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

Winter Game SOTM 13 - It's a Monster!!!

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We've had a few questions of this stype as SOTMs, but this is the last one I promise. And Hey!!! Math!!!! :D:D 

 

 

But we need to do something monumental to celebrate the release of the soon to be cult phenomenon: Monster Trucks!!!

 

This is a 3 part question. Each part has its own wins and losses attached, but all three parts must be attempted.

 

Part 1:

 

Here is a link to BOM's top 200 worst ever Saturated (2500+ theatre) openings:

 

http://www.boxofficemojo.com/alltime/weekends/worstopenings.htm?page=WRSTOPN25&p=.htm

 

1. Predict where on this list you believe Monster Trucks will finish. If Monster Truck's final finishing position is higher than your prediction (e.g you predict 10th and it finishes 4th), you will score (200 - your predicted number) x 500 points.

 

(If you predicted the position perfectly, your score here is doubled).

 

However if your prediction is too high, you will lose (200 - your predicted number) x 250 points. 

 

(If you believe that Monster Trucks will not make the top 200, you can predict MISS. If you are correct you will win 25,000 points, if you are wrong you will lose 12,000 points.) 

 

 

Part 2:

 

Which of the following films will Monster Trucks fail to pass with its total gross by the end of the game?

 

1. Vampires Suck ($36.66M)   2000 / 1000

2. Bride of Chucky ($32.38M) 3000 / 2000

3. Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 ($26.43M)  5000 / 3000

4. Elm Street 5: The Dream Child ($22.17m)   7000 /5000

 

5. The Fly 2 ($20.02M) 9000 / 7000

6. Pet Sematary 2 ($17.09M) 12000 / 10000

7. Breakin' 2: Eectric Boogaloo ($15.10M) 16000 / 12000

8. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For ($13.76M) 20000 / 15000

 

9. Hellraiser III ($12.53M) 25000 / 20000

10.  The Man with Two Brains ($10.35M) 30000 / 25000

 

If you are in any of the correct sections, you will score the left hand score. If your prediction is too greedy and thus wrong, you will lose the right hand value.

 

 

 

Part 3: 

 

What will Monster Trucks Gross Worldwide by the end of the game?

 

Correct to within $2M - Win 50,000

Correct to within $5M - Win 25,000

Correct to within $12.5M - Win 15,000

Correct to within $25M - Win 7,000

Correct to within $32M - Win 0

 

Outside of $32M Lose 20,000

 

 

You must go for all three or abstain from all three. 

 

Abstaining will get you 3000 points. 

 

Deadline is the usual. 

 

Enjoy :) 

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Part 1: MISS

 

Part 2: 3 (Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2)

 

Part 3: $62M

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1. 180

2. 3 (BW2)

3. 55M

Edited by Wrath

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Edit: Fuck this, abstain

Edited by WrathOfHan

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Abstain for now.

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1. 168

2. Book of Shadows

3. 58m 

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186

7 ( Breakin' 2: Eectric Boogalo)

38M

Edited by sakskidz

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Part 1: 172

Part 2: Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 ($26.43M)  5000 / 3000

Part 3: 58M

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Part 1: #190

Part 2: Bride of Chucky

Part 3: 52 m

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1. MISS

2. Book of Shadows

3. 65M

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1. 190

2. Bride of Chucky

3. 65m

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1. 140TH

2. ELM STREET 5

3. $41.5M

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1. 200

2. Bride of Chucky

3. 52m

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Part 1: 164

Part 2: Elm Street 5

Part 3: 55M

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1. Miss

2. Book of shadows 

3. 65m

 

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1. 191

2. Elm Street 5

3. 69m

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