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. Yeah, the DP mentioned that. He wasn't even there for that shoot.
  2. Unsubstantiated rumour. Ayer is a pretty weird guy. Ever think that the zany tone he went for with SS was the kind of thing he thought cbm fans would like? Very silly rumour. Again.
  3. AZZ!!! Man. He's run is my absolute favourite.
  4. He's not. He sometimes likes films that everyone does and sometimes he likes films that everyone hates. He's eccentric maybe, but you cannot say he's a hater. Especially if he wrote this review
  5. He won't. He's already said it was fresh. As for that statement it's a response to someone asking whether it's okay for his child. Not what he dislikes about it.
  6. For reference, Scott's tough on comic book films. Here's the last year's worth of comic book films he's reviewed: BvS 5/10, SS 3/10, GotG2 5.5/10, Logan 6/10, Civil War 6/10, Dr Strange 5.5/10, X-Men: Apocalypse 3/10. And he has said it'll be a "fresh" review, so I can see it being on par with Civil War and Logan in his eyes. Yeah. Mendelson always gives sincere but sometimes harsh reviews even for movies he liked.
  7. I really doubt anyone important is angry about this. Probably just a few comment section creeps. No one will see this and go "Drats. Not gonna see it then." News sites are just blowing it up.
  8. It's a business ploy. To get women even more interested in a movie that's set within a male dominated genre. Cause they know the movie will appeal to women, they want to advertise that.
  9. Lol. A women only screening isn't "political".
  10. Yeah. I would have really hated the ending of Man of Steel if he hadn't killed Zod with his bare hands, reinforcing the film's themes of choice and consequence of choice.
  11. So, I gotta ask, Ares doesn't mind control people right? Like from a set report, it is revealed that Diana believes Ares to be controlling the Germans. In the end does she realize that he isn't and that man entered WWI on by himself? Or is it all hope and optimism?
  12. Wouldn't make much difference to most people in emoji form, I guess.
  13. I think they want to avoid setting a precedent for when to drop reviews.
  14. First time I've seen someone that amused by Fallon