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. If your best rationale for an alternative win is for the "surprise factor", that's pretty telling.
  2. Personal preferences. From an objective standpoint, however, agreed. SLP or LoP winning would be shocking. Lincoln is textbook Academy material.
  3. BP race is over. Lincoln is going to win that handily. SLP is a wonderful story and I realize a lot of people are rooting for it, but the chances of it pulling off this upset are slim to none.Shocked at the Affleck snub...that's a complete travesty. Same for Bigelow, but I'm over it. Thought the film was overrated. Really glad that Hooper didn't get in.
  4. Not seeing any reason for the continued LM love. Unless I'm missing something, the reviews aren't particularly great; it should lose momentum over these next few weeks. Lincoln assumes the position of favorite, with Argo and ZDT playing the possible spoiler.
  5. Solid trailer. I'm glad that it isn't the typical "let me spoil the whole movie for you" spot. First minute was way too melodramatic and stretched out for me...but all in all, I want to see the film so I would say the clip has done it's job.
  6. [*]The Shawshank Redemption - Overrated. So overrated. [*]The Godfather - Not deserving. Top 25 or so for me, however. [*]The Godfather: Part II - YES. Properly rated. Complete masterpiece. Better than the first. [*]Pulp Fiction - Standard Tarantino worship by the Internet. Not deserving. [*]The Good, the Bad And the Ugly - Deserving. Fitting conclusion to one of the best trilogies ever. [*]12 Angry Men - Great movie. I don't know if it's top 10 material. [*]Schindler's List - Deserving. Barely. [*]The Dark Knight - No. Just no. A fun superhero movie and not much more. Place isn't surprising given how overrated Nolan is by the current generation. Worst film in the top ten by far. [*]The Lord of the Ring: The Return of the King - I'm a huge LOTR fan, so this is completely biased and I say yes. [*]Fight Club - Top 10 in the "cool" metric. Not top 10 in the "best" metric.
  7. Third Godfather was a shame. First two are absolute masterpieces.On the topic of Spiderman, I don't know...I never understand the love for the films. I thought the first was good, second was mediocre, and third was terrible. Most people seem to like the trilogy more than I do, however, so I'm the outlier in that opinion.
  8. I disagree, but good set of films...can see why other people would think so. My list looks something like this:1. LOTR2. Dollars Trilogy3. Three Colors Trilogy4. Indiana Jones (I like to pretend the 4th never happened.)5. Bourne6. Original SW Trilogy7. Vengeance Trilogy8. Death Trilogy9. Dark Knight Trilogy10. Toy StoryI probably missed a few, but these immediately came to mind. All of them fairly excellent. It pains me not to put Terminator on the list, but T3 was just not good. It's sad how often great concepts get butchered as more films get made.EDIT: Holy shit, forgot Indy. Added.
  9. It's not my only problem with my film, but I agree that the editing was, in my opinion, one of the bigger flaws. Bit of a mess. Nolan's films have never wowed me with their editing however, so I wasn't shocked.If you're going to claim it was a fun movie, I certainly agree. It was really enjoyable. Just don't understand the constant technical praise the series received.
  10. Irrelevant considering the audience. No one is saying BD2 won't have a huge opening. Don't understand why Twilight advocates are getting butthurt over the fact that there isn't a significant overlap between the core audience of that film and Skyfall.
  11. Not sure if serious...but completely false.On the topic of this discussion, it would be Thor in terms of overall power. People are confusing brute strength for power.
  12. IJ4 was going to be a complete piece of garbage, and I think a lot of people realized this. On the other hand, SW7 has the opportunity to make up for the epic pile of shit that is the prequel trilogy. It's not as if the series has anywhere to go but up at this point. That's why I'm more interested anyway. SW's greater popularity doesn't hurt either.
  13. This has to be the single funniest thing I've read today. Excellent. Who is this guy?
  14. I'm glad movie posters aren't indicative of quality...good god, those are putrid. The film should still be excellent.
  15. I suppose I am one of the few that is really hoping it doesn't go to Fassbender. Please don't give him the license to kill. I love most of his work. I don't see the Bond parallels.