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. Spiderman seems like a sidekick in his own movie....Not exactly what Stan Lee had in mind when he created him.
  2. Marvel won't give Tony another solo film.It will be too pricey and will likely not get anywhere close to Iron man 3 numbers. Also, no one is asking for it.
  3. Nah..the critics love the MCU too much to let that happen, for now.. Shit films like Iron man 2 and 3 are not rotten. This will be fine.
  4. SONY saying to Marvel studios : ''Do you still feel in charge?''. Spiderman is still very much SONY. They can do what they want. I am rooting for this now.
  5. I agree. Its not Holland's call for how long he wants to play the character. I'm sure Andrew Garfield had long term plans too. With SONY involved, you just never know.
  6. Apes and Despicable 3 will keep this in check. The yet another reboot factor is still strong. Spidey did not give Civil War any big boost and did not help with that film's weak legs.. Out!
  7. Not if Universal little Mermaid gets made first.
  8. I personally find the MCU over predictions more amusing. Ultron making 2 billion, Guardians 2 making a billion and Civil War doing Avengers numbers. The funny thing is people keep doing this every year.
  9. Guardians has pg 13 sex jokes. Its no more edgy than a Transformers film and even some animated films. The tame sex jokes should not be a problem.
  10. No they are not. Imagine the uproar and endless hate articles, if a male or male/female duo directed this film. Can't compare.
  11. Captain Marvel is a Marvel film. Unlike DC films, they don't have to worry about over the top pre release hate and criticisms.
  12. Mulan was not such a big deal like BATB or Lion King. It wont have the ground breaking visuals of Jungle Book or Star power of Angelina Jolie. 500 mill worldwide is more likely Imo.