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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  3. No one is arguing its not a miss. it can be a miss and not be the flop people are trying to paint it as. Batman V Superman was a miss and still made good profits. This is a miss and will make small profits post theater.
  4. Short run time? Looks like this will be the next mummy. Nah I'm just kidding. This movie looks good and I hope it does well. Would be nice for one non super hero movie to really break out this year.
  5. So a movie cost 180m and makes 169m and they project a loss of 100m but mummy cost 125m and makes 400m and they project a loss of 95m and you're trying to rationalize how they're correct. Sorry but I can't take anything else you have to say on this subject seriously.
  6. Legend of Tarzan, Magnificent 7, Power Rangers, Ghost in a Shell and many other movies made way less in comparison to their budget and the media barely said peep about them. Everybody knows the shit the media is writing about this movie is bullshit. I don't know how anyone can try to defend this crap. Ghost in the shell cost 110m and made 169m ww and deadline said it would lose 60m. Mummy cost 125m and is looking to make around 400m and deadline says 95m
  7. and sometimes people hate a property/star so much they want to turn everything into a negative.
  8. 56% for a movie with 16% on RT. I'd say thats pretty good for brutal reviews.
  9. Last years fathers day second weekend drops were much bigger and those movies had much better reviews. Also, fantastic 4 also opened to less and had a much larger drop because of shit reviews. If Mummy holds its because of Cruise. His movies always have good legs.
  10. Mummy sitting at 56.5m which is $500,000 under where EoT was at the same point in release. Never Go Back had a bigger drop and still managed another 19m after its second weekend which would be enough for 75.5m for Mummy. 80+ Still in play.
  11. Interestingly enough Cameron Crowe talked to Eastwood about Cruise and this is what he had to say.
  12. Given the brutal reviews it still managed to only dip 56.1% this weekend - dat Tom Cruise effect.