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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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Blank's Top 100 Films Of The 21st Century! (FINALLY COMPLETE!)

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Release Date: February 29, 2008.
Director: Brett Morgen.
Starring: Hank Azaria, Dylan Baker, and Nick Nolte.
Adjusted Domestic Box Office: 0.201M
RottenTomatoes: 80%
Average BOT Reviews: 100% (1 vote - mine!)

 

 
Here’s one I suggest everyone see: Chicago 10 is a striking documentary with a fascinating visual style. Re-enacting through motion capture animation the transcripts of the famed trial, this works as a biopic in addition to the documentary aspects. It’s an evocative film that most people have never heard of. I can’t really blame them seeing how indie it is. Let me put it this way; if I could actually find a copy of this to rewatch, it’d probably be significantly higher up in the countdown. Still, Chicago 10 is one of the best documentaries I’ve seen, both in entertainment and in emotion.
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Kung Fu Panda 2 is awesome.

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Release Date: July 20, 2012.
Director: Christopher Nolan.
Starring: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, and Gary Oldman.
Adjusted Domestic Box Office: 467.724M
RottenTomatoes: 87%
Average BOT Reviews: 87% (194 votes)

 

 

Christopher Nolan makes the first of many appearances of this list with this controversial Batman entry. The Dark Knight Rises is a flawed movie; it has Nolan’s worst tendencies of exposition, and the action isn’t great… once again, as usual for Nolan. The thing it has going for it is a strong emotional backbone that I’d argue both the other Nolan Batman lacks. There is a real feeling of resolution with The Dark Knight Rises, and the final five minutes appropriately makes Blank emotional every time with goosebumps galore. Hardy and Hathaway are excellent additions to the franchise, the former’s performance being so good, you don’t think about “Eh, I wish this was about the Joker instead” once during the runtime, and the latter having a lot of fun with the role. It’s a nice, entertaining Batman movie with all the Nolan problems with it. It’s extremely enjoyable… for me.

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The Pink/ED signal has activated

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Zodiac was awesome. I'd have to tie it with Prisoners as my favorite Jake Gyllenhaal movie (Note: I have Nightcrawler on Blu-Ray but have yet to watch it). Jarhead is also a really good one.

 

Zodiac is leagues better than Nightcrawler but Jake's performance is much better in the latter. In terms of acting Zodiac is mostly about RDJ and Ruffalo.

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Marigold should be higher

TDKR should be in the trash can

Up is not right

Prisoners is a terrific film.

 

Carry on.

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Baumer is right. Why is TDKR not in the trash can?

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Because TDKR is a ton of fun.

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TDKR is awesome. That's why it's on this list. 

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Personally I do find Avatar just as enjoyable at home

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Personally I do find Avatar just as enjoyable at home

I find it especially enjoyable when we get to watch it in World History class as our introduction to.imperialism

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Tele thinks TDKR is fun but not Jurassic World? Sure.

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Personally I do find Avatar just as enjoyable at home

To be fair, Avatar hasn't been watched at home for quite a bit; mostly because I find watching long movies at home a futile practice. If I had rewatched it, it might be up higher or it might've not made it. Anyway...

 

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Release Date: October 12, 2012.
Director: Ben Affleck.
Starring: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, and Alan Arkin.
Adjusted Domestic Box Office: 137.585M
RottenTomatoes: 96%
Average BOT Reviews: 93% (60 votes)
 
The first Best Picture winner arrives on this list, and it’s a pretty good one. Spoiler alert: Argo is not the best film of 2012, but it is one of the better ones. It’s all thanks to one man, Ben Affleck. The directing on Argo is astounding, making you forget the cheesy aspects of the scripts and go along with the tense atmosphere. It’s a lean thriller, and the third act, although a bit hackneyed at points, is one where you’ll sit on the edge of your seat the entire time. The cast is overall good, but lacks stand-outs, and the humor is well-utilized throughout the film. It’s hard to Argo and complain about this film winning, as it’s a pretty great movie in a phenomenal year.
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Tele thinks TDKR is fun but not Jurassic World? Sure.

TDKR is a much much better film than JW

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I was never bored watching JW.

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Tele thinks TDKR is fun but not Jurassic World? Sure.

 

Oh yes, there's no comparison.

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Release Date: July 8, 2011.
Director: Seth Gordon.
Starring: Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis.
Adjusted Domestic Box Office: 120.210M
RottenTomatoes: 69%
Average BOT Reviews: 76% (15 votes)
 
The first time I watched Horrible Bosses, I was alone in my house and did a double feature of it and Pulp Fiction. I actually enjoyed Horrible Bosses more, and although I won’t say it’s a better film than Pulp Fiction, it is a much funnier film. This film is better than The Hangover because all three of the stars are hilarious, and Spacey, Foxx, and Aniston add to it too. It’s got a manic energy to the dark comedy proceedings that I find it hard to imagine anyone being disappointed with. Seriously, this is one of my favorite comedies ever, and it made me fall in love with Charlie Day. Win win!
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Oh yes, there's no comparison.

May I ask why?
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May I ask why?

 

JW is crappy, boring, derivative, nonsensical, and leans heavily on the original movie for any semblance of wonder.

 

TDKR is (occasionally) nonsensical but incredibly enjoyable and entertaining.

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TDKR has Bane, that alone makes miles ahead of JW, which only memorable character is Chris Pratt. And that's just because he's Chris Pratt

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