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. TOP MOVIES OF ALL TIME from 2004 (lc, audience) INFO FOR 2016 INFO FOR 2015 --------------------------------------- TOP MOVIES 2017 (lc, up to 18 Jun) 01 673,590,000 Fate of the Furious 02 565,690,000 Beauty and the Beast 03 455,090,000 How To Be a Latin Lover 04 437,590,000 Baby Boss 05 353,450,000 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 06 349,450,000 Wonder Woman 07 291,670,000 Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge 08 271,920,000 Kong: Skull Island 09 270,730,000 Logan 10 170,680,000 Assassin's Creed 11 168,480,000 The Mummy 12 168,160,000 The Lego Batman Movie* 13 163,800,000 The Great Wall 14 159,620,000 Split* 15 142,850,000 Resident Evil: The Last Chapter 16 128,830,000 xXx: The Return of Xander Cage 17 125,630,000 50 Shades Darker 18 123,370,000 3 idiotas 19 118,090,000 A Dog's Purpose 20 114,830,000 Power Rangers 21 111,100,000 King Arthur: Legend of the Sword 22 107,670,000 Rings 23 103,380,000 Cars 3 24 102,770,000 Alien Covenant 25 99,940,000 Smurfs: The Lost Village 26 97,300,000 Ghost in the Shell 27 92,810,000 Todos queremos a alguien 28 79,310,000 La La Land 29 76,970,000 Allied 30 71,160,000 Monster Trucks * Totals up to 19 March. TOP MOVIES 2017 (audience, up to 15 Jun) 01 14,130,000 Fate of the Furious 02 11,270,000 Beauty and the Beast 03 10,240,000 How To Be a Latin Lover 04 9,980,000 Baby Boss 05 6,990,000 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 06 6,940,000 Wonder Woman 07 5,850,000 Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge 08 5,710,000 Kong: Skull Island 09 5,320,000 Logan 10 3,720,000 The Lego Batman Movie* 11 3,480,000 The Mummy 12 3,460,000 The Great Wall 13 3,320,000 Assassin's Creed 14 3,220,000 Split* 15 2,940,000 Resident Evil: The Last Chapter 16 2,740,000 xXx: The Return of Xander Cage 17 2,690,000 Power Rangers 18 2,640,000 3 idiotas 19 2,600,000 A Dog's Purpose 20 2,490,000 50 Shades Darker 21 2,370,000 Rings 22 2,340,000 Smufs: The Lost Village 23 2,220,000 King Arthur: Legend of the Sword 24 2,090,000 Alien Covenant 25 2,010,000 Cars 3 26 1,920,000 Todos queremos a alguien 27 1,730,000 Monster Trucks 28 1,690,000 Ghost in the Shell 29 1,400,000 Allied 30 1,280,000 La La Land * Totals up to 19 March.