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. Oh...no. I'm so sick of seeing a Spider-Man having a obligational & yet underwhelming drop that doesn't translate to great numbers. OUT.
  2. True. It's kinda odd that we live in a world where a POTC-sequel gets slammed by critics, while a MCU sequel get more positive ratings no matter what film it's a sequel to.
  3. And not too late like the Minions did. 😁😁😁
  4. Is this a better China release slot for this movie than it was for the last 2 films, DM2 & Minions?
  5. Let me guess? Chinese people are harshly hating on this film? Like BvS-bad? I feel like all the chinese audience in their country, have the exact same opinion about a blockbuster when they see it. Would be predictable if OLIVE, keysersoze123, jiangsen, Gavin Feng & POTUS, have all the exact same negative rating.
  6. OMG, Kevin McNally! Glad you mentioned him. He's known as Joshamee Gibbs. He is not often mentioned or talked about. One of my favorite characters of the POTC-franchise.
  7. Just don't be disappointed by this film if it doesn't reach your expectations, people. Not every movie can be perfect that easily.
  8. That's a shame. It would have made an extra cash with China's help. What does Boss Baby have that makes China hesitant to release it or not? The last Dreamworks-originals got China-releases so why not this film? Especially considering how well it has done so far, OS? I dread to think if Captain Underpants ends with a similar fate. Kinda almost near to wasted opportunity there. 😞
  9. Eeiii....out. But i do hope at least it could go a bit over $250-300M.
  10. I just hope Pirates 5 doesn't end in a similar reception as TF2 & TF4 did....and where TF5 might end up. I can name a few big fifthquels that got more positive reception: Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix & Fast Five.
  11. And most of those films (except for Into the Woods) did from barely to not making their money back. Especially the poorly received ones like Alice 2, Transcendence, Mortdecai & The Lone Ranger. Clearly they underperformed/flopped for another reason as well.
  12. But what about quality poison? Does he makes movies...that he happens to be in....automatically suck, reception-wise?
  13. I didn't have Alien: Covenant on my radar....so i didn't bother with predicting it. As for Age of Ultron....i wasn't aboard when that film came out....but i knew $459M DOM was a good result either way and i did not bid over $500M for that film. And please, don't twist mine or anyone's arguments with your so called "history & facts". And it's said from a guy who thought Deadpool wasn't gonna be a $300M-grosser, Captain America 3 not hitting $400M, Heck....Maleficent & World War Z not hitting $200M DOM at all. "History" doesn't always go well for you, huh? We are talking about POTC5. You may not see it doing well.....and i know you will probably hate it like the previous sequels....but trying to say that Pirates 5 has nothing going for it...is just folly. When have you ever been wrong on box office predictions before? Name a few that overperformed your expectations.
  14. What's your favorite POTC-film of the franchise and where would you rank them? 🙂