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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  1. @K1stpierre @CJohn and any other mods, I won't be here for another week. Can you guys take care of adding the requested films?
  2. too bad you feel that way. Most of the people I know that have seen it have actually enjoyed it pretty well
  3. Wtf is up with Guru now? He didn't have a Thursday column and he didn't even have a Sunday recap this week. He does his from time to time now. I wish he would just hire somebody else full-time to do his column. Hell Id do it for free.
  4. Let's not bring Citizen Kane into this. It's one of the most overhyped ridiculously boring films that brainwashed everybody in the world into liking it.
  5. I disagree with this. I think Disney knew exactly what they were getting into when they green-lit this. They knew there was very little chance they were going to make anywhere close to what they made on the last film. If we know about exchange rates and how the last film was received and Johnny Depp's reputation right now then you can bet the marketing Geniuses and all the suits at Disney know what we know.
  6. I agree 100% with this. Sometimes seeing a bad movie is just fine. You can complain about it but it also gives you something to talk about and spending two hours in a theater with a giant screen in front of you even watching a bad movie is sometimes better than an afternoon of doing something else.
  7. That's not entirely true. You are assuming these movies are bad but you yourself have not seen them. You are also assuming that Pirates of the Caribbean is bad because the fourth one sucked. But the audience scores for both of these films are actually pretty good. It is possible to make a better film then you did the previous one.
  8. I think Transformers can do 200. I think there's still enough people out there that are somewhat interested in it.
  9. Yes you and me both LOL Although we are lucky that alien and Baywatch were taken by almost everybody in the game to finish in the top 15.
  10. Nonsense. What is "drop hard"? It'll probably drop 52-55% next weekend and maybe another 50% the week after. After that it should recover nicely. There's no doubt Wonder Woman will affect it but it's not going to crumble