonist?

Apocalyptic Movies:

  • In an apocalypse movie, what could've changed to prevent the apocalypse that occurred.
  • What will happen to that world after the apocalypse. (Providing the world still exists in some capacity.)
  • Could one person have been instrumental in changing the course of events.

AI (Artificial Intelligence):

Example Movies: "2001: A Space Odyssey", "2010", "Colossus: The Forbin Project"
  • What type of AI was featured in the movie.
  • What did the AI have in mind for the humans and could it have been changed.
  • What kind of OS could it have been running on or was it totally fictional.
  • Was the AI actually sentient and at what point did it become sentient.
  • Did it have assistance from a human to become sentient.
  • How did the AI evolve over the course of the movie and how long did it take.

Androids (also related to AI):

Example Movies: "Android", "Automata", "Bicentennial Man", "Ex Machina"
  • If androids looked similar to real people would you accept them as other people or just machines?
  • For men: If there were female looking androids that could pass for human (and anatomically correct) would you date them or avoid any romantic involvement?
  • For women: If there were male looking androids that could pass for human (and anatomically correct) would you date them or avoid any romantic involvement?
  • Do you believe androids can achieve sentient status or do you believe they can't obtain that status because they're not organic?
  • Could androids obtain sentient status by being sufficiently complex to obtain a soul?
  • Have you considered the implications of AI in androids becoming equal to or better than humans in intelligence?

Aliens (if applicable):

  • Are they even realistic? Too human? Too alien?
  • Would you accept them into our society if they were real?

False reality situations:

Example Movies: "The Matrix", "The Truman Show", "Dark City"
  • If you were to find out that your perceived reality was fake how would you feel about it?
  • If the situation was favorable to you, would you leave it anyway or stay?
  • Would you try to find out who made the environment you live in or stay away from them?
Additional discussion questions for this list are welcome. Please submit them to Lloyd Black on Slack @lloyd.black

Movie, Financial, Food and Optional Donations

  • Donations are in no way a solicitation for donations to FamiLAB. Donations are made to Lloyd Black, not to FamiLAB.
Lloyd Black conducts this event and uses his own movie library for this event. Which means he buys the movies himself.
Additionally, FamiLAB is not to be held liable for any conduct in the process of obtaining donations for this event.
Lloyd is to be the only person held responsible for the donations of movies intended for the TDN event.

1. Donations in the form of media discs, using the following conditions and preferences:

  • They're to become permanent property of Lloyd after the movie is donated. They're not on a disc loan condition.
  • Donations may be in DVD, Blu-ray or HD DVD format. DVD being the preferred format as it's easier to make backups of them.
  • They are to be the original disc and not a burned copy of the movie.
  • They must be in 'very good' playable condition. Broken or badly scratched discs are unusable and pointless as donations.
  • It must be a donation, not an offer to purchase the movie. If Lloyd wishes to buy a movie, he will do so through Amazon.com so it's a clear financial transaction, not an undocumented transaction.
Also, Lloyd rarely carries any cash and would not be able to purchase any movies in this fashion.
  • If you wish to purchase a movie for Theater Discussion Night, please consult with Lloyd first about a movie title that would be desired and appreciated for a future TDN event.
However, any donation is likely to be accepted and appreciated. There's a slim chance it may be a redundant donation but having an extra copy never hurts.

2. Sorry but Digital download versions and other digital donations of movies are NOT acceptable under any condition. They must be on original physical media such as discs.

3. Financial Donations:

To be honest, I'd like to avoid monetary donations in the form of cash for Theater Discussion Night. It just seems like a bad idea as there's no way for people to know what the money is actually being used for.
Lloyd prefers to be fully accountable for donations made to Theater Discussion Night. Cash donations, even as nice as they could be, has the potential for accidental misuse.
An acceptable, possible monetary donation could be an Amazon.com gift card. That could be easily used to purchase movies and still have record of the purchase.

