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. Ahh this is absolutely wonderful. Vigalondo absolutely nails playing around with the contrasts - big vs small, human vs the fantastical... He manages to switch between tones effortlessly, deliver the laughs effortlessly, and bring the drama effortlessly. Found this surprisingly poignant too, with some issues brought up definitely sure to hit home - while at the same time, bringing the fun and the absurdity of the whole concept in full force. It's at the same time a send up of these giant monster films, and something with its own story to tell. Definitely one of my favorites of the year. Oh, and Hathaway is fantastic. 9/10
  2. This. And - it's a bonus thing to all the usual screenings. Nothing is being taken away. And I also see a geographical element to it because it's almost exclusively Americans freaking out - while, as others have pointed out, when similar "Ladies Night" screenings and stuff happens in Europe everyone is cool with it.
  3. this is the green band btw. hope red-band arrives online soon - it's with Baywatch this weekend
  4. too many are forgetting with this whole Nolan v Besson debate that Besson/EuropaCorp dated Valerian for July 21 in May 2015, and announced the IMAX partnership/release then. WB announced and dated the then untitled Nolan in September that year..... I suspect this refers to IMAX pulling Valerian from their slate once WB put Dunkirk on that date.
  5. this was before Dunkirk was even announced though. NONE of the marketing has mentioned IMAX so I highly doubt it's coming in the format. could be a last min addition in countries like the UK where it opens 2 weeks after Dunkirk.
  6. It's Monday night, so Tuesday morning for Europe etc. And again - press can share social media reactions....
  7. Granted week-of-release embargoes are Warners' MO anyway. And good thing that press/critics did get their first word in on the film as opposed to fans like with BvS - just on social media and not full reviews.