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. The ideal story line I would love to see the Alien franchise go is go ahead and let Ridley finish the story he's wanting to tell with one more film(might have to cut the budget another 10-20m)... Which will have to lead into the first Alien. Then pass a new trilogy to Neill Blokamp that still includes the Prometheus/Covenant/3rd film stories continuity. I heard Blokamp wants to rewrite Alien 3 basically, where Alien and Aliens are still part of the timeline, but start over from there. Alien 3 and 4 would serve as a "alternate timeline" I guess. The franchise definitely needs a fresh director.. hopefully Fox sees that, and has someone willing to play.
  2. Definitely a not so great end result for AC after previews. Still it should do solid business for Fox at the end. Really want to see the conclusion of this story..
  3. After a fantastic previews number for AC, and decent early weekend projections after that, 36m seems kinda disappointing.
  4. I think it will. It's opening in a ton of territories this weekend. I'd say if it hits at least 275-300mWW, ALIEN: AWAKENING should be good to go. I hope anyway... I want to see the conclusion of this story and how it flows into Alien.
  5. People trying to compare these to Alien and Aliens are just setting themselves up for disappointment...
  6. I think AC will hit 50m OW. That's a great preview number. Kong did less than that(previews), but still managed 61m OW. I will guess a 52m OW start for AC. It won't have fantastic legs though(like Prometheus)...
  7. Yes... Way too many questions left unanswered. Like...
  8. Lol...Why do WBs fantasy films like King Arthur and Tarzan do bad? If Disney made these exact films would they do better?
  9. I'm really curious what Godzilla vs Kong will do there in 2020... Over 200m?
  10. Surprised by the low GV2 number. As far as PR... Maybe toy sales were fantastic enough, and that warrants a sequel in itself. It's box office run has been pathetic though.
  11. Kong doesn't have a estimate. Surely WB didn't take it out?
  12. Things seem much calmer this time. I think the strike will be avoided.
  13. If a line isn't working while filming, Dougherty could just say "try this instead" instead of writing it down. Honestly I think GKOTM could be one of the safer ones.