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. While believing it to be difficult to overcome TFA's OW, if it does happen it will be historic. It will be the beginning of the new world order in the cinema, China will soon be the world's greatest power, this is inevitable and undisputed, in the movies, will be the greatest power yet in that decade.
  2. Maybe less joke and more content? Zootopia did not have many jokes, or famous characters like Batman, had only a great story and script, so it was a success worldwide.
  3. I agree it is a success! In the US, UK and in the future Australia. WB will make a good profit on the film, but could do much more if the jokes did not sound better in the English language.
  4. I agree! It will improve when it opens in Australia, considering that the film has been doing well in English-speaking countries, I predict between $ 15-20 million. In Japan it must bomb. Even so the overseas numbers are mediocre in view of the commercial potential Lego films have.
  5. I agree in part! Angry Birds last year made $ 75 million (budget return). Lego Batman has been making good numbers in the United States and United Kingdom, the rest of the world just 'ok', in some countries has been a bomb. In my opinion Batman is an overrated character, stayed after the Nolan movies. I think if it was a more focused animation in the Lego universe would do better numbers in China and other countries.
  6. Terrible opening for Lego Batman in China! The Lego films can be considered a success for what they are proposing to do. The Lego Movie was an undisputed hit only in the English-speaking countries, (US $257 million, UK $57 million and Australia $27 million...Total: $341 milhões). Excluding the English-speaking countries the film made only $125 million. I believe it to be unanimous that the jokes are directed to this language. Despite its success in some countries, it may be time for Warner Bros. to review its strategy for Lego films.
  7. Terrible opening for Lego Batman! The Lego films can be considered a success for what they are proposing to do. The Lego Movie was an undisputed hit only in the English-speaking countries, (US $257 million, UK $57 million and Australia $27 million...Total: $341 milhões). Excluding the English-speaking countries the film made only $125 million. I believe it to be unanimous that the jokes are directed to this language. Despite its success in some countries, it may be time for Warner Bros. to review its strategy for Lego films.
  8. Worse than anticipated for Lego Batman. $ 10 million is out!
  9. 86% drop for Lego Batman? ($ 860.161) Sad!
  10. Too low for Lego Batman, but it was expected. Great opportunity lost by WB. Maybe 'Ninjago' makes Lego movies more popular in China. Exchange rate for LEGO is worse?
  11. Will LEGO Batman really be a bomb in China?
  12. I am happy that the Chinese box office is apparently resuming its vigorous growth. China is an important alternative market, some films that failed at the Western box office get the return of at least its budget thanks to China.
  13. Great for RE! China is currently the break-even point at the world box office.
  14. I think I exaggerated a bit.