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. Thanks! Are there already any projections for Wonder Woman and Pirates 5 opening weekends?!
  2. Can anyone tell me if Guardians 2 still has a chance of a total above $400 million domestic?!
  3. $500 million is totally happening right?! Last weekend it only droped 5% so i have a feeling it could reach $500 million by the end of next week.
  4. BatB stands at 70 million in Japan right?! i think it's safe to say it could add more $10/$15 million in North America since it has only droped 5% from last weekend, and around $35/$40 million overseas. What you think?!
  5. Yes i've heard Disney anticipated the "home media" release of the movie, but at least by now we can be 100% sure that the movie will finish with $500 million domestic. Do you think $1.250 billion is still in play?!
  6. Thank you! There are many of us by the way whom actually feel the same way!
  7. I can't stand the people who didn't liked 'Revenge of the Sith'. This was the film that made not only me, but an entire young generation fall in love with Star Wars. A movie with a really compelling story, totally in pair with The Empire Strikes Back as the most complex movies in the entire saga.
  8. Could Beauty and the Beast finish with at least $510.0 millions in North America?! Is that too much?!
  9. Japan's going to be massive for BatB, and i'm predicting it could finish with at least $510.0 millions in North America is that too much?!
  10. I guess Beauty won't have great competition till the opening of Pirates 5, this one will definitely make tons of money in Japan.
  11. Aw then a $100 million total is likeable then?!
  12. Then how could BatB finish above 100 million?!
  13. Then it's safe to say Beauty and the Beast will outgross Alice in Wonderland, at least in yearn?! The Potter films were massive in Japan, specially the first three movies and the last one whom grossed more than $120 million each one. I hope that the next FB movies could, at least, follow the same path as the first one, but WB would have to create a big marketing about Dumbledore and Hogwarts.
  14. Thank you Then BatB has really good chance of a final total of $1.250 billion! You mean it could make even more than $100 million in Japan?! I'm so happy cause i loved this movie so much and the cast choice, notably Emma Watson, was perfect and i think much of the success of this movie is thanks to her. Much love from Portugal. God bless you all!
  15. Can anyone tell me if 'Beauty and the Beast' still has a chance of grossing north of 100 million dollars in Japan?! And is it still up for a total of 500 million in North America?!