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. Easily one of the best films of the 21st Century. And quite possibly the greatest revenge story every told on the big screen. A must see.
  2. Never change Dash, Never change!
  3. Has this been done before? If so I apologize! Which JJ led 'soft-reboot' movie did a better job, Star Trek '09 or The Force Awakens? Both are great films in my opinion but overall I'ld have to give the edge to Star Trek because of how it cleverly reboots the franchise without pissing on 45ish years of history compared to TFA which copies from its source material more.
  4. Weren't people predicting a much smaller budget after Star Trek into Darkness did what it did? Glad to see that prediction worked out well for ya all. It still has a reasonable shot at 200M Domestic. It's going to be just fine. This franchise is a merchandising juggernaut.
  5. Where's the laughter? Wheres the laughter!?! Where's the wit! Where's the wit! Why am I repeating everything twice? Why am I repeating everything twice? 3/10 I am surprised that Leslie Jones was the best part of this film though. Kudos to her. Also surprised at the love for Hemsworth. He is basically a worse version of Jason Stratham from Spy. Just like this movie is the worst version of a Paul Feig movie so far.
  6. As I said, it was handled like ass in the movie. But thematically it makes sense and BKB's 'rewrite' makes none.
  7. The Theme is not thrown out the window, as I said, Batman realises that Superman is a good guy and fighting him was wrong. Martha is the catalyst for him realising that. Its set up earlier on in the film that he doesn't trust the guy because of his origin and his powers and the revelation that he has a mum and cares for her just as Batman did with his mum helps him realise he was wrong to assume there was a chance that Superman wanted to make the world burn. Batman is fundamentally a good guy and once he comes to that decision he isn't just going to continue to beat superman's ass for the lols. Obviously he is gonna help him out. I don't really like defending BvS because its a mess of a film but thematically that is entirely consistent with the movie. even if it was handled like ass.
  8. Sorry BKB but your rewrite makes no sense. Batman's reaction to Martha makes sense because up until that point in the film he has not identified with Superman at all and considers him some alien, some God even and can't relate to him on any level and hence is scared of what Superman could do to humanity. When he works out why in the fuck Superman is screaming Martha it clicks in his mind that Superman is not some God, just someone like him who would do anything to protect those that he loves. And if he can love his foster mum so much that his potential last words are of her, than clearly despite being an Alien he is clearly someone who can love and who can empathize; and therefore his public persona of wanting to be the 'good guy' matches his private beliefs. It's handled fucking awkwardly in the movie but thats what they were going for. Batman coming to this realisation that Superman feels like a human only to come back and try to beat the shit out of him again after he has helped save his mum makes zero sense.
  9. I'm genuinely surprised at just how much love this movie is getting. It's a well directed movie with good action, but plot-wise this thing suffers from exactly the same flaws that BvS did in that its attempting to cram too many plot threads into its runtime to be worthy of a 91% RT. Iron Man and Capt motivations are somewhat well explained although hardly explored as much as they should had been, but for the rest of the Avengers that showed up for their paychecks,iIt did rather seem like Capt and Iron Man picking Avengers like 2 high school kids picking basketball teams on the school playground. We get SpiderMan because of....reasons! Yeah well we get Ant-Man! Not to mention the Villain is completely wasted in yet another Marvel movie. Which is a shame because I liked this guys backstory, and I liked his idea to destroy the Avengers from within but dude simply didn't have the screentime to do those ideas any justice. In short its This is one film that should had been two parts.
  10. Exactly, so just release the god damn video on the internet. How he chose to go about it in the film wasn't particularly practical in any way shape or form. It's 'Martha' Bad.
  11. Maybe I'm just stupid but the Villains plan literally makes no sense to me. Trying to destroy the Avengers from within....that makes sense. But seriously what in the hell was his end game if Iron Man didn't show up at the bunker at the end? Would he just be like, hey can you get Iron Man here and we can have some tea and crumpets while we wait cause i've got this I want to show you guys?
  12. Are people seriously bitching that we have a female lead in another Star Wars film???
  13. Batman vs Superman is a flawed movie for reasons that everyone has listed here before me but in short its a convoluted mess that tries to to jam too much into its runtime. With that said, I left the cinema excited to see Batman Solo, excited to see a Wonder Woman solo movie and excited to see the Justice League movies so the movie must do something right to elicit that response from me right? And yeah Rukio is a hardcore Man of Steel hater. His opinion on this film is worthless to anyone who enjoyed that film.
  14. Its really hard for me to rate this film. As a comedy its one of the funniest films in years. As an actual coherent film it lacks somewhat. But thats okay because its so damn fun.