4. Food Donations:

One possible positive way of donating is the donation of food and/or beverages for the event. I'd like to see this be an option for any TDN event.
Bringing food for everyone to share would compliment the event and could make the event more enjoyable.
Lloyd is entertaining the idea of personally bringing food for all attendees but it's still an idea but everyone else is welcome to start this.
Even though this is something Lloyd is personally considering doing for the event, it's an added expense for an event that's presented for free.
Although, currently the cost would be minimal since our attendance is usually small at this time.

5. Optional Hardware Donations Are Welcome:

  • Hardware donations are also of interest.

The following hardware items are of interest for use during Theater Discussion Night:

  1. Portable DVD players with HDMI output.
  2. A smaller "HD DVD" player, for use with the collection of HD DVD movies for TDN. We have a large one but it's cumbersome to transport.
  3. A HD DVD drive for a computer. (They're rare and usually about $60. They can be found on Ebay.com.) Purchased
Combined with an external optical drive enclosure, it will be a very handy piece of hardware that will enable Lloyd to play HD DVD discs through his laptop.

Slack Channel for Theater Discussion Night

The Slack channel for Theater Discussion Night, #theater_discussion, is for general discussion of the event and movies in general.
The #theater_discussion channel is also one of the best ways to contact Lloyd regarding the events.
It's also good for discussing the movies shown or to be shown, and talking about movies in general whether they're on the list or not.
Please do not monopolize the channel for discussing certain movies or a sequence of movies like Star Wars, Star Trek or any other movies that follow a specific theme or story line.

Movie Rating System Information:

Basic Movie Rating Information:

Rated G: General Audiences. All ages admitted. Nothing that would offend parents for viewing by children.
Rated PG: Parental Guidance Suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.
Rated PG-13: Parents Strongly Cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.
Rated R: Restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.
Rated NC-17: Adults Only. No One 17 and Under Admitted. Clearly adult. Children are not admitted.
Not-Rated or Unrated: This means the movie has not been rated by the MPAA or is the "Unrated" version. Viewer discretion is advised.

For "Theater Discussion Night":

Unknown: No rating information was able to be found about the movie after many searches were conducted. Viewer discretion is advised.

Movie Selection and Presentation Process

If people are curious about how movies are selected, here is the process.

Selection and Presentation Process:
Suggestion
  • The selection process starts with a suggestion from someone or an idea that a certain movie may be fun to watch for everyone.
  • The movies shown are never voted upon.
  • Lack of voting is done for different reasons which are not presented but also because movies might be voted down due by people who have not seen the movie and are judging based on lack of accurate information.
  • If someone is rather passionate about a movie being shown, it can be brought up to Lloyd for special consideration. However, there is still no promise it will be selected.
Selection
  • The selection is done when a proper pre-purchase preview can be done. Usually, this is done using Netflix rental, streaming or Amazon's movie streaming service or from Lloyd's own video library.
  • If Lloyd doesn't already have it and it can't be rented, it may be purchased ahead of time if it's considered worthy of being added to the movie library.
  • Additionally, research is done to verify the story and quality of the movie.
  • Many movies will be turned down based on many factors. Some will even be not considered for the suggested movie list. Lloyd reserves the right to be selective on this process.
Acquisition
  • If Lloyd does not own the movie, he purchases it usually through Amazon.com choosing the DVD format by default or whatever is considered the best purchase option.
  • This purchase is usually for a movie that's not being shown at the next event. Usually, it's for the event in the following month or later.
  • Lloyd never selects movies that are only being rented. He only selects movies that he actually owns the original disc for.
  • Movies selected are not the property of FamiLAB. They are property of Lloyd Black and are part of his own movie library.
Preview
  • Lloyd then watches the movie completely, usually more than once. Previewing more than once is done to note if there's anything questionable or offensive.
  • Additionally, watching the movie more than once let's Lloyd catch things not always seen the first time.
  • An offensive movie doesn't mean it's not presented, it's just something to bring up during a pre-movie discussion to let attendees know about possible offensive content.
Wallpaper
  • Lloyd then searches for a movie poster for the movie selected. It is then combined with a suitable wallpaper image that is for showing before the movie is presented.
  • The wallpaper is made to be the size of 1920x1080 in size, as that's the display resolution of the projector as a monitor and his own HDTV at home being used for this purpose.
  • The wallpaper image is then set as the display wallpaper for the specific desktop background of the laptop for the specific output going to the projector. He always has more than one wallpaper.
Preparation for Presentation
  • Lloyd then makes a backup of the movie so that the movie may be played from his HDD used exclusively for this purpose.
  • The movie is test played coming from the HDD before it's considered safe to be played using that method.
  • However, the original movie disc to be shown is always brought with him to prove ownership and in the event that the movie backup doesn't work properly for some reason.
  • The decision of which media player is to be used is done. Usually, it's either PowerDVD 16 or VLC Media Player. VLC has become the player of choice recently.
Presentation (day of event)
  • Lloyd Black sets up the necessary hardware for this event at 7:30 PM - 8:00 PM. This consists of his personal laptop with accessories, movie HDD, Bluetooth speakers and HDMI cable.
  • The actual event starts at 9:00 PM. Attendees are asked to arrive before this time but the event may be delayed if additional attendees are expected to show.
  • Playing the movie is done during the event at 9:30 PM. Again, this may be delayed if other people are expected and have notified Lloyd of this.

