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. Tough strategy call. Half are passing, half are saying No. Hmm.
  2. Part A: 1. Will Transformers' 5 day opening (Wed-Sun) be higher than Pirates 3 day OW ($62.9M) gross? 1000 No 2. Will Transformers Open to more than $50M for its 3 Day? 2000 No 3. Will Transformers' Wed+Thursday total be more than 27.5% of the total gross by end of Sunday? 3000 Yes 4. Will Transformers gross more on Friday or Saturday? 4000 Friday 5. Will Transformers have a daily PTA above $4000 for every day of the weekend? 5000 Yes 6. Will Cars drop less than 50% 1000 Yes 7. Will Guardians drop less than 45% 2000 Yes 8. Will Cars stay in the top 2? 3000 Yes 9. Will The Mummy drop more than 62% 4000 Yes 10. Will all Eyes on me drop more than 64%? 5000 No 11. Will 47 Metres Down have a PTA above $2,250? 1000 Yes 12. Will Rough Night drop more than 55%? 2000 No 13. Will anything in its 2nd weekend drop less than 42%? 3000 No 14. Will All Eyes on me cross $50M by the end of the weekend? 4000 No 15. Will Baywatch stay above Book of Henry? 5000 No 16. Will The Mummy stay above 47 Metres Down 1000 Yes 17. Will Captain Underpants have a higher weekend percentage drop than Megan Leavey? 2000 No 18. Will The Big Sick have a PTA above $8,000? 3000 Yes 19. Will The Beguiled have a PTA above $11,000? 4000 Yes 20. How many sets of dangling robot testicles will it take for both Ethan and Baumer to hate this film? 5000 All of them. Bonus: 12/20 2000 13/20 4000 14/20 7000 15/20 12000 16/20 16,000 17/20 21,000 18/20 26,000 19/20 32,000 20/20 40,000 Part B: The top 3 predictions will score points as follows: Closest: Within 1% - 15,000, Within 2,5% - 12000, Within 5% 9,000, Within 10% - 6000 Outside 10% - 3000 points 2nd Closest: Within 1% - 12,000, Within 2,5% - 10000, Within 5% 7,000, Within 10% - 4000 Outside 10% - 2000 points 3rd Closest: Within 1% - 10,000, Within 2,5% - 8000, Within 5% 5,000, Within 10% - 2000 Outside 10% - 1000 points 1. What will Transformers make for its 5 day OW? 61m 2. What percentage of Transformers' 5 day gross will be made on Wed and Thurs? 35% 3. What will be the difference in percentage between Wonder Woman's percentage drop and The Mummy's (so if WW drops 75% and Mummy 50% the answer is 25%, order doesn't matter)? 23% Part C: There will be 6 films to place and points are expanded because traditionally people haven't scored well here: 2. Cars 5. Mummy 7. Pirates 10. Rough night 12. Big Sick 15. Baywatch
  3. Oh, I know. I was just speaking on their behalf.
  4. 1. Will Rough Night Open to more than $25M? 1000 No 2. Will All Eyez On Me Open to more than $20M? 2000 Yes 3. Will Cars 3 open to more than $60M? 3000 No 4. Will the three main openers combine to more than $100M? 4000 No 5. Will The Book of Henry open to more than $1M? 5000 No 6. Will Wonder Woman drop less than 45% 1000 Yes 7. Will Mummy drop more than 62% 2000 No 8. Will Baywatch Stay above Megan Leavey? 3000 No 9. Will Guardians have a lower percentage drop than Captain Underpants? 4000 Yes 10. Will Pirates have a PTA above $2000? 5000 Yes 11. Will Snatched have a weekend above $200k? 1000 No 12. Will Warriors of the dawn have a PTA above $5,000? 2000 No 13. Will Alien have a PTA above $600? 3000 Yes 14. WillFate of the Furious increase more than 100% on Friday? 4000 No 15. Will Vin Diesel win the Piston Cup? 5000 No, but xXx will! 1. What will Cars make for its 3 day OW? 55.8m 2. What will be What will Mummy's percentage drop be this weekend? 56.5% 3. What will Wonder Woman's Domestic gross be by the end of Saturday? 261m Part C: There will be 6 films to place and points are expanded because traditionally people haven't scored well here: 2. WW 4. Mummy 7. Pirates 9. Gotg 12. Henry 15. Alien
  5. ElCaballero and YourMother, you were both powerful competitors and fought almost all the way to the end. You should be extremely proud of your performances.
  6. Magnificent.
  7. Way, way low. Your subterfuge ends now, you world-ending backstabber!
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