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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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Sounds good to me. Now, I have a reason to follow WWZ's WW BO.

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I'm willing to bet 50 points Lone Ranger doesn't cross 100 m final domestic.and another 50 points Grown Ups 2's final domestic gross is over Pacific Rim's.Any takers?

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Sure, I'm in, why not?

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You are both awarded 750 points.Feel free to make bets.

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1) WWZ O/U 600 m WW (bet for 100 points)(Jaws 2 baumer over) (Empire University under)

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Players:grey ghost - 750ChD -750DespicableMEnions - 750KingKong - 750mahnamahna - 750Scott Pilgrim vs The Forum - 750glassfairy - 750Empire University - 750 (100 up for grabs)Jaws 2 baumer - 750 (100 up for grabs)

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and another 50 points Grown Ups 2's final domestic gross is over Pacific Rim's.Any takers?

Sure, I will go in on Pacific Rim grossing more than GU2.

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I'm willing to bet 50 points Lone Ranger doesn't cross 100 m final domestic.and another 50 points Grown Ups 2's final domestic gross is over Pacific Rim's.Any takers?

 

Taking the Lone Ranger one. It'll do over 100M

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1) WWZ O/U 600 m WW (bet for 100 points)(Jaws 2 baumer over) (Empire University under)2) Grown Ups 2 O/U Pacific Rim DOM (bet 50 points)(grey ghost over)(Empire University under)3) Lone Ranger O/U 100 DOM (bet 50 points)(ChD over)(grey ghost under)

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Players:grey ghost - 750 (100 up for grabs)ChD -750 (50 up for grabs)DespicableMEnions - 750KingKong - 750 (100 up for grabs)mahnamahna - 750 (200 up for grabs)Scott Pilgrim vs The Forum - 750glassfairy - 750

Cmasterclay - 750 (100 up for grabs)Empire University - 750 (150 up for grabs)Jaws 2 baumer - 750 (100 up for grabs)

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Betting that Man of Steel will be over The Hobbit 1 before the end of it's run. 50Points. (WW)

 

Of course it was sarcasm. I meant DOM

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I'm willing to bet 50 points that MOS won't reach 700 m WW.

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I'm willing to bet 100 points that Kevin Hart crosses $10 million in five days total.

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I'm willing to bet 200 points that Kevin Hart crosses $10 million in five days total.

 

The maximum bet allowed is 100 points.

 

I'm will counter bet 50 points Hart doesn't make 10 m for the 3-day weekend.

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Edited for 100 points.

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I will bet anyone 100 points that Grown Ups does 120+ domestic

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Is this a bet?mahnamahna, do you agree to these terms for 100 points?

Yes I agree!

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I will bet anyone 100 points that Grown Ups does 120+ domestic

Deal!

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1) WWZ O/U 600 m WW (bet for 100 points)(Jaws 2 baumer over) (Empire University under)2) Grown Ups 2 O/U Pacific Rim DOM (bet 50 points)(grey ghost over)(Empire University under)3) Lone Ranger O/U 100 DOM (bet 50 points)(ChD over)(grey ghost under)

Lone Ranger's goin over 100 DOM so 50 points it is! WWZ is under 600 million WW while I actually think Grown Ups 2 will top Pacific Rim due to lack of PG-13 comedy competition

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1) WWZ O/U 600 m WW (bet for 100 points)(Jaws 2 baumer over) (Empire University under)2) Grown Ups 2 O/U Pacific Rim DOM (bet 50 points)(grey ghost over)(Empire University under)3) Lone Ranger O/U 100 m DOM (bet 50 points)(ChD over)(grey ghost under)

 

4) Pacific Rim O/U Lone Ranger DOM (bet 100 points)

(KingKong over)(mahnamahna under)

 

5) Grown Up 2 O/U 120 m DOM (bet 100 points) 

(Cmasterclay over)(mahnamahna under)

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Deal!

 

Are you under or over for Lone Ranger 120 m DOM?

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