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. I hope it does well just so marveldcfox shuts up. Curious why they aren't marketing the fact that Ethan Hawk is in this. I mean, he's not a huge star but still one of the better known cast.
  2. Yeah, wanted to do the same... Funnily enough, i was with my sister, too. When the presentation ended, people started clapping. Admittedly, i was the initiator...
  3. Looking forward to listening to the music but not before watching the movie...
  4. So i googled and there's actually a DeHaan DiCaprio thing going on. I stand corrected... Agreeing that those kind of comparisons probably aren't doing him any favors.
  5. Wouldn't you say scepticism is a normal reaction when you get consistently underwhelmed? Nothing nefarious about it... As for opinions, duh!
  6. If TASM were an amazing movie, many less would have complained.
  7. I don't think that's what he said. Omitting the origin story completely is leaving out maybe the most inspiring, resonant part of a superhero's story. Knowing it from comics or other movies means squat, it doesn't carry over to this new version of Spiderman. From what i could gather, for him, Homecoming lacked narrative heft and since we are talking about the introduction of a new Spiderman, his reasoning is making the origin story part of the narrative would have addressed that. Personally, judging from past experiences, it wouldn't surprise me if this is another one of those Marvel fluff pieces with tons of jokes, some of them even funny, that leaves no lasting impact.
  8. There's nothing stupid about what he said.
  9. I prefer the 1st one as well. The 2nd felt like a rehash. "yeah, let's go throught this again..." It lacked the emotional resonance of the original. Haven't watched the rest...
  10. "fantasy RPG thing" lol LOTR - if not already - will join the ranks of Star Wars and Co as one of the most iconic, beloved trilogies.
  11. One more in a long list of bad predictions... Pretty sure not many predicted it to outright flop, though. Most had it doing decent if unspectacular numbers if i remember correctly.
  12. I share the concern about the leads, not because they are terrible actors but they just don't strike me as someone who can "save the world". They lack that leading man / woman "hero" quality. I dunno, maybe that's the point but it certainly won't make it easier to sell the movie to people...