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. Very interested to see where they go with this! It's awesome to have anything HP world related to look forward to as long as they continue to preserve the quality of everything. Does this mean we could potentially see some sort of movie to do with the book Quidditch through the Ages?
  2. There only miss this year has been RIPD
  3. I would say this is looking at district 9 adjusted numbers, 41m OW and about 126m total. Pretty good if it is the case.
  4. Yeh the marketing here could really bury this sort of movie fast. Hopefully the movie has substance and they can translate that to the audience through the marketing, if we start seeing 'all-action' marketing this movie is screwed
  5. New trailer released looks great. This club makes sense to me it's ambitious and TLS is the target goal for 47 RONIN to be considered a success. Domestically it will have difficulty finding enough of an opening to hit that 100m mark but I think it will definitely be able to reach short of that with a mediocre opening, which hopefully isnt the case. Could see 80m+ from Japan alone OS. Around 250m from the rest of the world and were looking at a 400-500m WW gross. My prediction DOM: 85M OS: 375M - 460m WW for now. SO IM IN!!
  6. Great trailer, a little more fantasy than I was expecting but that isn't necessarily a bad thing, I've been sitting here thinking about were this will go domestically and OS and I thin like Cjohn mentioned earlier 400m would be a good target but it has the potential to be a 500M+ WW movie.
  7. I'm thinking 85m domestic and 330m OS so yes.
  8. I hope WWZ passes the 200m mark. DM2 should be able to hold well over the next month and gross over 340m.
  9. I was looking at 2015's line up this morning and thought 'wait a sec, that's massive'. It's crowded, definitely, things will move......
  10. Sherlock will definitely see a third movie, a half a billion dollar franchise per movie isn't something WB will sideline, I'm sure the moment RDJ has a slot it will be filled.
  11. I want RIPD to win just so I can see this Universal run of hits continue.It won't happen so I'd say Red or PR take the win.
  12. Still no trailer of some kind?
  13. Great number for Gatsby, very happy for LeoD