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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Barbershop 3 | Ice Cube is back | April 15 2016

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Big hit! Probably the biggest grosser (and best attended) of all three Barbershop films: 125-145 domestic total.

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I demand a poster with Cube holding up three fingers. 

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it's an ok trailer except for Minaj even existing in it :P  But it seemed to get a laugh or two when it played in front of Creed last night

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1 hour ago, 75live said:

it's an ok trailer except for Minaj even existing in it :P  But it seemed to get a laugh or two when it played in front of Creed last night

 

Minaj is the main reason me and a bunch of my girlfriends are watching this; we already set the date. Oddly enough, all four of us are white, and none of us is what you'd call a fan of rap music. But we all agree that she was great in her small, scene-stealing part in The Other Woman. Take that as you will.

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5 minutes ago, Cochofles said:

 

Minaj is the main reason me and a bunch of my girlfriends are watching this; we already set the date. Oddly enough, all four of us are white, and none of us is what you'd call a fan of rap music. But we all agree that she was great in her small, scene-stealing part in The Other Woman. Take that as you will.

 

oh I get people like her, I just don't...to say the least :P 

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Super Bass but other than that I find Minaj's music to be pretty weak

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14 minutes ago, 75live said:

 

oh I get people like her, I just don't...to say the least :P 

 

That's cool. I can totally see how abrasive and polarizing she is.

Beyond her rap persona, I just find her delightfully charming. I hope she gets more opportunities to shine on film.

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Opening weekend. The Barbershops are holy texts in this family.

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Missed ya, J. 

 

Also, the first Barbershop came out MY FIRST MONTH OF SENIOR YEAR. Thought that shit came out in '05.

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Missed ya too, Rich. And I feel you, i was in 2nd grade with the first one, now I'm sobbing as I pull out grey hairs. The Barbershop's are great because they're so relaxing.

 

There's no real storyline, its not too serious, not too goofy, just a great 100 minutes of easy banter about whether Mariah Carey is black or not (she is). Cant ask for more. 

 

 

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no where is my  papi Michael Ealy

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I realized recently that both of the first two were 90m+ adjusted grossers back when Cube arguably wasn't as big of a draw as today, meaning we should all have this on our box office radar. 100m+ could be very likely.  

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