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. Both Batman Returns and Forever would fit the adjusted criteria as well.
  2. 90M+ openers except SM2 which would have opened over 100M without the Wednesday release.
  3. Congrats to WW, it has hit 3 multi. Joining the select few blockbuster SH movies to do so. GOTG 3.53 SM1 3.52 SM2 TDK 3.38 IM1 3.23 WW 3.11 TA1 3.00
  4. Phenomenal holds for WW, POTC and Guardians. WW should hit 380M+, POTC 173-175M and Guardians 390M+.
  5. WW hit 2.7+ multi after Monday's, after the upcoming weekend, it's going join modern SH blockbuster with 3 multi. Phenomenal run so far and when it hits 364.8M, it'll pass leggiest SH ever and at 391M, it'll surpass SW7 for leggiest movie with the 100M OW.
  6. FF8 OS has been staggering!!! It's up to 1.012B, only 7.5M away from JW! If the ER were better or similar to FF7, it would be over 1.1B or around 50M drop from it's predecessor. OS performance has been beyond phenomenal.
  7. True, I loved it as well and I think it'll continue to have great legs. It's been a great year for SH movies.
  8. It's going to have sub 30% drop this weekend and should have another great hold next weekend. It's a WOM monster and usually competition have very little impact on them. It might drop 50% when SMH opens but it should easily recover after that.
  9. Phenomenal hold for WW. It's looking at a minimum 380M with potential at 400M+. It's not going to completely collapse with SMH OW in 2 weeks as GOTG2 has shown, 2 SH movies can survive each other. Another tremendous hold for GOTG2, 390M+ looks likely and 400M isn't completely dead yet. It would be insane, if both hit 400M milestone!!!
  10. WW had siginficantly better Sunday hold so this is drop is fine. Also 2nd Monday drops are usually worse for blockbuster since first Monday usually has spillover effect.