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. It's a possibility, but everything about it would have to be very, very good. There's a large percentage of the population who will always consider these movies to be strictly for kids, and therefore will not see them in a theater. Frozen 2 thread
  3. And then watching Frozen's amazing run in Japan made it that much more incredible.
  4. Tangled is a great movie and would have done much better in Japan were it not for the earthquake. But it's not better than Frozen. It would have never gotten close to ¥25 billion.
  5. True. It's probably time to start posting Frozen 2 news in the Frozen 2 thread, but this thread will never die!
  6. ‘Frozen 2’: Kristen Bell Says She’s About to Head Back into the Recording Studio
  7. Spring 2018 Broadway release announced for Frozen stage musical, with a pre-Broadway engagement scheduled for summer 2017: New Frozen holiday special to air on ABC in 2017:
  8. Finding Dory will definitely have a lot going for it, and since so much time has passed since Finding Nemo, it won't face the same backlash that some people have against Frozen due to overexposure.
  9. I wouldn't say 400M is likely, but I don't think it's out of the question either. It'll depend completely on the quality of the story, and whether the audience feels a strong connection to it, as they did with the original.
  10. The sequel won't have the novelties of the first one, but it will have a preset fanbase which Frozen never had, and I wouldn't be surprised if Frozen 2 has some novelties of it's own. I don't think there's anyone who doesn't expect SW:EP7 to bump Frozen to 9th place, but it will still be the #1 animated film of all time. Animated films will always be at a disadvantage since many people will never take them seriously, regardless of how good the story and characters are.
  11. So 2 years after it opened in theaters, guess what was the most searched movie on Google last month. Google Trends Most Searched Movies for November 2015
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  13. And that list doesn't even include all of the official versions, for instance the German version isn't included and that has over 32 millions views.
  14. There was none on mine earlier this year either, and I was really disappointed. I'm nowhere near 20 theater showings though. I think I'm at 5.