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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  2. 68m/280m How to Train Your Dragon 2>300M Flight HTTYD 2 #1 film of Summer 2014 Club! [Domestically] How to Train Your Dragon 2 OVER Monsters University WW($744M) How to Train Your Dragon 2 over 80 mil OW How To Train Your Dragon 2 Over Frozen Dom or WW? HTTYD2 and 22JS combined OW over Monsters U and WWZ combined OW HTTYD2 Under $70m OW HTTYD2 below 35.2% 2nd Weekend drop Club
  3. Director: Sam Raimi Screenwriters: Mitchell Kapner, David Lindsay-Abaire Cast: Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams, James Franco Oz: The Great & Powerful Over 214M Oz: The Great and Powerful Over 90M OW
  4. After all the confusion around the budget this is finally back on track. From Producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Director Gore Verbinski, starring Johnny Depp. Predictions: Lone Ranger Over 200M Club "The Lone Ranger" OVER "Pirates of the Caribbean" WW club Lone Ranger Under 60M OW Duel The Lone Ranger OVER Pacific Rim domestic total club Lone ranger under John Carter WW(283M)
  5. Leafmen/EPIC Director: Chris Wedge Production: Blue Sky Studios Distributor: FOX Release date: May 24, 2013 Post your predictions. EPIC: Under $120m Alliance EPIC Over Rio (484M) WW
  6. Disney's next animated film, which is going to be directed by Rich Moore. (who had directed a good number of Simpsons episodes) Discuss. Will this be a hit for Walt Disney Animation Studios? Or another disappointment? Wreck-It Ralph Over Finding Nemo Club Wreck It Ralph number 1 animated film of the year
  7. Directors: Kirk De Micco, Chris Sanders Screenwriters: Kirk De Micco, Chris Sanders Voice cast: Emma Stone, Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds
  8. Director: Peter Ramsey Screenwriter: David Lindsay-Abaire Voice cast: Hugh Jackman, Jude Law, Chris Pine I really hope they change that title before its release. It just sounds so bland... Rise of the Guardians: 160M DOM & 400M WW Rise of the Guardians: Lowest Grossing Dreamworks Movie (<126m) Club Life of Pi vs. ROG-what will win?
  9. Director: Cal Brunker Screenwriters: Cal Bruker, Bob Barlen, Tony Leech, Cory Edwards Cast: Brendan Fraser, Rob Corddry, Jessica Alba, James Gandolfini Synopsis Weinstein's in another legal dispute over this movie's release http://www.hollywood...creening-345562
  10. The Hobbitses are coming! Fifteen months, boys and girls... Prediction lists to come in the near future. News goes here! 12/6/12: This thread has been closed due to its size and potential use of server resources. See Discussion Topic #2 (or whatever the highest number is) linked below for the most current discussion. _____________________ Related Discussions: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (General Discussion Topic #1) The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (General Discussion Topic #2) The Hobbit: $125m (over DH1) Opening Weekend Club The Hobbit: AUJ vs The Dark Knights Rises THE HOBBIT: Over TDKR Domestic Club The Hobbit under The Hunger Games Club. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Over 1.8B WW