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. Wonder what Universal is planning for this one! It will be out in August in many OS territories. If this one has genuine shot at awards then they have to plan properly
  2. Starting from 1980s he had following good years: 1982, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989 (Last 88,89 partially) 93 and 94. Im pretty much interested to know about Rambo 2 OS grosses tried very hard to get it but failed
  3. How has this franchisee performed in Germany/Austria?
  4. Maybe this ones more of Walk-ins type of movie ???
  5. Yea i think so but it did solid business OS. Spielberg was at peak during this time due to this Hook's DOM gross looked disappointing!
  6. 3.4m ?? disappointing start for TheMummy JR:NGB opened to 2.6mln
  7. Watched it again yesterday. Loved it but i felt the 2nd half was pretty flat compared to first half which fared much better! But in the end its food which saves the day once again! If not for not so perfect 2nd half the movie is delicious masterpiece! 8/10
  8. Not as expected. Apart from twist i felt something was missing which should be associated with these kind of movies! Avg stuff 6/10
  9. OS might stay flat if ER is horrible and no china release once again! Optimistic about Dom gross might spring a surprise like GOTG2! Dom: 380 OS : 420 800ww
  10. Liked it when i watched this for the first time but this movie hasn't aged well. Pretty avg stuff id prefer Godzilla (2014) and 90s version over this at any point of time! 6/10
  11. Not a perfect Mindbender but it has its moments thanks to some amazing performances from cast. TC as usual was really good. He proved that he can act and hes not the typical action hero without acting skills! 7/10
  12. MI4 >> MI5 > MI3 > MI1 >>>> MI2 MI2 is bad but i actually loved it when i watched it recently! It does what its good at ENTERTAINS!
  13. Universal might have thought TC is enough to save this movie but they forgot that for audiences content is greater than hero! I feel TC should have been wise enough to pick this over other movies which was offered to him at the same point of time!