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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Everything posted by filmlover

  1. Thinking this will be another Semi-Pro for Ferrell. Count me in the "under" club too.
  2. I'm pretty sure the most embarrassing comparison is: Revenge of the Fallen's 5-day opening (6/24-28, 2009): $200,077,255 This one will be lucky to make $65M over its first 5 days. Fallen, the mighty truly have.
  3. Perhaps @WrathOfHan is not the BOT member most likely to become an MRA like we initially thought.
  4. Not really. It's 3-day opening might still fail to beat the first day gross of the previous movie.
  5. Wonder Woman has really stood out as the must-see good movie in a summer that's been mostly filled with trash product.
  6. Next weekend: Despicable Me 3- $92M Baby Driver- $24M (5-day) The House- $12M The House feels like The Watch all over again tbh.
  7. A friend who saw Transformers 5 told me that the hot female lead's first scene has her wearing glasses which she inexplicably never wears again the rest of the movie. It's like Bay's playing this up, but I'm sure without any hint of irony:
  8. The premise of Humans vs. Robots with the former facing extinction has a lot of potential when you really think about it. Certainly preferable to the "how do we make the audience feel dumb and deaf after 2.5 hours" approach of the Bay films.
  9. I imagine a "good" version of the Transformers series would have a tone similar to the recent Planet of the Apes movies.
  10. Me too. I checked out of the Transformers movies after the third one. When I found out the last one was 2 hrs and 45 min that was where I drew the line.
  11. This film is still certainly gonna make a profit worldwide but this will definitely be the last Transformers movie until the reboot (which will most likely come sooner than later) in all likelihood. The potential isn't there for a sixth movie in this franchise.
  12. Posted this in the tracking thread but it appears this won't be screened for critics.
  13. Did you just assume its gender?
  14. He's just cursing movies left and right this summer. Up next, Valerian! (just kidding that thing didn't even need his blessing to be doomed)
  15. You know, everyone's complaining it's a shitty summer at the box office, but I look at the quality at most of the movies being plopped right in front of audiences and say, "why is everyone complaining?"
  16. The female-centric comedy replaced the romcom pretty much.
  17. There have been billboards for Glow along I-95 the last few weeks. I will watch anything with Alison Brie in it so I'll give the pilot a chance at least.
  18. R-rated comedies have been the thing since Apatow & Co. came along and The Hangover became a surprise megablockbuster. Most of the comedies released now (in particular, Snatched) would've definitely been conceived as PG-13 movies about 10 years ago.
  19. Yeah, it reminds me of the similarly horrendously titled The Watch (which I know had to have its title changed from Neighborhood Watch in light of Trayvon Martin's murder but still).
  20. The comedy genre is need of a shakeup. Fully expecting studios to go back to PG-13 comedies sooner than later (and give up on chasing after the next Hangover or Bridesmaids), the only ones I can think of in recent memory are Central Intelligence and Ghostbusters '16 (and both of those were action hybrids).
  21. Not screening a movie for critics is never not the studio's way of saying "we know our movie sucks." It won't help when The House doesn't have much buzz in the first place.
  22. I beginning to think it's gonna pull a Semi-Pro. My predictions for next weekend: Despicable Me 3- $92M Baby Driver- $24M (5-day, though hoping it breaks out) The House- $12M.