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. Yeah, the global total looks like it'll save Pirates 5 like it saved the fourth.
  2. Oh hey Pirates is doing about what was expected. And Baywatch is doing what it was expected too . . .DROWNING
  3. That's not too bad. I've been about predicting $130-$140 million domestic for Pirates and $500-$600 million overseas anyway.
  4. Well, if Pirates fails, it's not like Disney will hurt this year - What with Beauty and the Beast, Guardians, Star Wars, and Thor.
  5. They already had Depp in the first Fantastic Beasts, I don't think they are going to magically recast him unless he asspullingly impersonates someone else again
  6. They got to count all that booty, matey.. . . YARRRR
  7. By comparison, Stranger Tides did $4.7 million in late night showings back in 2011.
  8. Hopefully Pirates cannon-blasts Baywatch out of the water
  9. I could see this performing similarly to Kong: Skull Island to be honest
  10. It was decent, the problem is it took like 90-100 minutes to actually get to what people came to the movie for. . . ..instead of spreading out the PR action thoughout the run-time, they decided to put it all at the finale. I mean, come on, Rita has a ton of minions and mooks in the series. They couldn't have included like two or three of them and had the rangers battle them (all chaotic and disorganized at first until they learned how to work as a team) before the finale (final battle with Rita and Goldar)? I mean this seems to be an issue with some films based on popular properties. Godzilla '14 and Transformers come to mind. But the reason those still succeeded and this not so much is that they at least spread their action out. Godzilla 2014, while not having a ton of Godzilla, still had two other monsters wrecking shit and the Transformers are spread all throughout their films (human scenes aside).
  11. You know, no matter how badly both King Arthur or Valerian do, I consider this a bigger failure. They could have made this ...........big.
  12. BATB is rumored to hit Blu on June 6th, but I don't know if I entirely believe it.