Ideas for Special Future Events

  • Lloyd is considering ideas for special TDN events.
1. The first is to watch a set of movies related to each other by topic (but not connected by story) in one long event rather than watch the selected movies over a sequence of weeks or months.
The first such event would be about AI (Artificial Intelligence). There are enough interesting movies with this topic in common to bring together movies to last several hours.
Such a set of themes for perhaps a double feature night could be: AI, paranormal events, apocalypse, controlled worlds/environments etc..
'Controlled environment' movies would be: Logan's Run, The Truman Show, Dark City, The Matrix, etc..
AI movies would be: Bicentennial Man, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Terminator (anthology), Ex Machina, The Matrix (trilogy) and more.
I considered zombie themed movies but personally, the whole zombie thing is being beaten to death and it's no longer something I want to put together.
Discussions would take place before and after each movie and then have a conclusion or summary discussion at the very end.
This special event would include breaks to eat, drink and do any other necessary actions to sustain it's attendees and retain interest in the event.
Providing food for the attendees is also being considered. Pot luck buffet is a welcome idea if people are interested in contributing.
2. The second idea is to compile a set of short films that by themselves aren't long enough for an event individually.
The short films would have a theme in common in order to make them interesting to watch together.
A discussion would follow each short film and then a summary discussion would conclude the event.
Many short films last anywhere from 10 to 15 mins each. So, 6-12 short films may be watched that would equal a 90 or up to a 120 minute movie.
3. Another idea would be to watch a marathon of a sequence of movies that are part of the same story.
Examples include: The Matrix trilogy, Star Wars anthology (part of it anyway), Alien anthology (close enough connection to be included), Star Trek anthology (parts of it)
Again, this event would need to be planned so that it would start earlier in the day and end late at night.
4. Yet another idea would be to watch a special selected TV series such as "Firefly". A series of special events could let us watch the entire series.
If any series was worth watching like this and then discussing, it's "Firefly".
Yes, it's stated that TV shows won't be shown during this event, it also states that Lloyd can override this. Guess who's coming up with these ideas.

The Fine Print (Disclaimer)

  • All movies being shown are for educational purposes as these events also include a mandatory discussion.
  • Anyone objecting to the content of the movies are welcome to leave the event. (If you don't like the movie, don't watch it.)
  • In no way will this event ever be for sharing movies.
  • For all events, the movie being shown will be coming only from Lloyd's laptop computer. (The only exception being if his laptop isn't functioning.)
  • Movies that are unable to be shown from Lloyd's laptop will be played from a player that will be owned by Lloyd.
  • All movies being shown are will be legally owned by Lloyd and will only come from his own DVD, HD DVD and Blu-ray collection.
  • The contents of this page are subject to change frequently without notice.
  • Last but not least, Lloyd reserves the right to override anything stated on this page.

Some Informational Links Regarding Movies

IMDb (Internet Movie Database) - Popular Searchable Additional Movie information
MPAA Film Ratings Guide
FilmRatings.com (Searchable Movie Ratings)