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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CaptainJackSparrow

Independence Day 2 over Independence Day DOM (306 mil)

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Changing my predict to 250 but still out :P

lol dajk buddy. Join us. You kno you want to
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nope jeff goldblum was a far bigger draw. He picked bad movies after jp, jp2 and id4. Will smith couldnt smell that kind of success my friend. Jeff was clearly the man. They dont need will if they got jeff and a great cast..

Im def in. 350 m domestic. Way more if good

I agree.

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jeff goldblum was the biggest standout star of jp and carried jp2 on his shoulders. Jp2 adjusts to wsy more than will smith films domestically. Hes never had films that passed 300m dom my friend. Jeff has had 3. Jp adjusts to damn near 700m. Id4 jeff got most of the scenes. How the hell you said will helped the film by 90percent. Not true grey. I think your going to be suprised how big id42 goes. Now wills career is on a decline, and because he was greedy missed matrix and now a big comeback film for goldblum and pullman. Yeeehaw

 

The majority of the GA don't even know who Jeff Goldblum is.

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The majority of the GA don't even know who Jeff Goldblum is.

How so?

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Don't forget the nostaligia please.

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Don't forget the nostaligia please.

 

Where was nostalgia for Terminator??????????

 

Btw this will be huge due to nostalgia.

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In, but barely. 310M

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Where was nostalgia for Terminator??????????

 

Btw this will be huge due to nostalgia.

There was Salvation in 2009, compared to 2003's Terminator 3.

 

Not a huge difference in year, so It cannot be nostalgia.

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Im definitely in, ID4 was one of the most beloved films of the 90's and Emmerich knows how to deliver an epic trailer. I think the opening will be so high that even if it sucks it will pass 300m.

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Out.

 

Original was great, but I don't know if the nostalgia factor will be nearly as big as Jurassic Park's.

 

The whole sci-fi alien invasion thing has been done too many times.  They need to make it vastly different in order to stand a chance.  Liam Hemsworth can't carry this the way Will Smith can.

 

Out.

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I am really looking forward to this the most this summer, but it won't top the original at boxoffice. 

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Way out. It's been too long. Even though the original film is a modern classic not enough people will turn out for what seems to be a nostalgia trip.

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