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. Don't think anyone can say without spooling stuff but I will say that it is really good and makes me excited for what the future holds. Definitely feels like a new ERA for DC films. Whether Geoff Johns had a big say in it I'm not sure.
  2. I wouldn't say the third act as a whole is weak just one specific aspect. Cant say much without spoiling.
  3. I liked it... I didn't love it. Great acting, humor, action and guess what guys...THE STORY IS COHESIVE. It actually makes sense and flows. However, the finals act like others started is lackluster compared to the rest of the film no doubt. Definitely enjoyable. I think everything fans complained about (humor, character development, color, story) were definitely heard and the ship is going on the right direction.
  4. Well I've seen over 60 tweets from critics and reporters and it sounds like every one of them would give it a fresh review. Could easily see it hitting 80+ unless people are hiding their reactions but I don't think that's the case.
  5. Yes, what he said. Some are mainly bloggers but in that mix there are at least 10 to 15 that are RT critics. Another critic was Andy Lea who had that early review. Unless other people see this movie dramatically different than these forty avid movie reporters I see its RT score being quite high.
  6. So over 40 tweets from bloggers and critics and not one negative review. Well done Jenkins. Glad the whole idea of this movie being a mess has been dismissed. Yes also... why are peeps going crazy in here. I thought we were supposed to be happy with positive reactions not at each others throats.
  7. Decided to hit the National Aquarium with the girlfriend and then hit the theater. Sucks though would have loved to have one in King of Prussia like the BVS one.
  8. I respectfully disagree. Tv spots and trailers do not dictate what is a spoiler or not. If reports come out from a set visit or an editing bay visit then they have permission from the studio to release that information whether it be scene descriptions or plot details. But I understand your view so I will take down my original post.
  9. Technically not because it is a scene that reporters saw on their editing bay visit and they talked about EXACTLY the part I talked about. If you look it up you can see them reporting on it and discussing it.
  10. There is a part in the audio with a scene that was described in the editing bay visits and her delivery is brillant. She sounds great in all of it.
  11. God in just a few short hours Jeremy Smith will be desperately asking all his blogger friends what they thought and we'll get a consensus on it.
  12. Well the guy agrees with the tomatometer 80 percent of the time so hopefully this isn't in the 20 percent.