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. Does anyone know what the record is for the biggest drop off from one film to the next in a franchise? Alice Through the Looking Glass has to have a shot at that, right? Going from $334M to most likely under $100M is hilariously awful. I can't think of anything that has even come close to that.
  2. I'm in on the this. The success of the first movie always baffled me, even with everyone being so enamored with 3D right after Avatar. I'm thinking it'll do about $135M.
  3. Opening weekend: $235M Domestic total: $820M Worldwide total: $2.370B
  4. For all its faults, I still enjoy this franchise and I'd like to see this entry....but the only two theatres within a reasonable distance for me are Cinemark and Regal. So I guess I'll just wait until it comes to Netflix.
  5. I vaguely remember from the trailer that Vin's character is immortal and his centuries (millennia?) of hunting witches is what's made him so skilled at it. So his character was rocking a beard hundreds of years ago but the story mostly takes place in present day.
  6. Henry Cavill is a very attractive man, but I wouldn't call him "pretty." He has more rugged looks.
  7. I'm out. I'm thinking somewhere in the $35-40M range here.
  8. I'm assuming you meant going ballistic, right? Unless Rogue Nation is sneaking around the Chamber of Secrets and petrifying the other movies.
  9. 1. Straight Outta Compton - $31.2M 2. Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation - $15.5M 3. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. - $15M 4. Fantastic Four - $8.8M 5. The Gift - $7.4M
  10. I'm way out on this. I don't think Straight Outta Compton will make $55M total, never mind in its opening weekend.
  11. 1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier 2. The Avengers 3. Guardians of the Galaxy 4. Iron Man 5. Captain America: The First Avenger 6. Age of Ultron 7. Thor 8. The Incredible Hulk 9. Ant-Man 10. Iron Man 2 11. Thor: The Dark World -50 feet of crap- 12. Iron Man 3
  12. I liked this movie a lot better when it was called Rocky III.
  13. Agents of Shield gets off to an uneven start and the first few episodes aren't the best. It improves a lot as the first season goes on and I think season two as a whole was a huge improvement over the first. The show really found its stride.
  14. As much as I'd like to see Inside Out take My Big Fat Greek Wedding's record, I'm in. This weekend is gonna be super close, though. I could see the top four movies all being within $5M of each other.