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we want stories to spoil

My honors student is planning out her thesis and is looking for enjoyable short stories (that are in the public domain, preferably) that end in a twist. Details (and a few spoilers!) inside. [more inside]
posted by anaphoric on Jul 14, 2014 - 17 answers

A very specific spoiler please

I am a show watcher wondering if a specific Game of Thrones fan theory has been confirmed in the books. I am hoping that the Maesters among us will deign to indulge me. [more inside]
posted by sparklemotion on Jun 20, 2014 - 23 answers

Monkey pull lever, monkey get what?

Many years ago, I used to play a game on my elderly Mac called "Enigma", by Freeverse. Not the modern Oxyd clone, but a version of Mastermind, where you had to deduce a pattern of colored dots given a certain number of hints. You put in your guess and pulled a lever; the game would taunt you, make weird comments, or throw a monkey wrench into things and screw up your guesses. The premise of the game was that you were solving the puzzles in order to open a golden briefcase. I never did manage to get the briefcase open--can anyone tell me what was inside? [more inside]
posted by theatro on Sep 21, 2013 - 10 answers

The best kind of movie spoilers? (SPOILER ALERT)

I'm looking for the most mind-blowing things you've discovered or realized about a major motion picture, during or after the watching. Bonus points: what are these called so that I can google more of them? [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime on Sep 9, 2013 - 39 answers

Examples of characters unwittingly aiding their foes?

What are examples in fiction of characters who think they are subverting the bad guys only to learn that they were unwittingly doing what the bad guys wanted all along? SPOILERS follow. [more inside]
posted by mediated self on Jul 24, 2013 - 20 answers

I pray to myself, for myself: but did I pray for the bill to pass?

Just finished watching "House of Cards" and there's one thing I don't get... (more details, and almost certainly spoilers, inside) [more inside]
posted by handful of rain on Feb 19, 2013 - 17 answers

Season 2 of The Walking Dead: Watch them all, or watch selectively?

My boyfriend and I have just finished Season 1 of The Walking Dead. We have heard that Season 2 really drags, but Season 3 (so far) is amazing. So now we are torn: should we watch all of Season 2, or should we skip some episodes so as to reach Season 3 faster? If the latter, which episodes should we skip, and which are must-watch? SPOILERS INSIDE. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Feb 10, 2013 - 23 answers

Spoilery question about the book "John Dies at the End"

Spoilery question about the novel John Dies at the End inside. [more inside]
posted by Lentrohamsanin on Nov 11, 2012 - 5 answers

The olympics are way less fun now.

Have olympic spoilers always been this bad? I'm so so very annoyed to already know the outcome of tonights gymnastics, just like I've inadvertantly known the outcome of almost every event I am interested in so far in these games. Even though I try to avoid the obvious spoiler media outlets, I can't ignore everything; esp not elevator tv's, the radio, or overheard coversations at the cubicle farm. Are the days of sitting on the edge of my seat during the evening broadcast, jumping for joy at an unexpected gold over? Or has it always been this way and I'm just catching up now?
posted by shimmer on Jul 31, 2012 - 30 answers

Spoilers wanted for Spec Ops: The Line

Give me spoilers about Spec Ops: The Line! [spoilers] [more inside]
posted by cmcmcm on Jul 5, 2012 - 7 answers

Spoiler filled questions about Cabin in the Woods.

Questions about the movie Cabin in the Woods (Spoilers, of course), [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Apr 15, 2012 - 17 answers

what happened in this episode of Waking the Dead?

Please spoil this episode of Waking the Dead for me- who was the bag man? [more inside]
posted by jojobobo on Mar 25, 2012 - 2 answers

Hahaha... Claire.

Please spoil Final Fantasy XIII for me in advance of the sequel! [more inside]
posted by yellowbinder on Jan 28, 2012 - 2 answers

Plot points in Down Terrace

Anyone seen the English film Down Terrace? [more inside]
posted by eugenen on Sep 29, 2011 - 1 answer

Hey, it's the new Connie Willis novel -- get the forklift!

