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. Sure hope so.
  2. I will really try to bring down my excitement for this after seeing the trailer. The beginning looked promising. But the shot through the waggon with all the suspects looks like it belongs to a high school play production. And who the hell cast Depp in this? At least his character shouldn't bother for too long...
  3. Those reviews are horrible. Sad what has become out of this franchise... I was totally amazed by the first one back then.
  4. I actually thought it would have been even stronger, remembering the hype very well as I was 11 at the time and Pokemon was THE thing.
  5. As movies by the "masses" it will probably only be Deadpool and obviously Rogue One (unless there are so many SW movies by then that people won't be able to tell them apart anymore). Though there are quite some gems in that list that will probably be remembered by people more interested in movies or by those who have acually seen them. Moonlight and LaLaLand... well, I also assume they will be mainly remembered in the form of "trivia" knowledge in game shows (does not change that both are great).
  6. Godzilla. Godzilla. Godzilla.
  7. I really think this was a weak teaser... But it also reminded me that Rey is a more likeable character than any of the three original leading characters. And that I will watch this for BB alone. But still, it wasn't a good teaser imho. Thor was better... And I don't hate any Marvel character more
  8. If music has to be this pompous there is a good chance the teaser isn't all that great. The poster is awesome though.
  9. Watering up: The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (oh boy... that movie is incredible) Titanic RotK The Lovely Bones (I know people hate this movie... but parts of it are fucking emotional) United 93 Revolutionary Road ... probably much more. The only movie I actually really broke out in tears as the topic was just too close at that time: Still Alice
  10. Good trailer. The apes are some of the best CGI we have ever seen, imho.
  11. Hmm... okay... Personally I also think that only the first one had a true magic to it. None of the sequels came close and most of them were pretty bad.
  12. God I hate how RotK and Titanic dropped out... Jaws ESB
  13. Actually that is not what I meant but I also did not make myself very clearly. I just think that many catstrophe movies could be much more fascinating if they focused more on how "the world" and the "people" deal with it. That is always part of these movies... but somehow it always feels more like a romance somehow woven into the disaster and not the other way round. AH, I am not good in articulating this
  14. Anyone else wishing for a catstrophe-movie that is really all catastrophe and not one that turns into the cringe-worthy "Loved ones finding each other again" for the bigger part of the movie?