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 know the Texas screening was a fundraiser for planned parenthood. They can invite who they want. Considering maternal death rate doubled since Texas decided to defund PP these screenings carry a symbolic and spiritual meaning. It's a chance to strengthen and support each other and enjoy a fun night out. If three screenings out of thousands threaten your existence then I don't want to know you.
  2. Early reactions are great. Besides Star Wars this is my last must see movie on OW (for this year). Jenkins is a good director. Hopefully this marks a turns around DCEU in films. I'm really looking forward to aquaman next.
  3. True film criticism is hard to come by.
  4. I was being general but yes there are secure male critics that will give an honest review. I'm sure there are women who don't like her. I'm talking majority. I'm not considering Trainwreck since she has become more controversial since that film. Critics are just like everyone else. I just don't think some of today's film critics bother to overcome their opinions about movies/actors.
  5. Deadline expects tracking to be $75m by next week. Pretty nice stats for WW.
  6. With most critics being male I wonder if she'll ever have a fresh RT movie again. Being a paid critic doesn't mean he or she will be objective.
  7. She comes off as confident. If people are offended by her being a feminist then they shouldn't watch her. Simple as that.
  8. Disney isn't worried the remainder of the box office run obviously.
  9. I think it'll do above 65m unless the reviews are harsh which I don't expect. Either way it's a good opening.
  10. Deadline says WW tracking for a 65m opening
  11. A WW/SG would be great. I thought SG was teased/Easter egged in Man of Steel but nothing ever came of that.