Despite being a great fan of Connie Willis, I had to give up on Blackout/All Clear when I was barely a hundred pages into All Clear because it had been such a meandering, repetitive read. (Others have been able to finish it, but share my frustration). Two brief, related questions: 1) Can someone please summarize what happened in the rest of the book? (Yes, SPOILERS!) and 2) What the hell is happening to Willis' editors, given that her novels have been getting more lengthy and repetitive? The Doomsday Book (1993) was perfectly sized for its story. Bellwether (1997) was a little repetitive, but it was relatively short and funny, and I enjoyed it overall. Her 2002 novel Passage, although a satisfying book in the end, was a maze of twisty little passages, all alike, for the first chunk as well. And then she delivered bouncing baby Buicks in the form of Blackout/All Clear this past year. Why? [more inside]
posted by maudlin on Aug 21, 2011 - 12 answers

Questions about biology from the movie Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Questions about biology, genes, humans and apes, courtesy of the movie Rise of the Planet of the Apes. SPOILERS WITHIN. [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Aug 19, 2011 - 8 answers

NERD ALERT

[Game of Thrones Filter, likely spoilers] Did Syrio the swordmaster get killed or not? [more inside]
posted by bardic on Jun 14, 2011 - 18 answers

A series of series and serialized sub-serials. Seriously, basically help me make some mini-series - there will be spoilers.

*Spoiler Alert*Never Read This Thread (but none within the question itself): I am hoping to create a set of custom original miniature series "arcs", highlighting various things; characters/topics/ story-arcs/plot-arcs... any sort of "shortening of a longer series" that you love, or like or know. [more inside]
posted by infinite intimation on Feb 12, 2011 - 4 answers

Please spoil Nier for me

I don't want to play this video game any more, but I want to know what happens. Where on the Internet can I find a plot summary of Nier? [more inside]
posted by aparrish on Feb 1, 2011 - 6 answers

Revelatory Redemption

Can someone refresh my memory about Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds? I'm reading Redemption Ark and a few things I feel like I should remember aren't coming back. [more inside]
posted by OmieWise on Oct 7, 2010 - 4 answers

What happens to Smash Williams on Friday Night Lights?

What happens in the end to the character Brian "Smash" Williams on Friday Night Lights? [more inside]
posted by vincele on Sep 16, 2010 - 6 answers

Help me remember the name of this book?

Help me identify this novel that I read as a teenager? [more inside]
posted by thecaddy on Jun 28, 2010 - 8 answers

Spoilers in the Mad Men season 3 DVD special features?

Are there spoilers in the special features on the Mad Men season 3 DVDs? [more inside]
posted by NortonDC on May 28, 2010 - 11 answers

The end of Lost in a paragraph?

Could somebody summarise the end of Lost in a paragraph? I can't wade through the post on the green; it appears to be all reaction and not a lot of content. Assume the Wikipedia article doesn't do it for me. Take this summary of BSG (Spoiler!) as a benchmark:
[more inside]
posted by obiwanwasabi on May 25, 2010 - 50 answers

What Olympic events were particularly great so far? Don't say why!

Vancouver 2010: What should I watch? (No Spoilers!) [more inside]
posted by sdis on Feb 28, 2010 - 19 answers

Help me watch The Wire.

Where can I find spoiler-free information on The Wire? Also (and related), should I watch the prequels ahead of time? [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit on Jan 18, 2010 - 31 answers

Dark Corners: huh?

Plateofbeaning Dark Corners the movie? Oddities, trivia and overanalysis for your amusement. Spoilers inside, I'm sure. [more inside]
posted by Iosephus on Oct 24, 2009 - 0 answers

simplesimplesimple

What is the initial verbal meme that triggers the Pontypool outbreak in the movie Pontypool?
posted by benzenedream on Oct 18, 2009 - 4 answers

Frailty the movie

Frailty the movie: did I get all of that right? (Needless to say, major spoilers inside!) [more inside]
posted by Iosephus on Jan 1, 2009 - 7 answers

"Seven Pounds" question

Question about "Seven Pounds" (wow this movie sucked, but nevertheless, spoilers are inside) [more inside]
posted by Saucy Intruder on Dec 21, 2008 - 5 answers

Who Ruined Star Wars?

This is about as long a shot as possible, but here goes. On the opening day of Return of the Jedi (or shortly thereafter), a morning talk show was asking kids for their reaction to the film, and one of the little twerps blurted out the ending. Anyone else remember this? [more inside]
posted by Shadowkeeper on Oct 1, 2008 - 2 answers

Questions about War of the Worlds (2005)

So, I just finished watching War of the Worlds 2005 with Tom Cruise and I have some questions. [more inside]
posted by nooneyouknow on Aug 8, 2008 - 9 answers

Can I see the new X-Files movie and then watch the series later?

