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. it gets better the further into summer you go as people get used to the heat but the current weather is really unprecedented. It's stupidly hot. dunno how people in actually hot countries can live like this. on that note I can't find a fan anywhere, so I think i'm gonna go to tesco and buy one. i don't care that its half 1 in the morning if I can't sleep :/
  2. Well damn. I had no idea cars 3 was out. also, fantastic drop for wonder woman. (i bet no one else has said that already)
  3. I was out clubbing yesterday, and while in the toilets I heard some guy saying "derka derka derka" to his friend, and the friend replied "derka derka". so I joined in and said "derka derka derka, muhammed jihad". next thing I know every single person in the toilets is shouting "derka derka derka, derka derka, muhammad jihad!", like a good 15 people. was fucking pissing myself (both literally and metaphorically). funniest thing I've experienced in ages. lmao
  4. if you're in the UK... go and vote!
  5. Ah. No it wouldn't have made a difference, weather here has been shit the past couple weeks. last weekend wasn't terrible but wasn't anything special. It's mainly earlier in the year that it matters - when it's been mild/poor weather for a long time and then suddenly there's a blazing hot weekend, everyone goes out and doesn't want to be in the cinema. But when it's consistently good weather things settle down again.
  6. bad weather improves box office... good weather hurts it.
  7. Much better than Man of Steel and a huge step away from the atrocities that are BVS and Suicide Squad. I was very pleasantly surprised. Gal Gadot impressed me. After BVS I had compared her to a porn actress, thought she was awful. But her shallow lack of acting talent actually worked very well for Wonder Womans naivety. I thought it suited her really well. I'm glad it took the time to focus on a few details and slow down a bit. The scene in the little town was great. Loved Ewen Bremner as well. The song he sang, Green Grow the Rushes-O, my gran used to sing that song to me to get me to sleep when I was little. Not really relevant to the movie I suppose but it touched me. Also appreciated that with the exception of the 2 minutes on each end of the film, it didn't feel forced into the cinematic universe, there were no references to other superheroes etc. at least none that I noticed. Plot was pretty predictable, David Thewlis was pretty obviously the villain from early on, although I didn't anticipate Ares actually being in it; I thought she would realise that there are no gods, evil is man made. I was really surprised the greek gods ended up being real. so yeah I really enjoyed it.
  8. Under 2 hours long. Rated 15 ('R' for you muricans) I look forward to it.
  9. I was genuinely impressed by how little you need of Orloondo Bland to drag a film down to the pits of hell. It is genuinely stunning.
  10. dunno, I only found out about it when I drove into work and noticed our flag was at half mast. Ive only spoken to one person about it and she was mostly angry at the fact that this terrorist was bombing children. terrorist attacks in the west have all been in general public, buses/planes/airports etc but this was deliberately targeting young teenage girls. It is the worst attack since the bus bombings in 2005 so I imagine its quite serious.
  11. He was complaining about people showing sympathy for Zack Snyder's child while there was a terrorist attack on children here last night. Wasn't saying anything unreasonable imo but it was not needed in the thread and the mods here are pretty sensitive about anything they disagree with so he got banned.
  12. That's... not really the generally accepted idea of "fantasy". Usually means; 1) sword and sorcery; 2) not in this world
  13. fantasy movies always bomb. I don't know why studios are even making them at all any more. Very sad as I love the genre. I'm glad there are still some being made but I don't see any financial sense in it. The idea of 7 King Arthur movies was a joke to begin with. its just not financially viable. aside from LOTR series, the biggest hit recently has been Warcraft, which may or may not have broken even, and even that has had no progress on a sequel.