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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  2. How are they gonna make the next 14 films profitable? 100% Chinese cast ? Shoot in Czech Republic?
  3. Is Boss Baby still opening in China? Or cancelled?
  4. I want Pixar to win but... it looks like Cars 3 will be Pixar's 2nd lowest grossing title just above The Good Dinosaur. Using Cars 2 multiplier, Number 3 may end up with less than $150M. In the age of dying fossil fuel economy, may they should do an electric vehicle theme next time.
  5. this amazonian never stops
  6. To be fair, Marvel the Studio already has tons of comic book stories in their library to harvest and having Disney, a gigantic corporation with infinite resource is really helping. Think about it, all the interconnected storylines had already been mapped out since the 60s (!). So it is less challenging for Disney/Marvel to put out movies after movies that build up to a series of satisfying climaxes in those multi-character team-up movies. I don't know how Universal would connect Dracula to Invisible Man to the Wolf Man to the Bride? Are they supposed to team up to fight Van Helsing? I think it is DC who missed the opportunity to carefully build up their franchise. There has been a suggestion that DC/Warner should not follow the Marvel model and just release stand-alone movies and their sequels. Look at Wonder Woman: compact story, focused objective of branding, one story, one hero, probably the most profitable of DCEU movie so far. DC/WB are too quick to rush Justice league before a standalone Batman, a standalone Flash, a standalone Aquaman etc. Momoa looks like the perfect Aquaman. Affleck is great as Bruce Wayne. They only need a good shepherd, some skilful writers, and a team of competent directors to pull this off. The stories are already written, characters drawn out, the big picture mapped out since the first DC comics in the 40s (!!) They could be making $600M-$700M WW per movie. Not as sweet as $1B WW/movie but fans, nerds, critics and studios are all will be happy. A perfect world is achievable. After all, we all love miracles and superheroes.
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  8. That's Oblivion's number....and that one never gets into the century club
  9. South Korea breaking records and now a nice China surprise? So..what is with the doom and gloom?
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