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. The release date for the film was announced today. The hype is gonna be insane...ugh. Lion King remake comes out that same year, too. It has the potential to be one of Disney biggest movies in recent memory plus the OG film is a classic. Frozen beat Lion King for top grossing animated film in the world. Funny thing is that Lion King and Frozen are always being compared to. Yes it's too damn early to tell but we can have fun and predict the BO lol. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. It's lit! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. Nope! I rather Janelle or Lupita play Nala Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. I hope they go all out without losing the essence of the story! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. According to Twitter: At some recent convention, the Disney folks showed a timeline of all the Disney films coming out later this year and next year. Lion King wasn't on the list. So it looks like a 2019 theater release is plausible. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. What are your BO predictions? There may be Spidey fatigue because of Amazing Spider-Man releasing not too long after Spider-Man 3. BUT in general folks LOVE Spidey. Civil War hyped folks up. Plus him being a kid will being in more money.
  7. I'm kinda worried about this. Some of his films have had very mixed reviews. One of his films was a critically acclaimed hit tho. Lion King is not to be effed with.
  8. At least BvS was able to keep one of their records lol Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Lol Emmy is pretty talented tho plus she can act circles around/sing better than Emma. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Since this film will be a guaranteed success, how do you think the Lion King remake will do on the box office? Lion King was top grossing Disney animated classic back then (before the rerelease). Plus Jon Favreau is directing this. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. Fans are saying this the best Disney remake yet. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk