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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tribefan695

Box Office Theory's Most Anticipated Films

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1. The Dark Knight Rises2. Girl With The Dragon Tattoo3. War Horse4. Young Adult5. Shame6. Tintin7. Prometheus8. Brave9. Frankenweenie10. Dark Shadows

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1. Breaking Dawn Part 22. The Hunger Games3. Snow White and the Huntsman4. Prometheus5. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo6: The Dark Knight Rises7. The Avengers8. The Amazing Spider-Man9. Wrath of the Titans10. The Bourne Legacy

Do you mean Breaking Dawn Part 1?

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BOT's Most Anticipated Films for the Week of 11/11/11-11/17/11

1. The Dark Knight Rises - 123

2. The Avengers - 71

3. The Hunger Games - 69

4. The Muppets - 65

5. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - 55

6. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows - 37

6. Skyfall - 37

8. Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol - 33

9. The Adventures of Tintin - 32

10. Snow White and the Huntsman - 28

11. Brave - 26

12. John Carter - 19

12. War Horse - 19

14. The Amazing Spider-Man - 15

14. The Bourne Legacy - 15

16. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy - 14

17. American Reunion - 13

17. Dark Shadows - 13

19. The Pirates! Band of Misfits - 10

19. Shame - 10

19. Young Adult - 10

22. Men in Black 3 - 8

23. The Expendables 2 - 7

24. Prometheus - 6

24. Carnage - 6

26. In the Land of Blood and Honey - 5

27. Frankenweenie - 4

28. The Lorax - 3

29. Wrath of the Titans - 2

29. Ice Age: Continental Drift - 2

31. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days - 1

31. Rock of Ages - 1

31. We Need to Talk About Kevin - 1

CLOSED

Happy Feet Two

Margin Call

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1

OPEN

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2

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11/18-11/24

1. John Carter

2. The Muppets

3. Brave

4. The Dark Knight Rises

5. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

6. Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

7. The Avengers

8. Arthur Christmas

9. Hugo

10. The Adventures of Tintin

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I'm assuming Ariadne meant Part 1 as Part 2 wasn't open yet when she posted it.

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1. TDKR2. MI:GP3. J. Edgar4. War Horse5. Shame6. My Week With Marilyn7. Girl With The Dragon Tattoo8. Hugo9. The Expendables 210. Brave

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1. The Dark Knight Rises2. Titanic 3D3. The Avengers4. Beauty and the Beast 3D5. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo6. TPM 3D7. The Artist8. Finding Nemo 3D9. Brave10. The Amazing Spider-Man

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1. The Muppets2. Girl With The Dragon Tattoo3. The Advenutres Of Tintin4. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy5. Carnage6. The Artist7. Young Adult8. War Horse9. Brave10. The Hunger Games

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1. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo2. Brave3. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy4. The Iron Lady5. World War Z6. The Dark Knight Rises7. Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter8. Resident Evil 59. Ice Age 410. Hugo

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Most anticipated this week:1) The Hunger Games2) The Dark Knight Rises3) The Avengers4) Snow White and the Huntsman5) Skyfall6) Sherlock Holmes 27) Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol8) John Carter9) Bourne Legacy10) Tintin

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Interesting that The Hunger Games is more anticipated than The Avengers and second to only TDKR...

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1. Arthur Christmas2. Muppets3. Chronicle4. Dr. Seuss's Lorax5. Hunger Games6. The Amazing Spider-Man7. Ice Age 48. The Avengers9. Snow White and the Huntsman10. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

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1. The Dark Knight Rises2. Snow White and the Huntsman3. Mission Impossible 44. John Carter5. Brave6. The Avengers7. Sherlock Holmes 28. The Amazing Spider Man9. Wrath of the Titans10. GI Joe 2

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11/20:1. The Dark Knight Rises2. The Muppets3. SH24. Brave5. The Avengers6. War Horse7. MIB38. Skyfall9. Ice Age 410. MI4

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First post on the new forums.I'd be happy to run this forum again or maybe tribefan and I can tag team it as the next three months are my busiest.It's just too bad all of our information from the past is gone. Let me know tribefan if you want me to do it or split duties?

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Hey Legend, great to see you.And yeah I agree.(I really want to know where PIB and Real Steel would of placed)

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1, The Muppets2. Dark Shadows3. The Dark Knight Rises4. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo5. The Avengers6. Skyfall7. The Amazing Spider-Man8. War Horse9. Prometheus10. Rock of Ages

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