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. Franchise:Marvel Cinematic Universe 1465M The Avengers: Age of Ultron *768M Iron Man 3 *721M Captain America: The Winter Soldier *595M Guardians of the Galaxy *570M The Avengers *344M Thor: The Dark World *179M Iron Man 2 **98M Thor **96M Captain America: The first Avenger **91M Iron Man **60M The Incredible Hulk Other big CBMs 724M X-Men: Days of Future Past 591M The Amazing Spider-Man 2 525M Big Hero 6 484M Kingsman: The Secret Service 395M Man of Steel 385M Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 340M The Dark Knight Rises 312M The Amazing Spider-Man 250M The Wolverine *74M Green Lantern
  2. Director: Pete Sohn Release Date: November 25, 2015 CLUBS: The Good Dinosaur over 270 mil DOM The Good Dinosaur Over Inside Out The Good Dinosaur Over 750M WW The Good Dinosaur Over 90M 5 day
  3. 1. Zero: a stunningly and beautifully crafted animation with quintessential execution and delivery paired with an emotional, perilous, and lost lorn plot structure that will leave audiences appalled and teary eyed. 2. Paperman: Disney's return to critical acclaim stature, Paper-man offers gorgeous animation topped off with a heartwarming tale about love. 3. Feast: Feast offers finely detailed animation with an embracing and calming ambiance. The plot structure may seem overdone but the execution will have you reeling. 4. La Luna: One of Pixar's best offerings animated shorts wise, La Luna delivers and then some. 5. Partly Cloudy: Creative, hilarious, and heartwarming. 6. The Maker: Depressing yet oddly heartwarming. 7. Students: Unconventional to a degree yet enticing and adventurous in its political message. 8. Descendants: Thought provoking world with a powerful ending. 9. The Little Matchgirl: When it comes to storytelling, The Little Matchgirl offers an exquisite tale topped with an emotionally wrecking ending. 10. Coda: Dark, brooding, and thoughtful, Coda offers something animation is keen to avoid. 11. Yearbook: A must-see this animated short is simply amazing. 12. Sweet Cocoon: Entertaining yet offers a thought provoking ending about life. What are your "Best Animated Shorts?"
  4. I'm in it. Everyone I see here says that this film is going to make at least $400 million domestically, but I don't share that optimism. Pixar has only reached that level one time, with Toy Story 3. Also, the last franchise film from Pixar, Monsters University, didn't even come close to $300 million. It also has a reasonable amount of competition from The BFG, The Legend of Tarzan, The Secret Lives of Pets, Ghostbusters and Ice Age: Collision Course. From the recently released trailer, I get the feeling that Finding Dory will be a tepid retread of the first movie, and audiences won't recommend the film as strongly as they did for Toy Story 3. $385 million is still a great total to reach in today's market, though, and I think I'm being charitable by giving this club that cutoff. IN: cheesypoofs ($380 M) empire ($368 M) Telemachos ($360 M) zackzack ($360 M) gavni63 ($360 M) kkccoo ($350 M) langer ($350 M) Baumer ($350 M) boomboom234 ($325 M) Steve Jaros ($245 M) The Stingray cannastop CaptainJackSparrow Chinoiserie lilmac BK007 phaeton77 trifle sal Out: Ethan Hunt ($500 M) WrathOfHan ($460 M) Infernus ($450 M) M37 ($441 M) Jim Shorts ($430 M) peludo ($425 M) Olive ($388 M) claudio tribefan695 department store basement DAJK seduh acetabulum7 superduperm movieboner a2knet MarcusG MrFanaticGuy34 Mockingjay Raphael acab Jack Daniel Dylan Davis HeyItsMoses Arlborn
  5. With the release of Zootopia, something has made me perk up a little bit; how long can Disney sustain this box office fire streak or as others have labeled it: Disney's Resurgence Era? After Walt Disney's unfortunate death, Walt Disney Animation Studios went through an arduous era in which a lack of creativity and drive resulted in the brink of extinction only to be brought back by Oliver and Company/The Little Mermaid. Anyone familiar with Disney's history knows that after Oliver and Company/The Little Mermaid, animation classics began to be churned out by the Disney factory which not only resulted in gargantuan box office successes but also critical acclaim. This era of Disney's life would be known as the Renaissance Era and was a pinnacle point in Disney's career as an animation studio house. As with Oliver and Company/The Little Mermaid, Bolt/The Princess and the Frog (debatable) brought a reignited interest in Disney and their products. Soon enough, Disney began to haul out animation success after success and reached fever pitch with the phenomenon known as Frozen which not only became at one point, the fifth highest grossing film of all time unadjusted but obtained the crown as the highest grossing animated film of all time unadjusted. Frozen was followed by Big Hero 6 which amassed over $220 million at the U.S. box office and over $650 million worldwide! Disney released their 55th animated feature; Zootopia which opened to unanimous praise and gargantuan box office success: will become only the 10th animated feature to cross the $300 million domestic mark, became the highest grossing animated film in China and currently stands at No. 10 on the all-time charts, and could become the 4th animated feature to cross the $1 billion mark. So, my question is, how long will Disney sustain their box office success? Will their future releases become modest hits without any significant impact on Disney's brand, will they become box office successes, or will they become the calm before the storm? Will Moana, Frozen 2, or Gigantic prove to be misfires? Beginning in 2008, with the release of Bolt, Disney began their comeback into the animation world. How long will it last? Disney Resurgence Era: - Bolt, 2008, $309 million WW - The Princess and the Frog, 2009, $267 million WW - Tangled, 2010, $591 million WW - Winnie the Pooh, 2011, $44.7 million WW - Wreck-It Ralph, 2012, $471 million WW - Frozen, 2013, $1.274 billion WW - Big Hero 6, 2014, $657 million WW - Zootopia, 2016, $800 million - 1 billion WW ~ Approx. $4.4 billion WW w/ an average gross of $550 million WW per film and 89.5% (positive) average critical reception Upcoming Projects: - Moana (2016) - Frozen 2 (N/A) - Gigantic (2018) - Wreck-It Ralph 2 (N/A) Oscars: - 12 nominations (3 short nominations) - 5 wins
  6. Discuss! Monsters University OVER 80M OW Monsters University Under 270M Case Monsters University over 350M Frat MAN OF STEEL versus MONSTERS UNIVERSITY Despicable Me 2 vs Monsters University