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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chasmmi

Chasmmi's Winter Game - Grey Ghost is the WINNER!

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This is my first year as well! Excited.

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As it's my first year on the forums, this is my first time too. I gave up on the summer game after a month but I'm determined to see this one through... mainly because I actually care about some of the films coming out... excited :D

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I'll give it a shot, hopefully I can keep up this time. not sure I've done a winter game before. 

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I'm so excited for this! 4th place last year, I'm coming for blood this time ;)

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London has fallen is the first casualty of the Winter, let me go see if that affects the questions at all..

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The Hateful Eight's weird release is throwing me off for predicting it. It only opens in a retrofitted 70mm format on the 25th, so I'm assuming that won't be many screens and will essentially be like a limited release right? It doesn't open on digital screens until the 8th of January, so basically it's missing the Holiday season in wide release if I understand correctly.

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I think this Holiday season will be eerily similar to summer with the top 4 films (SW, Bond, MJ2, TGD) pulling massive numbers, and then a huge gap between #4 and #5. Wouldn't be surprised if only a couple other Holiday films even do 100.

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I think this Holiday season will be eerily similar to summer with the top 4 films (SW, Bond, MJ2, TGD) pulling massive numbers, and then a huge gap between #4 and #5. Wouldn't be surprised if only a couple other Holiday films even do 100.

Yeah, Spectre is my number 4 right now with 280 and my number 5 is Peanuts with 170.

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Prepare to see SOTM 1 appear as if by magic over the next few days :)

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Steve Jobs is not eligible as it is released on October 9, correct?

 

Also... clever you to tie in Oscar outrage with Winter Game outrage

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Steve Jobs is not eligible as it is released on October 9, correct?

 

Also... clever you to tie in Oscar outrage with Winter Game outrage

Cheers, and correct jobs won't be eligible with that release date.

It's a really hard balancing act this year trying to think what the optimum 19 week period would be.

In the end i sacrificed the Martian and Pan for Kung Fu panda, zoolander and Deadpool.

I'm hoping the Oscars can get incorporated a we bit more when the time comes also :)

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well the oscars is a week after the deadline

 

Nominations ;)

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Shame. But oh well :) Still think we could have started first week of November to include the oscars ;)

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Week 1 questions will go up as soon after the first weekend estimates come out as i can manage.

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Id better get my shit together and do some calculations.

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Week 1 questions up!!!

 

That's everything you now need for preseason sorted. :)

 

Good luck folks, it's about to get real.

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Also due to Rings being moved to 2016, Scouts Guide to the APocalypse will replace it for section d of question 16.

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