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. Well, Latin America is not the rest of the world.
  2. Wonder Woman won't have big overseas numbers because this character is popular only in US. She is not a Batman level of appeal.
  3. The biggest problem with Covenant marketing is that it was marketed as a horror/slasher movie. One of the reasons Prometheus made more money because it was marketed as big epic blockbuster/event movie and it attracted many non-fans, it was less front-loaded. They should've marketed Covenant as big event movie too, so it was very dumb move to market it as slasher because horror genre makes much less money than good big event movies, which have wider audience than horror genre.
  4. No, he doesn't. He lies every time he says something in interviews. If he directs next Alien after Covenant, it will be a sequel with David.
  5. Both Scott and Cameron hate AvP, so no way there's a single chance in hell they would be involved in this. And Scott also hates all Alien sequels, even Cameron's one, and doesn't consider them as canon.
  6. I don't know what you came for, but this is very bad Prometheus sequel in many ways, basically spit in the face for Prometheus fans.
  7. So it begins!
  8. Ridley Scott's sci-fi thriller Alien: Covenant flew to $4.2 million in Thursday-evening previews before opening everywhere Friday morning in North America.
  9. What the hell are you talking about?! Prometheus score was great, dark, glorious and inspiring. And not only Life, but other themes too like Weyland.
  10. Prometheus score is much better. Covenant's score is either rehash of Goldsmith's score, either nothing special, but with a few "not bad" tracks. But nevertheless it works good in the movie.
  11. No chance it will bomb. The budget is only 110 mln, so it will be successful no matter what, especially with good critics reviews.
  12. I'm actually surprised with generally positive reviews because there are so many questionable or completely insane moments in Covenant that I expected it will divide critics. But seems like it will divide only fans.
  13. Well, I think there are some ways to make a fresh structure, but there are not many options because in this type of monster movies there are not many ways to do it. You can't run away from general "something bad happens and shit hits the fan, monsters running everywhere etc". But I don't think they are running out of ideas yet, I thought the second act of Covenant is actually fresh and very unique for the franchise, especially the villian.
  14. It's a matter of opinion actually. Some people liked it more than Prometheus, some people liked Prometheus more than Covenant. But I don't think there's much improvement over Prometheus, if any improvement at all. There's still many questionable creative decisions, some dumb shit and completely insane moments I'm not sure if it's in a good way.