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. When a movie's causing ppl to cry and get emotional, you know something special is heading your way. This week is going to be CRAZY.
  2. Seeing Lynda Carter at the premier almost made me cry Watching her as Wonder Woman in the 80s and now as a guest watching a new Wonder Woman for the very first time just feels like completing a full circle. I'm only sad my Mom that passed away 4 years ago will miss this movie, she loved Wonder Woman character so much.
  3. The reactions till now are so above and beyond anything I've imagined I'd be happy with a 60%-70% RT, and 700M WW gross But I think it will eclipse both figures. I can sense some huge WonderWomania inc.
  4. I admire Joss Whedon, I think very few directors would say yes to complete someone else's movie that's almost finished. Huge fan of him since the Buffy days, he always seemed so down to earth.
  5. So many disgusting ppl in the cyberspace Poor Zack Snyder had to face this tragedy quietly and suffer the stupid pointless hate towards him all these months.
  6. know they mean It's really good, otherwise they'd simply say better than BvS / MoS.
  7. And another clip from the movie I have no self control...had to watch it BTW when she says "You'll Thoon find out!" I couldn't avoid imagining Elmer Fudd against Bugs Bunny
  8. Twitter Numbers Friday, May 19th, 2017 Rankings Movie Total Tweets 1 Wonder Woman 44,618 2 Alien: Covenant 29,816 3 Spider-Man: Homecoming 16,323 4 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales 10,247 5 Star Wars: The Last Jedi 9,472 6 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 8,040 7 Everything, Everything 5,934 8 Baywatch 5,455 9 Beauty and the Beast 5,371 10 The Fate of the Furious 5,257
  9. As far as I remember a former one I remember Perri saying last year at Collider that she used to be one of the critics that were counted at RT, but she talked about it in past tense.