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. So a tv ad for this and this looks terrible. Poor Cruise starring in another flop
  2. Imma need Disney to pad those numbers up if needed just so Beauty stays ahead of the other franchise WW.
  3. Oh wow Belle is going for USD 100 million in Japan! This is oh so awesome.
  4. Hmmm, surprised this is getting that blockbuster release date instead of the usual disposable release dates of April or September. Disney must probably conifdent with this. Hope it succeeds!
  5. Nala's voice is too sweet to be handled by Beyonce. I'd rather Bey voice Sarabi than Nala
  6. I was looking for Cate Blanchett at the Thor teaser and damn it was her!!!! She was unrecognizable and amazing!
  7. Did anyone see that Zootopia and Deadpool would breakout the way they did? Lol no. That's my case here. Although if there's anyone that's overpredicted, I'd say it's Gigantic. A Christmas-themed animated film (The Grinch) and a remake of a classic musical (Poppins) is a tougher competition than what Moana faced imo. Although I trust the Lopezes on their songwriting for Gigantic.
  8. So, 500 million isn't locked for Beast as I see it. Hopefully it passes Dory tho lol
  9. 1. Han Solo - $550 2. Infinity War - $500 3. Jurassic World - $475 4. The Incredibles 2 - $400 5. Deadpool 2 - $375 6. Gigantic - $350 7. The Grinch - $300 8. Wreck-it Ralph 2 - $300 9. Fantastic Beasts - $275 10. Mulan - $275 Disney strikes again
  10. Beauty and the Beast now the biggest in the Philippines? OH WOW. But I'm not surprised. It really was a phenomenon.
  11. So 650-700 OS is coming? Hopefully it reaches 1.2B when all is said and gone. Beating Elsa as the biggest musical of all time is still kinda difficult as I see it.
  12. I would actually go and watch GITS just for the cool visuals. But i guess Paramount didn't know how to convey the story through the trailers, which turned off the novie goers, And American critics killed the movie. Damn.
  13. I hope Scarjo avenges herself at the box office with the coming comedy Rough Night