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. I really wish Valerian would become a breakout smash hit just to see the haters and naysayers' faces.
  2. Transformers 5 could make less than Split. The end of an "error".
  3. Actually I'll take only 30% of Baby Driver no matter the current reductions.
  4. Correct me if I'm wrong but Baby Driver gets a 50% budget reduction. I'll take 100% if that's the case. If the budget is still around 39 m, I'll take only 50%.
  5. I'll take The House bet.
  6. This is a little different than fmpro's bet thread. It's more like the box office derby. Here are the rules: Everyone starts with 750 points. You can bet other casino players in multiples of 25 points with the maximum bet of 100 points. You can bet an all box office events up to one month in advance. For example: 25 points whether Pacific Rim will open over 55 million. Be careful or you'll end up broke in a matter of days. No accepting opening weekend bets after 7 pm on Thursday unless the bet is offered over the weekend. If you fall under 400 points your account will be refreshed back to 400 points every Tuesday. Who's in? You'll be awarded 750 points and can start betting on upcoming box office events immediately. All players will be ranked on a chart based on total points. JOIN ANYTIME!
  7. July will be interesting. Will there be any break outs? Which of the big three (Spidey, Apes, Nolan) will disappoint? They can't all be smash hits. And then the wild cards: Valerian, Atomic Blonde, and Emoji.
  8. Have you seen the trailers centered on "girl power"? Plenty of Bayformer fans interpreted the trailer as feminist and attacked the movie for months.
  9. Anyone think the tacked on feminist angle alienated some of the male audience?
  10. Paramount knew this was going to disappoint. Which is why they moved it to Wednesday. The 3 day would've been laughable by itself.
  11. This has been Hollywood's business model since the 70's or the 80's. I'm not sure which.
  12. Last summer: 1) Talking animals 2) Superheroes 3) Everything else This summer: 1) Superheroes 2) Sci-fi 3) Everything else
  13. Isn't your name Greek also? I think I found Tele's alternate ego.
  14. Yeah Fox is definitely one of the big boys.
  15. How many franchises survive after a fourth sequel? Seems like that's typically when franchise fatigue kicks into supernova mode.
  16. Audiences wised up to Bay's creative bankruptcy and tired of him taking a huge, steaming dump on them for 2 and half hours. Yes it took 4 sequels and an entire decade. and yes Bay made half a billion in the process. But... ...I forgot what I was gonna say.
  17. It really depends on what you consider a "major" studio. There's this thing called subjectivity. Thanks for playing though.
  18. There are only three major studios now. Universal Warner Bros and the Mouse Tho now that Lord and Miller left Han Solo I'm unsure about Disney's future.
  19. Now Paramount only has Star Trek and Mission Impossible as their only major franchises. RIP
  20. Another cinematic universe bites the dust. I guess that cookie cutter Marvel formula ain't so easy to copy.