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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Who would you rather be: James Bond, Indiana Jones or Batman?

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Among this three I'll take Indy

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Indiana Jones and it's not even close.   Globetrotting and academia without all the personal carnage or mental trauma.

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When you say Batman, do you include Bruce Wayne and his multi-billion dollar fortune?

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2 hours ago, scottb said:

When you say Batman, do you include Bruce Wayne and his multi-billion dollar fortune?

Of course.

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1 hour ago, grey ghost said:

Of course.

Count me in as Batman then.

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Indy. I loved to go on adventures and look for rare treasures and the likes. 

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Bond because I could bang a ton of women

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Bond.  Who wouldn't want to be a super spy that saves the day and bag lots of really hot women?

I wonder why the franchise has lasted over 50 years and will outlive us all

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Indiana Jones was created by the mind behind

The Phantom Menace

Attack of The Clones or How I learned everything about Sand

Revenge of the Sith

The Ewoks in Return of the Jedi

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Batman, seriously who would pick any of the above over Batman, its fucking batman.

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3 hours ago, Jessie said:

Batman, seriously who would pick any of the above over Batman, its fucking batman.

 

Yeah but Batman is also kinda mentally disturbed and has to deal with crazy villains trying to murder the city every other day.

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24 minutes ago, 4815162342 said:

 

Yeah but Batman is also kinda mentally disturbed and has to deal with crazy villains trying to murder the city every other day.

 

Not if I was Batman

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It's not even a proper choice. Indy is the only one without deep-seated issues.

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38 minutes ago, Spidey Freak said:

It's not even a proper choice. Indy is the only one without deep-seated issues.

 

its not even a proper choice, its Batman. Seriously who would want to run around with a sachel and a whip when you can fly around in a bat suit and be a billionaire?

 

James Bond would be hassle because he's always working, but Batman can fight crime whenever he choses, however if I was Batman, i'd be a villain

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