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. fuck yes. got nothing against star wars but it will be nice to see at least one major market giving great numbers to a space opera that's not star wars
  2. that poster actually looks nice. still, i read somewhere that the movie tested very poorly. i wonder if that's true since it won't really be a surprise
  3. why do you hate it that this movie cost much? it's not like besson held you in a gunpoint and tell you to pay for the $200 million budget. unless you're a europacorp employee that might lose your job from the movie bombing, i really don't see why a movie's financial prospect gonna affect what you feel about it when you haven't even watched it yet
  4. Look at Zootopia being there despite only grossing half the total of everything else in the list. Next week's drop for BATB will be pretty harsh, maybe 50%+?
  5. ugh, why do i have to be reminded that hop exists? i hate that one even more than minion. in the other hand, i like the lorax a lot so my taste is kind of weird really
  6. Wow, the first and third one is much better than I remembered. The action, pacing, and the human element actually meshes together well. Second and fourth is alright, but the fifth one is boring as hell.
  7. And to think I have doubts when I made my TF5 5days under Moana's 5days club
  8. With $9,5 million true Wed, then even $60 million 5-days will be hard. Still, maybe it can pull a Shrek 2 and make a bigger than expected Friday jump.
  9. This looks nice, shame that this probably wouldn't get released in my country.
  10. The two Despicable Me films are great. Fun, inoffensive and have plenty of heart. Then the abomination that is Minions happen. I can't speak for others but I think that's the general consensus.
  11. I'm not too familiar with her, but she sounds like something that can fit perfectly to Marvel's Netflix universe. You know, where the goods are at (except Iron Fist. Iron Fist is trash)
  12. Nice to see this getting decent reviews. Anything over 60% in RT and 50 in MC is all that I ask for. Also finally watched Cars 2 and TGD out of sheer boredom and Cars 2 is actually alright?? Maybe a bit obnoxious at times, but overall it's competent. The Good Dinosaur is, well, good. Nothing special but I'll take it over 90% of the shit that other animation studios crapped out.
  13. I guess I get it since at some point August is pretty crowded as well, but I stood by that moving it to right before a massive bloodbath is not a really good move (Maybe they got really confident from the early screenings and whatnot? It does have a good critical reception).
  14. Isn't the previous dates that it have much better though? I swore at some point it's gonna be an early august release (which is now incredibly barren).