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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Impact

Crowd Reports Thread

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Sicario
October 3, 11:20 AM, 40% full
Carbondale 8, Carbondale, IL

Trailers (arrived late)
Steve Jobs

Spectre

The Revenant

Our Brand is Crisis - laughs

Freeheld

The Last Witch Hunter

Audience was pretty well behaved. Some appropriate laughter. Good time.

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The Martian 3D
October 4, 10:30 AM, 15% full
Carbondale 8, Carbondale, IL

Trailers

The Big Short

Concussion

Crimson Peak

In the Heart of the Sea

The Secret In Their Eyes

The Revenant

Joy

 

Decent laughter at points, but the small crowd kinda hurt the experience. Oh well.

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Pan
October 10, 11:10 AM, 5% full
Carbondale 8, Carbondale, IL

Trailers (arrived late)

Daddy's Home

The Good Dinosaur

Jem and the Holograms

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip

Goosebumps

 

Some laughs at points by appropriate crowds.

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The Walk 3D
October 13, 1:30 PM, 3% full
Carbondale 8, Carbondale, IL

Trailers (arrived late) - literally walked in when the Sony logo started

 

Some laughs at points, general silence throughout the third act

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Bridge of Spies
October 17, 10:50 AM, 35% full
Carbondale 8, Carbondale, IL

Trailers (arrived late)

The Big Short

Hail, Caesar!

Spectre

The Revenant

The Jungle Book

The Finest Hours

 

Quiet audience, a few laughs, a lot of snickers from my asshole friend

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Hotel Transylvania 2
October 18, 10:30 AM, 25% full
Carbondale 8, Carbondale, IL

Trailers (arrived late)

My All American

Daddy's Home - laughs

The Secret Life of Pets - biggest laughs

The Peanuts Movie - some kids going "Snoopy!"

The Angry Birds Movie

 

There weren't really any big laughs; I don't think many of kids enjoyed it.

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Steve Jobs
October 24, 11:05 AM, 10% full
Carbondale 8, Carbondale, IL

Trailers
The Hateful Eight
Spotlight
Concussion
Joy
Our Brand is Crisis
By the Sea
Hail, Caesar!


Some laughs at appropriate times. otherwise it was generally quiet. Half the audience sat through the entire credits.

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SPECTRE

October 26, 7:30pm

ODEON Leicester Square

Trailers: The Hateful Eight teaser (no reaction), Dad's Army teaser (no reaction), Mockingjay Part 2 theatrical (some murmurs of "this is the last Hunger Games"), Star Wars TFA final (cheers and applause at opening shot follows by nearly stunned silence)

Fantastic crowd, laughs and epic cheers at all the bang on right moments.

Schumacher and anyone else there - I may have asked the cinema team for the Mockingjay and TFA trailers.......

Edited by antovolk

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Spectre

November 5, 7:00 PM, 5% full

University Place 8, Carbondale, IL

Trailers (arrived late)
The electricity went out a half hour prior to the showtime, so the film started at 7:20 without previews.


Some laughs here and there, but the lack of crowd was noticeable.

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4 hours ago, Blankments said:

Spectre

November 5, 7:00 PM, 5% full

University Place 8, Carbondale, IL

Trailers (arrived late)
The electricity went out a half hour prior to the showtime, so the film started at 7:20 without previews.


Some laughs here and there, but the lack of crowd was noticeable.

Did you get to see the preview for mockingjay part 2?

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2 hours ago, Audrey said:

Did you get to see the preview for mockingjay part 2?

He said right in the post there were no trailers :lol:

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5 minutes ago, WrathOfHan said:

He said right in the post there were no trailers :lol:

Lol sorry, all I saw was that the trailers arrived late.  Well if anyone sees it let me know.  I heard mockingjay part 2 is freaking epic and awesome so cant wait to see what was in the preview.

Edited by Audrey

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The Good Dinosaur
November 25, 12:00 PM, 10% full
Portage 16 IMAX, Portage, IN
 
Trailers
Zootopia - laughs
The Secret Life of Pets
Ratchet & Clank
The Angry Birds Movie - couple of laughs
 
Decent hearty laughs throughout the film, despite the small crowd. A baby was crying for about 85% of the runtime.

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part II

November 21 100% Full

Panamá

 

Trailers:

- The Good Dinosaur: best reactions and lot of "aww"

- Victor Frankenstein: bad reaction

- In the Heart of the Sea: some people (including me) were excited 

 

Loved the movie, my second favorite after Catching Fire

 

8/10

 

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The Good Dinosaur

November 26, 10:20 am, about 15% full

AMC Southpoint 17, Durham, NC

 

Trailers:

-Norm of the North

-The Secret Life of Pets

-The Angry Birds Movie

-Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip

-Finding Dory

-Zootopia

 

A few laughs here and there from the audience.

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2

November 28, 10:00 AM, 55% full
Cinemark, Valparaiso, IN
 
Trailers
Point Break
Joy
The Huntsman: Winter's War
The 5th Wave
Gods of Egypt
The Divergent Series: Allegiant
 
One good laugh near the end, otherwise a quiet crowd

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SPECTRE

Sat, November 28, Empire Leicester Sq IMAX, London

(Holy shit IMAX Laser is gorgeous)

50% full?

 

Trailers:

Batman v Superman Trailer 2 (SDCC Cutdown)

Deadpool Trailer 1 Green Band (few laughs at the end)

Star Wars TFA Trailer 3

 

Reactions: some laughs at right moments but nowhere near as epic as opening week audiences.

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The Peanuts Movie
November 29, 4:10 PM, 15% full
Portage 16 IMAX, Portage, IN
 
Trailers
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip

The Secret Life of Pets
The Angry Birds Movie
- laughs

Ice Age: Collision Course - laughs


Some good laughs throughout it.

Edited by Blankments

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Victor Frankenstein

November 29, 11:25 am, about 20% full

AMC Southpoint 17, Durham, NC

 

Trailers:

-The Hateful Eight

-Krampus

-13 Hours

-Deadpool

-The Other Side of the Door

 

The guy a couple of rows back answered a phone call about halfway through the film and didn't bother to leave the theater.

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42 minutes ago, Sir Tiki said:

Victor Frankenstein

November 29, 11:25 am, about 20% full

AMC Southpoint 17, Durham, NC

 

Trailers:

-The Hateful Eight

-Krampus

-13 Hours

-Deadpool

-The Other Side of the Door

 

The guy a couple of rows back answered a phone call about halfway through the film and didn't bother to leave the theater.

 

Was that the highlight of the movie?

 

 

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