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. You know damn well these studios don't want to/dont have the balls to throw a $150 mill behind a black female led film. Look at how long it took us to get Wonder Woman and Black Panther. There was a rumor that Feige had to threaten to quit before Black Panther and Captain Marvel got greenlit. If THAT guy has to grovel to get those movies made, what chance does a solo Storm movie have
  2. This could end up being a real banner year for Superhero movies depending on how Justice League turns out
  3. Yeah is there really anyone who wants to see Spideys Origin again?
  4. I guess we arent getting more reviews because a ton of the bloggers are at the POTC screening
  5. Alright, there's no way this is a bad movie now. Social media embargo up 2 weeks before is great news
  6. I legitimately want to know wtf is going on in this gif. How does this particular story end?
  7. Grace Randolph is a sensationalist. She does put out good material by and large but she hops on stuff like this and makes mountains out of molehills.
  8. That went from 'cute' to 'holy shit' real quick. Kid can move. That flip to end the song must have had given his insurance folks some heart palpitations. Tom Holland is officially invited to the cookout after that performance
  9. I laughed way too hard at this. More people need to discover the absolute gem that is Black Dynamite
  10. Man this looks so damn good. My fears about Gadots acting have been pretty alleviated in this recent stretch of marketing. And she certainly looks the part Lawd baby Jesus, please dont let this film suck.
  11. Can't lie that trailer kinda left me cold. Its not bad, and it looks very well shot obviously and i'm sure the performances will be good as well. But...it just didnt grab me, unlike something like the Hacksaw Ridge trailer that had me locked in, regardless of how much i dislike Gibson, lol.
  12. Oh haven't u heard? In nerd circles, anything below 80 is now considered an abject disaster, lol
  13. RIP to any movie opening withing a one mile radius of this monster
  14. The idea that someone is supposed to be rational and think things through after seeing their parents heads bashed in is ridiculous. Especially for a guy like Stark who has had major unresolved issues his whole damn life. This is just pure armchair quarterbacking here
  15. what was the last great war Drama with that rating? I'm racking my brain but nothings popping up. Its going to be a struggle showing the nature and brutality of war within pg-13 confines.