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. How do I make an image show itself in a post like this? Not too long ago, it was enough to paste the link - and it automatically materialised as an image... NOT any more! Mods? Thanks...
  2. Critics are clearly idiots. I can bet a million this is infinitely better than OST.
  3. Don't mind them, they're just easily impressed. The Shay is OUT. The voice of reason.
  4. Ever since Return of the King I find it hard to take seriously movies that can't even fill up 3 hours and a half. Go epic - or go home!
  5. Wait, I thought it was being said this was most probably gonna be the beginning of a new trilogy (or at least duology)??
  6. Well, nothing too special, to be honest - but it was bold for me in particular. You see, at first I really LOATHED this movie, the very concept of it: the unholy mashup of retarded Zeus bred Amazons and WW1. (My GF still hates this very same thing and there's no way I make her see this.) But then, after seeing countless trailers countless times (they played it before ALL movies for TEN months - and the Shay watches A LOT of movies), I thought to myself: Wait - this actually looks pretty good (as in visuals) - MUCH better than the drab colours and oppressive murkiness of Snyder DC flicks! and also: Just look at all this sliding action - quite impressive and almost original! I can look at that alone for two hours! And then I came here and declared 1 I believe the movie will be good enough for the visuals and action alone and 2 there's no way it's not better than the former DC outings and 3 that I'm gonna be seeing it least 3 or 4 times and 4 that it will make good money, because of its female slant. So it seems it was a good call!
  7. Yeah, I don't care about the original - but Aliens is indeed brilliant action. While this here is NO action at all, just one or two action scenes.
  8. No, it was quite boring for the Shay. Compared to similar movies - it is solid and holds relatively well for 1 viewing. But I have no incentive whatsoever to see it again. Very little of the creatures or vistas that you haven't seen in the trailers. And what's a good scifi without eye candy? They should really stop making those. You hear us, Ridley? Stop!! Alien 2 - even 3 and 4 - were good and somehow fresh, for their time at least. This time is long gone. The Aliens are but a bore now. This won't make much money.
  9. Holmes is 11/10. This is 7.5/10. And the music is great. Didn't hate it, liked it, a bit - but Holmes is lightning in a bottle, so no way this holds up.
  10. Is that a thing? ONE dollar theater? Are Americans that cheap? And how does cinemas make their buck this way? Aaa - I get it! 10$ giant popcorn, lol.
  11. The Shay thinks... you should all mind your own goddamn business. Seeing it THIRD time on Monday, also bringing my girlfriend. Movie is pretty well attended and received in my country - but it is a country of culture, which respects historical fantasy - UNLIKE THE REDNECKS!!
  12. You people strike me as being terribly easy to impress... While the Shay was sporting a similar piece of facial hair when he was FOURTEEN!!