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 guess this is gonna make less than X-Men Apocalypse domestic. I'm not even sure if it makes 130 million domestic. Is it a 1,99x multiplier possible? Despicable Me 3 and Spidey will murder the robots.
  2. Well, who the hell will rush to watch a Transformers movie on Tuesday or even Wednesday? This movie is just more of the same thing that happened in previous ones. I would wait for the weekend numbers, before saying it's Extinct! Then again, it's gonna be fun watching its domestic performance. Women will obviously focus on Wonder Woman, rather than explosive robots. Men will obviously wait for the next Tuesday ( the discount day ) or they'll save their money to see Spidey. It's also decreasing overseas, everywhere.
  3. SAW 1- Was a fine movie, with a great ending. Because you weren't meant to know who the hell was Jigsaw. So, we got a red herring character, and then the true Jigsaw. SAW 2- Ok movie, but tried to mimic Cube. Way too many traps, and the house concept was odd. The time twist was fine, I liked seeing how the house and the bathrrom from the first movie were linked. The apprentice twist was predictable, though. SAW 3- Very hit or miss. Wasted some good characters by killing them off in the first 15 minutes. Crazy. The twists were meh, but the ending was insanely brutal and dark. SAW 4- That one annoyed me at first, because the movie was clearly being sold as a sequel, and I usually hate being tricked. It wasn't neither a sequel nor a prequel. It was actually both and a little more. The movie also recycled almost every element from the previous movies. The game concept ( victim facing a series of tests ) comes from Saw 3, a time twist ( from Saw 2 ), someone else involved ( Saw 2 ), red herring character ( Saw 1 ). Also, the fact that the first scene and the last scene are the same one ( yes! The same scene ) probably confused a lot of people. But I actually revisit this movie. SAW 5- I got surprised with this one, because it was linear and a little more focused. So, definitely better than the previous one. It has several flashbacks explaining events from previous movies and characters, which is one of the reasons I love this series so much. There was no twist, though. The ending scene was bizarre and the movie just ended, lol. I can see why many people got angry. The marketing was saying "You won't believe how it ends", and yeah, I didn't believe, lol. SAW 6- The second best movie in the franchise after the first one, imo. The plot is well made, the characters are great, the traps were related to the plot. The main victim was played by Peter Outerbridge, great actor. The ending was insane and there were some surprises too. SAW 3D, aka SAW VII aka SAW The Final Chapter- The movie was a mess. It had a great concept, but bad execution. 3D was not necessary, the blood effects were ridiculous in 3D ( on dvd they're better ), the directing is all over the place and the movie is insanely rushed. At least the ending is great! The ending is probably the best in the series, after the first one.
  4. There are kids and kids. Adults and adults. Both kids and adults can be a pain in the ass. I had a great experience with kids ( the ones that asked me to be their guardian to watch a R rated movie ) and bad experiences with Adults ( though it wasn't personal, they were screaming during the screening for Dr Strange ). The most critical experience was during the screening for the first Tomb Raider movie ( wow, I'm old, lol ). People were talking so much, that the manager went personally to say he would cancel the screening. Everyone stopped saying a damn thing and movie started!
  5. Based on the weekdays, numbers seem to be disappointing. However, shouldn't we wait for the weekend? I mean, usually movies are released on Thursdays and/or Fridays.
  6. I do the same thing. Fortunately if the movie is R rated, I don't have to worry about that, though. Kids hardly watch R rated movies here in Brazil, even if their guardians can take them to watch it ( unless it's a movie for people over 18 ). I remember when I went to watch 30 Days of Night. That was a long, long time ago. When I bought my tickets to watch it, there were 3 young kids looking at me ( they wanted to bought tickets for the same movie, but couldn't do it because they were young, and the manager said they needed a guardian to join them). They asked me if I could be their Guardian, because they were so excited to watch the movie. I actually accepted, but told them to stay quiet, in order to avoid problems. So, they actually gave me the money to buy their tickets and there I did it. We both entered the theater and went on to watch the movie. To my surprise, they were quite relaxed and quiet during the entire movie. I was really surprised to see such polite young kids. They were actually more mature than a lot of adults that I know. They told me they loved the movie ( I didn't like it too much, I guess they were gore fans, lol ) . It was a good experience.
  7. My daughter started singing ( really loud, by the way ) during a screening for Moana, forcing me to tell her to shut up. Once she stopped singing, people actually started clapping and saying that's how it should be done. Kids have to learn, they have so much to learn. It was glorious, lol.
  8. Based on the fact that this movie seems to be decreasing if compared to the previous one ( even China's numbers seem to be down ), 1 billion won't happen.
  9. So, The Mummy has made more than Wonder Woman. Damn...
  10. Damn, Transformers 5 average rating on RT is actually SMALLER than Fant4stic's!
  11. I'm actually excited to see this one. Saw V was shit, Saw VI was great, Saw VII was shit again. So, if this new movie follows the pattern, it'll be great again. All of them are watchable ( in my view ), but I'm glad they're giving a new name to this one. Jigsaw is a great name, given the concept.
  12. So, 107 minutes ( ending credits probably already included ). Movie is actually 100 minutes, if the ending credits are 7 minutes long. I'm surprised. For a war movie, this is quite short.