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'd agree. Felt so unneeded once the Neomorphs died.
  2. I agree with this entire post. The AI stuff is great but more suited for Blade Runner I feel like.
  3. I'd say it's just as stupid though tbh this all could've been avoided if Covenant didn't have any prometheus elements at all. Like I said earlier in the thread, the base plot of a colony ship having to survive Xenos is a cool idea but the prometheus elements bog it down so much.
  4. He is guilty though. He lost the court case and there's a bunch of easily available online evidence.
  5. If I remember correctly the line went that he was mad because he thought the company didn't trust him to be clear headed enough to be in charge because of his faith. Also would agree that Daniels and Tennessee were the smartest though only Oram had plot breaking stupidity problems. Tbh I almost never complain about character stupidity because people expect way too much from humans but Oram was just too unbelievable for me personally.
  6. Iirc he was more upset because he wasn't put in charge in the first place. Oram's meant to be a smart but faithful man and yet he just looks like a moron.
  7. David literally told him that he made the Neomorphs. He trusted David waaaaay too much after David had already lied to him and the others. Hell he calls David "the devil".
  8. Kane was also more a space trucker with no idea what any of that stuff was. Oram knew exactly what it was and still listened to David.
  9. It's stupid because he listens to the advice of the android who he just moments ago learned was lying to them the whole time and had created the Neomorphs, which had just killed his wife a few hours earlier. Not to mention he only sticks his head in there because unlike Kane who didn't know what they were, he did it because David told him too.
  10. That moment wasn't believable because only a few minutes ago, Oram was ready to shoot David full of holes having caught him in a lie. Why would he not just follow him, but listen to his instructions?