Theater Discussion Night

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Theater Discussion Night

Next Event: November 10th @ 9:00PM (21:00) - "Time Bandits"

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Next Movie to be Watched:

Title: Released: Rating: Genre(s):
Time Bandits 1981 PG Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
"Theater Discussion Night" is a monthly event for adult members and non-members to get together to enjoy a range of fictional movies for educational purposes and discuss the movies afterward.

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The Basics

  • What: This event is for the educational watching, appreciating and discussing a variety of fictional movies.
  • When: Second Friday of every month at 9PM (21:00) - Please see the FamiLAB calendar for date information: FamiLAB Calendar
  • 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: Anyone who wants to come who's an adult (18+). This event is open to members and non-members. Non-members should be accompanied by a 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 Lloyd organize this event.

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.

During 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).


Basic Discussion Rules:

  1. Please use some common sense when discussing the movie.
  2. Please keep discussions peaceful, no arguments are to start. The whole experience is to be educational and enjoyed by everyone.
  3. If the discussion is political due to the politics in the movie, please keep it reasonable.
  4. Do not bring current day real politics into the discussion unless they're relevant to the movie.
  5. Do not bring your ego into the discussion. Nobody is right or wrong in discussing fictional movies.

Possible general discussions could include the following:

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

Apocalyptic Movies:

  1. In an apocalypse movie, what could've changed to prevent the apocalypse that occurred.
  2. What will happen to that world after the apocalypse. (Providing the world still exists in some capacity.)
  3. 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"
  1. What type of AI was featured in the movie.
  2. What did the AI have in mind for the humans and could it have been changed.
  3. What kind of OS could it have been running on or was it totally fictional.
  4. Was the AI actually sentient and at what point did it become sentient.
  5. Did it have assistance from a human to become sentient.
  6. 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"
  1. If androids looked similar to real people would you accept them as other people or just machines?
  2. 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?
  3. 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?
  4. Do you believe androids can achieve sentient status or do you believe they can't obtain that status because they're not organic?
  5. Could androids obtain sentient status by being sufficiently complex to obtain a soul?
  6. Have you considered the implications of AI in androids becoming equal to or better than humans in intelligence?

Aliens (if applicable):

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

False reality situations:

Example Movies: "The Matrix", "The Truman Show", "Dark City"
  1. If you were to find out that your perceived reality was fake how would you feel about it?
  2. If the situation was favorable to you, would you leave it anyway or stay?
  3. 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

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.

The Suggested List:

Title: Released: Rating: Genre(s):
1408 2007 PG-13 Horror
2001: A Space Odyssey 1968 G Adventure, Sci-Fi
2010 1984 PG Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A Clockwork Orange 1971 NC-17 Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi
A.I. Artificial Intelligence 2001 PG-13 Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
Android 1982 PG Sci-Fi
Automata 2014 R Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Beetlejuice 1988 PG Comedy, Fantasy
Bicentennial Man 1999 PG Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
Brazil 1985 R Drama, Sci-Fi
The Car 1977 PG Action, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
The Changeling 1980 R Horror
Christine 1983 R Horror
Colossus: The Forbin Project 1970 PG Sci-Fi, Thriller
The Creeping Terror 1964 Unknown Horror, Sci-Fi
Dark City 1998 R Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Double Down 2007 PG-13 Action, Drama, Romance, Thriller
The Entity See Note #1 Below 1982 R Biography. Drama. Horror
Event Horizon 1997 R Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
The Evil Dead See Note #1 Below 1981 NC-17 Horror
The Evil Dead See Note #1 Below 2013 R Fantasy, Horror
Ex Machina 2014 R Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Full Metal Jacket 1987 R Drama, War
Galaxy of Terror See Note #1 Below 1981 R Action, Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi
Gremlins 1984 PG Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Gremlins 2: The New Batch 1990 PG-13 Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
The Haunting 1963 G Horror
The Haunting 1999 PG-13 Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
I, Robot 2004 PG-13 Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Insanitarium 2008 R Horror, Thriller
Insidious Will be shown on 10/13 2010 PG-13 Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Insidious: Chapter 2 2013 PG-13 Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Insidious: Chapter 3 2015 PG-13 Horror, Mystery, Thriller
The Island 2005 PG-13 Action, Adventure, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Maximum Overdrive 1986 R Action, Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi
Repo The Genetic Opera 2008 R Horror, Musical, Sci-Fi
The Room 2003 R Drama
R.O.T.O.R. 1987 R Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
RoboCop 1987 R Action, Crime, Sci-Fi, Thriller
RoboCop 2014 PG-13 Action, Crime, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Rose Red 2002 PG-13 Horror, Mystery, Thriller
The Shining 1980 R Drama, Horror
Short Circuit 1986 PG Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi
Stranger Than Fiction 2006 PG-13 Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
The Terminator 1984 R Action, Sci-Fi
Time Bandits 1981 PG Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Transcendence 2014 PG-13 Drama, Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
The Truman Show 1998 PG Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
TRON 1982 PG Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Tron: Legacy 2010 PG Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Vanilla Sky 2001 R Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Vice 2015 R Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Waiting... 2005 R Comedy
Wargames 1983 PG Sci-Fi, Thriller
Westworld 1973 PG-13 Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller, Western
Note #1: This movie contains some strange sexual assault scene(s). Viewer discretion is strongly advised. Please talk with Lloyd regarding this if you require additional information.
Lloyd is previewing all movies before they're being shown. So, any questions about the videos being shown that have questionable adult content may be addressed by speaking directly with Lloyd. Any movie review you have read that creates a concern will be heard out and will be addressed. So, please feel free to contact Lloyd if you have concern about any movie.
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.

(List table is maintained carefully by Lloyd. Please do not edit it.)

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.
These movies are for the enjoyment of viewing of traditional fictional movies for the masses.

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 message: "Movie Suggestion: (movie title)"
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:

  • No "Star Wars" movies. "Star Wars" movies have their own night and appreciation group. However, I've taken over "Star Wars Night". So, contact me regarding "Star Wars" movies.
  • 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.
  • No TV show series are allowed to be suggested, with some exceptions like a long movie turned into a TV movie which was split into segments.
  • The event organizers, Dustin and Lloyd, may change TV series restrictions depending on the situation.
  • 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.
  • Romantic and romantic comedies are extremely unlikely to be accepted.
  • 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 will never intended to be for uplifting movies.

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

  1. Actual porn. 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 have strong religious or strong political themes.

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.)
  • 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.

Some Informational Links Regarding Movies

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