Can I see the new X-Files movie and then watch the series later? [more inside]
posted by snowleopard on Jul 30, 2008 - 17 answers

There are six-- I mean, five replicants.

I have a plot question concerning the movie The Dark Knight. If you haven't seen the movie, you won't be able to answer my question, so there are definitely spoilers inside. [more inside]
posted by EatenByAGrue on Jul 21, 2008 - 14 answers

Extra deaths in Shakespeare's Hamlet?

Productions of Hamlet in which an additional character dies unexpectedly? (spoilers for a 400-year-old play and modern productions) [more inside]
posted by booksandlibretti on Jun 16, 2008 - 9 answers

Spoiler Alert

What is the origin of the term "Spoiler Alert". [more inside]
posted by Tube on Feb 16, 2008 - 11 answers

Ultimate spoiler: you are God. Sound familiar?

Anyone recall seeing a Web page that said something like "Ultimate Spoiler: You are God"? [more inside]
posted by Curry on Feb 6, 2008 - 7 answers

Help me find Harry Potter Spoilers

Please help me spoil Harry Potter 7! [more inside]
posted by fermezporte on Jul 24, 2007 - 16 answers

Help me remember part of "Wolf Creek".

If you've already seen it, help me remember a phrase used in the movie "Wolf Creek". [SPOILERS INSIDE] [more inside]
posted by 23skidoo on May 17, 2007 - 4 answers

"Fruits Basket" manga spoilers, please?

I'm looking for spoilers about the "Fruits Basket" manga. [more inside]
posted by Steven C. Den Beste on May 8, 2007 - 1 answer

Help me find evidence concerning the deadliness of splinters

I just watched the Mythbusters pirate special, and I'm looking for historical evidence to argue with the cannonball/splinter conclusion. (don't click through if you don't want spoilers) [more inside]
posted by ubernostrum on Jan 17, 2007 - 22 answers

SpoilerFilter

"The Prestige" spoiler question, do not read if you have any intention of seeing the movie. [more inside]
posted by hwestiii on Oct 22, 2006 - 29 answers

Spoilers in Twin Peaks DVD commentaries?

Do the commentaries on the Twin Peaks DVDs contain spoilers? [more inside]
posted by Dean King on Jun 23, 2006 - 9 answers

Held me understand the twist of Inside Man

I saw Inside Man with some friends last night, but I don't get it. Please help me understand it :). Spoilers inside. [more inside]
posted by Handcoding on Mar 26, 2006 - 33 answers

The ending of

At the end of the movie "The Good Thief"... [SPOILERS INSIDE]
posted by nicwolff on Mar 20, 2005 - 4 answers

Lord of the Rings Questions

IDontHaveTimeToReadTheBookFilter - I have some questions about the LOTR movie trilogy that can only be answered by those who have actually read the books. (mi+) [more inside]
posted by invisible ink on Dec 13, 2004 - 42 answers

The Color of Money

AskMovieSpoilerFilter - So a while ago I was watching the excellent "The Color of Money" and I can't figure out exactly why the Tom Cruise character was so pissed at the Paul Newman character at the very end. [spoiler] Did Fast Eddie throw his match because he had been payed off to do so? Presumably simply resigning a match would arouse suspicions if that were the case. Or did he do it to avoid playing Tom Cruise in a tournament? I can't find a precis anywhere on the net that goes into that level of detail...
posted by sfz on Oct 26, 2004 - 7 answers

How Does "The Village" End?

I would like to know the ending to The Village so I don't have to actually see the film, which is supposed to be awful.
posted by gwint on Aug 5, 2004 - 38 answers

Spoiler wanring! I have a question about the movie Jules et Jim

I just finished watching Jules et Jim. I really liked it, but I have a slightly spoilerish question which I will ask inside. [more inside]
posted by PinkStainlessTail on Jul 22, 2004 - 15 answers

The film Perfect Blue is very confusing

The film Perfect Blue is very confusing. (more inside, with major spoilers) [more inside]
posted by Prospero on Jan 19, 2004 - 10 answers

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