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 think some other chain is going to take over. Luxury seats and low prices.
  2. Guys, I think a Regal near me shut down. The competition from two other theaters was just too great. Kind of sad, because this means that some movies won't play as long in my town. Good thing I saw Get Out before it closed.
  3. Not before the Zootopia live action remake.
  4. So it looks like a strong year for the original screenplay category as compared to last year. More veteran writers/directors are releasing movies in 2017.
  5. Awards Circuit has some predicts already. ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY AND THE PREDICTED NOMINEES ARE: "Untitled Paul Thomas Anderson Film" (Focus Features) Paul Thomas Anderson "Darkest Hour" (Focus Features) Anthony McCarten "Suburbicon" (Paramount Pictures) George Clooney, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Grant Heslov "Downsizing" (Paramount Pictures) Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor "Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri" (Fox Searchlight Pictures) Martin McDonagh __________________________ ADAPTED SCREENPLAY AND THE PREDICTED NOMINEES ARE: "Mudbound" (Netflix) Dee Rees, Virgil Williams "Molly's Game" (STX Entertainment) Aaron Sorkin "Untitled Steven Spielberg Film" (20th Century Fox) Liz Hannah "Call Me By Your Name" (Sony Pictures Classics) Luca Guadagnino, James Ivory, Walter Fasano "Victoria and Abdul" (Focus Features) Lee Hall
  6. Hard to say if it beats Princess Mononoke.
  7. I'm actually not too sure about that. Who took the lessons of this movie to heart?
  8. Absolute masterpiece: One of the best films ever. A
  9. Not buying it. My ticket to the letterboxed theater was just as expensive as a visit to a masking theater.
  10. I emailed management about the issue, and it seemed like they knew the general theory behind flat vs. scope, so that's some consolation. I chalk it up to the fact that the movie might have had only one showing at that auditorium for the day, so they didn't pay attention. Which is still incompetent.
  11. It actually kind of looks like ass, in my opinion. But as I said, seeing Zootopia get its aspect ratio fucked up gives me no confidence in the competence of theater managers. So if they have to do the letterboxing, whatever.
  12. An enjoyable movie that goes by quickly. B
  13. Yeah, but I've been to a theater from a smaller, private chain that pillarboxed a scope movie on two occasions. Incompetence is everywhere.
  14. Guys, what's your opinion about letterboxing/masking in cinemas? When I saw Get Out, it was letterboxed, and the curtains didn't move. Not sure what I think about it. I'm kind of just grateful that it was shown in the right aspect ratio. Here's some blog post about what I'm talking about: http://www.jonathanlack.com/2015/05/with-cinemark-theaters-no-longer.html