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. looks terrible(but in a pretty way) , really wish they had stopped after aliens..
  2. was good but like others didn't really feel a connection to the characters a second viewing at imax may be in order
  3. Hmm a bit stagnant on pulse hopefully starts to pick up next few days
  4. Has to be an error sales are much higher than Monday Tuesday , at least at the cinema I check. Not that extrapolating from one cinema is that reliable but it does suggest a big jump
  5. In my seat 20 mins to showtime!!! Been waiting 32 years for this holy cow
  6. Less than 24 hours , I literally can't sit still...
  7. When tdkr came out the night before its first day there were just over 1000 tickets sold at the cinema i usually go to. Now with 3 days of pre sales to go before Sw gets to that same time there are just over 3000 tickets sold at the same cinema! Btw this is in australia so probably of little interest to many here but still not bad!
  8. I think it Possibly though it would also be due to it being weekend now and sales for other films picking up Sw sales still increasing from what I have been seeing.
  9. My iMax has upgraded to laser from 15/70 , I wonder how that will be compared to 70mm? p.s worlds 3rd largest screen
  10. Yes iMax Melbourne stuffed as well...(not sure if they use same server) By the time I can get on all the good seats will probably be gone so I will prob end up seeing on 2d vmax Can always go to imax for second viewing