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. Spider-Man 3 is great fun if one takes it as a campy comedy and parody of the first two films. Works for me The effects look shit nowadys though...
  2. Totally agree with that. There are always some critics who write and say things that dont belong to constructive criticism but i didnt mean those bull*it "reviews" i was trying to defend those critics who give us comprehensible reasons why they didnt like the movie. These people are ofthen thrown in the same trashcan.
  3. Im out. Dont think WW can gross more than 350M. I believe in 300-325M.
  4. What People often forget is that a movie critic sees hundreds of movies every year, sometimes many on a single day as a living. That means with time they will get very tired of cliche tropes and beats. It seems like this Pirates is an average blockbuster with some fun action, but ultimately somewhat forgettable. No reviews from critics or fans that i saw highlighted that something in this movie was truly special. I think critics are looking for movies that are brave enough to risk something or present it in a fresh way. P5 is just another blockbuster with nothing really "new" for them so many of the critics dont care for it. A moviegoer sees things a lot different. The average Joe sees maybe 5-10 films in theaters every year. In that case, this film could be very special. I dont want to even begin with fandoms, they make these things a lot more subjective. And just to be clear, i often disagree with critics and love some movies that are rotten, but i will always respect someones opinion on a movie if they can explain why they have a negative/positive opinion. Critics are also only people.
  5. Out. More like 110M.
  6. The great thing about this is that Stallone is presented to a whole new generation of younger moviegoers who maybe know Rocky and Rambo, but never watched them. Not too many older stars stay relevant after they peaked. Stallone was able to do that fantastically in Creed and also here, even if it was short.
  7. Attack on Titan is now definetly on the same high quality level as the first season with the 6th and 7th episode.
  8. The Nostalgia Critic likes it even more than the first one. In Contrast, Jeremy Jahns didnt like it too much. But the majority seems to react positively to it.
  9. Obviously WW is a better known character than Iron Man was in 2008 but we have no real proof of her strength box office-wise. That the movie is hotly anticipated in the US is a No-Brainer and i can imagine in places like South Korea or Brazil where SH movies are more and more succesfull, the movie will earn a ton of money (if its a good movie. I have my doubts). But in other countries theres just no evidence of her popularity. She just got introduced in her modern movie form in BvS. Its just that i would consider high expectations (700M+) to be unfair.
  10. Outside the US i would say yes. Its a name that most people have heard, but its basically in the situation of Iron Man (2008).
  11. But but...your president said the NYT is Fake News....
  12. Dont want to go too OT, but i never liked Titanic (truth to be told, i hate it) but i can totally see why it became such a colossal phenomenon and why a great majority of people went to see it. Personal preferences should never lead to any assumptions of how a film will do box office-wise.
  13. No offense but you seem to like everything or am i mistaken then i apologize.