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. 56th - Kubo and the two Strings From one of my most disliked animations in years in Boxtrolls, came this true masterpiece of animation. Whenever I have watched Stop Motion in a film, I have genreally found it cute, or quaint, but at the end of the day, an inferior way of making films compared to drawing or CGI. Kubo was the first time I watch a Stop-Motion film and was genuinely impressed with how amazing it looked. The world is stunning, the set pieces glorious, and the story is also pretty gosh darn wonderful. I'm a big animated fan and this out of nowhere, became one of my favourite animations ever.
  2. 57th - The Hunchback of Notre Dame One of the many 90s and early 200s Disney animations I never saw until 2013/2014. This was one of the best 3. It also boasts the best song in all of Disney with HEllfire and one of its very best villains. This is a film that I couldn't believe Disney actually made and I'm gutted it didn't get the success that it deserved. One of my very top Disney animations (I think I place it 7th), it's a wonderful work of animation.
  3. 58th - The Land Before Time My favourite Don Bluth film and my favourite Dinosaur animated film. I must have watched this thing about 326 times before I turned 11 years old. Such a wonderful story of kids trying to find their way in a dangerous and changing world. the is triumph, disaster, despair and joy in equal measures throughout this film and while the series possibly lost its way by installment 26, it still has this original classic to love.
  4. 59th - Alien What's this? An actual cinematic classic? Yep, there are times when I actually follow the herd and like what I am supposed to like and Alien is one of those those times. This is my second favourite Ridley Scott film and also a top 3 Sigourney Weaver film. What a film.
  5. 60th Mike Bassett: England Manager The funniest sports film ever. If you even slightly like football this is a masterpiece comedy about a low league manager finding himself given the England job and trying to avoid embarrassing himself at the world cup. It's done in a BBC documentary style and is genuinely a laugh a minute ride that probably only @SchumacherFTW has ever seen.
  6. 51st - 74 points (3 votes) Ganondorf - Zelda I was expecting Ganon/Ganondorf to finish higher than this. Doesn't it seem a little low for Nintendo's second biggest villain that they have? Although I suppose he also follows most of the same paths as the number one franchise. This is the third zelda character on the list and likely will not be the last one.
  7. 52nd - 73 points (3 votes) Leon Kennedy - Resident Evil Despite a good number of candidates to choose from, Leon was the only Resident Evil character to make the top 100. Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine both stalled out in the mid 200s. Resident Evil as a franchise has had its ups and downs be it with gameplay or voice acting issues. However, when its good, it is among the best in its genre or even any genre and the story and universe that the games centre around is vast enough to support what 7 games, 5 films and multiple protagonists over those titles.
  8. 53rd - 73 points (2 votes, 1 top 5) Conker - Conker's Bad Fur Day To think this started out as some cutesy platformer called Twelve tails of Conker. Conker's BFD is one of those games that you should not love, but it is so damn funny and with classic rare platforming brilliance that you can't help but love it. Be it the Matrix and PRivate Ryan parody's or opera singing pooh monsters. There is more than one occasion that you may die due to laughing too much at a scene.
  9. 54th - 72 points (3 votes) Ezio Auditore - Assassin's Creed. It is clear that yet that my gaming peak was late 90s and early 2000s? Oh and not Playstation. The main thing I know of creed is the film and the less said about that the better. But it again does not shock me to see it receive representation as it is another huge 21st century franchise and thus it gets its main character into the list. (Altair stalled at 171st)
  10. 55th - 70points (3 votes) John Marston - Red Dead Redemption One of the many PC Games that I am supposed to play apparently. And thus for spoiler avoidance reasons, I don't want to look too far into the game. If it is Rockstar though, I assume that its an open world game where you can kind of carry on with things however you wish. Definitely a well respected game character though.
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  13. 62nd - My Sassy Girl (Korean) God I love this film. A Korean romantic comedy about a guy who meets a girl who is well.. a little quirky Just remembering the scene above, just makes me laugh. It was the debut of Jun Ji Hyun (who tried her hand in holiday with some vampire film that did not do well Was it called the Last vampire?). This film actually got remade with Elisha Cuthbert and Jesse something and it was actually a pretty damn solid remake that sadly when straight to video because the production company went bust and couldn't fund a cinematic release. I highly recommend this as a silly fun film that is a little different from the violent craziness of the more famous Korean films in the West.
  14. 63rd - Die Hard Does this one need explaining. The film that created a sub-genre. The film that turned the silly guy from Moonlighting into an action star. And the film that gave us one of the most badass lines in cinema. Die Hard did all this and more. Hell it introduced Hollywood to Alan Rickman! Such a great cast, in a great film and its hard to think if this style of film could have been made any better than we saw here.