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. will scarlett get another lead anytime soon?? after ghost and rough flop i doubt it, she really should try to make balck widow happen tho
  2. not with ha last 4 flops or underperformances 12/21/16 Passengers (2016) Sony $100,014,699 3,478 $14,869,736 3,478 10 5/27/16 X-Men: Apocalypse Fox $155,442,489 4,153 $65,769,562 4,150 6 - 12/25/15 Joy Fox $56,451,232 2,924 $17,015,168 2,896 11 11/20/15 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 LGF $281,723,902 4,175 $102,665,981 4,175 4
  3. I mean, i cant name of anyone else who's really a draw these days. It seems like most have a good run then it stops (jennifer lawrence has been underperforming or flopping since the last hunger games), will smith is a flop now, tom cruise only succeeds with Mission impossible... edit: dicaprio aint even that much of a draw overseas
  4. LOL. Transformers is probably the worst saga ever, cant understand how anyone over 15 would enjoy it
  5. People are so turned off by scarlett's hair, I'm completely sure this could have done better if she had long hair
  6. Looks like Bridesmaids with black women, OUT. 69m
  7. so much for scarlett being the biggest female box office draw, 2 flops in a row now
  8. Who else thinks WW2 will underperform? WW is doing amazing because its agreat movie but ALSO because we're on the rise of a HUGE feminism movement that will have settled down in 2 years (when WW2 comes out)
  9. 1. Cars 3 $63m 2. Wonder Woman $39,5m 3. All Eyez on Me $23m 4. Rough Night $13,9m 5. The Mummy $13,5m 6. 47 Meters Down $6,7m
  10. well The shallows is much better than that straight to video trash that is 47MD and has a gorgeous liked star (Blake Lively) carrying it. I doubt 47 metres will do over 20m dom
  11. why did 47 Meters get a wide release? that shit's been online for a year and its a bad movie anyway