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Theater Discussion Night

"Theater Discussion Night" (TDN) is a bi-monthly (twice a month) event for adult members to get together to enjoy a range of fictional movies for educational purposes and discuss the movies afterward.
  • What: This event is for the educational watching, appreciating and discussing a variety of fictional movies.
  • When: Every second and fourth Friday of every month at 9PM (21:00) Yes, that's twice a month! - Please see the FamiLAB calendar for date information: FamiLAB Calendar
Notice: Movies don't always start at 9PM (21:00). This is a casual event and the start of the movie may be delayed for waiting for anticipated attendees or for other reasons.
  • Where: FamiLAB Classroom
  • Why: It's just fun to watch movies together and discuss them with people.
  • How: We watch them in the classroom with the projector, duh.  :)
  • Who: This event is open to Adult (18+) FamiLAB members. Non-members may attend if they're accompanied by a FamiLAB member.
  • Food: Food and drink may be brought and enjoyed privately or to be shared but is entirely voluntary.
  • Who organizes this event: Dustin and LloydBlack organize this event. Lloyd primarily runs this event.
  • Movie breaks for comfort (aka intermission):
For the comfort of attendees, an intermission or short break may be requested so that people may use the bathroom, retrieve food and beverages, take a break to walk around or for whatever people want to do.
This may be planned before the event or if the group decides they need a break it may be requested during the movie.
For movies that exceed 3 hours, an intermission will be pre-planned. These movies will be noted with "Note #2".
One movie that's a good example is "Rose Red" which spans 4 hours and 14 mins. It's already in two segments due to it's length.
If/when "Rose Red" is shown during an event, an intermission will be mentioned before the event starts.
The duration of the intermission will be decided upon by the attendees for the general comfort of everyone.

During the movie:

  • During the movie, there is to be NO discussion or talking for the comfort of everyone watching the movie.
  • Anyone objecting to the movie being shown, in part or in whole, at any of the events may leave the classroom during the movie as it's not mandatory for anyone to stay for the duration of the movie.
  • This event is adults only due to the potential for the content of the movies to be of an adult nature (Non-Rated, Rated R, Rated NC-17, and Unknown).

Movie selection process:

  1. Movies to be shown are not voted upon by attendees or outside parties. Movies for showing are decided upon by the organizers of the event, Dustin and Lloyd.
  2. If someone has a strong desire to see a specific movie they may request it by speaking to Dustin and/or Lloyd. However, no promise can be made that the movie will be shown.
  3. The decision making process has other factors involved which may not be apparent to others.
  4. All movies being considered for showing are previewed first by the organizer(s).
  5. All movies being considered must be legally obtained by Lloyd before being shown. Only original DVDs will be used, copies will not be considered.

Movies may be shown more than once if there's a desire and request to do so. Please contact Lloyd if you wish to have a movie shown again.

Mini-Schedule for Upcoming TDN Events

December 2017 January 2018
8th "Galaxy of Terror" 12th "2001: A Space Odyssey"
22nd "Gremlins" 26th "Colossus: The Forbin Project"
February 2018 March 2018
9th "The Shining" 9th "Logan's Run"
23th "Pitch Black" 23rd Open
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: "Gremlins"
When: December 22nd @ 9PM (21:00)
Where: Classroom
Title: Released: Rating: Genre(s):
Gremlins 1984 PG Comedy, Fantasy, Horror


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 and genres.
  • Movie titles 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 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
The Shining 1980 R Drama, Horror 2 Hr 26 Mins
Short Circuit 1986 PG Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi 1 Hr 38 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, 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, Sci-Fi 2 Hr 16 Mins
Episode II - Attack of the Clones 2002 PG Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi 2 Hr 22 Mins
Episode III - Revenge of the Sith 2005 PG-13 Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi 2 Hr 20 Mins
Rogue One 2016 PG-13 Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi 2 Hr 13 Mins
Episode IV - A New Hope 1977 PG Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi 2 Hr 1 Min
Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back 1980 PG Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi 2 Hr 4 Mins
Episode VI - Return of the Jedi 1983 PG Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi 2 Hr 11 Mins
Episode VII - The Force Awakens 2015 PG-13 Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi 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 with the message "TDN-Movie Suggestion: (movie title)"
  3. Email Lloyd at
  4. Or manually email, 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 .
Please send suggestions to him and discuss suggestions with him.
If you are unable to reach Lloyd, please contact Dustin via Slack by Direct Message him @dustinbcox

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.


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.

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

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.

It's also one of the best ways to contact Lloyd regarding the events, 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.

The Fine Print (Disclaimer)

  • All movies being shown are for educational purposes.
  • 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 pirating or illegally 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 Lloyd will be owned by Lloyd.
  • The movie, in whatever format it may be, will not be available for sharing/copying.
  • All movies being shown are will be legally owned by Lloyd and will only come from his own DVD/Blu-ray collection.
  • The contents of this page are subject to change frequently without notice.
  • If anyone likes the backgrounds used for the wallpapers I make for the movies just let me know and I'll make the source images available.
  • Last but not least, Dustin and Lloyd reserve 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 (Searchable Movie Ratings)