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Theater Discussion Night Is Temporarily Suspended Until Further Notice.
Reason: The Host Needs Some Personal Time For Health Reasons.
12/02/2018 - Note from Lloyd: Theater Discussion Night could be resuming soon. Discussion about this can be conducted on Slack on #theater_discussion.
01/19/2019 - Due to personal financial difficulties I'm no longer a lab member. I will not be able to resume TDN at this time.
Next Scheduled Movie
Movie: "Ex Machina"
Event Cancelled
Reason: Personal Business.
When: July 13th @ 9PM (21:00)
Where: Classroom
To Mini-Schedule



Please also view: The Fine Print Disclaimer

This event was originally conceived to have educational component in the form of discussions after a movie.
All movies selected for this event are to be fictional so that the discussions are fun in an effort to have interesting discussions about alternate realities, fictional places, plots, situations and time frames.
Considering the types of members FamiLAB usually has (typically intelligent), it was considered to be fun to have such an event and to get feedback (in the form of discussions) about the movies.

1. MOST IMPORTANT: After the movie, there will be a discussion or this event will be cancelled for the foreseeable future. This is a "discussion" event, it says so in the event name.
We are subject to U.S. copyright law (Title 17, United States Code, Section 110) when this event is showing a movie.
We fall under "fair use" when we show a movie under the conditions that this event is conducted under.
"Fair use" only includes showing under specific conditions, those include commentary, criticism, education or research, otherwise it's a copyright violation and we will get seriously fined.

2. Arrive before the movie is scheduled to begin. Preferably arrive 30 mins before the movie (8:30PM or 20:30). The event usually starts at 9PM (21:00), provided there aren't technical problems. There is usually plenty of time to arrive and find a suitable seat for the duration of the movie.

3. Do not make any major seating change of your classroom location during the movie. It's very distracting to the other guests.

4. There is to be NO cell phone conversations within the classroom during the movie. Please leave the classroom if you need to talk on your phone.

5. If you feel you need to use your laptop during the movie please sit in the back of the classroom so the light of your display doesn't distract others. If you're using your laptop you're obviously not watching the movie. So, do not distract those who ARE paying attention.

6. Do not sit at the same table that Lloyd is using his laptop on. People have a tendency to kick tables and make annoying vibrations. Lloyd will not tolerate those things while he's trying to work during the movie.
This rule is non-negotiable.

7. Do not ask questions or talk during the presentation of the movie. There's time for that after the movie.
If you wish to talk then leave the classroom and don't return until you can respect others who wish to enjoy the movie.

8. Keep all of the classroom doors closed during the movie. That includes the dual doors and the rear door to the warehouse.

9. Keep all of the classroom lights off during the movie. This includes the lights on the electronics bench.

10. This event is for members of the lab. However, family members and friends are allowed provided they are with a member.
Most of the rules are non-negotiable but this is a flexible rule. Please at least be an adult literally and figuratively when attending this event.
Additionally, this rule may change considerably soon as it may be opened to outside visitors of the lab to save the event from being cancelled due to low attendance.

11. Do not discuss religion or politics during any 'Theater Discussion Night' event. This event is not the place or time to discuss current or past religious or political events or people.
This rule is non-negotiable. If you feel compelled to break this rule, you will be asked to leave and not return to any event.

These rules were unfortunately created because of experiences from past events.
If you can't respect these rules then don't attend this event.
If you don't understand the rules or the need for them, do not to attend any of the events.
Lloyd reserves the right to change these rules without notice. So, check these rules often for unexpected updates.
Lastly, don't preach about these rules being in place. Lloyd has been complained to about rules by people who don't even attend the event.

Mandatory 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 for single events are still welcome but are encouraged to change their mind as the discussion is one of the better aspects of our events.
  • The discussion section is NOT for discussing the "making of" the movie or the actors in the movie but instead to discuss the plot, ethics, and other aspects of the story of the movie.

Discussion Topics:
  • Please view our Discussion section for discussion topic suggestions.
  • Additionally, suggested discussion topics are listed on the "Discussion" tab section of this wiki page under their individual movie listings.
  • Other discussion topics are welcome and encouraged as they can greatly expand the potential for enhanced and fun discussions.

Mini-Schedule for Upcoming TDN Events

Month - Day Movie
June - 22nd "Ex Machina" - Event Cancelled
July - 13th "Ex Machina" - Event Cancelled
July - 27th "Automata"
August - 10th "A.I. Artificial Intelligence"
August - 24th "In Time"
Sept. 14th "The Black Hole"
Sept. 28th "Bicentennial Man"
This list is subject to change without notice. Be sure to check it before each event to see if changes have been made to the schedule.
Movie titles are linked with their respective IMDb page.
Any event slot with Open means no movie has been planned for that day. Suggestions are welcome for that event.

Theater Discussion Night

Event Basics
What: This event features educational presentation of movies and select TV shows through the healthy discussion of each selected movie and TV show.

General events are on the 2nd and 4th Friday of every month starting at 9PM (21:00).
Please see the FamiLAB Calendar for dates.
Special events are scheduled independently of regularly scheduled events.
Special events include but are not restricted to Star Wars Night and Westworld Nights.

Where: FamiLAB Classroom
Why: Discussion of movies brings added dimension to many movies and it just happens to be required for this event.

Standard guests are current adult FamiLAB Members.
Non-members and minors (under 18) must be accompanied by responsible current adult FamiLAB members.

Lloyd Black organizes and hosts all "Theater Discussion Night" (known as TDN) general events.
Lloyd Black also organizes special events featuring Star Wars Night and Westworld Nights events as well.

How: Classroom video projector and movie screen plus Lloyd's own laptop.
Popcorn: Lloyd purchased a popcorn machine for use at the lab. It's for everyone's enjoyment.
It will be made fresh before every TDN event.
All you need to do is ask and get some yourself from the laptop bar.
Event Procedure:
8:30-9:00 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.
9:00-9:30 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 may suggest other movies and make movie donations at this time.
Double Feature
Double Feature events will have an intermission between movies and a discussion after each movie.
Time Exceptions
On occasion, the event may be delayed for the purpose of waiting for attendees. This could include a co-host or key guests who are important to the event. This is of course at the discretion of the primary host, Lloyd.
Event Organizers and Co-Hosts:
Lloyd organizes this event and moderates the discussion.
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.
If you'd like to be involved with this event, offer to be a co-host.
Co-Hosting is an option if you're knowledgeable about the movie, subject matter of the movie being shown or other related aspect of the movie.
An example of this would be someone who's an expert on AI (Artificial Intelligence).
There are many movies featuring AI subject matter and a co-host would be highly beneficial in the discussion aspect of many movie showings which have AI in the movie story.
Some ways this could be beneficial would be to debunk some myths about AI, androids with AI, and etc. and compare the facts from the myths that the movie may present.
  • Please select your seat before the movie begins. Moving around disturbs others and may interfere with Lloyd's preparations. There is plenty of time to select your position in the room before the movie starts.
  • 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 be running late if you had planned on attending. He may delay the movie for you if he's given enough notice.
  • 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.

Next Movie

Movie: "Ex Machina"
When: July 13th @ 9:00 PM (21:00)
Where: Classroom
Title: Released: Rating: Genre(s): Time Length:
Ex Machina 2014 R Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller 1 Hr 48 Mins


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.
All movies are to be fictional and enjoyable for the majority of viewers. This means no factual historical movies or documentaries.
Also, no movies that may cause unreasonable stress or trauma to the viewer. That content decision will be decided by Lloyd.
Movies with religious or strong political themes which could be offensive will not be considered. Again, that will be decided by Lloyd.
Just because a movie is in the list doesn't mean it will be selected to be shown. This list is just for inspiration and to give options to pull from.
Current movies in the suggested list being considered are in not of any particular meaningful order or priority.
Not all movies in the list are in Lloyd's personal collection. Some may need to be purchased ahead of time before an event.
Movies needing to be purchased ahead of time need will require a month to acquire before it's to be shown.
Movies may be donated to Lloyd but are to be permanent donations, not loans.
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. Some IMDb information may be inaccurate so do not rely on them for factual data.
  • Movies are listed alphanumerically (by alphabetical or numerical order) for ease of searching and that's it, there are no other reasons for their order.
  • 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 previously displayed.
  • Movies may be shown again if they're requested by popular demand. Contact Lloyd Black if you desire to see any of the movies which have been already 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
The Black Hole 1979 PG Action, Sci-Fi 1 Hr 38 Mins
Blade Runner 1982 R Sci-Fi, Thriller 1 Hr 57 Mins
Blade Runner 2049 2017 R Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi 2 Hr 44 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
Fahrenheit 451 1966 Not Rated Drama, Sci-Fi 1 Hr 52 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
In Time 2011 PG-13 Action, Crime, Drama 1 Hr 49 Min
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
Natural Born Killers 1994 R Crime, Drama 1 Hr 58 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
Poltergeist 1982 PG Horror, Thriller 1 Hr 54 Mins
Poltergeist 2015 PG-13 Horror, Thriller 1 Hr 33 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
Soldier 1998 R Action, Drama, Sci-Fi 1 Hr 39 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, 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: A Star Wars Story 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
Episode VIII - The Last Jedi 2017 PG-13 Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi 2 Hr 32 Mins

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

Westworld Nights

Westworld Nights events are for the viewing of the HBO series Westworld (not the Westworld movie from 1973).
Westworld Night events will be scheduled soon. Keep watching this section for new information about these special events.
These events will be two episodes each night. They will feature the first season initially and then progress into the second season.
There will also be requests for specific episodes if there's enough demand for them.
Please contact Lloyd Black for additional information by using Slack. Lloyd's name on Slack is

These Slack links with either open the browser version or redirect to your desktop Slack app:


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 ANY current day 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.
  • Additionally, DO NOT bring religion into the discussion unless it's directly related to the movie.
  • If religion is a part of the movie, DO NOT bring any heavily biased religious discussion into the discussion of the movie.
  • 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 only 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

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.
Slack channel link: #theater_discussion
(For use with the browser version of Slack)
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.

The Fine Print Disclaimer

  • Rules listed on the very top of this page are not the only rules for this event. Many rules may be common sense and are not listed due to making the list too long for easy review before an event.
  • Lloyd reserves the right to ask people to leave in the event that people refuse to obey the stated rules.
  • This event will not support any religious or political bias that is brought in by any guest.
  • Do not bring discuss religion or politics during any Theater Discussion Night events.
  • All movies being shown are for educational purposes as these events also include a mandatory discussion. This is required aspect of this event as to avoid copyright violations.
  • 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 and/or copying movies by anyone attending.
  • None of the movies shown during this event or listed in the "Suggested List" are available for loan. If you want to borrow a movie, get a Netflix subscription.
  • 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, in which case the event could be cancelled.)
  • 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, not from Netflix. This is NOT open for debate.
  • The contents of this page are subject to change frequently and without notice.
  • All movies shown are from the original media purchased legally from reputable sources such as
  • Software: All movies shown during the "Theater Discussion Night" are played via VLC Media Player.
  • Hardware: All movies are played using Lloyd's laptop and an external HDD.
  • Also, being the event uses the classroom projector, Lloyd keeps extra bulbs on hand to replace the bulbs quickly and efficiently. So, please don't order bulbs unless told to do so, there's extra bulbs already available. Ask Lloyd for them before attempting to do it yourself. You may contact Lloyd by Slack or by phone/text at 321-220-4013. He lives very close to the lab so response and replacement time should be fairly short.
  • Last but not least, only Lloyd reserves the right to override anything stated on this page.

About "Theater Discussion Night"

This event started with a casual discussion between Dustin Cox and Lloyd Black. The discussion was simply about the possible interest in showing Sci-Fi movies from the 80's era. It seemed that there could be some interest in people wanting to watch movies from that time since many members favor Sci-Fi movies.

This discussion ended up being the reason why Lloyd went ahead and planned the events which became Theater Discussion Night (TDN). It has since become a quiet event but since it's beginning it's slowly gaining popularity. It does have some events that are very lightly attended but that's acceptable since a heavily attended event would make for a more difficult discussion at the end.

The discussion at the end of each event is necessary as it keeps the event "fair use". The discussion keeps the event within the legal range as it makes it an educational event. Also, the discussion adds a fun aspect of the event since it allows the attendees to learn more about the movie, it also makes the event more fun to attend. Fair use is the loosely the use for the movie for criticism, commentary, education and research of a given movie. TDN actually does cover most if not all of these points. We often do criticism, some commentary, definitely education and there's a fair amount of research done by Lloyd and the other attendees when the movie is being considered and at the end during the discussion phase.

Overall, its usually an interesting event that's enjoyed as a fun event and thought provoking. Many times the discussion brings up the idea of what life would be like if we lived in the fictional environment depicted in the movie.

We typically don't discuss the 'making of' aspect of the movie as that's not what the discussion is about. It's focused on the aspect of what is going on within the false reality of the movie.

Lloyd's interest in TDN is partially from his interest in the many aspects of movies from the script writing aspect, special effects and many other aspects of movie making. However, it's also from the fictional aspect of the false realities within the movies. Lloyd went to college for 'Film and Video Production'. Lloyd also collects many movies but doesn't have the collection he wishes he had but that's just because of space restrictions of where he lives. Lloyd has always wanted to have his own theater to show movies within his interest. TDN partially grants his wishes with running the event even if the attendance is fairly low compared to an actual theater. Being able to share this passion of movies with other members within FamiLAB is greatly rewarding though.

FamiLAB is a unique place that allows members to take part in many things. One of those things is to share interests and passions with other people with similar interests. That is how TDN is able to exist and also helps other people learn about movies even if we don't make movies but we're able to share our interests in them another way.

Some Informational External Links Regarding Movies and Media Playing Software

The following links are used for information featured on this page and for the production that is the TDN event.

Special Note: VLC is probably one of the most versatile media players for most OS's and is highly recommended for playing most video formats.