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. 60% on RT, 59 on Metacritic, This is supposed to be the best of the hobbit trilogy.
  2. An unexpected joruney - 36/100 F Desolation of smaug - 71/100 C Battle of the five Armies - 90/100 A+
  3. The title said it all. I think Thor 2 can take us by surprise with Dat Avengers effect still in full swing so it is bound to increase domestically. OTOH, TH2:DoS does not seem to be as hyped as TH1:AuJ and as a result it might decrease domestically under 300M, a bar TH has barely reached out at the very end of its theatrical run. Thor TDW looks like a Games Of Throne episode (without the kinky part) for the masses whereas TH seemed like the same old but Canada Dry LOTR for the noobs. The One Ring quest all over again overshadowing the rest with Legolas and his Legolita parasiting the length of the movie (for fan service, fans didn't really wanted), it almost feels like a LOTR remake with dwarves. Novelty has totally worned off and fans are still divided. If Thor can translate its online female fandom into tickets and attendance, it could aim for Twilight type of run and numbers domestic + GA still craving for MCU material to quench their TA2 thirst after IM3. Thor can definetely challenge TH2 in a close race around the 280M/290M range. So what do you think guys? Team Asgardians (TDW OVER TH2 DOM) BKB (Over 400M) Druv10 (315M) Talkie Dashrendar44 Team Hobbitses (TDW UNDER TH2 DOM) k1stpierre (250M) Jam90 (230M) Ban10 (260M) Blankments Ent* Vino Squaremaster316 Rocket Olive John Marston Dracula (90M more than TDW) Mahnamahna The-Coon Goffe (TDW at 230M DOM) 4815162342 Fancyarcher acetabulum7 CoolioD1 (TH2 280M > TDW 250M) Keysersoze123 (TH2 275-305M range) The-Coon (TH2 at 300M minimum) (*For now) To be edited...
  4. IN Neo: The Hobbit I - 618M The Dark Knight Rises - 490M The Avengers - 420M Warmaster506: The Dark Knight Rises - 650M The Hobbit I: 450M The Avengers: 480M saywhatcuz: The Hobbit I - 520M The Dark Knight Rises - 480M The Avengers - 410M XenoZodiac: The Hobbit 1-560M The Dark Knight Rises-500M The Avengers-400M firedeep: OUT CJohn: The Dark Knight Rises - 490M The Hobbit I - 455M Magic: The Dark Knight Rises - 460M The Hobbit I - 420M scottb: The Hobbit - 430M The Dark Knight Rises - 415M The Avengers - 350M Dexter of Suburbia: The Dark Knight Rises - 410M The Hobbit I - 420M The Avengers - 370M jawa: The Dark Knight Rises - 450M Avengers - 370M The Hobbit I - 350M iceroll: The Dark Knight Rises - 425M The Avengers - 405M Hobbit I - 380M cedarpoint: The Dark Knight Rises - 450M The Hobbit I - 400M The Avengers 355M Ariadne: The Dark Knight Rises - 440M The Hobbit I -410M The Avengers - 340M Fake: The Dark Knight Rises - 450M - 475M The Hobbit - 350M - 375M The Avengers - 350M - 375M Avatarfan: The Hobbit I - 455M The Dark Knight Rises - 440M peludo: The Dark Knight Rises - 460M - 480M The Hobbit I - 430M - 450M zod: Mojoguy:
  5. Beginning a new feature on Box Office Theory, I’m going to be giving my brief review on the teaser trailer released this week for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. The criteria for these Trailer Reviews might evolve over time as I narrow down which aspects I feel best represent base lines for every movie (and I welcome suggestions for new criteria). For now, though, I’ll be starting off with a few basics... http://boxofficetheory.com/2011/12/23/trailer-review-the-hobbit-unexpected-journey/