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. First Kong, now this.... More ape movies are always welcome
  2. Box Office Mojo hasnt updated its Philippine data for over a year now, so based on what I could gather from the individual movie profiles, here they are: 1. Iron man 3 - $14.9M 2. Avengers - $14.3M 3. Civil War - $14.2M 4. Age of Ultron - $14.1M 5. BatmanVSuperman- $11.2M 6. Jurassic World - $11.1M 7. Beauty&TheBeast- ~$10.8M as of 11 days in release 8. Amazing Spider-man 2 - $10.2M 9. The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin - $9.9M-$10.1M (local film) 10. Transformers4 - $ 9.96M Another local film might have made it to the top 10 but Im not sure. If it was top 10 foreign releases, Furious7 would take the 10th spot with $9.95M.
  3. When Deadline wrote this: What exactly does it mean?? Lionsgate basically recouped 25% of the budget?
  4. When Deadline wrote this: What exactly does it mean?? Lionsgate basically recouped 25% of the budget?
  5. Surely I cant be alone in thinking the posters give me Alex Ross vibes..right??
  6. Kinda confused here...your post up until the very last statement seems to imply that even at a $500m+ gross Kong still has a long way to go before being profitable due to the budget + P&A?
  7. Get out! ...of your house and watch it
  8. Looks like Kong's DOM gross will follow a Jason bourne/Star trek beyond trajectory.
  9. Finally saw this. Great stuff, and it kept me thinking long after the movie had ended. 3.5/4 Low-budget thrillers dont do very well in theaters over here, so I was very pleasantly surprised when several schoolmates of mine overheard the online buzz, watched, and liked it also. Hopefully the same happened for a lot of other people where I come from.
  10. Just came from a fully packed theater. Didnt really like it honestly. The visuals didn't sit right with me a lot of times (I was not impressed at all by the Beast) and the editing seemed off to me as well. A lot of scenes could have easily made great IMO, but the cinematography and execution were lacking. There's one change in the 3rd act that had me scratching my head. Like I had no idea why they thought doing that would make more sense than sticking to the animated film. I prefer the animated version and Disney's Cinderella and Jungle book adaptations. This didnt bring a lot of new things to the table. Emma was good for me. Lumiere was a standout. That being said, the physical costumes are great, the singing is good, and I really really adored the "Be Our Guest" sequence. Hope you guys like this more than I did. My theater applauded at the end so obviously this is going to open big AND sustain it with WOM.
  11. Speculation is nice and all, but honestly Im not expecting solo outings featuring the likes of them. But if the stars aligned for them to be made thatd be great obviously.