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. Seriously all these people getting into fits about an all woman screening like come on this is a genre that has been completely dominated by men and now we finally have what sounds like a good to great female superhero film. Let the Wonderful Women of this world enjoy this.
  2. Just got out give this like a 6.5/10 had some great sequences but the whole film just felt really blah to me and left far more questions then it answered. I think it is time for Scott to hand the franchise over to someone else.
  3. WB must be pretty confident in this excited to see how this unfolds and critics have seen the film so I really wish people would stop with the whole I'll take "these" reactions with a grain of salt this isn't a BvS or SS where only fans were tweeting actual critics have seen the film and will be allowed to tweet what they thought about it.
  4. 1. IT 2. Blade Runner 3. Justice League 4. Star Wars 5. Wonder Woman 6. Thor 7. War of the Planet of the Apes 8. Dunkirk 9. Alien 10. The Dark Tower
  5. Honestly I fully expect WW to be placed front and center of the JL marketing campaign if her film is well received and I do think that JL will have a healthy increase over BvS simply for the fact that it will not have such a sad ending and should end on a much more upbeat note which will make kids want to go back and see it.
  6. Lol these tracking numbers are all over the place but I still trust Empire over any of these publications and if he thinks it is going to be big I'm going to go with that until proven otherwise.
  7. Awesome it crossed 500M really interested to see what Thurs number is going to be
  8. I think essentially if Lex had just done a monolog at the end of BvS clearly explaining everything we just watched then it would be clear what his motivations were if only Lex was like Zemo.
  9. I thought I clicked the wrong thread because I clearly came to the weekend thread not the wonder woman or marvel vs DC thread.
  10. These last few pages are like reading a bad parody of what movie discussion is. I can't wait to see this place in November good times ahead.
  11. Just saw the teaser for the trailer play on TV it was just the clip with Elba but man is he owning that role.
  12. That's what I thought because he was originally supposed to direct the first film so when he dropped out I thought he was essentially leaving the project with Sony to do what they want with it but if it lights it up at the BO I wouldn't be surprised if he came back on to direct the sequel.