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. Was at the theater to see this (didn't buy my tickets online, but was showing available) and at the box office window they said Baby Driver didn't download to their system (AMC theater, previously a Carmike) so wasn't showing tonight. Never seen that happen before. To say I was pissed, would be an understatement. Ugh. Oh well, will see this sometime this week.
  2. IN If it does 26+ this weekend, it's hitting 17.5+ next weekend.
  3. Man, we're seriously looking at Wonder Woman possibly being near 360 million by the 7th of July. If that's the case, I'm finding it hard to believe it's going to miss 390 and 400 is now a 50/50 shot.
  4. The letterboxed review has a spoiler in the first paragraph about Zendaya's character, so may want to skip it.
  5. Wait, we may be going even less than 15 million today. LOL what a disaster. Outside Wonder Woman (and Guardians, but that was sort of expected and early), this summer has totally sucked. Oh well, Wonder Woman just gonna toss all these losers aside until Spider-Man.
  6. Problem is that it's tough to find 'empty months' anymore. Wow, this is such a horrible #. Franchise is completely dead in North America. Age of Extinction was pretty much the last straw for me, it was just so long and bad, mixed with these reviews, just won't see this one until it some day airs on FX or HBO.
  7. Had to love at the Star Wars celebration where he gave no fucks in showing how little he gave a damn about this movie. LOL he was right.
  8. It will pass 291 early in the afternoon on Friday, if it comes up a million so short by Thursday night.
  9. I get where you're coming from though. Sick Friday for Wonder Woman. Hope it gets 40 ... and then pass Man of Steel by next Friday. Damn, unless things really change, it's going to be over 310 million by the 25th.
  10. Not really ... it's just Geoff laughing off 'whole movie being redone' rumors to a fake Joss Whedon account that tweeted him.
  11. Good I mean, we're talking about Junkie XL. I mean, the way some fans are losing their minds over this elsewhere is laughable. Fury Road score was very good, but my GOD, all the good stuff in BvS except Beautiful Lie is probably Hans. WB obviously feels that Elfman style is more what they want going forward for Justice League and beyond.
  12. Well, sure sounds like someone who was fired ... not someone who's work will be in anyway a part of the final cut.
  13. If you've read Rebirth, you know how this story is going to go in terms of Geoff Johns having power. The tone of BvS/MoS/SS was eventually going to fall to the wayside. ... and it will eventually be a good thing because while I've enjoyed the movies to various extents ... you need uplifting crowd pleasing films to truly reach your potential in terms of box office. (unless you're Nolan and just make the best comic book movie of all time) Wonder Woman is showing that off in spades.