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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  2. Congrats @Rolling Thunder 1 Rolling Thunder 91.634% 85.901% 94.091% 8.859% 38 10 2 T-700 91.165% 87.105% 92.904% 8.390% 37 10 3 PanaMovie 90.184% 85.783% 92.070% 7.409% 36 10 4 8wombi7 89.782% 79.921% 94.008% 7.008% 35 10 5 Wildbill 89.653% 81.793% 93.022% 6.879% 34 10 6 ZeeSoh 89.431% 84.217% 91.666% 6.657% 33 10 7 ChipMunky 89.136% 87.907% 89.662% 6.361% 32 10 8 Matrix4You 89.078% 77.666% 93.969% 6.304% 31 10 9 boxofficeth 88.921% 78.332% 93.459% 6.146% 30 10 10 Bates 88.888% 78.898% 93.169% 6.113% 29 10 11 kayumanggi 88.422% 84.597% 90.062% 5.647% 28 10 12 AndyLL 88.077% 81.931% 90.711% 5.302% 27 10 13 TalismanRing 87.538% 82.952% 89.503% 4.764% 26 10 14 Keanu 86.896% 80.251% 89.744% 4.122% 25 10 15 Tower 86.765% 85.643% 87.246% 3.991% 24 10 16 nomyth 86.701% 76.505% 91.071% 3.927% 23 10 17 Exxdee 86.653% 77.704% 90.488% 3.878% 22 10 18 flyingace98 86.533% 73.441% 92.144% 3.759% 21 10 19 aabattery 86.499% 95.465% 82.657% 3.725% 20 10 20 WrathOfHan 86.271% 81.793% 88.190% 3.497% 19 10
  3. We don't enforce draconian rules like this just because Tele is a grumpy old man. If you've read this thread, or any of the CBM threads, you should understand why we did this. You know the rules of this thread. If you choose not to follow them than the Staff will take the appropriate action. If you don't want to follow the forum rules then you are welcome to open your own forums where you get to make the rules.
  4. That stock photo does not do it justice. I'll take my own photos next movie I see there. The pre-show ambience is really cool. When the seats started to rumble on low bass moments it brought back memories of Earthquake. I'm one of those that believes sound is a huge component of movies. I have a 7.1 klipsch reference setup at home but I'm starting to dream about a Atmos home setup.
  5. Was going to see Aliens in IMAX (liemax) Saturday but GotG2 was playing in our new AMC Dolby Cinema theater so we decided to check it out. Unfortunately we had front row seats. On the IMAX with regular seats, my wife with her knee needs to be on a rail. We now tend to be 7 rows back. On the other 3 big theaters the 1st row on a railing is behind the handicap seating but it was taken to my wife got the front row. We've sat there on the smaller screens without issues and I figured if it was to close on the bigger screen we'd have no problems moving back. However it was sold out (!) so front row it was. Visually, since are whole family has bad eyes and with the recliners I didn't mind being so close but I think we would have a better audio experience in the middle of the theater. The theater was cool with the all black with the red highlights. Reminds me of my Alienware laptop. Even the trash receptacles in the hall behind the theater had a red directional light shooting into black. The picture below doesn't do it justice but each of the drivers of the surround speakers were ringed in red light. They put some thought into the pre-show visuals. Sound is Dolby Atmos. The speaker setup visually looks really great. 48 tower surround speakers ring theater with 4 huge subwoofers on the ceiling looked impressive. It sounded impressive however I think it would better in the middle of the theater. They run sound, bass, something through the seats to compliment the sound. Visually it was also fantastic. Our theater has the liemax and 3 other large screens. My son and argued on whether or not the put a bigger screen in. After reading up on Dolby Cinema it looks like the screen size was the same but it is now a curved screen. Duel 4K HDR projectors. Don't know what that means but it looked good. A nice feature of the setup is it is almost exclusively 2D. Ticket prices seem to be equivalent to the IMAX 3D prices. We need to try it again but I think I prefer it to the AMC IMAX. That creates problems. It looks like the big films will be in IMAX.... and then maybe on on Dolby Cinema later like Guardians was. Pirates is taking over IMAX next week and I was hoping they'd move Aliens to DC but over the weekend they have Baywatch there. Monday is not listed yet so there is still hope.
  7. congrats @Wildbill Rank Player Total Score New Release Score Holdover Score Difference from Avg. Score Total Points Predicted Movies 1 Wildbill 93.664% 91.868% 94.114% 7.499% 35 10 2 Tower 92.664% 94.161% 92.290% 6.499% 34 10 3 TalismanRing 91.728% 96.364% 90.569% 5.563% 33 10 4 Bates 91.528% 90.063% 91.895% 5.363% 32 10 5 JMorphin 91.362% 97.619% 89.798% 5.197% 31 10 6 Simionski 91.010% 86.362% 92.173% 4.845% 30 10 7 moviecriticguy 90.417% 83.896% 92.047% 4.251% 29 10 8 Keanu 90.364% 84.455% 91.841% 4.199% 28 10 9 POTUS 89.065% 96.773% 87.138% 2.900% 27 10 10 Rolling Thunder 88.802% 97.574% 86.609% 2.637% 26 10 11 M37 88.631% 88.962% 88.548% 2.465% 25 10 12 8wombi7 88.610% 95.237% 86.953% 2.444% 24 10 13 24Lost 87.331% 78.310% 89.586% 1.165% 23 10 14 31616 86.972% 87.014% 86.961% 0.806% 22 10 15 Padre 86.939% 87.384% 86.828% 0.773% 21 10 16 PanaMovie 86.927% 81.536% 88.275% 0.761% 20 10 17 boxofficeth 86.899% 87.793% 86.675% 0.733% 19 10 18 WrathOfHan 86.687% 83.285% 87.537% 0.521% 18 10
  8. Perhaps because the negative repetition easily outweighs the overly positive repetition? And that there is a difference between genuine optimism by fans who contently overestimate the film they want to do well and trolling because you hate a franchise/actor? We have taken action when the positive turns into trolling. It happened with Avatar earlier this year.
  9. Not so much an agenda but many act like they have a personal stake in the success of their franchises. It comes across on these boards that their real life is affected by these movies... good and bad. So much so that they feel compelled to trash any rival. They lose all sense of perspective and humor. I loved GotG2 but I wouldn't waste a second of my life worrying about it it can make 1 Billion or not. Hitting/missing that milestone will have zero effect on my life. Everyone is going to have their franchises they like/dislike. But life is too short to spend any time worrying about the success or failure of them.