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. Pirates? I think it will get really close to a billion. There is good feeling about this one. I wish it could recapture that "Now, bring me that horizon" moment from the first movie..
  2. Not really surprised about Guardians not connecting OS. The rest of the world doesn't seem to fall head over heels for the MCU movies that don't involve Iron Man. Plus, the movie was a bloated mess, although it improved a lot in the end (Yondu stole the movie). Also, Chris Pratt can't act for his life except for goofy/funny lines. His "dramatic" moments were laughable. Add more Stallone in part 3!!
  3. I follow Grace on Youtube and I was very surprised with her lukewarm reaction to the final trailer. She makes the mistake of going only after the "big money shot" and she didn't get that from the trailer, although almost all of the other reactors did (it was the shot where she is slaying a bunch of guys in the flames). She seems kinda desensitized, it just goes with the territory I guess. i predict around 85 million OW.
  4. This is getting ridiculous. How can anyone be excited for a movie coming out in 8 effing years?? I respect the man immensely but what happened to the movies being fun and not an energy consuming business plan we HAVE to be excited for?
  5. Charlize Theron is an Oscar winner, fluke or not. Vin Diesel has the artistic integrity of a Steven Seagal, just with bigger budgets. You can perhaps see where her annoyance is coming from, and in that interview on Ellen she was clearly annoyed.
  6. I just got out of the showing and I am genuinely shocked at how bad this film was. This is the second F&F movie I watched, I saw 7 out of curiosity and fell asleep midway through. Questions: - are these films like parodies? The acting is sooo baaad, the writing is lazy as fuck, the lines are so corny, Jesus.. - are the heroes still heroes when they leave so much collateral damage? - was Charlize Theron so desparate for a hit? She felt to me more annoying than frightening, partly because she WOULDN'T SHUT UP and because her performance was monotonous as fuck. Her villainous potential was damaged (and her face work really shows). - they hit the hammer on that family stuff too hard. i think it all comes down to the intented audience and it's mind boggling how successfull these films are internationally. Transformers? I get the appeal. This series? No, just no
  7. I say in Cruise we trust. The amount of hate this film is getting is just bandwagon- ish and is due to the fact that it is not superhero/Disney/talking- dancing animals. These are the fads, those who don't fit be damned.
  8. Very good for her and we wish her the absolute best. Or were you hoping for a different response?
  9. Sure, he is always magnificent, he never phones it in. I meant that for an actor such as him the part was..less, that's all.
  10. Good enough number, this thing is a monster hit anyway. I don't know if that has been commented on by other users: Didn't you feel that Ian McKellen's part was somehow beneath him?
  11. Just saw Beauty and the Beast. Liked it very much but can't really compare, having seen the original once in 1991.. I was sold on Watson as the film progressed, to the point where I wasn't looking at Hermione anymore.. in the last dance, she was just amazing. The movie breaks records for a reason.
  12. Who would have thought Watson would (most likely) surpass DH2, at least domestically.. Good for her, I don't think she is an actress with a great range, but definitely a classy young woman and a role model.
  13. Logan is a brave film, period. No, it's not performing like the Dark Knight, if only because this is not Batman, there is no power house villain performance like Ledger's and no mystical allure was added because of somebody's death. I liked Logan way more, far more emotionally engaging than TDK. Kudos to everyone involved in the direction the film took. People who are complaining about it being depressing should grow the f*ck up or go watch Iron Man 3 to feel happy and lift their spirits with a hero- kid pandering relationship they can get behind.
  14. Just saw Logan, I loved Jackman's and Stewart's work, the girl not so much, but the movie was overall great. were hands down among the most suspenseful and engaging scenes in CBM. Like the Dark Knight, but with actual emotions thrown in there.