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. Still need to kind of process it, but I really really liked it. I was frankly worried that Spiderman would play second fiddle to Iron Man, but all my fears have been put to rest. Same in regards to worrying about the trailers showing a little too much. Holland is the soul of the film and he's excellent. The movie is kind of playful in a way and has some really cool action scenes. Also a half decent MCU villain! Who would have thought? I'm glad that so far all the CBMs this year are pretty solid. My nitpicks I guess are there's a certain subplot I'm not a fan of. Maybe the music wasn't 100% memorable, but whatever, Spiderman is back. This time with company. I'd give it an A for now. Just for the record, loved Spiderman 1 and 2. 3 was a misstep. Don't like TASM 1 or 2 all that much.
  2. I'd imagine the insane Friday increases for everyone kind of balanced out by saturday with "average" increases. Still, WW had a bigger sat increase than an animated film like Cars 3, though not exactly the best example.
  3. I mean, Toy Story 2 and 3 gap was similar sized as well. I don't see why it shouldn't beat 100m OW if the marketing is good.
  4. I glanced through the years, and I did find The Hangover in 2009 had a 87.5% increase in the last Friday of June. If that fits your criteria. I remember that movie being a surprising run itself.
  5. I concur with Empire. Best of the trilogy IMHO. The stakes are really real.
  6. What a terrible movie. The visuals salvaged it a bit, but..... wtf was up with the aspect ratio changing constantly. Very horrible editing. Felt like someone playing with a camera zooming in and out constantly. I swear there were at least five different aspect ratios. D+
  7. This makes TDKR's aspect ratio changing actually look good. TF5's felt like someone playing with a camera zooming in and out constantly. I swear there were at least five different aspect ratios, there was several scenes showing them all within seconds of one another.
  8. Bay was bullshitting when he said 98% was filmed in IMAX. More like 70%. It was jarring seeing the aspect ratio changes constantly.
  9. So they hired the two for their distinctiveness, than refuse to use their creative abilities. Go figure.
  10. I heard something about the acting being horrible in this, at least according to the latest rumor being tossed around. Though take that with a grain of salt, in this industry you hear everything.
  11. Yeah, I swear every day we've been following WW's run estimates keep going up.