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. Great indeed. Beating both Madoka's WE1 attendance and Love Live's WE1 gross by a considerably large margin. (30000 attn / 23m JPY respectably)
  2. this is enough to make a questionmark, even I believe the odds of Zootopia crossing the mark is still high, for now.
  3. I think Zootopia can keep the pace until July. in normal cases. June is not really a strong month for films. last year didn't however, mid-June was dominated by two films that did far beyond their expectations, plus their fan base and chain did not overlap overlap each other much. So you should hope there is nothing like that happen this year.
  4. Yes. There is still 1 theater showing so still counts as consecutive record. Speaking of that issue mentioned above, probably due to 153 theaters (this is 38 more than their original screen count in Nov 21, 2015) will be (re-)showing it starting from 21st May till 31st May to conclude their long release, as a celebration of Blu-ray release. So even it don't matter in this week's weekdays, but certainly mattered a lot in result in this weekend since unknown number of 4DX joined in it. Should this ended at 31st May the consecutive records it would be 193 days. However, for longest showing in 2015 releases, still 9 days short to Love Live! The School Idol Movie (13th June till 31st December, 202 days) So consider margin of this and Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie: Rebellion (2013) is less than 0.1BJPY. They are determined to overtake the latter to be second-highest gross film based on a late-night animation in their final 10 days sprint. === Edited 10th June: It has officially passed Love Live! The School Idol Movie's 202 day record as longest run in 2015 releases. Particularly, Cinema City (the only theater showing them before expansion) has no plan to end the showing too soon, they even added another format starting from 18th June. I would not be surprised if Cinema City are going to show this for a whole year, as their tickets are still popular among the fans. (The are not 4DX but tailored audio-adjusted version) As expected, it has already become the second-highest gross film based on a late-night animation (currently 2.2B), it is very difficult to climb at top place even they got a 0.1B/wk pace on last two weeks, however, as some of them chosen continue to show them for a forseeable time, the final of this is yet to be determined.
  5. Frozen hit is special case in Japan particularly on its dubbed songs rather than princess fanbase. But I did agree Zootopia is original animation sleeper hit.
  6. Just a reminder (did mentioned a few pages ago): Girls and Panzer der Film has a 4DX screen along with two normal screen (a very rare case as a non-3D film and having very low screen count), so don't be surprised if this produced a non usual total Today. (The evening showing of 4DX has been full few weeks ago, the earlier one almost too as of this writing)
  7. Seeing today's performance, unless a bigger earthquake happened I don't think it will affect too much. However, as released too near with Detective Conan: The Darkest Nightmare (1 week after), and has no special guest dubbing like Frozen did, I think it would called success if they can pass 4B JPY (Inside Out did despite facing heavy competition, particularly The Boy And The Beast)
  8. A bit early to mention, but quite interesting stuff happened in Girls and Panzer der Film 4DX presale today. (This has only 1 4DX screen plus 1 standard screen only) Although the 4DX version has only one showtime and one screen per day, all 4DX showtime (5/12-5/18) has been sold out within 30 minutes once they are available.
  9. Since I had not watched the film itself, I have no right to judge whether Ten Years should be awarded or not. But I believe if only political reason affect this result, that looked more like controversy between Zero Dark Thirty and Argo in Academy Awards. Or better saying, rigging controversy or are not limited to Hong Kong (or certain extent, China) but all over the World. I did agree the nomination should be revised, but not necessary to alter the result unless there are more politically controversal film flooding the scene.
  10. Two corrections: 1. The concert name is μ's Final Love Live! ~μ'sic Forever♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪~ 2. The event itself was held on 3/31 and 4/1. The 4/2 broadcast is indeed rebroadcast of 4/1's performance. Although both 3/31 and 4/1 has live viewings and both gets into top 5 in projected bo on that day. Additional update: From the data known, the 4/2's attendance from 95 screens is 21736. (each ticket costs 3800, gross 82596800JPY), if that was a film it would have ranked 8th in gross of 4/2 to 4/3 weekend. P.S. I was at the Dome in 4/1 performance.
  11. Spiderman and Iron Man are OK, but not the rest. It would be interesting for next week as quite some of the cinema will be occupied for about 6 hours in 4/2, for a recorded show.
  12. And speaking one interesting thing: Girls und Panzer: The Movie As a very rare case of non-3D movie and a movie already running for 3 months, 4DX was recently added as lineup (The week returning to top 10, in Week 15). It is announced they will continue to run at least before entering Golden Week. It is still unknown will they overtake K-On! Movie and Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie: Rebellion, or even dethroning Love Live! The School Idol Movie as the highest gross movie base on late night TV-series, but from the cumulative chart, it is quite possible. Edited: Seemed more cinemas then I expected used the G&P as a benchmark to show off technology they got. Following 4DX, ULTIRA and imm sound joined the lineup recently as limited lineup..
  13. (Right, the result has been released, but need to point out the Prize politics) You forgot a important fact: Movies with direct relation of Nippon TV (the broadcaster) has advantage. Sea Town Diary and The Boy and the Beast are directly produced by Nippon TV. (So you will understand why Konan series has nomination in almost every year) American Sniper has feature show on Nippon TV but Mad Max didn't. Edited 21, March: Speaking of Prize politics, seemed today's TAAF produced a big result upset: The Boy and the Beast was NOT crowned in the TAAF2016 Anime of Year (Movie division) despite a Academy Prize win. And even more unexpected one, the same prize go to Love Live! The School Idol Movie instead. If you look at TAAF/TAA previous record, The Academy Prize's AoY winner is almost sure to take the crown in TAAF/TAA AoY in same year, or vice versa (excluding special cases like Frozen), It is particularly a big shocker as Mamoru Hosoda's previous three films have all won both AoY in same year too but not this.
  14. For Girls und Panzer case. Yes, a specific rush factor for the film-roll(reprint) giveaway this week. Just for reference, in page 504 I did mentioned the film-roll factor.