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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Neo

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

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

What movie which opened on that date made the most in box office? And how many movies (excluding Oscar baits) which opened on that date made 100 M plus? Edited by kayumanggi

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Good point kayu

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What movie which opened on that date made the most in box office? And how many movies (excluding Oscar baits) which opened on that date made 100 M plus?

TLS - 111MOcean 11 - 183M and this year will give us Les Mis.

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I don't think any other tentpole has opened there. Look at the 2nd wknd of May no movie since 1998's Deep Impact opened to over 40M til ST09. Now we have Dark Shadows and Pacific Rim on that date.

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That is a Summer weekend Neo. Never in Marvel's history has it released a film on that (December) weekend.

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Never has it released a movie in November, til Thor 2. Same example applies with the December release and May release.

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Neo, THOR ll's date is a prime date. It has Thanksgiving to help it. Sure DR. STRANGE will be helped by the holiday weekdays but it could be eaten too since the usual big December releases are those which opens before and on Christmas weekends. The OW is very important.

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First weekend of Dec. will never happen for Dr Strange IMO

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I agree. Because that would be, well...strange.

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Yep :PVery strange

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So first they got the writers of Sahara and Conan, then they got Zak PennAny other shitty writers they want to hire? Maybe they'll let Ehren Kruger do a pass

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So first they got the writers of Sahara and Conan, then they got Zak PennAny other shitty writers they want to hire? Maybe they'll let Ehren Kruger do a pass

Well he did have a hand in The Avengers and Behind Enemy Lines.

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Well he did have a hand in The Avengers and Behind Enemy Lines.

He wrote an early script for Avengers. Whedon threw it out and started from scratch when he was hired

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Zak Penn sucks. I hope he isn't writing the screenplay. Bleech.

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He wrote an early script for Avengers. Whedon threw it out and started from scratch when he was hired

Yeah was trying to spin it good, oh well lets see what happens. Maybe they can hire an A-list director to turn it around. My choices:Alfonso CuarónDarren AronofskyNeil MarshallTim BurtonJon Favreau

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Yeah was trying to spin it good, oh well lets see what happens. Maybe they can hire an A-list director to turn it around. My choices:Alfonso CuarónDarren AronofskyNeil MarshallTim BurtonJon Favreau

I do not think Alfonso Cuarón, Darren Aronofsky, Tim Burton or Jon Favreau will do it.

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I do not think Alfonso Cuarón, Darren Aronofsky, Tim Burton or Jon Favreau will do it.

4 down one to go. :D I think Favreau would want to get back in the CB game as would Aronofsky with leaving Wolverine. Burton and Cuarón would bring some great visuals in.

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Penn is a hack you hire to give a plot outline and then other, better writers come in to do all the hard work. Also see Don Payne with Thor 2.

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