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. It fizzled out soon in English speaking countries like UK, Australia, NZ soon compared to other countries! FF8 is one of those movies which makes its previous installments look like Masterpiece!
  2. Tin Tin was popular. I remember watching cartoons and moreover it was Spielbergs movie and it had good promotions which helped the movie alot! It had 50 day run in some theaters in bangalore and other metros AFAIK. Boss Baby had baby as a central theme and people were saying baby looks so cute and girls were literally drooling over baby
  3. Rocky 4 OS gross > Rambo2 OS gross ???? Ive heard people saying rambo 2 was a cultural phenomenon and stuff and yet it grossed 150 (Im not saying it is less but i feel its less than what it ahd to do)
  4. I asked my friend about Armageddon in India. He said Opening was huge all over thanks those visual effects which was liked very much by Indian audiences. However it dint sustain in long run.
  5. Hmm, i feel they are missing out every penny in these markets which is bad.
  6. Worst case 800m is confirmed if it crashes badly OS. Good increase in most of the markets irrespective of market expansion or ER issues. Infinity war will give the 3rd part a very big boost 1B may be Hope so.
  7. 1 fucking million Why cant the audiences able to connect with their movies? or why cant Dreamworks sell their flicks in Japan for lesser rights than what they are worth of in other markets? Too many questions
  8. For EoT i saw quite a few early reactions from twitteratis and it actually turned out to be true! But this isn't the same for all the movies some turn out to be false or paid or not accurate! Hope this has 70-80% RT score! Should be good enough.
  9. Im pretty sure this wont flop. Budget looks pretty good for a Action/Adventure/Horror movie. 125 Million budget means if this movie grosses 350M OS (Incl China) it will recoup its production budget and what ever movie gets from DOM will take care of P&P. Optimistic over this movie. But i feel this is getting sandwiched between too many biggies. Anyways lets hope for the best. Hope this breaks out in Latin America (Cruise Weakest Territory).
  10. Ok lets assume quota for this year is over, movie like Grace Of Monaco released a year later in China. Boss Baby might have a release next year in china!
  11. If not Japan, China would have helped it cross 500M at the boxoffice 😞 Very bad considering this movie has potential which is untapped at the moment.
  12. Any specific reason why Dreamworks dont release their flicks in Japan? If movies like Arrival can mint a Million OW why cant Boss Baby? Is it related to Boxoffce potential of these movie? Are they underestimating it?
  13. Did solid business in India (best in Metros). Close to 15cr gross ($2.5m) crossed Frozen lifetime figs in OW. Could have done more but since its a original movie it has done its best! If this movie gets sequel im sure its gonna do well all over irrespective of critical acclaim from critics, audiences liked it! Any idea about China and Japan release?