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. Has this got one of those ugly filters on it that he always uses?
  2. I've never heard anyone in person say "Valerian". No one is talking about it. Next!
  3. After seeing Baywatch this afternoon: The box office result suits the film.
  4. Boo. Dont know why they do that when it's during the night here. Ah well I'll see the score tomorrow. Not reading or watching any reviews.
  5. Is the embargo 9pm UK time (55minutes) or US time? The Injustice 2 event is amazing playing just now!
  6. That was in the trailer though. Didnt get a laugh here cause we don't use the phrase "Tan" in the UK. It's "you're tanned"
  7. It was busy here today in the UK. I thought it was a missed opportunity. It wasn't the raunchy R rated film they promised. Take away a few swear words and it's pg13. I don't think I laughed out loud properly once. A few smiles though and lots of eye rolls at the lameness. Did anyone else think it looked really dull? The green screen use was dreadful but the actual shots of the beaches and the water looked like Blackpool here in the U.K. Don't think the director knew what he was doing.
  8. Alien Covenant's box office just shows exactly how many people hated Prometheus.
  9. I know I'm late but that poster is horrendous It's getting slated all over twitter.
  10. Stick a fork in this. It's done.
  11. Baywatch bombed but that Alien second weekend drop is horrific. Alien Covenant biggest 2nd weekend drop of the whole summer??
  12. Source? Proboxoffice is not industry tracking.
  13. Yeh I'm keeping mine in check. Initial industry tracking was $65m. So given the obvious increase in marketing closer to release I'm going to say $80m. If anyone is disappointed by $80m when nothing from tracking suggested over $100m, then they're strange.
  14. There's a tweet going around with 30k retweets: "Theatres: Come see Ghostbusters reboot! Men: FUCK ACTION MOVIES W/ GIRLS Theaters: K, you're not invited to Wonder Woman Men: BUT MY RIGHTS!" This all isn't helping. But that tweet is funny.