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. I'm glad this was written. Part of my absence has been living life and not having as much time on my hands, but it was also the general negativity that swamped threads. The issue is it's not done with any levity. The folks who constantly do this seemingly have no idea how humorless or petty they come across (or they don't give a shit). I've made fun of more than a handful of projects over the years, but when it always comes from a relentlessly mean-spirited place, why bother reading it or responding? It's simply exhausting. Anyway, miss you guys.
  2. As someone who saw the last two on opening night with awesome crowds, I feel like I could wait a week or two for an afternoon matinee with this.
  3. As a second term Reagan baby, I get the nostalgia for plenty of 80's and 90's brands as disturbing as it can often be. I loved the original show when it was on and dragged my late grandfather to the '95 movie when I was nine (I'm so sorry, Pop). Everybody's passionate childhood interests are yours to revel in until you're in the grave. POWER RANGERS, THOUGH? Jesus Christ, I'm old and this is DUMB.
  4. Oooookay.
  5. Was all set for a Logan-Get Out double feature until this excuse of a storm scared the whole town and closed the local theater.
  6. I step away for a few months and now there's THIS guy.
  7. Every time I see that guy, I think "you're trying way too hard".
  8. Only back in action this week but it's good to see Futurist is still dropping those "takes".