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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Pixels | Chris Columbus | July 24, 2015 | Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Josh Gad, Peter Dinklage

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Memorial weekend could work as well as June 26.

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Sony's summer 2015 is so barren.

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I find it interesting that all these movies would rather open opposite each other two weeks after Avengers than open the week after

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The Dink mullet is splendid

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Man, May 15th, that weekend is going to be awesome.FURY ROAD.

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OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE FROM SONY:

Sony Pictures Entertainment announced today that the studio has brought together an extraordinary number of iconic video game companies, whose classic characters – including PAC-MAN, Donkey Kong, Centipede®, Galaga, Frogger, Q*bert, and Space Invaders – will be featured in the highly-anticipated action comedy Pixels, starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Peter Dinklage, Josh Gad, and Brian Cox, and directed by Chris Columbus.  The film will be released on May 15, 2015.

In Pixels, when intergalactic aliens misinterpret video-feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war against them, they attack the Earth, using the games as models for their various assaults.  President Will Cooper (James) has to call on his childhood best friend, ’80s video game champion Sam Brenner (Sandler), now a home theater installer, to lead a team of old-school arcaders (Dinklage and Gad) to defeat the aliens and save the planet.  Monaghan plays the team’s unique weapons specialist.  The action-comedy is directed by Chris Columbus from a story by Tim Herlihy and a screenplay by Tim Herlihy and Timothy Dowling, based on the original short film of the same name by Patrick Jean.

 

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2:33

EDouglasCS: Chris Columbus has sent a video intro from the set of Pixels

12:34
EDouglasCS: He says that the visual FX are going to be groundbreaking in the way they bring 8 pixel characters to life

12:34
EDouglasCS: They're going to show some early footage?

12:34
EDouglasCS: Okay it's a bit of a joke....

12:35
EDouglasCS: They have Josh Gad going "I'd recognize that Centipede from anywhere!" and then there's a tennis ball on a stick that chases him around as he runs around frightened.

12:35
EDouglasCS: They showed an animated logo for Pixels

12:36
EDouglasCS: They touted the fact that the high scorers at the Pixels Arcade can win a chance to be in the movie... so if you're in San Diego, start saving up those quarters!

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This could be Adam Sandler's first decent mainstream comedy since 50 First Dates. The fact that Steve Buscemi, Jon Lovitz, David Spade, Rob Schneider, Tim Meadows, Terry Crews, etc. aren't near it is good. Plus the cast he has brought in seems pretty great - and Kevin James has to be playing a supporting role - he wasn't even featured in the picture with the other four. 

 

If it had a better release date (June 26 or July 1)... Pixels could be a surprise hit. Avengers 2 and Tomorrowland are going to take its family audience away. Mad Max 4 will take the older guys away. Pitch Perfect 2, that Reese Witherspoon/Sofia Vergara comedy and Spy will take all of the female audience. Where does that leave Pixels? 

 

June 26th makes more sense:

Ricki and the Flash could do fine against May's releases since it's a drama targeted at older adults (maybe move Cameron Crowe's rom-com to June 5?)

Ted 2 isn't targeting Pixels' family audience so both could co-exist - and a HTTYD2/KFP2 sized OW would be phenomenal for Pixels since it's not a sequel with a built-in audience. 

The July 4th weekend looks to be adult orientated next year - Terminator Genesis and Magic Mike 2 could both very well be rated R. Pixels could sweep up quite a bit of cash that week.

Minions wouldn't completely kill its legs since it'll likely be PG-13 as opposed to PG

All of the comedies after Pitch Perfect 2 look to be rated R (except Crowe's rom-com possibly) - so none of them would be direct competition. 

 

It would have 2.5-3 weeks to make a solid amount of cash versus the 1 week it currently has. I just don't see Pixels doing well in its current release date. Moving to June would be a smart move financially since the rest of Sony's summer releases could do well most any weekend. 

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This could be Adam Sandler's first decent mainstream comedy since 50 First Dates. The fact that Steve Buscemi, Jon Lovitz, David Spade, Rob Schneider, Tim Meadows, Terry Crews, etc. aren't near it is good. Plus the cast he has brought in seems pretty great - and Kevin James has to be playing a supporting role - he wasn't even featured in the picture with the other four.If it had a better release date (June 26 or July 1)... Pixels could be a surprise hit. Avengers 2 and Tomorrowland are going to take its family audience away. Mad Max 4 will take the older guys away. Pitch Perfect 2, that Reese Witherspoon/Sofia Vergara comedy and Spy will take all of the female audience. Where does that leave Pixels?June 26th makes more sense:Ricki and the Flash could do fine against May's releases since it's a drama targeted at older adults (maybe move Cameron Crowe's rom-com to June 5?)Ted 2 isn't targeting Pixels' family audience so both could co-exist - and a HTTYD2/KFP2 sized OW would be phenomenal for Pixels since it's not a sequel with a built-in audience.The July 4th weekend looks to be adult orientated next year - Terminator Genesis and Magic Mike 2 could both very well be rated R. Pixels could sweep up quite a bit of cash that week.Minions wouldn't completely kill its legs since it'll likely be PG-13 as opposed to PGAll of the comedies after Pitch Perfect 2 look to be rated R (except Crowe's rom-com possibly) - so none of them would be direct competition.It would have 2.5-3 weeks to make a solid amount of cash versus the 1 week it currently has. I just don't see Pixels doing well in its current release date. Moving to June would be a smart move financially since the rest of Sony's summer releases could do well most any weekend.

Don't knock on Terry Crews. He's hilarious on Brooklyn Nine Nine. Some of Sandler's mainstays are just worse than he is, but others, like Crews and Rock, are potentially funnier people just wasted on useless and embarrassing roles, which is the fault of Sandler.Sandler should have picked someone else to be the President, though.

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Good date change, they seem to be betting that Terminator: Genisys won't be big and ensure a good run through the 4th of July weekend.

 

July 24th, not June

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