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. Episode 7 , Rogue one and Episode 8 were all supposed to get late May releases. Disney won't let this one miss that date. It will have to face the June 2018 onslaught
  2. Seems like they are on track to make that release date. Disney will make sure of that.
  3. Mulan will be big in China, but I can't see it doing much better than The Great Wall. I think it will be another Kung Fu panda 3 which did well there but more was expected. It won't have the visuals of Jungle Book or the strong nostalgia of a BATB.
  4. Good lord these Mulan over predictions. Anyways it likely won't make its 2018 release date. Avengers and Jurassic Word 2 only.
  5. Memorial day still seems to be extremely precious to Disney over the past couple of years. Despite epic Disney flops like Prince of Persia, Alice 2, Tomorrowland getting that date. I bet Maleficent would have gotten that date were it not for Xmen in 2014. I'm surprised the 2020 memorial day weekend date is already taken from them.
  6. The film comes out May next year not December this year. They have enough time. Its not moving. Disney won't vacate their precious Memorial day weekend. Rogue One had a tighter schedule with all the months of re-shoots and still made its release date.
  7. Old cast returning or not, A lazy rehash is a lazy rehash. Its no wonder JJ Abrams got the gig. He did a bit of a rehash job with Star Trek into darkness.
  8. Not a fan of these new Star Wars films. TFA was a lazy rehash. Rogue one was just dull, pointless and full of forced fan service. Disney/Lucasfilms only went after Lord and Miller because they were getting so much buzz and were in demand. They better stay away from Patty Jenkins. It does not matter though. They could hire Uwe Boll to direct the film from the start and the film will still get great reviews and make over a billionLets just move on nothing to see here.
  9. Deadline's bias is just too obvious. I bet their next article will refer to how their mysterious insiders say that the film actually cost 230 million before marketing.
  10. The Mummy is not a flop. Deadline seems to have a huge grudge against the film for some reason. They are trying desperately to inform the whole world that its a flop. Nice try Deadline
  11. Finally saw this. Its pure trash. A little bit better than Alice 2. Disney laughing all the way to the bank It will only encourage their laziness.
  12. They are well received and make a lot of money. That will do. They don't need the over the top praise some overrated Disney animated films get.
  13. Yeah....Cars 3 better make all the money it can, quickly. Illumination are about to troll Disney again..