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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Ozymandias

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  1. I've seen Con Air too many times, was a childhood favorite.
  2. The mistake Sean Hannity is making is that he's trying to discredit the Trump/Russia collusion conspiracy theory with a much dumber one about Seth Rich. You can't just do that on air without any evidence whatsoever. At least the Trump/Russia shit has a tad bit of circumstantial evidence which is just barely enough to make it acceptable to talk about without becoming a complete joke.
  3. Not entirely. Saudi Arabia produces, legitimizes, preaches, and spreads Wahhabism, the ultraconservative form of Islam that groups like IS, AQ, Boko Haram, and so on practice and feed on.
  4. Not saying IS is responsible, but as IS dies, its death rattle is gonna be increased attacks abroad. They got about a year left, they're now rabidly losing territory to the Syrian and Iraqi governments and their allies.
  5. As a Floridian I can confirm this. If you're pissed off, stressed out, or feeling down, go to the beach with some booze and take a dip in water. I'd be shocked if you don't feel like a million bucks 1 hour later.
  6. I really don't see how people are saying this is a sequel to Prometheus What happened with Covenant is that as a sequel to Prometheus its flat out terrible and as an Alien movie it has a very "been there done that" feeling. So in the end it didn't particularly satisfy anyone. Its just a pretty space monster movie.
  7. Hopefully not since Covenant is nothing but a "course correcting" movie for the boring ass xenomorphs It'll probably go below 60% I don't think anyone is giving Blomkamp 100m+ for anything soon.
  8. the alien queen man how did the alien queen come to be that like needs to be explained man because big bad alien queen
  9. I'm definitely seeing Atomic Blonde for that Charlize/Sofia lez stuff.
  10. Child 44 is the first part of a trilogy but at the same time its a self contained story. If they didn't get an incompetent shitty B-movie director to make it, it may have done well and The Secret Speech and Agent 6 might have been made. End of story.
  11. I got dragged to this last night by the gang. This was really standard stuff. Prometheus had its flaws(mostly supporting characters that were either underdeveloped or did dumb things), but at least it was memorable to me. It had 2 good main characters(1 of which gets lazily Alien 3'd in Covenant), visually it was incredible, had some cool ideas even if they weren't fully explored(which is what is most disappointing about Covenant IMO which blatantly discards building on any of it in exchange for standard Alien stuff), and had some awesome shit like the self administered C-section scene. Covenant is by the numbers. The Alien stuff is standard(shocker). Daniels was a standard character. Kenny Powers was standard. David got turned into a standard 1 note villain. Visually it was standard(only by Ridley Scott standards though). Its not a terrible movie, its just.... very standard? lol. Scott caved, its a "course correcting" movie and I don't see any reason to see the next one which is just gonna be a villainous David terrorizing people with the Alien. I'm sure a lot of Xenomorph enthusiasts will eat that shit up, but I'm pretty much over it.
  12. I got dragged to this tonight by the gang. Really basic stuff.
  13. That scene where Ripley comes across the Alien's layer and finds Dallas and Brett being slowly morphed into eggs was great. I think it should've been left in but I think people prefer the bug queen idea. Edit: oh, didn't see you were talking about "Aliens"
  14. K, I wasn't expecting that.
  15. Tonights episode looks like its gonna be mostly about Nacho and Hector. About time Nacho gets some love, he's had like 20 seconds of screen time this season. But Honestly , I could probably watch a show with minimal dialogue just about Mike Ehrmantraut following people, figuring shit out, and screwing over people he doesn't like with his really elaborate plan. Lul.
  16. Star Wars: The Last Jedi coming to a torrent site near you in July.
  17. Chuck got owned by Slippin Jimmy superpowers last episode, it was glorious.