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. Star Trek returns to the small screen this Fall courtesy of CBS All Access. Much like Star Trek Voyager launched UPN back in the mid-90s before it was absorbed into the CW Discovery will launch the CBS All Access subscription TV service. The 13 episode series is set to debut this Fall, being pushed back from a May summer show launch. It takes place after Star Trek Enterprise('01) but before Star Trek('66) with Kirk in command of the Enterprise. This means if the show is a hit not only will it explore the early 23rd century of the Federation reaching into deeper space but could allow for Enterprise('01) cameos and allow for exploring stories on the Enterprise under the command of Robert April and Christopher Pike. Discovery has a solid cast on paper. The official premise for the first season is below. Discovery Crew Jason Isaacs = Captain Lorca Doug Jones = Lt. Saru Sonequa Martin-Green = Lt.Cmdr Rainsford (ships #1) Maulik Punchily = Dr. Nambue Anthony Rapp = Lt. Stamets Terry Serpico = Admiral Anderson Sam Vartholomeos = Ensign Connor Mary Wiseman = Cadet Tilly Recurring roles Michelle Yeoh = Captain Georgiou (different Federation ship) Rainn Wilson = Harry Mudd (listed on 9 episodes) James Frain = Sarek Filming is underway now and I'm very much looking forward to this. What say you Trek fans?!
  2. Maybe it is too early for this topic.After watching EP7,I think China might be the only market,STB beat EP7.STB teaser is more likely be Chinese tastes.
  3. So I first fell for this venerable sci-fi franchise before it was really venerable and while it was still a young franchise. Though I didn't know that at the time.So what was your first exposure to Star Trek. I consider my first exposure to be a somewhat unique one but I'm curious to see others and read their recollections.Early 80s on a young Nickelodeon cable network: Star Trek-The Animated Series produced in the mid-'70s. I was only about 5-6 years old being babysat by my grandparents till my mother, a teacher, could come pick me up in the late afternoon.I know a friend whose first exposure was cause his grandmother got him the TNG action figures from Galoob instead of Star Wars. So that's an option in the poll if you know of an unusual intro like that...or it happened to you also.
  4. This was originally over Dark Knight adjusted, but thanks to feedback, I've moved it down to something more realistic. First Star Trek 2 club, and I feel like this is a good benchmark. It seems like they'll be taking a marketing approach similar to Dark Knight with the prologue/trailer release, and Star Trek 1 was more well received than Batman Begins. IM3 will have been out for two weeks already, and even with it still running, the films are different enough for Star Trek to stand out. Adding 3D to the IMAX, wider appeal, and inflation will help as well. IN DAR - $155M Michael G Scott - $152M riczhang - $151M Alpha - $150M Jake Gittes kiki tonytr87 OUT Claire Holt - $142M The Hand of Illumination - $135-140M Sogno - $135M Warmaster506 - $135M Fake - $135M Mattrek - $135M Neo - $132M Robertron - $126M Blankments - $125-140M FilmBuff - $125M RichWS - $122M firedeep - $120-130M zackzack - $120-130M AA - $120M blenderbus - $120M Olive - $120M Reddevil18 - $120M Rallax - $120M theultimatebiu - $118M GoffeSteel - $118M Noctis - $115M TheIncredibleKnight - $115M Sims - $115M The Stingray - $114M stiger - $112.7M Glassfairy - $112M dom corn on the cobb - $110-115M Sam - $110M Mr Potter - $110M vc2002 - $110M Telemachos - $110M WileECoyote - $110M Bapi - $110M Grey ghost - $110M Hiccup - $110M CEDAR - $109M junkshop36 - $105-115M FTF - $105-110M Iron Olive - $105M Jawa - $105M junkshop38 - $100-110M Dashrendar44 - $100-105M Michael89 - $100M teardropmina - $100M cameleoni - $95-105M Ruthie - $95M BKB - $95M Squaremaster316 - $95M CJohn - $93M Dexter of Suburbia - $93M CoolioD1 - $90M stuart360 - $90M jandrew - $85-105M Wormow - $85-90M Acetabulum7 - $80-90M Gopher Newbie FlyByMachine John Nevada Michael G Scott DoctorWho 4815162342 Walt Disney Punishment YoursTruly ChD Spaghetti Orestes WASP 75Live Baumer kowhite InFamous Darkest Knight filmnerdjamie Ellesar Ryan Reynolds kowhite Talkie ShawnMR lordmandeep DMan7 lab276 JackO
  5. Before 2005, the "reboot" was unfamiliar to the film industry. A little film called Batman Begins changed that. Director Christopher Nolan and Warner Bros. took a huge risk in re-imagining the Batman franchise by wiping the entire slate clean: new cast, new director, new story, new vision. And thus, a trend began. This week, we'll look at the franchises that have tried to follow in Nolan's successful footsteps. The definition of a "reboot" can vary depending on the context and whom you ask. Is a reboot always a prequel? Not necessarily. The re-telling of Peter Parker's origins in The Amazing Spider-Man has made sure of that latest asterisk-led description. Read the rest of our Shawn Robbins article HERE.