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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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Neo

Doctor Strange | 11.4.2016 | Teaser trailer released (pg 155) | Features an "intense crash sequence"

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When he joins we know what could be in store for the Avengers..baddie wise

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When he joins we know what could be in store for the Avengers..baddie wise

Do you mean Dormammu?

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Just that they will movie into other area/worlds in the Marvel Universe

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Neo, Marvel won't open a film like this on post-Thanksgiving weekend.

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How about 12/6/13 as a release date?

If thats dec 6th i think its a bad idea..Its one of the worst dates of the year...I see aug or sep if its low to mid budget

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If thats dec 6th i think its a bad idea..Its one of the worst dates of the year...I see aug or sep if its low to mid budget

Why does that date get a bad rep, Ocean's 11, TLS did good there.

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August or September is bad too.

August is a great month..Many movies opens in 30 mill +

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Why does that date get a bad rep, Ocean's 11, TLS did good there.

IDK... I just feel that its a bad date... But lets see what Le Mis does with that date this year

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Okay August is passable as long as it's the first weekend.

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The first is best but in 2013 the 2nd weekend is on the 9-11th, so that could be a fantastic weekend too...For a movie were 30 mill plus OW will do fine

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I'm sure Marvel wants this to be another franchise. A 100 M finish isn't enough. Needs a prime date.

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I'm sure Marvel wants this to be another franchise. A 100 M finish isn't enough.

Of course it is.

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Dont think it will get it.. And 100 mill DOM is fine for a mid budget movie like this

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I think this movie would be lucky to hit 100m. I think 75m would be more likely.

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Why is Marvel pushing so hard for this film? This character just isn't that interesting. They need to axe this film.

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...and then what?

What other movies since those 2 opened had a chance to do big numbers on that date?

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Why is Marvel pushing so hard for this film? This character just isn't that interesting. They need to axe this film.

The character is rooted in many paths Magic, Mystical, Horror and Cosmic. He's been an Avenger as well. There are many crossover potentials with the character plus it's another one Stan Lee had a hand in and his characters have a fairly good track record being translated.You need to read up on Strange.

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