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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  2. Probably will be the best received blockbuster in a month, with the marketplace kinda dead since then. That tends to bode better for a breakout, though obviously doesn't guarantee anything.
  3. Oh please. I don't agree with him a lot of the time but he always gives well-written and well-reasoned reviews. Plus, he tends to keep his box office analysis separate.
  4. Looks like I'm probably canceling my family trip down to the Smokies this weekend due to shitty weather
  5. I'm really intrigued by the casino scene. Looks like it could be a fun, different take on the cantina type scenes.
  6. Lol Smithsonian may show this later at a Sci-Fi Sunday, but it's definitely getting Dunkirk on the 21st.
  7. I'm out. I'm high on this movie, but this is really the absolute best case scenario. Which I hope happens, because it'll be a very, very fun run to track!
  8. At this point, I'll eat a sick if it's rotten on RT. Some really legit, non-geek reviewers are singing its praises.
  9. With everything disappointing since GOTGv2, I'm thinking its increasingly likely we see a major breakout here.
  10. Very true, we have cops and cameras everywhere. But as you say, there wouldn't be much we could do against a lone wolf attack. I understand what you're saying and you're completely right. It's what ultimately makes us who we are (at least who we aspire to be) to take people in and hope they can make our country and world a better place. It helps that the US is an ocean away from the ME and we have the opportunity to properly vet everyone that comes in.
  11. Having worked on quite a few refugee cases, you're completely right. We don't just let anyone come and live in our country.
  12. Yeah, that's what I meant with a civilized society. It can be tough to stop these kind of attacks, sometimes there's not much you can do. Yeah there are really fucked up groups and people out there. I don't really pretend it doesn't exist, but there's not much I can do about it. I used to ride the train everyday into work, someone could take out a whole bunch of people bringing a homemade bomb onto the Metro. You have to hope intelligence authorities stop these attacks before they happen. It not, there's not much you can do in a society to stop everything, short of becoming a police state.
  13. We tend to overestimate the amount of people willing to do stuff like this. Most people don't get to the point of brain washing/have the serious mental illness required to do something like this to innocent people in civilized society. Of course, it's devastating when it happens.