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. *forgets to submit jury predictions*
  2. Avengers and Jurassic are almost guaranteed. I see Mulan breaking out. I will also surprise and dumbfound lots of people by suggesting Black Panther as a potential billion dollar film. That's all I'm predicting for a billion right now.
  3. They might just be shooting for a limited release before January and a slow buildup from there for this one.
  4. 28-ish on Metacritic. It's one thing to slightly fail with a big budget blockbuster (Jurassic World), but it's another thing to drastically fail with a drama film. Hopefully there's still time for another director to replace him for Star Wars Episode IX, or a lot of people might end up being upset.
  5. Blockbuster supporting roles are snubbed too often. These were my favorite supporting roles so far as well even if I've only seen seven 2017 films total.
  6. @elcaballero & @YourMother It was an honor being on your guy's team for one episode. I found myself rooting for both of you often. You really were Rockin' Robots the whole way through.
  7. Don't forget Wonderstruck.
  8. Hela is going to stand above other MCU villains because of Cate Blanchett. She's probably one of the best actresses working today.
  9. I chose to take an Honors Seminar on the African Diaspora during my first semester of college coming this fall. It will be interesting to study about that for a semester, then go back in February and see Black Panther in theaters. I'm really white, but I do think that the setting of Black Panther is exciting because you really don't see films about African culture being made by Hollywood right now. In my opinion, the better superhero films accomplish two things: they don't feel like just a superhero film, and they include settings and aesthetics that are drastically different from the majority of other films (Aquaman is a fantasy film taking place entirely under the sea, Black Panther takes place in a fictional African country with rich ethnic culture, etc).
  10. 7 hours later, it's still trending #1. This looks like a quality film so I'd say the well-deserved trailer deserves it on its own merit.
  11. OUT The very nature of this film and its distribution company almost guarantees at least $50 million. I think this film will end up receiving more money than it deserves.