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. IDK, I just get such Avatar vibes from it. The leads are totally not helping, but I don't know if the visuals are enough to make me want to see this in theater. Guess I'll wait for reviews.
  2. If anyone wants to watch, the cast and Patty Jenkins are about to go up for an interview with AOL Build:
  3. Yikes these reviews. I expected 30-40%, not this. The trailers always looked bad to me though. If it's as unfunny as it looks, it deserves to flop.
  4. Wow, just checked RT. Baywatch is actually making PotC look like a critical smash by comparison. Will be interesting to see what kind of impact the critical reception has on both. Should be good for Guardians (holding on for a little longer) and WW (coming into a pretty empty market).
  5. She really is incredibly charming. And now I understand why she's been standing in every interview over the last few days. Ouch.
  6. Any idea how long until actuals are released? I'm actually curious for the slight chance GOTG II and AC could trade places.
  7. You don't have to understand or agree with how people decide to give their likes, but who are you to question it and mock another user for it?
  8. I expect AC to come in first with actuals, but no doubt it's a lot closer than anyone would have guessed based on the previews. And I wouldn't be shocked if AC underperforms on Sunday. WOM isn't good. DeeCee, your club is still alive!
  9. DM3 is not doing more than GOTG, WW I'm also doubtful about, it would have to have like 95% RT and crazy WOM. Spidey I'd agree on it it wasn't the 7th Spider-Man appearance on film in the last 15 years. Really doesn't feel fresh anymore.
  10. I still just don't get the reasoning behind moving AC from an empty August to a loaded May. It turned out as stupid as it initially looked. Fox only has themselves to blame for the legs this is gonna have.
  11. Honestly, the information would not be leaked for other movies besides the huge franchises with enough superfans to spread it around and make a fuss about it. you could probably still post a negative early review for any movie that's not a big superhero tentpole. same goes for the pre-sale numbers. but I get it - once burned, twice shy. I hope both users in question remain a part of the forum even if they don't share that information. Their presence here is much more meaningful than just a bunch of exclusive info (as fun as it was to get it).