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. If Wondy acts like a family movie, it should have a healthy increase today. Nothing is over til Saturday numbers come out.
  2. I see. Thanks! I remember that Variety really fanboyed with AoU number (they expected over 200M opening) and then fanboyed the next week even though the trend was downward. I really think that bias played a role in their overprediction. needless to say, I don't trust their projections ever since.
  3. OK, can someone tell me what's the deal with Gitesh? I've seen allusions at some major past screw up that made him a butt of jokes or something. Maybe I'm wrong but if there's some good story, please share!
  4. hear, hear! Agreed! And what a star making performance! Gal is really the story here. @Cochofles No you are not the only one. saw this with a family on Thursday and we had a similar discussion after the movie. Will revisit on Sunday.
  5. This review is better than 95% that passes for professional reviews these days. Lupita
  6. Fingers crossed. GOTG Vol 2 really deserves it.
  7. Brandan Twaits or whatever his name is is not gonna be a draw for 7-9 or spin-offs. he's got meh reviews, is called bland and that's all true. Of course, they could always reboot after X years, which I think they will.
  8. I got the same trailers, zero reaction to all. The show was almost sold out. crowd ate it up. Heard enthusiastic comments at the exit. There was a line-up waiting for the next show.
  9. This is definitely not flopping but POTC6 should be the last. I hope they minimize the new characters and maximize Will and Elizabeth and close the shop. I mean, if you forget about the credits, POTC5 closes the saga perfectly. But since we all want to see Will and Elizabeth in a big role, and credits teased what they teased, bring it. And bring back Gore. I'm happy to see media jumped on Gore wagon too.
  10. That was great. Gal gives such a star making performance, probably the most impressive of that kind in years. So charismatic and likable. Sure, third act suffers from overblown action problem but it's a great fun overall and very rewatchable. Taking my sisters to see it again on Sunday.