What is Movie Night?
A movie is chosen, either via a meta question or simply by royal decree.
How is it supposed to work?
At the agreed time, we all gather in the main site chatroom and press start at the same time on our respective copies of the chosen movie. Generally for an hour or so before the event, there's discussion about places where you can buy/...
No, we shouldn't limit our movie nights to PG-13-or-under movies.
The movie itself isn't being hosted on SE, so its content is irrelevant. In any case, ratings applied by the MPAA and FCC only count in the US, and many of our members don't live in the US, so those ratings aren't a useful metric (two different countries will use different criteria ...
The Princess Bride (1987)
A much-quoted cult classic. Sweet and sometimes silly, it's essentially a love story but with plenty of well-done action too. Or to put it another way:
Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, True Love, miracles....
It's really not too bad. Do try to stay awake. To miss this Movie Night would be ...
My nomination is the 1980 classic, Flash Gordon. It has everything: Brian Blessed!1 Max Von Sydow! Topol! Timothy Dalton! Richard O'Brien!2 Sam J. Jones! A brilliant soundtrack by Queen! Beautiful, incredibly unique backgrounds! Boar worms! Ridiculously bad acting! Absurd dialogue! A fight in the form of a bizarre alien football game! This ...
+3 bonus points for ~3.7k star-trek questions.
Is it a parody or a sci-fi comedy in its own right? This movie is so awesome it is hard to tell!
Galaxy Quest is an acknowledged homage to Star Trek; therefore a variety of elements in the former correspond to those of the latter. The television program within the film, Galaxy Quest, is set around ...
Are all participants supposed to find access (rent a DVD, dig out an old VHS, search on Youtube) to the same movie and all press play on the same instant?
Often people will be out of sync by a few seconds to minutes.
Participants comment on the movie while it is playing, making observations, making jokes, etc.
Sometimes those transcripts are ...
Spaceballs, +4 bonus points (star-wars)
Planet Spaceballs' President Skroob sends Lord Dark Helmet to steal planet Druidia's abundant supply of air to replenish their own, and only Lone Starr can stop them.
Sounds familiar? That's because it's a hilariously done Star Wars and Star Trek parody, doing more than fair justice to the original. All your ...
WATCHED: Tuesday 31st of May
Batman: The Movie (1966)
Available on Amazon Video for free with Prime membership (in the US).
Why should we watch this?
1. Bat Shark Repellent Spray
2. Batman running around with a bomb
3. Cesar Romero flying an umbrella
4. Batman wearing his utility belt over a surgical gown (and the Super Molecular Dust Separator)
WATCHED: Thursday 28th of July
Fantastic Four (2015)
Why don't we watch a newer film, while the hate is still fresh in our minds?
Fantastic Four is described by many as the worst superhero movie of all time and is the most critically panned mainstream superhero film released post-2000. This unintentionally hilarious movie has it all: bad acting, plot-holes, ...
There is not much you can do here beyond the normal functions. Ask questions and provide new answers to old questions could be focused on Harry Potter posts. Edits would be tricky as they should not be trivial and we do not want to flood the front page.
ETA: Topic Challenge - We can do something similar to our sister site M&TV and encourage ...
I'm going to assume that pastiches are also valid and nominate Kung Fury, a pastiche of cheesy 80s films involving time travel and martial arts.
Sometime in the early 1980s, Miami-Dade Police Department detective Kung Fury and his partner Dragon apprehend a red ninja in a back alley, but Dragon is sliced in half by the ninja while Kung Fury is suddenly ...
What We Do in the Shadows
Bonus points: 0
Parodies: Vampire genre
Main site tag: vampire
Written and directed by our good mates Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok) and Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords), What We Do in the Shadows is a 'mockumentary' about Vampires (and Werewolves) and their daily lives.
The Terminator Movie Night was a success. We had a good number of participants (7) as well as a slightly higher number of lurkers (8). On the downside, despite the "Ladies Night" motif we only had one female active participant and a couple of female lurkers.
MissMoniceE (who proposed the film) was unable to attend due to schedulding conflicts but will get ...
(1997, IMDb, Wiki)
Shaquille O'Neal's foray into the superhero genre as John Henry Irons (a character introduced during DC Comics' seminal Reign of the Supermen series) was less than well-received. It has a mere 12% on Rotten Tomatoes, where the critics agree that "Steel is a badly-acted movie that indulges not only in superhero clichés, but also ...
The Wild World of Batwoman, available for free on YouTube via its MST3K treatment.
In this zero budget cheapie a busty Batwoman enlists her beauteous bevy of Batgirls (when they are not dancing the jerk) to help her regain a mad scientist's invention (an atom bomb made out of a hearing aid) before a costumed ne'er-do-well, Rat Fink, can glom onto it for ...
I can't see how this could be a good question on the main site
Would it be suitable as a chat room event theme, as a possible way to draw in new contributors?
Sure! This site used to have themed chat events, but interest and participation died out.
I believe it may have started with a regular recommendation chat, which is actually what started ...
One of the best films I've seen. It ticks ALL the boxes. Whatever you want, Stardust has it.
Romance: an emotional and convincing love story at the heart (pun intended!) of the plot
Action: plenty of swordfighting, daring escapes, and galloping horseback chases
Intrigue: power-hungry princes plotting to assassinate one another to gain the ...
At 17 watchers / lurkers at the highest points, this was one of our most successful movie nights ever!!
Thanks to all of the attendees for making this an awesome movie night — it was a blast!
For those who are interested, the transcript starts here.
As always, many thanks to @AncientSwordRage, @Randal'Thor, and @Null for advertising these events.
Highlander 2: The Quickening
A critic called this film "the sound of a franchise flushing itself down the drain". Recently reviewed by our very own @JackBNimble, Highlander 2 is arguably uniquely terrible amongst sci-fi films. There's a lot to cringe at...but also a lot to laugh about!
This film even has one of those scenes from romantic comedies where a ...
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze
(1991, IMDb, Wiki)
In stark contrast to this film, which was well done and downright gritty, its sequel The Secret of the Ooze is a complete stinker.
Between the ill-fitting casting change for April O'Neil, the made-up Tokha and Rahzar (in place of Bebop and Rocksteady), the ridiculous "Super ...
(2004, IMDb, Wiki)
Considered one of the worst films of all time, this movie fell flat on its face in its attempt to bring a stand-alone Catwoman to the big screen.
Let's rejoice in its awesome terribleness.
Available on DVD and Amazon Instant Video.