Oh yeah, I forgot about the pantless Julianne Moore running around in Short Cuts. That’s kind of famous, isn’t it? As for there being a heterosexual sex scene in Timecode, I confess that I’m a bit foggy on everything after Selma Hayek makes out with Jeanne Tripplehorne. But, yeah, I guess it’s the later sex scene that’s more explicit.
Thanks to Steve Coogan, Tristram Shandy has the best scene involving roasted chestnuts you’ll ever see.
I thought of Sin City too, as well as Thin Red Line. Interesting how multithreaded = “adult.” Well, I suppose it does make sense: I’m imagining a few kids in my class who will strongly object to the complexity of more than one story plot running simultaneously.
Simpsons and Futurama episodes would also be more than welcome. Family Guy… probably not so much – for these purposes, anyway.
Yea, I mean Pulp Fiction had violence, drug use, and rape, but that was over ten years ago! I haven’t seen Pulp Fiction in a couple of years, but I bet it just seems quaint and tame now compared to what the Internet has forced upon my senses since I was in grade 8.
Otherwise, the Simpsons episode is the safe way to go, but I guess they’d miss the better laughs from it.
Personally, I think time travel sort of misrepresents the idea of hypertext, especially in the context of teaching it. Plenty of films dealing with time travel do fit the bill, but I would worry that some students may make a one-to-one association when that really isn’t the case. There are cases (like the remake of The Time Machine) wherein it shows causality of time traveling events, but the narrative is still strictly linear.
I guess the same could be said about movies that rely heavily on flashbacks, but at least flashbacks are (IMO) closer to the idea that’s trying to be conveyed.
Flashbacks are great - close to what I’m trying to get at.
Anyway, considering my target audience, I’m going to go with Run Lola Run if I have enough time, and if not, then the X-Files episode Bad Blood (Luke Wilson & vampires FTW) and the Simpsons episode mentioned in this thread. The other suggestions, however, I’ll be renting over the next few weeks for my own personal edification. Lone Star in particular looks interesting; I’m not sure how I missed that one.
As X-Files episodes go, I’d be much more inclined to recommend “Jose Chung’s From Outer Space”. It has flashbacks, multiple viewpoints of the same events, and Alex Trebeck as an MIB. How can you beat that?