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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  2. It could. I can see only a 30-35% increase today and I doubt it has a great weekend IM. What kind of Friday increase do you expect?
  3. Terrible number. In serious jeopardy of missing $20m for the 3-day.
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  5. Wimpy is aptly named for local matinees here, though school is still in session (as it is for 97% of the country). Everything, Everything has already sold out an evening show here with another looking to follow before long.
  6. Haha, not in the least. Our predictions are incredibly close - we even predicted the exact same thing for GOTG2! We have a $1m difference for King Arthur which could kill me. I almost went with a 60% drop for it but changed my mind.
  7. Hmm, didn't consider that, either. Wimpy Kid may not be big enough to get people out for a BB feature, though, especially since so many have already seen the latter. Plus, BB surprisingly lost 30% of its theaters this weekend.
  8. Not concerned about the International numbers?
  9. @T-700pulled off a shocker last week. You and I have a potential Memorial Day weekend matchup which is bad news for me because you've been strong this Spring.
  10. @Matrix4Youpredicting a rock-solid hold for Latin this week. There's certainly precedent for miniscule drops the second week of May.
  11. Huge clash between veteran @POTUSand hot newcomer @M37this weekend!
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