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. Hear it's good, glad to hear it. Some people will try to sully this when they inevitably get upset on social media with inevitable reviews that will go "this was better than NAME ANY PREVIOUS DCEU movie" like a few were with Lego Batman Movie earlier this year. if we're all pleased, does it matter?
  2. After this weekend, I wouldn't worry about Hollywood shoehorning Hunnam into anymore blockbusters.
  3. A weird thing to say about a film not out yet. Hell back to the "finally humor!" thing, I remember people complaining about TDW being too jokey for its own good.
  4. Scott Mendelson on this weekend's OW that is MCU's biggest w/o Iron Man.
  5. Your first point: you would be surprised at how many people who do that. I guess I was trying to add another bullet to the argument somebody above had made about those films being companions and not merely just a sequel.
  6. The thing about GOTGv2 that makes it stand out from the other MCU sequels for better or worse is that those other sequels can be enjoyed (or not) on their own merit, designed in part for folks who might've missed the earlier entry. Oh sure THE WINTER SOLDIER benefits from being a nice contrast in tone/setting to the first Cap film, but its not necessary. GOTGv2 I wonder if it only works emotionally if you're already invested in the core characters from the first GOTG? Maybe I'm selling people short but that's the first MCU sequel where I've gotten that impression. In fact a good comparison honestly if not exact would be another 2017 sequel: JOHN WICK CHAPTER 2. The tight simplicity of the first film that won people over is sacrificed in the name of digging deeper into the mythos of that world which causes pacing to be erratic, while it tries to deliver what people wanted in a sequel (regarding JW, its Keanu being a badass/that hitman society world-building, the terrific action scenes, etc.). Narrative is ruled more by (terrific) setpieces than plotting. (Everybody knows the first JW movie's basic plot but the sequel? Something Rome something homeless Morpheus something it doesn't matter.) In fact in the 3rd act, there is a OH CRAP! moment which only works as payoff after you've seen both JW movies and you know why that moment matters.
  7. Well Deadpool was a big fan of this one.