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. Yeah, it seems Whedon and Snyder are huge friends, with Whedon being chosen by Snyder to keep the good work. I still can't believe Snyder kept the whole thing to himself, and kept working on the movie for almost 2 entire months. I've always liked this guy as a director and I now like him even more as a person and the human he proved to be. I really wish he takes his time with his family.
  2. It seems James Wan will produce the reboot, that won't have Milla and Paul Anderson back. I can't say I'm sad. In fact I'm pretty much happy with the news. Yes!!!
  3. I'm devastated for Snyder's loss. As a father of 2 girls, I wouldn't even know what to do or how to deal with that situation. I don't even know how the hell was Snyder able to keep making the movie, considering it happened 2 months ago. Guy is really a legend. I wish Snyder and his family recover and be well with each other. They really need to focus on family. Family is the most important thing.
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  5. I'll be watching Alien Covenant soon. However, word of mouth is bad here. Oh, and the whole Michel Temer thing is also destroying our country.
  6. That's gonna be a great night for DC universe and DCU fans! I'm really happy for the movie and I can't wait to watch it!
  7. It seems today was a brutal day, though I don't exactly understand what the hell happened and how...:( This is probably one of the best places to talk about movies and box office. I got lucky to find it. I really hope this place keeps growing and growing.
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