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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Everything posted by Blankments

  1. getting serious deja vu Good luck Tele but you ain't fooling me; I'm four years older now, not getting on that hype train again
  2. Holy shit. My condolences to Snyder, I can't imagine what he's going through right now. The movie clearly comes second and hopefully those involved deliver the best film possible. More importantly though, I hope Snyder and his family find the peace they need at this time.
  3. Look in the RTM for the answer
  4. Pirates 3 is still damn good, but after rewatching it and DMC, I definitely recognize it as weakest of the trilogy. They're all good though
  5. @Ethan Hunt is right for once, American Honey is indeed the best film of 2016
  6. 80 min into Pirates 3 Chow Yun Fat's role remains the joke I remember it being lol
  7. Also this summer SUCKS for movies. For real there's only like seven movies I wanna see Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Baby Driver It Comes At Night A Ghost Story War for the Planet of the Apes Dunkirk Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets And I guess Logan Lucky even though there's nothing out for it. A friend of mine saw it a test screening and says its great though. Cars 3 or Captain Undies is a maybe too but STUPIDLY my summer camp is using its field trip on DM3 and not that
  8. I would've if that was an option, but it was a boxset (I would've skiped Tokyo Drift too)
  9. yeah there's alien, atomic blonde, baby driver, detroit, and a bunch of shitty comedies, yayyyy
  10. I impulse bought the first seven Fast and Furious movies on Blu-Ray for $27 last month. Good deal yo
  11. Wait @WrathOfHan you really skipped GET OUT? After shittalking it so much in its weekend thread? Damn
  12. i've seen 20 but i'll give you my top 10 1. GET OUT 2. LOGAN 3. GUARDIANS 2 4. CITY OF Z 5. JOHN WICK 2 6. FREE FIRE 7. CURE FOR WELLNESS 8. DISNEY REMAKE 2017 9. LEGO BATMAN 10. BOSS BABY need to see Raw tho (and Colossal)
  13. 1. Back to the Future 2. Forrest Gump 3. Who Framed Roger Rabbit! 4. The Walk 5. Allied 6. Romancing the Stone 7. Back to the Future Part II 8. The Polar Express 9. Back to the Future Part III 10. A Christmas Carol FINALLY I MADE IT THROUGH IT ALL PIRATES 3 TIME
  14. I don't believe you. But I'll have an answer for you three hours lol 1. (500) Days of Summer 2. Looper 3. The Walk 4. Treasure Planet 5. The Dark Knight Rises 6. Inception 7. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra 8. Snowden 9. Lincoln 10. Angels in the Outfield
  15. nope 1. Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk 2. The Muppet Movie 3. Little Shop of Horrors 4. Looney Tunes: Back in Action 5. Planes, Trains and Automobiles 6. Cheaper by the Dozen 8. Fantasia 2000 9. Parenthood 10. Cheaper by the Dozen 2 11. The Pink Panther 12. Home
  16. I like Pirates 1 and 2 tho. I'm expecting this one to work better for me than it did in 2008 1. Inglourious Basterds 2. The Tree of Life 3. The Big Short 4. 12 Years a Slave 5. Ocean's Eleven 6. Se7en 7. Allied 8. Fury 9. Megamind 10. Moneyball 11. Seven Years in Tibet 12. Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas 13. World War Z
  17. I thought I've already said here I'm not a fan of Pulp Fiction 1. Groundhog Day 2. Take Shelter 3. Mud 4. Midnight Special 5. Man of Steel 6. Nocturnal Animals 7. Elvis & Nixon 8. They Came Together 9. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice 10. Jonah Hex
  18. 1. Mud 2. Interstellar 3. Tropic Thunder 4. Kubo and the Two Strings 5. Bernie 6. Angels in the Outfield 7. Failure to Launch 8. Amistad 9. Sing 10. The Sea of Trees alright I gotta watch Pirates 3 now, later
  19. 1. Reservoir Dogs 2. Fargo 3. Monsters, Inc. 4. The Hudsucker Proxy 5. The Big Lebowski 6. The Boss Baby 7. Pulp Fiction 8. Monsters University 9. Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams 10. Monster House 11. Charlotte's Web 12. Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over 13. Home on the Range 14. Hotel Transylvania 2
  20. 1. Rocky 2. Creed 3. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 4. Rocky Balboa 5. Rocky II 6. Men in Black 7. The Expendables 2 8. Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over 9. Antz 10. Rocky III 11. Rocky V 12. Rocky IV
  21. Thanks y'all; I'll probably skip ahead to Prometheus then and watch Alien 3 and Resurrection whenever the next one comes out. AvP I'll hold off until I watch the Predator movies next year
  22. No Coolio is right lol, I wanted to see if there was any reactions to that like dump I gave in the TFA thread (that I'm still giving haha)
  23. know this was a joke but if anyone was still wondering why I took that long hiatus it was a combination of: 1. Final month of rehearsals for a show I was in 2. Having three big deadlines of major scripts I needed to write 3. A general break I needed because I realized my thread title meltdown was only funny to me and me alone and I needed to get out the place of arrested development my ego sometimes forces me to go into while I'm on these boards 4. Oscar season was done with
  24. Yo everyone. So I've been watching the Alien movies to prep for Alien: Covenant and got through Alien and Aliens. However, the library copy of Alien 3 doesn't work at all, and searching for... other means to watch it turns up only the Assembly Cut which I don't want to be my first experience with the film. Should I give up on it and Resurrection and just jump ahead to the AvP movies? Or even jump ahead to Prometheus? I have no idea how to do this :/