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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AndyLL

Man, I told you not to go in that derby | Week 9

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Another derby, another colossal failure.

 

25th place here I come.

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Before I Fall is an aptly named Derby killer this week.

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@Spaghetti by the Sea kicking some serious Derby.

@AABATTERY, you stayed out of the cellar!

    Friday Studio Est    
1    Spaghetti by the Sea    96.24
2    JMorphin    91.18
3    Exxdee    90.14
4    Simionski    90.08
5    Keanu    89.19
6    Wildbill    89.15
7    Fancyarcher    89.04
8    Matrix4You    88.78
9    CJohn    88.47
10    Bates    88.04
11    POTUS    87.84
12    Padre    87.82
13    WrathOfHan    87.60
14    TalismanRing    87.37
15    elcaballero    87.24
16    PanaMovie    87.04
17    8wombi7    87.01
18    ChipMunky    86.98
19    moviecriticguy    86.79
20    AABATTERY    86.76
21    Eevin    85.86
22    Rolling Thunder    85.38
23    AndyLL    83.89
24    lilmac    82.90
25    darkelf    81.35
26    phoeeeel    81.29
27    Tower    81.04
28    boxofficeth    80.53
29    Lights Camera Action    80.44
30    luxneji    79.56
31    harryHERTZ    79.30
32    Thibchill    56.99

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Like Logan, perhaps it's time I retire. 

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13? :jeb!: 

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2 hours ago, POTUS said:

20    AABATTERY    86.76
21    Eevin    85.86

 

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My first prediction and i'm 32. Proud of me. :sadben:

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I entered this weekend with a "catch me if you can" attitude. It clearly didn't work out so well. 

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    Studio Weekend Est    
1    Spaghetti by the Sea    95.59
2    Fancyarcher    89.74
3    Exxdee    89.54
4    Matrix4You    89.15
5    CJohn    89.11
6    Simionski    89.09
7    JMorphin    89.05
8    Wildbill    88.92
9    Keanu    88.48
10    Padre    87.82
11    ChipMunky    87.59
12    Bates    87.45
13    WrathOfHan    87.31
14    TalismanRing    86.61
15    elcaballero    86.47
16    Rolling Thunder    86.44
17    moviecriticguy    86.33
18    POTUS    86.21
19    PanaMovie    86.06
20    8wombi7    85.92
21    Eevin    85.68
22    AABATTERY    85.64
23    AndyLL    85.03
24    lilmac    84.00
25    Lights Camera Action    82.11
26    phoeeeel    81.58
27    Tower    81.47
28    darkelf    81.24
29    boxofficeth    80.65
30    luxneji    80.60
31    harryHERTZ    78.13
32    Thibchill    57.35

4 hours ago, Thibchill said:

My first prediction and i'm 32. Proud of me. :sadben:

No where to go but up!

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4 minutes ago, POTUS said:

21    Eevin    85.68
22    AABATTERY    85.64

@AABATTERY defeated just like Sing Street defeated Hunt for the Wilderpeople in the BOT Top 25 of 2016 list 

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45 minutes ago, Eevin said:

@AABATTERY defeated just like Sing Street defeated Hunt for the Wilderpeople in the BOT Top 25 of 2016 list 

It ain't over yet

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1 hour ago, Eevin said:

@AABATTERY defeated just like Sing Street defeated Hunt for the Wilderpeople in the BOT Top 25 of 2016 list 

 

Never underestimate my ability to drop down the board when actuals come in.

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We gonna do another tournament at the start of May?

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@AndyLL

1 N Logan Fox $88,411,916 - 4,071 - $21,717 $88,411,916 - 1
2 1 Get Out Uni. $28,236,285 -15.4% 2,938 +157 $9,611 $78,079,925 $4.5 2
3 N The Shack LG/S $16,172,119 - 2,888 - $5,600 $16,172,119 - 1
4 2 The LEGO Batman Movie WB $11,702,364 -39.1% 3,656 -401 $3,201 $148,684,165 $80 4
5 3 John Wick: Chapter Two LG/S $4,804,238 -48.7% 2,475 -479 $1,941 $82,945,210 - 4
6 N Before I Fall ORF $4,690,214 - 2,346 - $1,999 $4,690,214 - 1
7 7 Hidden Figures Fox $3,826,330 -34.1% 1,582 -440 $2,419 $158,766,769 $25 11
8 4 The Great Wall Uni. $3,627,020 -60.3% 2,314 -1,014 $1,567 $41,388,325 $150 3
9 5 Fifty Shades Darker Uni. $3,558,020 -54.3% 2,205 -1,011 $1,614 $109,985,335 $55 4
                       
11 6 Fist Fight WB (NL) $2,860,196 -56.5% 2,303 -882 $1,242 $28,286,371 - 3
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Love it when a Mod shows they can pick a little....

 

Congrats @Spaghetti by the Sea

 

1 Spaghetti by the Sea 95.417% 94.892% 95.642% 10.154% 32 10
2 Exxdee 90.017% 82.760% 93.127% 4.753% 31 10
3 Matrix4You 89.226% 80.709% 92.877% 3.963% 30 10
4 Wildbill 89.214% 79.346% 93.442% 3.950% 29 10
5 Fancyarcher 89.109% 89.497% 88.943% 3.846% 28 10
6 CJohn 88.649% 73.922% 94.960% 3.385% 27 10
7 Simionski 88.627% 75.094% 94.427% 3.364% 26 10
8 Keanu 88.462% 82.067% 91.203% 3.199% 25 10
9 ChipMunky 88.293% 83.828% 90.206% 3.030% 24 10
10 JMorphin 88.209% 85.605% 89.325% 2.945% 23 10
11 Bates 87.435% 85.276% 88.361% 2.172% 22 10
12 Padre 87.320% 75.436% 92.413% 2.057% 21 10
13 moviecriticguy 86.849% 79.540% 89.981% 1.585% 20 10
14 Rolling Thunder 86.805% 76.533% 91.207% 1.541% 19 10
15 Eevin 86.617% 73.673% 92.164% 1.353% 18 10
16 TalismanRing 86.275% 73.924% 91.569% 1.012% 17 10
17 WrathOfHan 86.080% 82.259% 87.717% 0.817% 16 10
18 elcaballero 86.065% 80.358% 88.511% 0.801% 15 10
19 8wombi7 86.035% 75.621% 90.498% 0.771% 14 10
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10 hours ago, ChipMunky said:

We gonna do another tournament at the start of May?

 

At the beginning of the Summer season we'll have one.  I'll have to check but I think that was memorial weekend last year.

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