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. I can't believe i'm about to defend Bay, but it's not his fault the script sucks. The Transformers movies needed a coherent writer. He directs the shit out of his movies. But he has nothing to work with
  2. not surprised. the franchise is played out and the fans have grown up and their tastes have improved. reviews and good movies matter to them.
  3. i realized the club has little chance of happening so i changed to both UNDER 40M. who's IN now?
  4. i have not seen it, but it has good ratings
  5. If you read the youtube comments, it seems dylan o'brien has legion of fans.
  6. lol i think you're right. he quit several times in the past too http://www.irishtimes.com/news/actor-daniel-day-lewis-quits-film-business-1.451091 https://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/blogs/daniel-day-lewis-plans-5-year-acting-sabbatical-to-live-on-farm
  7. Shocker! Daniel Day-Lewis Quits Acting (EXCLUSIVE) http://variety.com/2017/film/news/daniel-day-lewis-quits-acting-oscar-winner-1202472766/
  8. i expect it to do good, but it is so low budget i doubt it will matter. they need the big franchises
  9. Poor Paramount...they are gonna lose with another what once was a lucrative franchise
  10. yeah your numbers seem more realistic for AM. I think you're underestimating AS though. i'll revise my numbers
  11. -AS looks really good. O'brien is really hot rn. he's poised for a breakout -AM will release OS a month before the US. so the movie will certainly be online before the US release. Doesn't seem like a movie you die to see in the theater. According to screening reactions, the movie is not that good. Plus the Mummy sucking could affect TC's next movie. It happened to EOT AS-39M AM-35M IN OUT