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 man. I still remember when I graduated high school, the occasion was great.
  3. We may get a "happy, think positive" opposite meltdown from you instead.
  4. Yup, at one point Superman and his spin-off titles was selling over a million copies, now comics are lucky if they crack the 100,000 mark. That's changing times for you.
  5. Which you should, comic sales are a niche these days. Honestly if we're speaking about popular superheroes I'd definitely say that Cap is more popular then Thor, but it's constantly changing anyway. And that was part of the charm of her portrayal, she could be so overdramatic. They even made a two part episode based on Savage Land (Savage Land, Savage Heart), that was about Storm going crazy.
  6. 17 / 45 A superhuman women with no social skills walks outside of her comfort zone, and ends up with one hilarious after another in the big city. Registration To Lose
  7. Or Lyle Swann: Timerider, lol. I'd watch that new Tremors TV show.
  8. Oh he's much, much, much, older then that.
  9. Nothing wrong with rewatching the Spider-Man films in a row. Good or bad, I do it all the time.
  10. Legs won't be good though, so ultimately Transformers: TLK will likely be considered a disappointment for Paramount.
  11. The next one features "the alien probe that we can't remember, but we need to find it for some reason". "What is that? Look's like a missile." He was playing a typical goofy sidekick. His death was actually disturbing though, so I guess it was something different for the franchise.
  12. Films focus more on the humans, the transformers don't really show up until the 30 minute mark, when the Transformers show-up, they're pretty reluctant to join forces with the the humans, there's a big fight at the end that is nonsensical and long, some villain is always taking the spotlight from Megatron, Optimus makes a big speech etc.. seems like they have a formula of sorts down.
  13. The Transformers movie are exactly the same kind of film at this point, lets be real.