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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Everything posted by DAR

  1. Five episodes in I'm enjoying GLOW
  2. I don't want to sound like a creep but that was one of those I did not expect that
  3. I mean we're living that right now
  4. People always look at characters in some situations in movies and think well I would never do that. But it's different if you're looking from the outside. In the moment you might not always be thinking clearly. Now that's not to say many decisions are good but it's something I at least consider
  5. I was going to say horror relies on the stupidity of its characters
  6. So no scene of Bumblebee using his gearshaft on Hailey Stainfeld? And not good for TF. It seems like this weekend has kind of been a flop two years in a row for the opener.
  7. I just noticed a section on my head where hair isn't as prominent. Of course I'm 42 so this is probably just a natural occurrence
  8. Good lord the Dragons take over is real.
  9. This might be of interest Does have spoilers
  10. It seems GLOW is pretty good. I might have to give it a watch
  11. For top of the line directing talent it seems you can better survive a flop these days if you have a lifeline. Case in point Andrew Stanton and then Brad Bird
  12. I totally get why the domestic audience is looking at TF5 and Pirates and saying you know what we're good. I just kind of wish something else stepped in for them. Non-CBM
  14. I was looking at my sports social media feeds. Every single thing was Lavar Ball. ESPN was the worst naturally.
  15. Actually I've seen quite a few SW fans that happy/okay with Howard. Which is not to say they don't remain a bit skeptical of the project overall
  16. I was a solid B student the whole way. If school graded like Cinemascore I'd have been fucked
  17. It's not really dumping I think people have been more than far to L&M. But IF the reports are true that they turned Han Solo into an Ace Ventura type caricature then sorry they had to go
  18. TBH I was kind of racking my brain thinking who Benji was in the MI films
  19. I'm sure Paramount has a SpongeBob film coming up
  20. I have to admit when you said Benji I thought of this
  21. I just rewatched it the other day and it's a really good film