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. Not who voted for who.
  2. Just a reminder for @DAJK, @Goffe, @elcaballero, and @YourMother to submit votes tomorrow.
  3. For Everything Everything, you do have to predict where the numbers will be at the cumulative point, but it may offer a shot at correction for a bad daily prediction.
  4. This is definitely one of the weirder challenges.l, I admit. So take the last one for example. First calculate Arthur's Sunday gross. Then divide that by 3,702. So it's as if you're predicting the Sunday pta for Arthur as if it won't lose any theatres this weekend.
  5. Beauty. But I forgot to update GOTG2. So right now it's this: Get Out Baby Driver Your Name. Colossal GOTG2
  6. So here are my spoiler-free thoughts: Wright doesn't go for comedy here as much as he does in his other films (but don't get me wrong, there's a LOT of good jokes in this), but the action sequences are so brilliantly crafted, so exhilarating, that I'd gladly put it up there with FURY ROAD, DRIVE (which is less similar to this movie than you think), and LOOPER as one of the best action movies of the decade, if not longer. And that's not even getting into the use of music. The brilliantly curated soundtrack fits brilliantly with every moment of the film, keeping near perfect rhythm with the action in each scene in more ways than one. Even on an emotional level the film works. Ansel Elgort is absolutely adept in the lead role, driven by his music while not being naive nor too one-note, and his interactions with various characters in the movie really provide a strong foundation for making his journey surprisingly poignant, especially his relationship with Debbie. I think more time could have been spent with the two together, but it's a relatively minor quibble. Seriously, go see this. I can't wait to see it again and pick up on Wright's little details.
  7. I sure as hell did! More in a bit.
  8. Made it to the Screening!!! Expect a report when I get home!!
  9. Just realized this is the first time @Wrath, @WrathOfHan, @Arlborn, @Eevin, and @Goffe are participating in Tribal Council.
  10. You ARE eligible for second immunity. The challenge was just if you won a weekend thing. And of course you can vote.
  11. True, but it could be possible that YourMother could be the next big villian, and AAJK could be the catalyst.
  12. Spaghetti: Good afternoon, contestants! Last week was hopefully a nice break from the constant weeks of elimination, but now, we’re back. From here on out, every move you make matters. And this week, we’re going to go back to middle school, awkward days for everyone, and you’ll be taking a WICKED long exam. Elcaballero: Great, Spag. Another reason to love you....wait, that was too sarcastic, I’m sorry! Spaghetti: Uh....okay. Chasmmi: Wait, what is this test gonna be on? Spaghetti: Everything. WrathOfHan: Everything? Spaghetti: Indeed. When you’re done, give your scantron to the pavilions outside this classroom. Ready, set, test! DAJK: Ugh....there are thousands of questions on this test! AABATTERY: I know, right? And the topics are so obscure! One question is about playgrounds, the next is about Portugal, then one about Michael Fassbender’s -- DAJK: I get it. Look, Spaghetti’s being super lenient here. We gotta help each other out. AABATTERY: That sounds like a plan. Only thing is, after last week, feels like Arlborn and Eevin got super close, and it feels like they’ve got a good system. *The two turn around and see Arlborn and Eevin not taking the text, instead making out* DAJK: I’m starting to think that isn’t going to be an issue. Honestly, if there’s anyone here we should be worried about, it’s --- YourMother: Chasmmi! I friendzoned DAJK last week! You should have seen the look on his face! Chasmmi: Yeah...I definitely feel that. But I still promise you this. I’ll make sure DAJK falls in love with you again. That, or I’ll help you find someone who really does appreciate you. YourMother: Wait....I forgot you betrayed Goffe last week. How can I trust you? Chasmmi: Please, I figured that he had a secret prize from winning last week’s challenge. I had to betray him or else he would wipe the floor with us all. Look at him over there. He’s so focused on winning this, he hasn’t lifted his finger off of the page. YourMother: Wait....maybe that is a good point. Okay, I trust you. Chasmmi: Actually, I think I’ll sit this challenge out....finish the test, try for immunity, and we’ll vote together this week. I need to do some investigation. I saw DAJK writing something this morning. YourMother: Probably a love note to me! He does love me!!!! Chasmmi: I sure hope that’s what it is. *Chasmmi leaves the classroom* WrathOfHan: Wrath, I can’t believe we found each other after all this time. I guess this is the part where your parent helps you with homework as a kid....except that I’m a teenager now. It feels a little odd, really. Wrath: You’re telling me. I guess that’s one way to make up for lost time. WrathOfHan: I guess one question I had is....we all met each other here, right? So you didn’t know I would be on here? Wrath: No, not really. WrathOfHan: So...what made you want to sign up for this whole thing? Wrath: Oh, not the question I expected. Huh. Anyways, I didn’t really want to sign up for this. I thought it was way past my prime. But then I was ordered to. WrathOfHan: Ordered? Wrath: Indeed.