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. I enjoyed it. Certainly better than OST and AWE for me. About on par with DMC and obviously not as good as COTBP. It was entertaining enough that I'd like to see another one and I think it would be cool if Will and Elizabeth came back as main characters.
  2. Saw Pirates tonight. Thought it was pretty entertaining. Not as good as the first. About on par as the second, which I like, and better than 3 and 4. People seemed to enjoy it for the most part. None of the trailers for all the summer movies that they played got much, if any, reaction. Other than WW, my wife could care less about the rest of the summer movies lol TLJ was the last trailer that played and easily got the best reaction. When it first starts a girl behind me goes "oh Star Wars." Heard a few people saying they have to see that and can't wait.
  3. I've enjoyed a number of the Rock's movies but I just never had any real interest in seeing Baywatch; not in theaters at least. I'll catch it later. I'm looking forward to Jumangi and Rampage though. They feel like movies that he just works better in. I love all the little videos he posts on Instagram. The guy is the living embodiment of positivity lol
  4. He's clearly standing on the steps while she's standing just off to the side of him.
  5. Good trailer. Crappy poster lol I'll bet by the end he makes his own suit to sort of symbolize his independence and that he's ready to do things more on his own.
  6. Definitely want the Leia cover but I'll try to get all 4
  7. They kept the budget fairly low, so it should do well enough WW to justify doing more movies.
  8. Yea, it probably has to do with where you live. I'd never even heard of the events at Dunkirk before this movie was announced and I always enjoyed History class lol I've also been to the WW2 museum here in New Orleans and I don't remember seeing anything about it.
  9. I'd just like to see Scott come up more original ways for the characters to be in peril and get killed. There's got to be a way to put people in danger and for some of them to die with out continuing to use the same old tired horror tropes/cliches.
  10. Maybe it's just me but the part when the xenomorph comes out of the captains chest was kind of funny. It looked liked an Alien mini-me lol. And then it puts its arms out like "DADDY"
  11. Just got back from seeing it. Overall I thought it was ok. There were parts that I liked and some that I thought were just ok. I didnt think the characters were dumb per say, but just that Scott had them doing some very obvious horror tropes/cliches. Also, there wasn't a single thing that happens that both my son and I didn't see coming; especially at the very end. So, there was nothing really surprising about the movie as a whole. I did think it was a very good looking movie. We went to a 2 o'clock showing and, including us, there was maybe 10-12 people in the theater. I thought there would be much more than that.
  12. OUT Mummy - 135m DOM WW - 110m OW