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

Barely over 120 million but yes over

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Barely over 120 million but yes over

I think he's over too.
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I'm willing to bet 50 points Monsters University does NOT hit 300 m.Another 50 points Despicable Me 2 does NOT cross 350 m.and I'm willing to bet three more people 50 points each, the Lone Ranger won't hit 100 m DOM.Any takers?

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I'll take the Despicable Me one

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Considering it's only making 20 million this weekend... I'll take the Monsters U one

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Considering it's only making 20 million this weekend... I'll take the Monsters U one

 

I'm under 300 m for Monsters U.

 

Are you under or over?

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I'm willing to bet 50 points Monsters University does NOT hit 300 m.Another 50 points Despicable Me 2 does NOT cross 350 m.and I'm willing to bet three more people 50 points each, the Lone Ranger won't hit 100 m DOM.Any takers?

 

Scott Pilgrim versus The Forum agreed to bet against the first two via PM.

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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)

 

6) Despicable Me 2 O/U 350 m DOM (bet 50 points)

(Cmasterclay over)(grey ghost under)

 

7) Despicable Me 2 O/U 350 m DOM (bet 50 points)

(Scott Pilgrim vs The Forum over)(grey ghost under)

 

8) Monsters University O/U 300 m DOM (bet 50 points)

(Scott Pilgrim vs The Forum over)(grey ghost under)

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Players:grey ghost - 750 (250 at stake)ChD -750 (50 at stake)DespicableMEnions - 750KingKong - 750 (100 at stake)mahnamahna - 750 (200 at stake)Scott Pilgrim vs The Forum - 750 (100 at stake)glassfairy - 750Cmasterclay - 750 (150 at stake)Empire University - 750 (150 at stake)Jaws 2 baumer - 750 (100 at stake)

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I'm under 300 m for Monsters U.Are you under or over?

Sadly a smidge under: 297 million

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I'll give this a shot. Seems relatively non-time-consuming.

 

It also might be helpful to have an ongoing updated post with bets that are offered but haven't been taken yet. :)

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I'll give this a shot. Seems relatively non-time-consuming. It also might be helpful to have an ongoing updated post with bets that are offered but haven't been taken yet. :)

Nice suggestion.I'll work on it.and you now have 750 points.Feel free to accept and offer bets.Thanks for playing! Good luck.
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I'll bet 50 points that Pacific Rim makes more than $150m domestic.

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I'll bet 50 points that Pacific Rim makes more than $150m domestic.

I think it will too.

 

However, I will go for the under 150m. This way I can atleast be a little happy if it makes under 150m

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I'm willing to bet 50 points Monsters University does NOT hit 300 m.Another 50 points Despicable Me 2 does NOT cross 350 m.and I'm willing to bet three more people 50 points each, the Lone Ranger won't hit 100 m DOM.Any takers?

Glassfairy bet me that Despicable Me 2 will cross 350 m via PM.

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I think it will too. However, I will go for the under 150m. This way I can atleast be a little happy if it makes under 150m

I'll add your bet with ShawnMR..

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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 Ups 2 O/U 120 m DOM (bet 100 points)(Cmasterclay over)(mahnamahna under)6) Despicable Me 2 O/U 350 m DOM (bet 50 points)(Cmasterclay over)(grey ghost under)7) Despicable Me 2 O/U 350 m DOM (bet 50 points)(Scott Pilgrim vs The Forum over)(grey ghost under)8) Monsters University O/U 300 m DOM (bet 50 points)(Scott Pilgrim vs The Forum over)(grey ghost under)9)Pacific Rim O/U 150 m DOM (bet 50 points)(ShawnMR over)(Empire University under)10) Despicable Me 2 O/U 350 m DOM (bet 50 points)(glassfairy over)(grey ghost under)

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I want to be that PR will outgross both Lone Ranger and Grown Ups.

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Players:grey ghost - 750 (300 at stake)ChD -750 (50 at stake)DespicableMEnions - 750KingKong - 750 (100 at stake)mahnamahna - 750 (200 at stake)Scott Pilgrim vs The Forum - 750 (100 at stake)glassfairy - 750 (50 at stake)Cmasterclay - 750 (150 at stake)Empire University - 750 (150 at stake)Jaws 2 baumer - 750 (100 at stake)#Alpha - 750ShawnMR - 750 (50 at stake)

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