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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CJohn

The Dark Tower | August 4, 2017 | McConaughey, Elba

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Director: Nikolaj Arcel
Screenplay: Latest Draft: Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner

Producer(s): Akiva Goldsman, Ron Howard, Brian Grazer and Erica Huggins and Stephen King

Executive Producer: Jeff Pinker

Production Company: Weed Road & Imagine Entertainment

Finance: Media Rights Capital & SONY

Distributor: SONY

Producer(s): Brian Grazer, Akiva Goldsman and Stephen King
Production Company: Weed Road and Imagine

Starring:
Russell Crowe ... Roland Deschain

Story: The last living member of a knightly order of gunslingers, with Deschain becoming humanity’s last hope to save civilization as he hits the road to find the Dark Tower. Along the way, he encounters characters, good and bad, in a world that has an old West feel.
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WB bought Goldsman script and will rework it for them.

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Know we need then to pick up AtMoM.

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Know we need then to pick up AtMoM.

I hope WB does that!

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I`m reading the books and really love them. IMO, Bardem is too old and chunky for the Gunslinger.

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Well, Roland is damn near ageless. I agree he'd need to get a bit scrawnier for the role.

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I‘ve no idea how this will do.

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Not sure how they will split up the books, will they have The Dark Tower as the first movie or The Gunslinger?

My Top Picks:

Joseph Gordon-Levitt - Eddie Dean

K.D. Aubert Marion Cotillard - Susannah Dean

Michael Pitt - Mordred Deschain

Ralph Fiennes – The Crimson King

Gary Oldman – Randall Flagg

Bill Nighy – John Farson

Mads Mikkelsen -Arthur Eld

Dakota Goyo - Jake Chambers

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Interesting casting choices, Neo. I wouldn't pick Cotillard as Susannah.... she's a great actress, but she still speaks English with a fairly thick accent, and you need someone from the American South (or who could pass as such). Not to mention, she needs to be African-American! ;)

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Thanks had no idea will fix. Took me awhile to pick them. Went on TDT wiki page to look at their pictures, if they were good/bad and their description and tried to find the best match. Also took into account's actors franchises.

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I think there`s a confusion about Susannah Dean (Odetta) and Susan Delgado (Roland`s love interest witch). First is African American which is very important for the story and would cause riots if race-bended.

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I think there`s a confusion about Susannah Dean (Odetta) and Susan Delgado (Roland`s love interest witch). First is African American which is very important for the story and would cause riots if race-bended.

:lol: :lol: :lol:

Seriously, though, this is true. You might as well make an entirely different character if you were going to do that, since Susannah/Odetta's entire experience(s) are based around racial hatred in the deep South.

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IMO, it`s of utmost importance to wrestle this movie away from Opie. He`s too bland for this oddball universe and characters.

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Myeah, that's my concern too. The original Abrams/Lindelof/Cuse combo would've been amazing, IMHO.

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I bet this will be a huge success, up there with LOTR and Universal will be kicking themselves.

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I bet this will be a huge success, up there with LOTR and Universal will be kicking themselves.

Again, greenlighting Battleship and losing AtMoM bad move on their part.

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