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. I think Captain America:The Winter Soldier OW and DOM should be how far Wonder Woman will go at boxoffice.
  2. No, but I said Under 180m DOM in a much earlier club, and so I will have to stick with it even if that's non-sense.
  3. I just found that these two franchisee are not only in line with each other at boxoffice, but also somewhat compareable on RT scores. They both have all the sequels being rotten. Now, Pirates 5 looks like going to another low 30's on RT like POTC4, and of cause TF5 should be another RT disaster like TF4.
  4. TOMATOMETER 33% Average Rating: 4.7/10 Reviews Counted: 33 Fresh: 11 Rotten: 22 Well, one thing we can be sure now is that this won't have good legs.
  5. Because he's been in flops after flops after returning to movies. T5 is his Creed and it flopped. Sly had ups and downs but his movie career is so much better than Arnold over the last 6 years. Arnold is not choosing to do low budgets. He's lucky to get what he's being offered at this point of his movie career.
  6. I think people get tired of a franchise like this at some point, and I think this one could be it.
  7. I think TF5 will drop from 4 in China. 4 had Chinese actors and actresses and locations in China. And also I think Chinese are getting a little tired of TF like the rest of world already did.
  8. Because Avatar sequels are like the typical Hollywood sequels which reply so much on a huge OW instead of legs right? I mean, who does Cameron think he is? Yes Titanic had a 20x multiplier in 1997 and Avatar had a 10x multiplier in 2009, but come on, A2 is gonna totally act like a typical Hollywood sequel.
  9. When he finally wrapped at Pinewood, Cameron stood up again to address them. “This has been a long and difficult shoot, fraught by many problems,” he said. “But the one thing that kept me going, through it all, was the certain knowledge that one day I would drive out the gate of Pinewood and never come back, and that you sorry bastards would still be here.” He never did return.
  10. So Alien Covenant is practially another Prometheus on rottentomatos, and a little-smaller Prometheus on boxoffice, and of cause most likely the same on WOM.
  11. If that represents what we're gonna see in A2, I think we're definitely in for a mind-blowing visual treat like the first one.
  12. Wait, I see some sea creatures. Are they those that we're gonna see from Avatar sequels, or something Disney came up with on their own?
  13. More like half of that. Out.