With the momentous series finale of Breaking Bad just hours away, fans of the show are hungry for something, anything to wile away the time before the epic conclusion tonight. So why not kick back and chew the fat with your fellow MeFites with the help of a little tool I like to call "The Periodic Table of Breaking Bad." [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi
on Sep 29, 2013 -
The secret allure of the spoiler. Think you don’t want to know the ending? Think again
"Is there a greater cultural sin than a good story spoiled? The accepted modern posture is that knowing too much beforehand about the plot of a novel, a play, a movie, even a TV series, ruins the magic of experiencing it for the first time — renders it damaged goods, not worth one’s time or money.[..]
It’s a given: Everyone hates spoilers. Except when they don’t. Two researchers in the psychology department of the University of California at San Diego recently decided to test whether we really hate spoilers, or just like to say we do. What they found surprised them: The majority of people apparently like having a story spoiled for them. In fact, we may enjoy spoiled stories even more than the unspoiled versions. Is it true? Do we secretly crave predigested plots the way some foodies sneak Big Macs when no one’s looking?"
Pdf link to study. [more inside]
posted by nooneyouknow
on Aug 29, 2012 -
Official Spoiler Etiquette.
The stars of your favorite TV shows (assuming your favorite TV shows include The Wire, Heroes, Walking Dead, Battlestar Galactica, Dexter, or True Blood)
teach you how not to ruin them for your friends.
posted by lazaruslong
on Mar 14, 2012 -
(Belgium, 1971, aka ‘The Legend of Doom House’) is a movie
that has been described as ‘bizarre, lurid and baffling;’ ‘a mysterious curiosity;’ and ‘exquisitely bonkers.’ An international cast led by Mathieu Carrière and Susan Hampshire (playing five
rôles) also included Orson Welles
. Its director, Harry Kümel
, is otherwise best known for his stylish lesbian
vampire flick Les Lèvres Rouges
’). The movie
was adapted from an unusual
, first published in wartime Brussels—the work
of Jean Ray
(aka Raymond Jean-Marie de Kremer): a convicted embezzler & prolific hack
, who was, nevertheless, one of the foremost exponents
of the fantastique
in French-language fiction. Please note that some of the links above are NSFW
(some nudity) & several contain SPOILERS
. [more inside]
posted by misteraitch
on Nov 14, 2011 -
"What I'm asking is this: Are screenwriters now affected by "spoiler culture" before they even begin the writing process? If you know a twist will be unavoidably revealed before the majority of people see the work itself, and if you concede that selling and marketing a film with a major secret will be more complicated for everyone involved … would you even try? Would you essentially stop yourself from trying to write a movie that's structured like The Sixth Sense?" Are Spoilers Flipping the Script?
posted by Brandon Blatcher
on Jun 17, 2011 -
Death to the spoiler police! Salon
's Mary Elizabeth Williams takes a stand against people who insist on spoiler alerts: "[O]nce a work enters the pop culture vernacular, it is not society's responsibility to provide you with earmuffs until you finally get around to experiencing it. ... But for the love of God, if you really don't want to know about a book/movie/television show, do the rest of the world a favor and stop hanging out in the online discussion groups about it." Via Roger Ebert
posted by mcwetboy
on May 20, 2010 -
So, it seems like (almost
) everyone is watching Heroes
. But if you want more, Heroes doesn't have to just a hour of screen time a week. The weekly 'graphic novels'
] to familiar faces, fill in plot holes
] and introduce
*] new characters, they've even continued during the haitus. But Heroes' impressive online presence encompasses more than just comics... Spoilers for S1 throughout, mild spoilers for S2 (casting, new characters, some plot), I've asterisked the most spoilery
. [more inside]
posted by featherboa
on Sep 24, 2007 -
The secret of Harry Houdini's signature "Metamorphosis" escape trick is out of the bag
. Do not visit that page if you don't want to know how he did it.
posted by riffola
on Jun 6, 2004 -
Troy (the movie) in 15 minutes.
Just in case you didn't feel like sitting through the whole
two hours 43 minutes. via BoingBoing
Bedroom of Helen of
PARIS: Hey, baby, I brought you a pearl necklace.
HELEN [weepy]: I can’t wear it because I’m sort of already married to that other guy but we’ve been doing the royal nasty for a week already anyway and you’re going to leave tomorrow and WAHHHHH.
PARIS: You could stow away and come with me and start a war that will end up killing 90% of the cast and totally be the downfall of my people and my kingdom!
HELEN: *sniff* I think… that’s the sweetest thing anyone’s ever said to me.
posted by gottabefunky
on May 20, 2004 -
no not THAT Cervantes silly, THIS Cervantes
wrote the first half of Don Quixote
in 1605. The popularity of the world's first novel was so great that an impostor book was published
chronicling the continued misadventures of the Don Quixote and Sancho, so scandalously in fact that Cervantes himself had to write a second half
ten years later which ends (SPOILER) with the death of Alonso Quixano and the end of all further tales. Now it seems some 400 years later its happening to our young Harry Potter
posted by Pollomacho
on Nov 13, 2002 -
The Movie Spoiler
is a good site that'll save you a few bucks. [Warning: It contains spoilers and does reveal movie endings.]
posted by riffola
on Sep 4, 2001 -
Sopranos spoilers! (sorta)
Now that the season finale has aired, I guess it's safe to post this site. The writer actively researches rumors about the plots of upcoming Sopranos episodes, without much luck (in hindsight, he batted about .500).
My thoughts upon reading this:
1) Why would a true fan work so hard to ruin the show's surprises for himself and everyone else?
2) How could he work so hard on this and still be so wrong? The poor guy really needs some better sources.
posted by Dirjy
on May 20, 2001 -