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. is platoon 86 or 87
  2. Was surprised by this film i expected something more modern. The casting was pretty good, Charlie was very strong. First half is a little bit muddied in pacing and writing but picks up and finishes nicely. I found this film to be very similar to Reds (1981).
  3. Found this movie to be quite good. I enjoyed Macbeth (directors film before this). The set pieces were great, lighting and mood was great. last 25 minutes felt like it was cut up to reduce duration or was rushed in editing to get the movie out for release. Pleasantly surprised at lack of modern rap/rock music in the film. I feel as though the film received bad reception from the fans of the games due to being too creative and too much like a real film where as the people who are not from the video game crowd were dismissive due to the stigma of 'video game movie'. All the scenes in Spain were wonderful, especially the great set piece of the execution scene. I have never played an Assassin's Creed game.
  4. ah damn i missed this. i only browse the Box Office Discussion. guess i need to broaden my horizons
  5. thanks for doing this.
  6. Preview 10.1mil OD 45.71mil OW 138mil
  7. OD was nearly spot on, close on dom and far off on weekend and ww. Hopefully i'll do better for Last Jedi
  8. gotta remember to do this
  9. Do you keep track of your seen films on sites such as IMDB or Letterboxd?
  10. Twitch and IMDB are doing some Oscars stream with apparent celebs appearing. Promo video: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/124198735 Steam is at: https://www.twitch.tv/twitch
  11. ah i was going off the US release dates sorry.
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