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. Oh, please, please, please!!!!! Mystique deserves hair that doesn't look like she was dunked in hair gel! edit: OK, sadly (for me) twitter is saying she is also Sophie's double. I was hoping this was Mystique's new hair.
  2. Teen Spirit is the working title. I thought that referred to Young Mutants, at one point, but it doesn't. One article pointed out that 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' was a '90s song, and they expect it to figure in the movie.
  3. You wouldn't want her competing with herself, though.... she can only get a nomination for one movie, anyhow.... But I hadn't heard that about Murder on the Orient Express. That's too bad, it has so much potential.
  4. I would think her grooming of her real self would matter more to her, though.
  5. Baywatch isn't my particular wheel house, but it doesn't matter, I certainly didn't give RT legitimacy in trashing it or any other movie. I don't give RT legitimacy period. But as to Passengers, nice, but the original premise was known to most critics long before the movie was made. It was, after all, a 2008 BlackList script. The GP defied RT to a large extent, but RT has too much power in this country, as it is used and reported, imho. Overseas, it did brilliantly. But honestly, unless flagged, as you did, I won't be in this conversation. I stated my opinion, already. It is a fact that RT is a joke to me, at this point, however.
  6. Because millions more might have seen them based on other factors but for this flawed,over-hyped aggregate site?
  7. I disagree with your definition of a 'genuine problem' given the impact of the RT score on a movie. See my changes, and I think that DOES exist. That isn't the score that shows up next to a movie when you google it. Plus I do think that the 'top critic' score should be more elitist. Whatever. I've run out of rant for the evening, but that is my opinion.
  8. Oh, at this point I absolutely know what it is and am shocked at how I relied on it before I knew. That is my point. Nice, for animation and original IP. Other than Passengers, which did what might be expected where RT means nothing, but sooooo much less domestically, can you cite another original IP which 'defied' the RT stamp of awfulness? This. Or they could stop trying to pander to blogs that only want clicks and pretend they have the same critic legitimacy as real critics in an aggregation that is top of the search on a movie. Many blogs might have legitimate critics. It isn't blogs, per se, I am against, just the hyperbole of the RT norm injected by their selected blogs, overall.