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. One of the biggest box office surprises is getting a sequel that is bound to be BIG, Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2. While I don't seeing it making an OW the size of Avengers ($207.4M) or AoU ($191.1M), I can see it having an OW of galactic proportions for a few reasons. 4/14- Updated reasons due to recent events 1.) While sequels tend to decline at the box office (AoU, Empire, etc.,), GoTG grossed over $330M in 2014 and unlike AoU or Civil War, you don't need to see 5 other movies to understand it fully and it seems to be less dramatic which could be good for it. 2.) The Marvel Cinematic Universe owns 4 of the top 10 in opening weekends in America. All of which were on the first weekend of May, which GoTGv2 is also opening on. Not to mention weak competition in May. 3.) James Gunn is back in the director's chair for this. 4.) Baby Groot, although has been slightly annoying in marketing, kids have loved it. 5.) Although marketing and online buzz has been muted for this, buzz with the General Audience has been great, getting great reactions for trailers in cinema, and in a few weeks, reviews (Disney cash) comes in and the marketing becomes rampant. Even with shit marketing, Doctor Strange did over $85M OW against Trolls ($45M OW). Now are you in or out? IN (Make America Groot Again) Me $155M/$380M DAJK ThatOneGuy elcaballero DMan7 MrFanaticGuy34 vc2002 JennaJ Arlborn Mango FlashMaster659 Jayhawk RandomJC Guy Cohen Kalo KevinPR Jack cheesypoofs 75live Daxtreme Nosferatu Zodd Ocho ThomasNicole Momo Talkie seduh trifle eXtacy OUT (Not a family) ChipMunky Gray Ghost ($145M) Sam ($145M) department store basement franfar ($145M) John Marston ($120M) keysersoze123 ($140M) Lordmandeep Nova ($130Ms) WrathOfHan ($120M) jandrew