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. Have no idea what page the trailer is on so I went to Youtube. Anyone else noticed the trailer sampled Gangsters Paradise? An odd choice on the surface, but it works. Still not sure if I'll be there and the creatures are still ugly, but I applaud the ambition.
  2. Exactly. Other than the bbq, it has nothing to do with us. I guess Brits think everything that isn't New York, California, and Florida, is some form of Texas.
  3. I really need @CoolioD1, @Krissykins, @SchumacherFTW, @Heretic and other Brits to explain that commercial. Yall really think we're walking around with 10 gallon hats?
  4. That commercial is more inaccurate than the Jenner Pepsi.
  5. What in the name of British tarnation is this shit??????????????? Is this what the UK really thinks South Carolina is like? I'm seizing.
  6. Lol it hasn't been all me, but I appreciate your support. I just wanted to make @Chewy proud. @YourMother about to catch a backhand to the back of his head, talking back to his elders.
  7. Yeah I totally forgot about Hogan. That was awesome. I'm excited for aerial fight scenes between Spidey and Vulture. We still haven't seen anything in the trailer other than Vulture dragging him up into the sky. They'd be stupid not to have any aerial fights so I can't wait. Yep Keaton is right in that golden zone. Not too serious, not too hammy. He's sammy.
  8. So how does this work? Did Danny McBride meet with the studio and they decided on a script and he wrote it? Or did he sit down one day and say "I want to write a Halloween movie", wrote it, pitched it, and they got it sold?
  9. Dammit @aabattery I was waiting...anyway! The domestic trailer was solid, but I wanted more action and less Demi Lovato. But hey, that's means theres still alot with the battles that we havent seen. STILL NO SHOCKER. The international trailer, [insert heart eyes emoji]. Still didn't show that much action, but gave us a better idea of the tone. International was better. Keaton's gonna kill it. I'm so damn excited. Yes it is 3:11 and I'm still awake.
  10. Wow, that intro is longer than I realized. That should've been over at about 21 seconds, which is already long for an intro. I like the old red page flip logo better. Only ones who deserve an intro that long is Universal. That opening is just so majestic. The trumpets tho.
  11. I have Face Off on the DVR. Gonna rewatch soon, see if that A holds up.