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. It might lose some, but not every drive in has the GOTG/Pirates pairing. My rule of thumb is 100k for every 10 mil for the opener, so it wouldn't really account for the difference. Not to mention drive ins rarely operate on Sundays so it's not dropping from an "inflated" total
  2. Deadpool held well against BvS if I remember correctly
  4. Obviously the Hangover sequels were that, sequels, but this preview number is much lower than either of those films
  5. You're right that it will be largely walkup based, but I think we're at the point as a culture that a 30 mil ish opening would have shown up in some capacity by now. Especially since it's opening a day earlier than Pirates Edit: err what Wrath said
  6. Yeah brutal. I pretty much nailed it too. Ah well
  7. Damn I guess my Latin Lover estimate didnt save. Thats disappointing :/
  8. I recognize M37 from Fantasy Movie League, things just got so much harder
  9. Not to mention BATB had the benefit of a Spring Break Monday
  10. It will. When drive ins get added, you're not going to see that till the Saturday morning update. Curious to not see it in this update since it should be ahead of Circle regardless, but it is deadline after all
  11. I'm surprised it's not on here. Definitely will make more than Unforgettable and Born in China this week
  12. Not uncommon for these films to have ridiculous Sunday holds. Instructions not included comes to mind, although that was also benefited by a holiday
  13. Everything is coming up on estimates so far; looks like yesterday was a good day. Congrats on the win!
  14. Only my second weekend playing, shaping up to be a photo finish
  15. You got baited by the PBO forecast, which they corrected today :/