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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The Pixels backstory provides insight into the studio's troubles. Based on a 2 minute and 35 second animated short, the project was developed by Sony and Sandler's Happy Madison Productions. When Chris Columbus was brought in to direct, he excitedly wrote to Pascal about a rewrite of the script, "This officially turns this movie into a perennial, a film that families can watch together for the next thirty years," predicting, "It now feels like a gigantic four quadrant event."

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The Adam Sandler formula for getting the four quadrants:

 

Crotch shots

Farts

Fat guy falls down (generally involving Kevin James)

Other slapstick humor that in real life would cause substantial injury or even death

Bodily substances of a non-violent and non-sexual nature

So-called "improvisation" of gibberish or lazy pop culture references

Edited by Jay Daddeezy

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There had to be some positive review they could've used. That's just sad.

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Genuinely don't understand why, outside of hating anything Sandler, critics attacked this with such venom. Yes it was flawed, Dinklage had some real crap to say, and they criminally wasted Jane Krakowski, but it's a lot of fun and doesn't take itself too seriously. Insane stuff.

 

There's your answer.

 

That and I have a hunch that internet critics disliked the use of their childhood nostalgia to sell a Sandler vehicle.

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There's your answer.

 

That and I have a hunch that internet critics disliked the use of their childhood nostalgia to sell a Sandler vehicle.

It's also possible they watched this movie.

Just saying.

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When is Sorry the game being greenlit?

How about Hungry Hungry Hippo?

Snakes and Ladders?

 

 

When my friend and I first heard there was going to be a Battleship movie, we asked the same questions.

 

We had an entertainingly stupid script idea worked out for Sorry.  Something to do with gladiator teams of guys wearing color coordinated shirts, sliding around on slippery catwalks, occasionally bumping into competitors and sending them falling to their doom.  Just terrible! 

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This is the most egregiously embarrassing pull quote usage you will have seen in about five years. pic.twitter.com/x01AlecuYA— The Film Stage (@TheFilmStage) July 30, 2015

That is the best thing I've seen this week.

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the quote from Columbus was part of his suicide note

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Shame this didn't do better :( More fun than half the films this summer

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Shame this didn't do better :( More fun than half the films this summer

You only saw two movies this summer, this and Fantastic Four, huh?

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Pixels has made 114m OS, (185m total) with countries like Japan, China and Australia still yet to be released. So it seems like this will eventually break even. 

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First Blended, now this. No longer listening to critics (or yall) when it comes to Sandler. Obviously not a great movie, but it was fun. Me and the gf Redboxed it a few evenings ago and we both had a solid time. I told her beforehand "just letting you know now, thisll probably suck", and afterward she was like "I thought you said it was gonna be bad?..."

 

Honestly my biggest problem with Pixels, with or without Sandler, is the wasted potential. Felt like they took the easy road with this movie, couldve been the next '07 Transformers. Alot in Pixels doesn't make sense, but I laughed and the action was fun. "So we blow up Google!"

 

If you're not gonna watch this movie, at least watch the Pacman scene. That was very fun and original. This shouldve featured more Tetris though. Solid "C."

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