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. What do you think the second weekend drop will be? I think it will have a 47 to 50% drop during it's second weekend. Which would be better than the majority of second weekend drops for Superhero films. Some might think it's gonna have an even smaller drop. Sky's the limit here, so what are your thoughts? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. That JL won't make 450 million, or that Thor Ragnarock won't beat JL at the domestic box office? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. They will always do great in China. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. But his Justice League movie would of been awesome! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. I would love for George Miller to direct a two part adaption of "Convergence." It might be a mess, but it would exciting to watch. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. I like the first Thor, but Thor 2 sucks. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. Which makes Superman more of anti-hero, than.....you know.....Superman? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. They ruined Johnathan Kent for life. It's just Zack Snyder shitting on Superman characters. It's not a shocker when Snyder killed off Jimmy Olson within the first 20 minutes of "BVS." But it was upsetting. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. "Logan" would most likely get Hugh Jackmen his second Oscar nod. It's definitely his career defining performance. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. If you think it's gonna be great, then don't hold your breath. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. I hope "Wonder Woman" gets a BP Oscar nod. But I doubt it. If "TDK" couldn't get it, I doubt any superhero film is gonna get it. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. But whoever thinks "JL" makes 450 million dollars domestically, good luck! I'd bet that "The Last Jedi" makes that in 12 days or less. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. I've read the article. Reshoots usually take two or three weeks, not nearly two months. It's not a good sign, and Zack Snyder never really makes a good film. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. This is all good signs for a great second weekend drop. I think it will have a 47 to 50% drop during it's second weekend. This is great for all of us who desperately wanted a great Female superhero film, and I'm glad it turned out to be "Wonder Woman." So hopefully every white male who runs a major studio in Hollywood can jump on the band wagon in the next 5 years. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. That's a fair point. But "JL" is having extensive reshoots from June to July. That's not a good sign. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk