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. He's gonna shave the beard. Rogers is blonde in the films, and that beard definitely is not.
  2. Amazing Spider-Man 2 pulled 700 million worldwide even having the worst reviews of the series. A good one that also features Iron Man could more than plausibly do a billion.
  3. No on both counts. Favreau is doing fine as he is with sheparding disney's live action spinoff stuff (and if he's being given Lion King it means they really, really fucking like him where he is), and there's far from a shortage of stuff they can make movies from. They've barely even scratched the cosmic stuff. If they could make the Guardians of the Galaxy and Doctor Strange into worldwide phenomenons, there's no limit to what they can do. They could legit remake Howard the Duck and it'd probably be in the top 10 highest grossers of the year and get 80% on RT. Midas touch.
  4. So what's the going on the OW estimates now that we have a bit of international numbers? Still 160?
  5. As cool as it'd be half the TV characters would be useless in this kind of fight, save for the Royal Family in Inhumans (Black Bolt can fuck shit up). People like Punisher or Daredevil who are more or less regular dudes would be slaughtered.
  6. This movie is going to be so packed full of stars major A-Listers will be literal background extras simply due to how fucking many of them there will likely be.
  7. Out. If a Batman vs Superman movie couldn't, unless this breaks the mold in terms of reviews for DCEU movies being terribly received, I don't think it'll happen.
  8. Lol out for sure.
  9. Not really sure how people are seeing the reactions as 'mixed'. Most are outright raves, and the 'worst' are 'not as good as the first one'.
  10. These reactions as a whole aren't 'so-so' at all so it's not really a concern it looks like. Most of these are raves. And besides, Gunn isn't Josh Trank. Gunn's claims to fame before GOTG were Super and Slither.
  11. I'm not sure why you guys think MJ is overplayed considering she hasn't been in movie in literally 10 years.
  12. Does the lack of 'Disney's biggest trailer ever' articles indicate it didnt beat out Thor Ragnarok?
  13. If this tracks with those other movies there is a very real possibility Marvel Studios has 3 billion-dollar releases this year.