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. Logan was personal, but it was also overwrought. The very ending of it was good. But the final battle and the big farm setpiece were a bunch of slashing, mostly against faceless goons. He gets killed by a nameless clone we never met before created by a nameless doctor we never met! It just crapped the bed for me. This doesn't apply to Logan, but I just don't like high-stakes end of the world plots or anything like that. You can only watch the world almost end and get saved so many times before it doesn't matter anymore. So either you need to end the world sometime, or do something different. The idea of hitting a button or stopping some thing from ending the world is just alien to me. It becomes a formula and loses sight of character and originality. Unless it's something like A New Hope, I just can't get into it. This isn't just supehero endings like TDK, btw. All other franchises I feel have been at their best with smaller, more intimate stakes. Casino Royale is over a card game and a bad girlfriend. Prisoner of Azkaban has nothing to do with the big end game. Jurassic Park's ending isn't for the fate of the world. The Empire Strikes Back doesn't have some world-ending scope, it's much smaller than that. Ditto Terminator 2. Those are the best movies of their respective franchises, and in a few cases some of the best blockbusters ever made. That's just what I look for.
  2. Thanks! I don't mind the battle against evil part. I mind the oversized stakes and overdone action. I just don't have a mind for a bunch of CGI or faceless goons getting mowed down in some long battle about the fate of the world and uber power levels. You know what superhero third act I love? Civil War. Movie has problems, MCU has big problems, but that third act is built and orchestrated very well. Not a bunch of CGI creatures getting destroyed to save the world. Three people with personal stakes having a down and out fight for no reason other than problems between them. I wish we could have more of that.
  3. Well, alot better than I expected. Seems like it has the same big gaping problem that all superhero movies have, that plagued everything from Logan to GOTG to Man of Steel. But that's not exclusive to this movie, so I won't fault it too much! God damn they need to figure out how to do a third act in one of these though. Can't be that hard. Alrighty, I'll let myself get excited. This is good.
  4. Put me in for 52%, a score where every single possible group can spin things their way!! Gonna be the most annoying result possible.
  5. @WrathOfHan might have got topic banned but it looks like he left his red pills behind.
  6. This thread is very despacito right now. Probably the most despacito topic of the year.
  7. I added this avatar initially as a response to all the MRA's that came here and started talking shit about Ghosbusters last summer. So this feels like the perfect week to retire it! I think I'll backstalk Tele's Facebook and add an old picture of him as my avatar just to creep him out.
  8. Yea definitely. Even cross racially. Whenever I talked about you or Pink it was definitely like Matt Damon and Frank Mason were there.
  9. Yep, I just imagine you as Michael Fassbender's giant schlong.
  10. Frankly I kinda just imagine everyone as their avatar so he's definitely the doofy dude from the Iron Fist rn. Also, that picture is how I imagine pretty much every dude on here who hasn't posted a picture, so eh.
  11. So I finally get a job, big job running a Council race up in New York in the Bronx, all set to move....and then they call me and say whooops, I can't have it because I'm not a New York resident. Life sucks and then ya die! Anyway, guess it means I'll not be working and in town to see this one, so I have (tiny) vested interest in it not being a piece of shit.
  12. I have imagined Chewy as Antonio Banderas in Assassins for at least two years.
  13. Oh no, I definitely see myself like this. Eeyore was the Wolf of the Pooh Cinematic Universe.