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. Aries is played by David Thewlis. They show a flashback where he is young and it is a de-aged head of Thewils on a ripped model body. It was laughable and extremely stupid. Zeus had kids and one looked like Gal Gadot and the other looked like David Thewlis. It's absurd and something they didn't think through very well.
  2. Yikes. I heard this did not screen well at all. Critics aren't going to be kind.
  3. I listed more reasons above.
  4. I doubt that. My guess is I will be in the minority and a lot of people really liked it and it was good enough for them to look past the warts. This might have a real shot to be certified fresh.
  5. I want to be clear about Aries, I thought they would be smart and explain it that he was simply inhabiting the body of David Thewlis so he could pull off his ruse. Nope. We are to believe that Aries, the god of war, was created in the mold of David Thewlis and they even CGI his face onto a ripped model to prove it. I started laughing because it was so absurd.
  6. Here are my thoughts to start off..... - Gal Gadot and Chris Pine are great. Their chemistry is fantastic and both put in a good acting performance. The Amazon's are great. The beginning scenes on the island with the Amazon's are well done. It would have been nice if they stayed on the island. - The WWI setting is nice and felt fresh. - Everyone else around them off island is scene chewing buffoonery. The side characters are ham fisted. The villains are the worst. The Germans, the female scientist and especially Aries. Don't get me started and will talk about that later. I know they are pulled straight from the comics, but all of the sidekick characters are laughable over the top stereotypes. - The special effects are flat out bad. Many of them look far worse than Legolas riding the various animals in Lord of the Rings. Too much slow motion and by the 15th time a bullet was blocked by a gauntlet in slow motion that was 14 too many. - For some odd reason they make Diana very bright whenever they chose too but then made her child like naive a scene later. It didn't make much sense. She's read all 12 volumes of anatomy and sex but is bewildered by other simple things. - The Aries twist is laughable and you could see it coming from a mile away. The worst thing about it is because they had to set it up to be the weakest physical character it locked them into a certain character. The son of one of the most powerful Greek gods is supposed to look like a red haired Englishman? Full on cackling mustache twirling stupidity. - Yet another pointless way too long video game final boss battle in an open area with a masturbatory amount of needless destruction . DC has a sickness when it comes to this and needs to stop it. - Many will rally around the "LOVE!" aspect during the ending, but it felt downright hokey on many levels and sort of lazy. The movie is going to get overall praise for many reasons and I don't think there is anything wrong with that as it is an important movie that is upbeat and hopeful. That alone along with having a low bar to jump over when it comes to the DCEU movies is also going to help. I didn't like it, everything I know tells me it isn't a good move and is a borderline mess, but it has enough going for it overall to be a huge success.
  7. There is a 0.0% that WB had anything to do with it.
  8. For sure, I was talking about it not being a lock for $100m
  9. You are so very, very wrong about that unless the reviews are terrible.
  10. I might be eating a big ol' heaping scoop of crow. Shit does not look good at all.
  11. Deadline, which usually gives a wide range based off 2pm numbers somehow gives a $1m range today. Lol.
  12. I am going to wait for the rotten tomatoes score, but it wouldn't surprise me any longer if this pulled a Hunger Games sort of break out.
  13. I like Gitesh, but he is always consistently off on his Thursday preview projections, mostly on the low side.