Sunshine, Light, and Joy

 

This is a post that I've been thinking about for awhile. Recently, I opened up the discussion to other members of the staff to get their feelings on the matter, and their opinions generally matched mine, which is this:

Within the last year or so, there's been a steady increase of negative posts in movie threads. We've always had some heated discussions for some movies, but recently things have not only gotten more histrionic in those threads (generally speaking, the CBM ones), but they've started to spread to other franchises and other movies as well. I'm not talking about out-and-out trolling, I'm talking about members feeling they have to consistently shit on a movie (or studio, or star) simply because they aren't interested in the current project or projects. With every piece of news about a movie, it's now a virtual guarantee that there's a flood of people rushing to say they think it sucks, they don't like the current trailer/tv spot/actor/actress/director/concept. And I get it -- we all have movies we don't like, movies which we think are bad ideas, industry people that just don't appeal to us. But there's a fine line between expressing your opinion about this and doing it so often, with such consistency, that the collective emphasis of all of it basically brings down the entire thread and thus the entire forum.

There's no easy answer to this. We don't want to crush freedom of expression here. But at the same time, the spirit of this forum is for people to have fun talking about the movies they love and the box-office runs they love.

To have fun.

And while it may be fun -- in a sense -- to personally vent about a movie, or to vent at people who dare to enjoy something you don't, it doesn't bring fun to our community. In fact, it generally drags down the overall fun for everyone else. We've had people repeatedly mention to us over the last several months or so that in some cases they don't even bother going into some threads -- even for movies they're curious about! -- because they just don't want to deal with the overall mess those threads contain. And frankly, that matches the personal opinion of most of the staff as well.

So this post is both a request and a warning. 

The request: Next time you feel like taking a dump on a movie (or a topic) for the dozenth time, take a moment to consider whether it's really worth it. People probably already have a good idea of what your attitude about the project is. Maybe just put your posting energy into a movie that you enjoy and love or are excited about.

The warning: The staff is going to be taking a closer look at some of these threads and we'll be more active with temp thread-bans if we think it'll help the overall vibe of the forum. I'd rather we don't have to, but it's not going to constrain any of you too much if you aren't allowed to post about a movie you supposedly don't care about anyway.

Remember the words of Bill and Ted: "Be Excellent to Each Other".

They're just movies, guys. It's about having fun.

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  3. This. Ghostbusters didn't fail because of the man-shaming drive, it failed despite of it. If Wonder Woman is a half-decent movie - which it seems it will be, at the very least - it'll score major bucks.
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  5. You faced personal discrimination as a man in Sweden, one of the most progressive and open country in history?
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  8. About 2%. If it drops more than 50% next weekend, no chance. Sent from my E6533 using Tapatalk
  9. The Rock always has been a positive guy across his social media. So it's not too surprising he'd try to find some silver lining
  10. Yeah, the global total looks like it'll save Pirates 5 like it saved the fourth.
  11. These women didn't turn up in big enough numbers for Ghostbusters. We had all this for that film too. They need to show up and buy tickets.
  12. I'm probably one of the least informed CB dudes here, but doesn't she come from a women only Island out in the ocean or some shit? If thats where Chris Pine washes up on in the trailer thats a lucky dude.
  13. If Disney was smart they would have switched the release dates of Pirates and Beauty and the Beast. Beauty would have still owned in the summer. Also Pirates would have kep IMAX longer. I heard the IMAX 3D for Pirates is pretty damn good but it will lose it fast
  14. Agreed. Badly staged,and if it happens after the Cruise character knows what he is dealing with, then attacking it with a stick is really, really, dumb.
  15. As usual this will return a reliable profit. I don't fully understand how, but why mess with what works
  16. It is hilariously bad. It makes the 2nd one look good in comparison.
  17. I don't want it to fail but I feel that the Universal Monster universe would work better as straight up horror,rather then an action/horror hybrid. And that this film looks too much like just rehash of the 1999 film does not help matters much.
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