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. No, I mean that you had to go full pessimistic. That's Portugal's game WONDER WOMAN IS GONNA DO GREATER THAN LOGAN. IT WILL. ....I hope
  2. Gender bias is a real thing, but I think it'll be overlooked by the comic book fan community when Wonder Woman shows up. I think WW setting on fire not only the large fanbase of superhero and DC movies (as these movies tend to do), but also putting a female hero in the forefront and expanding your audience beyond the usual male-centric business helps it differentiate a little bit from all the others, and then you've got Wonder Woman herself, who is an American icon and one of the most popular comic book characters ever. Plus, BATB didn't have that low of a male demographic anyway, why would this? That's my argument... that being said, I'm out for this club. It'd need to blow up beyond belief for this to occur, and I don't believe in that (......yet).
  3. Seems okay for a Wednesday opening. Less than the $1.84M from Central Intelligence, but that was a June release w/a Friday opening/Thursday previews. Probably gonna have a 3-day of somewhere under Alice 2.
  4. It's so funny that a new rotten review for Get Out almost feels like a headliner in a cinema only news broadcast.
  5. The Shallows being a hit gives me hope that audiences will show up for this. (Assuming and hoping, of course, that it's good... love me some shark thrillers.)
  6. Ehh, I'll be OUT. Not too shocking if it happens, but I think that Iron Man's presence (without relying on ALL of the Avengers at once), if anything, bolsters its potential w/casual moviegoers. I'm predicting a range of 290-310M.
  7. Tell him that I, his future director and eternal collaborator, sent ya.
  8. @CJohn First, it was Madonna, then Phil Collins... now it's the Bender of Fass. Portugal can't stop winning. We're too awesome, and the Fass approves of us too. That's Bruce Lee category right there.
  9. No, The Avengers did what it did because it was The Avengers and it was a super fun, good movie. "Very big weekend", for Thor: Ragnarok standards, can be a simple 110-120M OW. Sorry, @DamienRoc. Just had to.
  10. OMG FIRE THE ALARMS NOW!!!!!!!!! PANIC BUTTON INCOMING!!!!!!!! In all seriousness, that reaction doesn't immediately incite that (in his mind) it's a bad movie. Wouldn't really call it 'negative', just 'not totally positive'. I think, at least.
  11. The Incredible Hulk says otherwise. But anyhow, yeah, I would love to see this happen, but it's too unrealistic. Out.
  12. LET'S DO THIS: 1 - In 2 - Out 3 - ....divided, but I'm gonna say Out 4 - Out 5 - You just had to go full Portugal there 6 - Sneaky, but I'll say Out because I expect Mummy to perform like Alien but w/better legs 7 - In, but again very close 8 - Out 9 - Out 10 - Out, but close 11 - Eek, now that's just depressing... Out, c'mon now dude 12 - Out 13 - Out, there's gotta have to be one, either Girls Trip or Rough Night will pull it out... So, basically, 2 out of 13 In's. Marcelo is not proud of you right now, dude.
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