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. Good opening for Alien: Covenant, all things considered. I know some people will be alarmed with the weekend multiplier, but it's not that far off from Prometheus's opening weekend multiplier despite being more frontloaded in its previews. Legs may not be strong enough for it to hit $100 million, but overseas business should make it a profitable venture for Fox. Guardians held up pretty well. In addition to posting a better drop, it's also a few million ahead of where Civil War landed on its third weekend last year. Everything, Everything posted an okay opening. I'm surprised that it wasn't as frontloaded as other summer YA adaptations (though, to be fair, most high schools are still in session). Snatched got mauled between its middling word-of-mouth and the inflating effect Mother's Day had last weekend. Diary of a Wimpy Kid predictably didn't find much of an audience. The series was always going to have a relatively short shelf life given its middle school setting, but this sequel was still at least three years too late to gain any sort of traction with audiences. Beauty and the Beast has now been in the top ten for ten weekends. It's kinda hard to believe that a film that isn't going to a hit a 3.0 multiplier in total has had such longevity.
  2. I have no idea how APUSH teachers deal with instruction from mid-May to the end of the school year. "Hey, kids! We learned all of American history already, but we still have another month, so... uh... Movies? Projects? Thumb-twiddling?" My class (as a student) watched Forrest Gump and did presentations on "something American that [was] at least 50 years old" - mine was the Oscars.
  3. The costumes are also gorgeous as can be... if one ignores the specific symbolism of colors from the novel.
  4. I look insanely young for 26 (let's put it this way: I could easily pass for 17 or 18), so I just assume anyone who *looks* ten years older than me actually is (which, coincidentally, also makes them look young for their age).
  5. I was thinking of Life a lot during this film. Alien's influence on Life is so transparently obvious that it's hard not to compare Life with an Alien sequel, and this film goes right just about everywhere that Life falters. I guess it's the difference between having a pro like Ridley Scott calling the shots, as opposed to a relative novice like Daniel Espinosa.
  6. It's pretty awesome that The Fate of the Furious is going to cross $1 billion overseas. It was always going to be much, much, much more of an overseas play than a domestic one, sure, but seeing a 16-year-old franchise with very modest roots crossing $1 billion overseas in consecutive installments is awesome.
  7. I still consider it a point of shame that I saw Alien vs. Predator theatrically. Granted, I was 13 at the time and knew full well that it couldn't possibly be anywhere near the level of Alien or Aliens, but it's still sad that of all things to be my first exposure to the Alien universe, it was that thing.
  8. Alien, albeit with significantly more gore. It doesn't veer as hard into straight-up action film territory as Aliens.
  9. Parking lot reports can mean something, but I'd take them with a massive grain of salt unless: 1.) The lot is populated mostly - if not exclusively - by cinema patrons (i.e. not a mall/shopping center lot). 2.) You go there regularly enough to have some sense of what constitutes a crowd that is larger than usual. I go to a shitload of movies at a cinema near a Starbucks that I also frequent, so I can usually tell whether the cinema is busier or slower than usual based upon what I see in the back lot nearest the cinema itself.
  10. While I don't think this one is at all controversial among hardcore film buffs, I think it certainly applies to this community: Annie Hall completely deserved to win the Best Picture Oscar over Star Wars. I love Star Wars dearly, but Annie Hall is on a completely different level.
  11. Trust me, guys: girls are just people. Just talk to them like normal people.
  12. Come on, guys: we all know that Annie Hall will very rightfully be the winner of the inevitable 1977 rewind. Right... ? Before I see myself out of this thread to avoid being chased by people bearing torches and pitchforks, I'll say that I'll do my best to get a submission in for 1987, but the '80s are basically a gigantic blind spot for me (aside from the most massive pop culture icons of the decade) and I still have an intense month of work coming up, so I might be sitting this one out.
  13. Opening in Mad Max range would be pretty damn solid for Alien, especially with what felt like a far less effective ad campaign than the one Prometheus got five years ago.
  14. After dividing audiences with the ambitious but occasionally frustrating Prometheus, Ridley Scott's latest return to the Alien universe is a moderately successful effort to bring the franchise closer to its roots. The first 40 minutes or so are a bit dull and suffer from spending too much time developing characters who aren't particularly interesting, but Scott's expert direction and Michael Fassbender's work carry the film once the action begins to ramp up. Most of the scenes in which the xenomorphs wreak havoc are fun to watch, and some of them (especially the one with the medical quarantine) crackle with tension. More importantly, Fassbender all but walks away with the film at numerous points. Between his performance in these films and his three turns as Magneto in the X-Men films, it's great to see a talented serious actor approach genre films with the same level of commitment on display in his more sophisticated films. I already found his performance as the android David to be one of the better and more fascinating parts of Prometheus, but he may be even just a click better here in a dual role that he tears into with relish. Admittedly, despite the successes the film racks up between the 40 and 110 minute marks, it does stumble once again in its closing minutes with an all-too-obvious twist that doesn't quite land, but the product as a whole gets the job done as a gory sci-fi romp. B Stray thoughts: 1.) Kudos to Danny McBride for actually doing a pretty solid job in a straight role. I was certain his presence was bound to be a distraction, but he works well in the role. 2.) Silly me: after what a light R Prometheus ended up being, I went into this one expecting something similar. Even though it's still well within the confines of R-rated violence, however, there were still a few scenes that had me wincing and squirming.
  15. I was one of the folks who put Silver Linings Playbook at #1... I did it then and I'm sticking to it now. That being said, I'm disappointed to see my 2-4 picks - Looper, Lincoln, and Zero Dark Thirty - fall outside of the top ten.