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. First reactions trickling in https://twitter.com/arcticninjapaul/status/860227862749696002?s=09
  2. I need to go back and rewatch this in light of Logan now. I remember being pleasantly surprised upon the initial viewing. Great score too.
  3. saw this being filmed in London today... couldn't see much but managed to get a few photos on my twitter
  4. STID was a fine movie, but wasn't the sequel I wanted (or felt was promised) after ST09 (which remains one of my all time favourite holy-shit-that-was-fun-I-wanna-see-it-again experiences in a cinema). Anyway, thinking Antman-ish numbers. Slightly higher OW, slightly lower total. 65/175/475
  5. Not quite as good as TWS but a lot more satisfying than AOU. I think Bruhl may have been the MVP for me... his presence added a lovely level of depth, bleakness & realism that helped to rein in the 'bigger' elements of the film.
  6. Saw it yesterday at Cineworld West India Quay at 12:50. I'd say it was about 40% full - pretty busy for an earlier showing. OT(ish) but some of that 40% appeared to drug dealers & customers (doing deals there and then in the screening). Apparently that's a thing now.
  7. I don't think STID is nearly as loathed by the GA as it is by trekkers (myself included). Most of my friends who saw it really liked it. I guess if you don't re-watch Wrath of Khan on a weekly basis (like me), those groansome lines of dialogue lifted wholesale don't feel nearly as clunky. That being said, I think we're mostly looking at a SKYFALL > SPECTRE type situation here. Slightly milder opening and legs. I know we're 3 months away but the buzz and awareness for this compared to a lot of other summer tentpoles feels thin. In fact, Spectre's OW and total ($70m / $200m) feel like realistic targets right now. OS is another matter. ST09 was at $127m, STID nearly doubled this to $235m. Ex rates will hold back a similarly exponential growth this time round but $300m feels do-able (is this planned for a China release?)
  8. Why are we throwing about $200m OW predictions for CW and Rogue One like it's nothing? If this weekend has proved anything, it's that $200m remains a very tought barrier to crack. Not saying that either of those films can't make it, but I would hardly call it a foregone conclusion either. I'm thinking CW will have a $160ish opening. Rogue One I still have no idea.
  9. I hope I'm wrong but CW feels more like a $150m opener than an uber $200m one.