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. Unfortunately, I haven't had a chance to watch it. Bad show timings in my city.
  2. Awesome pawsome. You know this would have been a very good Valentine's Day movie. Oh well. Still will catch it in theatres.
  3. I support @iJackSparrowthread. This one is same so no point. Now if this was 500+ and/or breaking TDK or TDKR domestic then I would have joined.
  4. I want this to be good so bad and do well at the boxoffice but after Ghost in the shell I am not sure if this will do any better. Fox will have to bring their A game as far as marketing goes and hopefully Rodriguez has made a kickass movie. I wish this was R rated though. Would have done extremely well cuz you know fox specializes at it now.
  5. PC is a disappointment. She wants to be part of hollywood so decided to accept the first project that came her way. Big mistake. If this flops and apparently her acting is awful in this, she will have to go back crawling to bollywood where I don't think she stands a chance in the current competitive cut throat climate.
  6. boring. I want AC to atleast crack 100 million domestically but even 80 looks tough.
  7. Still stand by it. Nothing to do with the quality of the movie or how I feel after watching it just like Alien Covenant.
  8. So this is going to be balls to the walls action+comedy+sci-fi.
  9. This is fant4stic level of reviews but this didn't had even iota of the negativity and shitstorm surrounding that project. All of a sudden, I have new found appreciation for that movie.
  10. Forbes list is garbage. I remember IDR being on that list last year and we all know how that turned out.
  11. this releases on 26th July in France? Why is this releasing on 21st July in North America, again? I think their strategy is all wrong. They should release this in France and few overseas territories before releasing in North America. If the reviews and good and wom good that will help domestically.