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. Between this, Baby Driver, A Ghost Story (people are calling it a masterpiece), and Dunkirk, plus the gonzo scifi of Valerian, rest of the summer is looking great quality-wise.
  2. Renner is also in Wind River coming up which has great buzz from film festivals. Unless you're only judging these people by blockbusters most of them are doing fine, especially Renner as he's one of the few Avengers actors to have some "prestige" cache.
  3. No, it was supposed to be good. Funny thing about Book of Henry is it sounds like Trevorrow was trying to ape Spielberg AGAIN.
  4. Not that it would actually change anything but that would be great for the industry.
  5. Waiting for him to go back to making stuff like Magnolia and Collateral. I guess mid-life crisis hit him hard considering he's done almost nothing but action flicks for the past however many years.
  6. Looks great. My only issue is I don't buy Jordan as a major villain. His face is still too young to not come off as a punk.
  7. If people weren't idiots they could tell it'd be a slower burn kind of horror flick from the trailers.
  8. Also David Yates is ten times the filmmaker that Kurtzman is, and Yates ain't even THAT great.
  9. I always preferred AWE cause shit actually happens in it. Until the end not much happens in DMC.
  10. People need to learn the difference between good and bad directing. Supreme craftsmanship is why Alien Covenant is not awful.
  11. I can only speak for myself but I'm more interested in Transformers than this. Story wise they're doing something new and that last trailer was good. This is the exact same plot as the first Pirates.
  12. Same reason they include those little teasers at the front of every trailer, or remove widescreen presentation on phones...dumbass marketing reps who come up with new shit to justify their jobs.
  13. I usually hate these trailer teasers, but this is awesome.
  14. That's another thing. If it's not a possible uber hit nobody cares. That's not how it used to be.