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. Working on getting the animation cleaned up and smoothed out for this, but it was a fun bit of practice.
  2. Indeed. Surprise! Granted most of them come from a Broadway background so we're talking folks who love people like Daveed Diggs and Rory O'Malley more than big name movie actors. Most of them went to see Moana primarily because of Lin-Manuel Miranda and went to see Frozen because of Idina Menzel. This is not a GA demographic, admittedly. But there are plenty of insular communities who do find the presence of certain less mainstream actors to have a lot of appeal because they come from theatre.
  3. This project is taking on shape going forward and I'm happy with some of the overall changes and expansion in the designs. Story-wise it's very close to being done, I'll be moving into finalization of more background and environment in the near future. I've contacted at least one musician for work. The format of this is still in a state of flux. It may be fully comic, but may contain animated segments as well. Actual pencils of some initial designs for this race. And coloured versions of the updated designs:
  4. Tomorrow I'll be attending a lecture and getting a chance to talk to storyboard artist and animator Rafael Rosado. He did primarily animated series (notably he storyboarded on Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain, Teen Titans and Transformers Prime, among others). I'm looking forward to this, as well as discussing on the idea working with him on something in the upcoming future.
  5. Because I like Broadway? Seems like a pretty shallow reason to ignore someone, but whatever floats your boat.
  6. There was none. I have a lot of friends who are huge Book of Mormon fans. That's not surprising itself either when you consider Josh Gad only got his role in Frozen because of his connections via the BoM creators who were working on Frozen at the time. I love his work on that musical (not so much on Frozen, but he was barely in it and Olaf's design was ugly as hell). So why wouldn't I (or other fans of BoM, especially those who have forked over hundreds of dollars to see BoM several times) hesitate to pay like 10 bucks to see a Broadway actor we like in a movie?
  7. I know at least twelve people who went to see it because of Josh Gad. Myself included. Granted they're all theatre fans who thought Emma Watson should have been tanked in favour of a Broadway actress (or at least one who can actually sing). A few of them primarily saw Moana because of Lin-Manuel Miranda. I also know two people who went just because of Ewan McGregor. I consider these an outlier though. Most people I know seem to be going just because it's Beauty and the Beast. I still can't persuade my gf to go yet because she's a theatre fan who thinks Emma Watson can't act.
  8. My latino mutuals on facebook are super excited by this trailer. I'm guessing this teaser isn't showing any of the actual story though.
  9. I admit, I'm really surprised they're doing a mexican themed movie called "Coco" that isn't about el Coco... Unless they're hiding it.
  10. Man. The animated slate this year is looking rough. Also you forgot Rock Dog but no way that's making enough to worry about lol
  11. Coraline probably qualifies. That movie manages to be creepy as hell. Both Corpse Bride and Frankenweenie are really more gothic fantasy in style rather than being horror. Not sure about Paranorman. I really need to watch that.
  12. Fortunately Horror is one of the genres where they do seem to put out a fair number of original films, it's just that most are low budget. Horror and Animation seem to put out a lot of originals (though there's been a glut of sequels lately, it never seems to prevent original content from going forward either). Now all we need is an animated horror film.
  13. I'll have to check it out then. I'm so glad for the amount of shows hitting netflix lately.
  14. I don't get cable so I'll never be able to watch that show, but there's also a fairly big difference between mental illness in movies and in tv shows (mostly because a show just has way more space to explore the nuance of characters). It's just got the possibility to be a better medium for character development. I'm not against having mentally ill people in things or even portraying their negative traits (believe me, I know of plenty via personal exprience), but I'm annoyed that they're such easy fodder in horror films, especially, when in reality a lot of mental illnesses would kinda make you suck at being an effective villain. I can just see it now: a scary crazed lunatic... who freaks out at raised voices and rocks in a corner while having an anxiety or depressive attack... Or someone with OCD, who cannot focus on the hero because they're too obsessed with their daily routine not being interrupted. Scary. ...also as a personal peeve from someone whose mother had schizophrenia... it's not the same as multiple personality disorder, even if most movies use them interchangeably. I mean I'd think the least one could ask is enough research on mental illnesses to not get two of them confused. A lot of use of mental illnesses in media tends to display lazy writing where they're taking shortcuts based on the fact that people can automatically assume mentally ill=dangerous. I have good friends with BPD and I suffer from PTSD myself (thanks military!), and the assumptions people make about them are just gross and stupid. Also to the other person, not gonna bother grabbing the post. I've seen psycho. The cinematography is great... but honestly the story is kind of boring. Of course it suffers from a glut of content similar to it now, when at the time it didn't have anything else of that nature to be compared to.