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 it can't be overstated how this weekend is wedged in between two pretty big holidays in Father's Day & the 4th. It explains why historically it seems to lag for the holdovers and why big films have avoided it as a release date over the past decade with the exception of the Wednesday openers for the Transformers films (which don't hold very well already in their OWs).
  2. Our former is predicting a 30% drop at 28.9m (as of a couple of days ago). I don't really see either of those but as has been said infinity since OD, it has been surprising on the upside.
  3. What's your worst case scenario?
  4. Based on the weekdays so far, I feel even better about under here than I did on Monday. Anyone in the over camp going to change their minds? Last weekend in June is pretty slow, I doubt WW will jump more than 70% on Friday.
  5. This post seems like you are the one panicking lol. Yes WW has been a great run, let's hear it again please?
  6. Midnight showings (like for me personally ROTS & TDK) are some of my fondest memories going to the movies. There was an energy to them, waiting in line knowing you'd be tired for work/school tomorrow... That was very unique when it was the first and only option to see it the night before.
  7. TF2 made so much but was so bad. It's seriously one of the highest grossing awful movies of all time.
  8. These were legit midnight showings btw, not the 8-10pm crap they have today :).
  9. Viacom itself is a bit of a dumpster fire right now.
  10. That's a truly awful number. Even lower than I was expecting.
  11. 28.9m for WW? That would be an insane hold.
  12. Ding ding, this is exactly what you do if you aren't matinee hunting.