*he looks around and notices something*.....I will tell you later. WrathOfHan: ....Okay. CONFESSIONAL - Wrath: I’ve already said too much. And....I lied to WrathOfHan. I knew everyone who signed up. I wanted to avoid him as much as possible. If he knew the truth he would only get in the way. Elcaballero: Question 231 done....god, how many of these fucking questions are there? We’ve been here for three hours?!?! Elcaballero: Okay, come on bud. Don’t let the negative monster come out of you again. Come on, Cabby....wait. Cabby. *Flashback to a young Elcaballero bullied in school, people calling him “CABBY!!!” as an insult.* Elcaballero: Come on, you have to fight it. CONFESSIONAL - Elcaballero: Ever read the novel Jekyll and Hyde? Well, apparently when people call me Cabby insultingly, it brings back really bad memories. After it all happens, I get nasty, competitive, short tempered. But then AABATTERY gave me a ‘befriend’......either way. I have to learn to keep this under control. I’ve been getting great scores as Cabby, but something feels wrong about this. Very, very wrong. *Hours pass. People need to use the bathroom very badly, and AABATTERY and DAJK continue to chatter. WrathOfHan looks to his paper while Wrath feels somewhat guilty. Arlborn and Eevin keep making out. Elcaballero continues to quietly panic, while Goffe looks on with confidence. YourMother gasps as Goffe gets up and leaves.* Goffe: And....boom. We’re done. Nothing like a good bit of smarts to keep the ball rolling. *He walks out.* AABATTERY: How’d he get out? There were so many questions?! YourMother: Beats me. But I’ll have what Goffe is having! Chasmmi: *Walks in and pushes Goffe, making him drop his test. Then he says sarcastically* Whoops. My bad. YourMother: Did you find what DAJK wrote? Chasmmi: Indeed I did. But you’re not gonna like it. YourMother: Exactly. I’m gonna LOVE it!!! Chasmmi: See for yourself. He’s so dreamy and cool. With only ten people left, I have to say I’m glad he’s one of them. I know it sounds really bad, but I want to ask him out once this competition ends. He seems really awesome, and has good plans to really help the world with the prize he gets. I can already picture it. DAJK and... YourMother: ...AABATTERY?!?! Chasmmi: I tried to warn you, I’m sorry. I didn’t mean for it to end like this. YourMother: But...but....he said he wasn’t looking for any romance at the moment? Chasmmi: He was playing you for your vote. Trying to let you down easy. YourMother: No....he wouldn’t do that! He was so nice! Chasmmi: Exactly. He’s been playing you this whole time. Wake up. YourMother:! You traitor! How could you do this to me?! AABATTERY: What did you do?!?! DAJK?!?! DAJK: I don’t know?!?! YourMother! I like you a lot, I really do, I didn’t mean to hurt you. YourMother: Don’t lie to me!! I know you would rather be with AABATTERY!!! AABATTERY: Wait, what?! DAJK: What?! I didn’t write that letter. And I’m not interested in anyone romantically! No offense, AA. AABATTERY: Oh no, I’m in total agreement. YourMother: I don’t believe you! I’m gonna tell everyone I can that you are NOT to be trusted under any circumstances!!! I. HATE. YOU!!! DAJK: Wait, DAJK! Please let me -- *He has no time. YourMother bolts out of the room. Chasmmi runs to ‘comfort’ him.* Sigh.....I’m in big trouble. Wrath: ....and that’s why I didn’t date anyone until my 20s. WrathOfHan: Yeah, from the looks of it. Romance sounds like way more trouble than it’s worth. Wrath: Especially with all the forced openness. No secrets. WrathOfHan: It can be kind of stressful. Speaking off, all done with the test. I hope we did well. Wrath: I did too. Come on, let’s go. Arlborn: Done as well! Eevin: Me too!!! *The walk out and continue making out, much to the remaining tester’s disgust* CONFESSIONAL - Arlborn: I feel like Eevin and I finally have a good rhythm together! The Cougars have drifted apart, but we’ll always have each other. CONFESSIONAL - Eevin: With all the drama between DAJK and YourMother, it’s clear that we’re the true power couple of this game! CONFESSIONAL - DAJK: Okay....I didn’t write the letter. I swear. That being said, I need to confess...I actually do kind of like AABATTERY. God, this is such a mess. CONFESSIONAL - Chasmmi: Arlborn and Eevin being thick as thieves means it’ll be hard to tear them apart. YourMother is so desparate and pathetic, now that’s someone we can exploit. DAJK, your days are numbered. Spaghetti: Everyone’s tests are in, so now we can go forward and relax a bit. I’ll take care of the grading. --- Spaghetti: Phew, that was done fairly efficiently! And without further ado....the results of this week's challenge. Who will have immunity this week? Spaghetti: Huh. Well looks like the king is back. Chasmmi is guaranteed a spot in the final 9, and gets 5 extra coins. Goffe: What? That's bullshit! He left the test far too early! God, he really is an evil mastermind. WrathOfHan: Yikes, that was embarrassing. Watching all that drama was kind of distracting. *YourMother cries while Elcaballero comforts him. YourMother then silently glares at DAJK, who gulps in fear.* Spaghetti: From the looks of it, a LOT of you are good contenders for elimination. Who will take the next plunge of shame? Find out wednesday on BOT SURVIVOR!!!
  13. Called in to work tonight. Episode will either be posted before 6 or after midnight.
  14. So basically take the cumulative total of those five films once actuals come in, (i.e. the film's total as of may 21st) and find the 1995 film with the closest gross.
  15. I hope it's not like that. Having read the book, it has many darker undertones, especially with Rex's alcoholism. If all goes right, Harrelson could be a force to be reckoned with in the Supporting Actor race.