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. Your Name is getting released in IMAX here in August. I need new underwear.
  2. I'm definitely not part of that minority
  3. Avatar and Force Awakens are both tied for me on 11x atm. Jurassic World, Tron: Legacy and The Dark Knight are next on 7 a piece.
  4. Funny thing to me is that we used to have 8pm shows on a Thursday or Weds before a full release on Friday, now we get a lot of midnight shows.
  5. @Captain H I'd definitely add Konosuba to your list if you liked Re:Zero, kinda a comedy take on the NEET in a fantasy world concept.
  6. Fairy Tail was my route in to anime after I made an agreement with a buddy of mine (same guy I went with last night). I wanted him to watch the first 3 episodes of Breaking Bad, but he would only do it if I watched the first 3 of Fairy Tail. I got hooked, and am arguably more anime obsessed than him now, and he refuses to watch past the breaking bad pilot :/ So Fairy Tail will always have some form of positive bias from me, even if I've seen far better shows since.
  7. Yup, there was indeed
  8. Haha yep, that's a rabbit hole to go down another day. I'll just keep waiting for the series to return and explain that insane stinger at the end of the movie.
  9. 😂😂😂 I wouldn't go quite that far, but it definitely wasn't perfect. Featured some incredible plot armor too. The buddy I went with said it was amazing, and struggled to form sentences afterwards though 😂
  10. Just got out from seeing the new Fairy Tail movie. Overall, I enjoyed it, but the whole thing felt reeeeally rushed. Part of that is pacing where it felt like some events were missing, part of it is some pretty rough animation in parts. But the movie as a whole was really fun. Juvia MVP.
  11. The Last Jedi is the first movie that you can ever say is locked for $600m, I feel that Avatar's DOM gross is a good target at the moment. Nothing is going to touch TFA on OW or Total for at minimum another 5 years, probably longer in terms of total.
  12. Studiocanal put it in to Cinemas here, Netflix for everywhere else made sense. Minus the fact it was only a week after the UK launch.