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. Agreed - ZERO to do with the movie being good or bad. I could have written "Israeli" or "dark eyed brunette" - and this is exactly what I meant with Jewish. I doubt Gal or most modern people are religious. But I DO think that starring a skinny brunette girl affects the critical and BO results of this movie - as I stated above.
  2. Yeah, I like the main theme of WW. It's nothing that profound, if you think about it. Most of my own stories employ similar beats AND star girls! Also: no need to worry about the financial prospects of this property. It was clear as day from Day 1 it was gonna be huge - exactly because it stars a girl. I remember telling people before it opened it had no other option than doing great. They said: well, perhaps - but it will never come close to Bats and Supes. And the Shay said: hahaha, of course it will, in fact it will beat them - and you know why - because girls are the biggest fucking slice of the audience. You can't go wrong with female targeted products.
  3. OK, here's the really important stuff that you people seem to miss entirely: 1 it IS a good movie (somewhat) 2 I DID like it (the first time I saw it) This doesn't mean it is not clearly overhyped and ovepraised. It has literally nothing special going about it - apart from the dubious honour of being one of the first (not even THE first) female-centric superhero yarns.
  4. Jew is not a derogatory term, I explicitly checked before posting, because English is my second language - although I speak it better then most natives. Do I think this movie got 92% at RT - while deserving no more than 50% - because it stars a Jewish person? Of course not. Half of Hollywood is Jewish, ask Mel Gibson. Do I think this movie got 92% at RT - while deserving no more than 50% - because it stars a female person in a male-centric genre? Yes, of course; you have to be both: 1 stupid 2 female - to deny that. And I'm neither.
  5. Will Pixar please die already? It's getting harrowing seeing them struggle. Every time the Shay thinks - well, they can NOT do worse than this, can they? - it turns out he's mistaken. And the Shay doesn't like making mistakes. The only good thing about this is I was all alone in the theatre (no surprises here) - so I could freely swear at the makers of this, and even throw my shoe at the screen (got it back on my way out before the movie had even ended). Other than that it was equal time dying from boredom - and wishing I could see The Mummy instead for a third time, which now seems like a masterpiece to me. Bottom line: Pixar, sell your fucking toy merchandise (and your asses, obviously) - WITHOUT littering the screen with more sequels!!!
  6. 1. They need the money. 2. I watch everything anyway.
  7. I am a generous Shay - I will see this. Maybe even twice.
  8. I can see many people liking this movie - but the Shay felt betrayed and quite let down. Fuck Kurzman indeed.
  9. WHENEVER American critics at RT try to kill a non-superhero period or fantasy movie (happens every time) - the Shay just RUSHES to the cinema, and buys all the tickets he can get for the opening day!! I kid you not - if this movie had like 70% (which most probably is what it deserves), I would be in no hurry at all. At 25% - I'm practically camping outside the cinema since Thursday night!
  10. No, it's just good genes and healthy lifestyle. The Shay is 42 this year - and still has a baby face of smooth skin & long black hair.
  11. Also - Rotten Tomatoes is officially a joke. 90-100% for most superhero movies?? Fucking LOL - you think we're retarded? And why should I be interested in what American critics think?! I only want to hear the opinions of European, Asian and Latino reviewers - if there are such on RT. So RT better introduce such button that separates the reviews geographically - or live with the consequences...
  12. Good job, South Korea. A-and THAT is exactly why the European Shay spends a month each winter traveling in East Asia - and, not (God forbid) the USA. Because East Asians are people of culture - and so much better. Let this movie rock!