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 didn't see the other side. I saw it when I walked in. When I left, I walked out of another door. Oops. But it's prob the same one. The fixture is huge though and has Hemsworth with his short hair....which reminds me if anyone gives Thor anything less than a 10/10 they shall be banished off of earth.
  2. @aabattery there's a giant ass Thor Ragnarok fixture at my theater. Oh and I got the trailer before the movie I watched. Be jealous, Bitch.
  3. You're supposed to skip a film in the franchise in order for the exaggeration to work so Episode 8 has got to be the turd of the franchise
  4. Sure but wouldn't the signs of it being more Jump Street than lego movie been there way before now? So again what happened for her to finally say enough this far along. No sarcasm either. I'm interested in knowing even though I'll never find out lol
  5. My whole thing is if Kathleen Kennedy didn't want a different and out of there type film then why hire Lord and Miller? More importantly why stick with them for so long? She didn't fire them pre-production. She stuck with them through pre-production and through several months of shooting. So what happened that made her say enough? And I don't think Lord and Miller would have signed on to do this film if they weren't given artistic freedom so I don't want to hear "well Lord and Miller should have known what they were getting into," because in that same sense, their resume speaks for itself and Lucas Films knew exactly what they were getting when they hired them and stuck with them through this whole process. In the end, it's unfortunate that this is what it's come down to. This movie will make a ton of money which is great for the box office but like I said before, Im not all that interested in this film any longer.
  6. I find it odd how so many folks on here are quick to defend Kathleen Kennedy/Lucas Films for firing directors in the middle of shooting a movie but the moment Warner Bros gets rid of a screen writer or director for one of their DCEU movies even before it begins filming, it's suddenly a disaster and Warner Bros doesn't have a clue.
  7. I don't think anyone is saying this film won't make bank at the box office. It's going to make a shit ton of money. But why should I care about that? I'm not making any money from it. I wanted a different and great Han Solo film. Most of us are just disappointed because of what could have been. Ron Howard is a boring choice sure but he is a very capable and conventional filmmaker, so this will be fine. Not great, greatness exited with Lord & Miller, but it will be fine, and it’s clear that taking a shot at something fresh and potentially great scared the shit out of Kathleen Kennedy and the LucasFilm team. So we’ll settle for fine and pretend like that’s what we wanted all along.
  8. Cars 3 had one of the better increases on Tuesday though so its drop isn't bad when you think about it
  9. Judging by how folks are reacting on here and on Twitter....I see I'm not the only one who thinks Ron Howard taking over is the most boring ass choice.
  10. Any and I mean any interest I had for this movie just completely went out the window. And I know I'm not the only one who feels this way. What an utterly boring as fuck choice. I have no idea what happened behind the scenes but Lord and Miller have always had a distinctive style that have made their movies different, interesting and good! I was hoping to see what they could to a Star Wars film and put their own twist to it. That's why I was interested in this film. Now I'm just mad. Because not only do I not get to see Lord and Miller's take on this....they also just wasted several years on a film that we are never going to get and thus other work that we've missed out on from them. And the result from Howard is going to be more of the same. At this point I'm just telling Lucas Films to keep it. Pay all the actors and crew, delete all the footage and just act like this film doesn't exist. Because I don't want the boring ass film thats going to be more of the same that I know we are going to get.
  11. Honestly if the movie that no one asked for moves that just opens the door for June to NOT be the bloodbath we all think it's going to be.
  12. Honestly now that I look at June of next year, I don't think it's the blood bath that I thought it would be. Han Solo may move (I know it's a May release but its legs depended on June), Ocean's 8 is a toss up and Bumble Bee will under perform. I actually think this opens the door for Incredibles 2, Deadpool 2 and Jurassic World 2 to have pretty good runs. I expect the latter two to decrease though (obviously) but a few weeks ago I really thought June was going to mess up the three sequels but now I think they're going to perform just fine (if they're of quality of course)