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. In. It'll be the second biggest OW of 2016 after TLJ. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. Please ignore this post. It was sent by accident. I can't delete it now.
  3. What popular actors can you think of who have had only one truly iconic performance (or performances throughout one franchise)?
  4. Am I the only one here who thinks that Orange is the New Black will eat into its box office? I mean if Mayweather-Pacquiao can punch $30 million dollars out of Avengers, then the threat of OITNB shouldn't be ignored.
  5. But people are going to think of it as a George Clooney movie rather than a Britt Robertson movie, aren't they?
  6. You know what's bugging me? Deadline's article says that Tomorrowland is supposed to skew heavily towards females like PP2. I'm expecting it to look more like Avengers than anything else, demographic-wise.
  7. I feel that the film could have weak legs. WOM looks like it will be weak with those reviews, plus Clooney isn't a guaranteed draw. I mean Gravity's success was due to stellar reviews and I think Bullock got more buzz from it. I feel like Britt and Raffey are going to be the main factor in its strong WOM rather than Clooney. If Britt can reach J-Law popularity (unlikely), or at least Margot Robbie/Dakota Johnson-level buzz, then the film could be remembered as hers rather than Clooney's. But right now, I don't feel much more hype for her than I did for Taron Egerton with Kingsman. It's really lucky to have a PG rating. If this was PG-13, I guarantee this would be massacred by San Andreas next week.
  8. I guess you're right. I must've been so focused on Britt I forgot that Raffey had all that buzz. She'll be the one everyone's talking about after the movie. But Britt'll become a much bigger celebrity. Not J-Law level but maybe Dakota Johnson level.
  9. Does anyone think Britt Robertson is going to become a superstar after this? Or will Clooney overshadow her?
  10. Highly unlikely. Internationally, though, MM will beat PP easily.
  11. Does PP2 have a shot at breaking the $220 million Alvin 2 record for a female-directed movie?
  12. I was thinking PP2 vs TFIOS. The two big chick flicks of the past two summers (and Paper Towns is not going to take that title away from PP2.)
  13. PP2 really doesn't have any competition, so it has as good a chance at repeating #1 as Tomorrowland has at getting it. Mad Max could do well now that the girls who saw PP2 have more room on their schedule.