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. Thank you so much. @Macleodthis is what I was looking for. And since you said that you actually are involved in the business, a little sharing of knowledge would have been nice rather than a snarky comment. Doesn't show you in good light.
  2. A good person would have actually answered the question rather than trying to mock. You might have taken classes I guess? But you are on BOM. So much for your education.
  3. you can lol as much as you want but incredibles 2 is going to be much more highly anticipated than JW2 because there is a demand for I2..JW was such a massive blockbuster that it can only go down from there boxoffice wise not quality.
  4. Stupid.
  5. Bwahaha..jimG must be feeling the heat.
  6. 1 stumble? I think there have been 4...only boxoffice does not matter. Boxoffice + quality is of utmost importance in this day and age.
  7. I want this to obliterate your prediction, but I am not sure it will even crack 200M. There is a reason why they have screened it so early...to get the buzz going.
  8. Told you all that this one was going to tank domestically and drop badly overseas. UNDER 650M WW is a real possibility. This is the year where big sequels irrespective of quality won't be doing as well as the studios would like them to. I feel for WOTPOTA and Kingsman 2 already. Both of them need to do extremely well to keep me happy...
  9. SO happy...I have been saying for ages that this one will flop domestically and drop badly overseas. Franchise over.
  10. Sadly, yes. Just look at Edgar's box-office history...At this point of time Scott pilgrim had much bigger buzz and hype.
  11. You guys were talking about Trank 20-30 pages ago, so I just had to go on Twitter and search his name for shits and giggles...Came across his handle..He posted https://twitter.com/joshuatrank/status/877561893455409152 Nice timing..Will he reveal some juicy info on what happened.. https://www.instagram.com/joshuatrank/ Lmao...This guy has weird sense of humour ..His Instagram page says Chronicle ********* **** fonzo You know what those stars are?! Hehe...