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. This is a sequel & prequel to a franchise running for 40 years and 8 films. Nothing against the quality but this movie is just as recycled as all of those you mentioned.
  2. Everyone is underestimating the power of Women.
  3. IN! Ive said this is possible all year. Its not gonna be easy, but if its good, its the biggest movie of the summer domestically no doubt. (This is gonna be the MOS all over again though isn't it haha)
  4. Yes I can confirm that more people buy tickets online today then they did in 2003, 06, 07, & 11
  5. Moments where there for me to enjoy, and I think to my self was I too harsh? But then I remember how much I absolute hate CGI video cut scene fights with all my heart, and how many times are we gonna see the same flashback
  6. Yeah I listened to the same podcast, Im gonna say its not that one. Because he has worked on every Tom Cruise movie for 10 years. They are like partners, if Tom and Chris thought that, Alex would have changed it. So if it is the Mummy it would mean Tom would have had to agree I think.
  7. Easiest complaint Its all supposed to be couples yet we don't even know who the fuck is married to who, until they are dying. The characters are all lack-luser and have basically no real motivation.
  8. Another podcast this week, we dive into a casual lay back discussion of everything Alien: Covenant - http://cinemasesh.libsyn.com/alien-covenant-sesh Main thread - http://forums.boxofficetheory.com/topic/21497-cinema-sesh-podcast-ep-archive-pg-1-new-alien-covenant/
  9. Alien: Covenant Sesh 63 minutes - http://cinemasesh.libsyn.com/alien-covenant-sesh Covenant Complaint Log, 2104: When I agreed to go on this colonization mission, I was told that it's gonna be a good time. We were gonna make a new home on a far away planet and I'd never have to see that jerk Kyle from work ever again. I'm not complaining, it's nice to sleep for years on end but there was nothing in the brochure about aliens with acid blood! Also, they lost my luggage. One Star. Would not recommend. Although, that review of the experience on the Covenant was not a ringing endorsement, Jay and AJ may have a different opinion of Alien: Covenant the movie! We take you through the convoluted history of the Alien movies, discuss the differences between a good movie and a great movie and ask the question "Do androids dream of electric xenomorphs?". So settle into your comfy stasis pods and ask Muthur to play the latest episode of Cinema Sesh! We also have a small questions section this week at the very end So if you're bored or wanna be nice, check it out http://cinemasesh.libsyn.com/alien-covenant-sesh Thanks guys! Any questions for next week?
  10. From a straight up marketing perspective its a better sell I think, plus it would have been a no bull shit alien movie
  11. Fox should have made Blomks Alien 3, would have actually been a huge hit I think
  12. Jay Hollywood Special B-