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. What did Jahns say?As for Campea...i will just say that even if Gal gets an oscar for this (which i know is impossible no matter how great she is) Campea will never like her.Not because he genuinely dislikes her but he is THAT arrogant.
  2. What?Did not notice any of that.Ares just does his Ares thing and as you expects is twisted and corrupted and...well...evil.The film is not all hope and optimism.The best way to put it i guess is that hope and optimism persevere in the end.But it's very dark when it needs to be.It does not try to romanticize how awful the WWI was by painting it in a happy light in the end.When the dust settles and you see that the good guys won you still have the perception of all the lives lost and many sad endings preceded in order to get at the good guys' win.It's a bittersweet ending if anything.
  3. Wait am i not under some kind of embargo?Anyway,here's a little starter.Patty Jenkins is a genious.The film is dark ,which is obvious considering its setting,but Jenkins managed to somehow take the tragic events of WW1 and make film about hope and love for humanity.And even though its a great depection of the WW1 and its repercussions(did i spell that right?) the film is heartfelt and endearing.Gal Gadot is fucking amazing.She is WONDER WOMAN.Chris Pine is great and the chemistry with Gadot is off the charts.Some good actors are wasted though in very small roles(maybe the fate of one or two will leave you was definetly two for me...and that's without talking about characters with bigger roles).But here's the thing....the film's biggest achievement is not the fact that is a great (imo)'s the fact that by the end of it you will be inspired(at least i was). The audience i saw it with was really engaged as well.There were moments that ignited a huge and loud round of applause.Other moments that you will hear some scream their emotions out.The jokes landed.And there was a long ovation at the end.That being was a fan screening.I guess most of the people were either comic book fans,dc fans or wonder woman fans. 9/10 and that's because i don't want to give it the higher rating before watching it again ( i have tickets for the opening day as well-which should inform you that i'm bias towards these films)
  4. There are 3 scenes(you will know them when you see them) that are very emotional.One of them will inspire you,the other two will break your heart.
  5. I already. Saw Pirates and honestly i found it entertaining.It's not a movie i will deliberately will watch again but it was good for a rainy evening.Depp was very good though,imo.
  6. Another from an Empire Journalist :
  7. This year we already had Beauty and the Beast and WW and SW8 to follow.Female-led tentpoles will become the new YA adaptions.
  8. Out with 280M.I really hope i'm wrong. BTW,do Summer releases tend to have bigger multiplayer.
  9. Out with 280M.I really hope i'm wrong.