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. Trailers don't even get into just how much of a fantasy story they really went with either. Everything they've shown in trailers looks like what you'd expect out of a King Arthur story.
  2. The post discount Tuesday drop hits again. Plus F8 is already making tons of money. Nothing much to see here.
  3. Lion King will wreck the box office just like BatB is doing. Prepare to bow at the paws of Simba once again plebs! I wonder if they'll try to get Jeremy Irons to voice Scar again. Hard to hear any other voice besides his as Scar.
  4. Yeah. Had a few disturbing scenes. Nothing overly bloody or gory but enough to let your imagination fill in the rest. Dont click below if you haven't seen the movie!
  5. So you slam "intellectually lazy" movies and basically call general audiences idiots, then turn around and say you love Transformers? Do you have a split personality or are you two different people posting with this one account?
  6. All that's missing here is a mention about looking forward to the latest thing Terrence Malick has coming out and it's a shame his movies aren't more popular. So edgy!
  7. That Kong number makes me happy. Really fun movie that deserves the success. My hype for Kong vs Godzilla is in full swing.
  8. It's jealous of nothing after that decent critical reception and fantastic box office run. The continued tears over it being a massive success is a river that I hope never goes dry though.
  9. Godzilla I can see liking, but Ghostbusters? Really? Talk about a movie you'd actually need to apologize for dragging someone to.
  10. Nope. 3 was bad. Jurassic World was actually fun. Exactly what a summer blockbuster should be, first and foremost. Contrary to what some believe, people go to the movies for entertainment above all. Escape reality for two hours.
  11. Nah. The studio isn't going to let the conclusion to this trilogy turn out badly. Everyone expected the worst with Edwards and R1 and we got a good movie out of that. Won't be any different here.
  12. Considering Power Rangers may not make this much in its total domestic run, yeah I can see how he'd be pissed. First Kong took a dump on his dreams, now this.
  13. I just read someone saying Once Upon a Time was fresh and different. Like, it was fun to watch in the beginning but it's long since gone off the train tracks. There is nothing fresh about the show at this point.