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. Maybe it can break out in China? It's going to be the only way this passes $200 million.
  2. It's at $42 million now. So $10 million in the past week?
  3. It's made just $32 million overseas from all those countries after 2 weekends? That's unbelievably pathetic, what's going on?
  4. Can someone tell me why there's such a huge disparity between Thursday numbers between these two sites. /27 /2016 Entgroup has much higher numbers for all movies for the day.
  5. Why did DBZ double what it did on Friday? I've been following the numbers on Maoyan and it's been throwing me for a loop. I've been using Saint Seiya and Boruto as a comparison and those movies only increased by 25% on the Saturday so for DBZ to increase 100%... Why?
  6. Oh, what's the source for your estimates?
  7. Why are these estimated figures if the Maoyan was supposed to be actual figures?
  8. Ah thanks a lot. So that number is the box office gross. Not how many tickets they've actually sold correct?
  9. Those figures are in Chinese Yuan? Where can I see the source for this?
  10. God people are still downers on this forum. No wonder I don't bother with it anymore.
  11. Is that real? It looks like it's confirming Resurrection F for October 21. I don't understand it any more than that.
  12. So is that about $301,000 for Dragon Ball Z in US money?
  13. I'm interested to see how DBZ does. I'm not expecting much but if it could do a couple hundred thousand in dollars that'd be something. I bet it's not even coming out in many theatres is it?
  14. I heard that Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F was slated for China in October. Is there any truth to that?