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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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Aliens

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When I saw this I thought, "Wow, Avatar heavily relates to this movie." what with the robot things people got in and a lot of other stuff.

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A+Amazing film - by far my favourite action movie. Just brilliant in every way.

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I agree, very good film. It shares the claustrophoby and military action genes with Abyss respectively Avatar. If you compare this to "Alien", Aliens is longer (maybe a bit too long?) and it raises the stakes by throwing a child (Newt) into the action. While this works on an emotional level, it also makes for some cheesy and/or forced moments.My favourite character is Bishop (Lance Henriksen - I like his face, he lifts most films he's in to a better level - see "Pumpkinhead").One question remains: What's the matter with those motion detectors?! It seems they're not only useless; in contrary they always worsen the situation. Here as in "Alien" everybody would be better off just throwing those buggy things out the nearest chute (or at the nearest alien!)

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Almost as good as the first..9,5/10

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Probably one of the best action movies I've ever seen. Great acting, the music paces very well with some heart stopping moments. There's like no flaw at all, at least to me.A+

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This is Cameron's best film and I don't think you can make a better movie. This is the pinnacle of film making. Script, cast, acting, directing, music, cinematography, it's just brilliance personified.10.5/10

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Probably one of the most influential sci-fi pieces of fiction of the past 50 years. So many contemporary sci-fi novels, comics, films, and video games have nods to or have elements lifted from this film.

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Almost as good as the first..9,5/10

Alien 10/10Aliens 10/10Alien is the darker and more mysterious scifi film, Aliens is the more character driven action film. I can't choose between the 2.
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Maybe the best action movie ever. In term of structure and pace it's just unique.

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I don't love it as much as the first (put simply, the Aliens aren't scary in this one) but Cameron did very well to create his own thing and, inadvertently, create the space-marine that would inform almost every first person shooter videogame.

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I don't love it as much as the first (put simply, the Aliens aren't scary in this one) but Cameron did very well to create his own thing and, inadvertently, create the space-marine that would inform almost every first person shooter videogame.

Yeah, I don't really look at Aliens as a sequel to Alien. They're just too different, not just because one is horror and the other is action, but because the Xenomorph in Alien is the "perfect organism" that is also very smart and shouldn't exist(this is why I liked the last scene in Prometheus a lot). In Aliens they were turned into a species of giant mindless space ants that were treated as mere cannon fodder. One other thing I liked about the Xenomorph in Alien is that I think it looked a lot better. In Aliens they looked a little too "mechanical" to me and less organic. The most obvious example was getting rid of the smooth head. Cameron got away with all this because he expanded the universe a LOT and gave us some fucking awesome characters. Vasquez and Hudson were my favorite. You also can't go wrong with the Queen. They're both perfect films for what they are. Edited by Shpongle

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A perfect action movie no doubt, I was terrified at 7, when my dad showed me this. My biggest complaint is this was shot 1:85 and not 2:35. Even Cameron wishes he could go back and shoot 2:35.

 

Overall its close but Alien > Aliens

 

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I thought this was a sequel to E.T.

 

 

Not enough cuddling.

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In the Double Secret Special Edition Gerty appears as Newts sister. She calls Newt penis breath gets sent to her room and when the aliens attack, she dies a horrible death.

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A masterpiece. A

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I thought this was a sequel to E.T.

 

 

Not enough cuddling.

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You secure that shit Tele!

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In the Double Secret Special Edition Gerty appears as Newts sister. She calls Newt penis breath gets sent to her room and when the aliens attack, she dies a horrible death.

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