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. XMA had pretty good legs and multiplier.
  2. Well, I haven't gone since the second one. I may end up going to this one, but it was always Legolas - Orlando Bloom not Depp for me. And his son looks interesting. Given the lack of competition, you may have a different crowd for this one than went to 4 or 5 or whatever the last one was. Although, if you could take 5 of these, I don't know why you would stick at 6 (or 5 or whatever.)
  3. Well, these are on set, but I don't know if they are in character.
  4. I would love to see your list of smaller films. I like movies, weekly or near weekly, and this summer is discouraging. Seriously? I guess it might depend on who taught your history class. It was a big deal in our class. And I bet this does very well in the UK.
  5. I agree. She's amazing.
  6. I'm interested because of Legolas and maybe his son. I didn't see any but 1 and 2. Yeah, I'm open to WW but I want to hear something more concrete from people I know. Weirdly, the only films this summer that I can say I am wholeheartedly looking forward to are Spidey and Dunkirk. I have hopes for Valerian and Wonder Woman and am crossing my fingers for King Arthur which I will probably see just because I've already seen Guardians, nothing is out, and I've always loved King Arthur. I know very little about Rough Night or Menashe (and whether it will even have English subtitles since I don't speak Yiddish) but if I hear they're good I'll likely see them. Really, the summer isn't looking that great, film wise, to me.
  7. they're guessing $40M ow for Aliens
  8. don't tell me, that was a history class?
  9. any of those would do, but the best imho are the first and third. Good choices!!! (the second would depend on where you froze the frame...)
  10. Oops! I thought it was a cringe, not a cry--- I think we need a cringe emoji...
  11. Everyone saw the trailers. It definitely informed people, which is what I think he really wanted.