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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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Manchester by the Tree

BOT's Fifty Funniest Films - Countdown Complete.

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42.

109 POINTS

 

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"You two sons of bitches are going to college!"

 

Released: 2012

Directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller

 

One of a remarkably small number of action-comedies in the past few years, hitting all the right marks with both critics and audiences, 21 JUMP STREET sneaks in to rank #42.

 

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And I thought my countdown was going slow. :unsure:

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FUCK I FORGOT THIS WAS A THING. I WAS GOING THROUGH MY COMPUTER FILES AND FOUND THE SHEET FOR THIS, SHIT.

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41.

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"We're going streaking!"

 

Released: 2003

Directed by Todd Phillips

 

Where would a populist comedy list be without a Will Ferrell movie? Beating THE HANGOVER by a small margin, Todd Phillips makes his mark on our list with his frat movie, OLD SCHOOL.

 

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"No ticket."

 

Released: 1989

Directed by Steven Spielberg

 

Spielberg has mastered action, adventure, drama, thriller and science fiction - and if our list is right, may he have mastered comedy too? The conclusion to the iconic trilogy sees INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE fly into our list at #40... just don't call him Junior.

 

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"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."

 

Released: 1986

Directed by John Hughes

 

The ultimate teen movie. Need we say more? FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF cheats its way to #39.

 

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"What made you want to become a policeman, officer?"

 

Released: 2007

Directed by Edgar Wright

 

Arguably the most successful collaboration between Pegg, Frost and Wright, HOT FUZZ breaks into our list at #38 - like it or not, it's for the greater good.

 

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37.

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"My mama says that alligators are onery because they got all them teeth and no toothbrush."

 

Released: 1998

Directed by Frank Coraci

 

Adam Sandler, comic genius that is he, quenches our list's thirst by giving us the movie gem that is THE WATERBOY, at place #37.

 

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"No, Buzz. I am your father."

 

Released: 1999

Directed by John Lasseter

 

Regarded as one of the greatest sequels in modern cinema, we're kidnapping TOY STORY 2 and placing him in the museum of Box Office at rank #36.

 

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IMHO, this is a great thread but the problem right now is the timing of it.  I just think everyone is focused on SW.  As funny as that sounds, I think it has put us all in a vacuum and everything else is just background noise.  If you want more participation in the thread or more interest, maybe just wait till after the holidays.  SW is pretty much all there is right now.

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Just now, baumer said:

IMHO, this is a great thread but the problem right now is the timing of it.  I just think everyone is focused on SW.  As funny as that sounds, I think it has put us all in a vacuum and everything else is just background noise.  If you want more participation in the thread or more interest, maybe just wait till after the holidays.  SW is pretty much all there is right now.

I guess I could leave it until after SW, I just want to get it finished as I forgot about it when the forum design changed. But I guess it's pointless if no one is gonna read it :P 

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IMO you probably wanna get it.done before everyone starts doing their end of year countdowns. 

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I will read it to keep me away from star wars news. staying away from any reviews or posts or blog updates or tweets or anything that has to do with anyone that has seen the movie. 

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Continue, many people will be glad to have some SW-free threads around :)

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great topic however I don't know how anyone can find Toy Story 2 and Waterboy to be funnier than Hot Fuzz. Hot Fuzz is pure comedy gold and has more laughs than both films combined.

 

Simon Pegg: name please

random guy: Mr Peter Ian Staker

Simon Pegg: Mr Peter Ian Staker? P I Staker? Piss Taker? common onnn

 

later on

 

Simon Pegg: So then Mr Staker...

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1 hour ago, Jessie said:

great topic however I don't know how anyone can find Toy Story 2 and Waterboy to be funnier than Hot Fuzz. Hot Fuzz is pure comedy gold and has more laughs than both films combined.

 

Simon Pegg: name please

random guy: Mr Peter Ian Staker

Simon Pegg: Mr Peter Ian Staker? P I Staker? Piss Taker? common onnn

 

later on

 

Simon Pegg: So then Mr Staker...

 

So many great lines.

 

Frost: You know there are more guns in the country than in the city, right? Everyone and their mums is packing round here!

Pegg: Like who?

Frost: Farmers.

Pegg: *sigh* Who else?

Frost: Farmers' mums.

 

 

Pegg: What about this guy? Ask yourself, why has he got his hood down like that?

Frost: Err, cause he's fuck ugly?

Pegg: Ooorrr, maybe he doesn't want you to see his face.

Frost: Yeah, cause he's fuck ugly.

 

 

You wanna be a big cop in a small town? Fuck off up the model village.

 

 

 

 

 

And yeah, Toy Story is a strange choice but there were dozens of family animated movies from Disney/Dreamworks. Was a bit disturbing seeing just how many of them got put on lists (and multiple lists, at that). Fortunately not all of them made it. :P 

 

 

 

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