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. Just watched this and it was very good - as I thought (don't care about critics) Depp was way better than I expected and still brings a solid performance, Kaya is good, the guy who plays Henry Turner is fine and Bardem and Geoffrey Rush are good as always. Film was entertaining, action was cool, most jokes worked, the visual effects were amazing and the final was emotional. I don't know where I would rank it but is much better than OST.
  2. The book is very popular here. A lot of people were interested in seeing the movie and WOM was great like other religious movies. But $21 million is really impressive!
  3. Yes. And it felt a bit too long.
  4. Digital HD coming out on June 6th! Bluray should be out in late June or early July.
  5. If JL is good, it could make 1B. But it's a big IF.
  6. Yes. Even with the reception of BvS and SS, I think JL will be the highest grossing film of the year in Brazil. And I'm very optimist about this film doing over 1B WW.
  7. Not just the next Avengers. People will keep overestimating the next superhero movies and will keep getting disappointed. I always knew this film wssn't heading to 160-170m OW. It's just too much. I think the MCU peaked with the first Avengers and IW may not be as big as we think.
  8. 800 minimum - 950 maximum I guess
  9. Yes. UK also has Salazar's Revenge.
  10. Oh, my bad. I though 56 million was the "Previews + Friday" number, because there's no way GOTG 2 is doing 80 million "preview + Friday"
  11. How is this going to do more on Saturday when it will have so large previews? Also, I'd say not even 150 million is locked, let alone 185!!
  12. Finally someone who is not overestimating Infinity War. These 1.8B predictions are just crazy. It's the 19th movie of the MCU, it will keep casual moviegoers away since it'll require knowledge from all previous movies. But I think 950 million it's too high for Mulan, that is BATB and TJB level. Also, I think that FB 2 can do better than 850 million. First one was well received and it will have Dumbledore, so I think 900 million is more doable and even 1 billion is not out of this world.