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

You said it yourself, bitch. We're the Guardians of the Derby | Week 17

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go Chip!

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Only my second weekend playing, shaping up to be a photo finish 

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Going in Style, Boss Baby, Smurfs need to drop for you to catch up, I believe.

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Everything is coming up on estimates so far; looks like yesterday was a good day. Congrats on the win!

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15 minutes ago, The Fast and the Furiosa said:

Everything is coming up on estimates so far; looks like yesterday was a good day. Congrats on the win!

 

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I think I have it!

 

:bop:

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@AndyLL

 

1 (1) The Fate of the Furious Universal $19,936,540 -48% 4,077 $4,890   $193,268,115 17
2 new How to Be a Latin Lover Lionsgate $12,252,439   1,118 $10,959   $12,252,439 3
3 new Baahubali 2: The Conclusion Great India Films $10,354,532   419 $24,712   $10,354,532 3
4 (2) The Boss Baby 20th Century Fox $9,372,386 -26% 3,739 $2,507   $148,787,970 31
5 new The Circle STX Entertainment $9,034,148   3,163 $2,856   $9,034,148 3
6 (3) Beauty and the Beast Walt Disney $6,825,595 -29% 3,155 $2,163   $480,525,828 45
7 (4) Going in Style Warner Bros. $3,607,144 -27% 2,761 $1,306   $37,346,914 24
8 (5) Smurfs: The Lost Village Sony Pictures $3,558,031 -27% 2,554 $1,393   $37,977,532 24
9 (8) Gifted Fox Searchlight $3,364,270 -26% 2,215 $1,519   $15,894,295 24
10 (7) Unforgettable Warner Bros. $2,412,141 -50% 2,417 $998   $8,950,960 10
11 (6) Born in China Walt Disney $2,385,812 -50% 1,508 $1,582   $8,819,843 10
12 (12) Get Out Universal $1,710,240 +2% 1,563 $1,094   $172,534,250 66
13 new Sleight High Top Releasing $1,701,785   565 $3,012   $1,701,785 3
14 (10) The Lost City of Z Bleecker Street $1,700,000 -20% 866 $1,963   $4,806,000 17
15 (9) The Promise Open Road $1,443,046 -65% 2,251 $641   $7,067,064 1
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5 hours ago, ChipMunky said:

I think I have it!

 

:bop:

 

Yep...

 

1 ChipMunky 87.379% 69.818% 91.769% 11.415% 31 10
2 The Fast and the Furiosa 85.624% 64.769% 90.837% 9.660% 30 10
3 Exxdee 83.725% 75.969% 85.664% 7.761% 29 10
4 Matrix4You 81.330% 61.541% 86.278% 5.367% 28 10
5 darkelf 81.086% 63.724% 85.426% 5.122% 27 10
6 boxofficeth 80.727% 56.115% 86.880% 4.764% 26 10
7 moviecriticguy 79.892% 59.206% 85.064% 3.929% 25 10
8 Padre 78.120% 59.168% 82.858% 2.156% 24 10
9 Wildbill 78.035% 55.418% 83.689% 2.071% 23 10
10 Simionski 77.401% 68.921% 79.521% 1.437% 22 10
11 Wrath 76.868% 52.854% 82.872% 0.905% 21 10
12 WrathOfHan 76.744% 48.863% 83.715% 0.780% 20 10
13 Fancyarcher 76.245% 50.995% 82.557% 0.281% 19 10
14 Boxx93 75.986% 49.022% 82.727% 0.022% 18 10
15 luxneji 75.894% 71.171% 77.075% -0.070% 17 10
16 chasmmi 75.376% 47.043% 82.460% -0.587% 16 10
17 POTUS 75.149% 57.228% 79.629% -0.815% 15 10
18 TalismanRing 74.932% 59.025% 78.908% -1.032% 14 10
19 8wombi7 74.839% 58.831% 78.842% -1.124% 13 10
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another tough week!

 

congrats @ChipMunky for winning!

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@TalismanRing  wins the Spring season.

 

@Padre wins the month of April

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