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. That makes sense. Not sure how hard this is to do and like if it's too complicated like oh well. But Sasha Stone from awardsdaily runs a simulated oscar ballot each year, and how she displays it is like she displays the original allocation and then like each redistributed result until a winner is determined. Like each column is an iteration and the movies are in rows. Not sure how hard that is to do...
  2. I think Silence had a very high passion vote. Like not a lot of people saw it on the forums but everyone that did (or like a good portion) ranked it number one. Also, can we get the point tabulations for the movies? Curious to see how close some of the categories were .
  3. Eh. I've seen the Trump press conference and that post was still the most unhinged thing this year.
  4. No. Jackie shouldn't be considered a bio pic and to call it such is doing it a disservice and imo quite insulting. This is a film in the same vein as The Queen. It is a character study of a short period of time that fundamentally defined / changed who they are. I think that a Jackie Bio Pic with the cursory overview of the life of what quite frankly in the grand scheme of things is an ordinary lady with modest abilities wouldn't give the same depth or carry the same impact as delving into the week following JFK's death where it we saw a different Jackie struggle in the world and to try and define the legacy of not just JFK but more importantly herself.
  5. Okay I was concerned mine might be too long but I think it'll be fine.
  6. Wait I thought I was doing Silence as well? Also mainly cus I've mapped out what I wanted to say for Silence already.
  7. I think that like if you're like very against a movie then you're better off ranking someone that you don't like as much higher on your list than your actual faves on the off chance that your actual faves are strong enough to not get redistributed so that at least you've voted for someone with a realistic shot of winning.
  8. Thanks. I feel like the distinction actually makes a big impact in terms of voting strategy.
  9. Question, for the voting are we doing it AMPAS style where only your first vote counts and then votes get redistributed until a nominee has 50% + 1 of the votes or are we doing like a weighted system where your first choice gets like 5 points, second choice 4 points, and so on?
  10. Can we write more than one? If not, I'll take Silence.
  11. Do y'all still need writeups? Preferably Silence or Manchester, but I'm okay with doing any of them except La La Land.
  12. I do believe they wrote that episode specifically for her though.
  13. Oh didn't anticipate that. Checked the Toronto screenings and it all seemed okay. I do expect the Pacific Northwest to be hampered though. Battling a snow storm today and tomorrow.
  14. Arrivial will mostly likely win b/c of the nominee that also's nominated in BP always wins (with one exception I think ever). And we don't really have an Ex Machina in contention this year.