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. Went with my 9 year-old. He loved it. I thought "meh." Didn't care too much for most of the humor. Didn't like the two boys at all. Maybe I'm just getting old. C-
  2. It was good but I still left somewhat disappointed. There were lots of laughs but I just didn't care for the story at all. Way too much about Batman and Joker's feelings for me. It produced some good gags but I wanted a more purely action film instead of all the mumbo jumbo about Batman needing people. One plot point to quibble about is Joker going to the Phantom Zone to bring back all these super villains and General Zod, arguably the most powerful, is nowhere to be found or even mentioned even after we see Superman putting him there in the beginning. B-
  3. 1. ANH 2. ESB 3. ROTS 4. AOTC 5. RO 6. TFA 7. TPM 8. ROTJ
  4. I really enjoyed this. It's a great story and I loved the crisp pace. The FX were awesome. I thought the acting was pretty good. My only quibble would be we get to know so little about Yen's, Jiang's, and Whitaker's characters that their deaths, which the film wanted me to care about, didn't have that much of an impact for me. My favorite character was K-2SO. A
  5. Saw this with my 9 year-old, the 2D version. I enjoyed it. The main story is too by-the-numbers to rate higher. But the characters are pretty well done and it looks great. B-
  6. Saw this with my son and it was pleasant. Some pretty good laughs (the cupcakes CRACKED me up). The story was rather predictable but nothing really bad. It looked great. My son is now sold on 3-D. Voice work was good too. I didn't care for much of the music though. I just prefer original songs in films like this. B-
  7. TPM: Unfortunately, it's the horrible Jake Lloyd. AOTC: Yoda fighting Dooku ROTS: Anakin/Obi-Wan duel ANH: Vader ESB: Dad! ROTJ: Ewoks TFA: Han
  8. 1. Titanic 2. LOTR: The Return of the King 3. Avatar 4. Toy Story 3
  9. 1. It's a Wonderful Life 2. The Big Sleep 3. Spirited Away 4. Once 5. Raiders of the Lost Ark 6. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope 7. Young Frankenstein 8. The Maltese Falcon 9. Casablanca 10. The Godfather
  10. I would've made a story with an older Anakin in his thirties and Obi-Wan in his forties. That would fit the 20 years later in ANH. It would've been about the start of the Clone Wars with them as full Jedi Masters kicking butt and taking names. No R2-D2 or C3PO. I would've had Anakin turning at the end of Episode II and Episode III would've been about the Empire being victorious in the Clone wars and destroying the Jedi and the Republic.
  11. You do need training to use the Force. What do you think the younglings were there for? Or what any padowan was doing? It wasn't for regular schooling. It was to learn how to use the Force. Yes, the Force guides and helps you. But it can't give you abilities or knowledge you don't already have. Luke knew how to fly stuff. The X-wing was similar to what he flew back on Tatooine. He knew how to shoot with the fighter. The Force helped him be better. Luke had some training when he dueled with Vader in ESB. In the beginning, Vader was just toying with him. And when he wanted to, he overpowered Luke with the greatest of ease. In ROTJ, a more mature Luke was better able to handle himself. But he was losing that fight until he tapped into the Dark Side.
  12. In ANH, Luke did not fight with Vader. In ESB, Luke got his ass kicked by Vader. In ROTJ, Luke was trained when he fought Vader and defeated him only when he tapped into the Dark Side. You could make a case that Rey tapped into the Dark Side, but even you believe she had no training.
  13. If she's a Skywalker, well so is Ren. He's Leia's son. So he should be extremely strong with the Force as well. Force with training should beat Force without training.
  14. Yes, the younglings would have been Rey's age. My point is that they did not receive any extensive training with light sabers. They were shown using the same ball that Luke used in ANH. That doesn't prepare you for a fight, it's only for defensive moves and to learn to feel the Force. From the time she would have trained as a young girl to the present, her knowledge and skills, as limited as they would have been, would have diminished from lack of continued training. Even if the Force jogged her subconscious, she wouldn't have known enough about using a light saber to defeat someone with Kylo's training. He was certainly no master, but he's had training.
  15. When they showed her memory of being left behind on Jakku, wasn't she a small child? So either her memory is wrong or Luke trained her when she was extremely young. At such a young age, she would have received minimal training with a light saber and the time since would have diminished any skills or knowledge she had. Either way is pure speculation and not based on anything shown in the movie.