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 looks like absolute garbage, never been more convinced to not watch a film based on a trailer in my entire life
  2. Minions: $94m The Gallows: $9.2m Self Less: $7m
  3. This is going under 40m OW, i'm calling it now
  4. 1. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 - $380m2. Interstellar - $330m3. Transformers 4 - $315m4. Hobbit 3 - $310m5. How to Train Your Dragon - $300m6. X-men: Days of Future Past - $280m7. Godzilla - $240m8. Spider-Man 2 - $225m9. Captain America - $225m10. Apes 2 - $220m
  5. This is the end was massively overrated for me, a C at best and only occasionally funny
  6. when does this come out in Australia?
  7. Bay has mastered the art of appealing to the moronic masses
  8. Only just saw this movie and... its absolute shiiiiiitttttteeee, one of the dullest, crappiest movies of 2012, acting was standard twilight acting, cgi was terrible, the baby was horrifying, the end was a massive cop out. Worst in the series and one of the worst of last year Twilight - C- New Moon D+ Eclipse - C Breaking Dawn Part 1 - D Breaking Dawn Part 2 - D-
  9. 250m domestic're all going to be super disappointed by a solid gross
  10. Cheap substitutes like games? since when has a movie ticket cost as much a game?
  11. Alot has changed since a last checked! Where did 140m OW go? Happy its a success, that 140m number was devastating
  12. The wait before watching DH2 and The Hobbit for the first time was absolutely incredible, The hobbit more from a personal stance of loving the LOTR and being terrified and excited to see how it was, and DH2 for the crowd, the buzz in that audience was something i've never seen before
  13. Hmmm i'm thinking i'll do this again and see how it goes, getting more and more busy this year!
  14. I hope he is