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 lilmac

  1. Revising: Pirates - $70 Baywatch - $27.2
  2. I'm probably overpredicting Pirates but for now... Baywatch - $36.5m Pirates - $79-80m 3-day
  3. ..including re-releases for the old heads. TPM - 8 TFA - 6 Dark Knight - 6 Avatar - 6 ROTK - 6 (i think) Batman Begins - 5 (I am not sure why I saw BB 5x. It was good but 2x good not 5)
  4. I should have said 'Hey Boxoffice pro..." they read our predictions.
  5. Thought you might find this interesting, Barnack. To qualify as an official U.S.-China co-production, a film’s story must contain considerable Chinese cultural elements and Chinese professionals must make up a large portion of the cast and crew; but in return, the U.S. partner is permitted to take 43 percent of the movie’s Chinese box-office revenue, instead of the usual 25 percent U.S. studio imports receive under China’s quota system.
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  7. The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers are headed back to the big screen.
  8. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 - 65.9 King Arthur: Legend of the Sword - 24 Snatched - 15 --> Amy Schumer effect - $20million The Fate of the Furious - 3.95 The Boss Baby - 3.82 Beauty and the Beast (2017) - 3.6 How to be a Latin Lover - 2.6 The Circle (2017) - 1.98 Gifted - 1.23 Smurfs: The Lost Village - 0.96
  9. What are the most underrated films since January 2016?
  10. What are the most overrated films since January 2016?
  11. Highest overseas gross ahead of a domestic release.
  12. I love how boxofficepro references us in their weekend Boxoffice summary "To put that into perspective, the highest that any user predicted for the title on the prediction website Box Office Theory was $7.9 million"
  13. Discuss all things Quentin. One of my favorite directors and writers.
  14. Jon of the House Favreau, First of His Name, the Unfloppable, King of the Studio System and the Remake Machine, Breaker of Boxoffice Records, and Father to us all
  15. I wonder if they are banking (get it?) on foreign grosses
  16. Please be good Please be good Please be good
  17. This is the beginning of a cinematic monster universe that Universal is planning. Much at stake.
  18. You're a good man. I enjoy your posts.
  19. So strange. Came here to see what the latest buzz is. Not sure I've ever seen such bad 'WOM' for a movie before the trailer is even out. I think Sony screwed the pooch on this one. I would trust Universal and New Line Cinema with this property. And HBO if the producers went that route. Maaaaybe Netflix. The last several years have not given me optimistim about Sony's ability to launch new IP.