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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Welcome back, 33Legend!If you expect you're going to be busy over the next three months, I think it's probably best if you have some backup. I could let you take over but if I see you haven't posted the combined rankings by, say, Sunday, I think it would be easy for me to just step in and count them up for you.I did alter the rules a bit, though. I think we should just keep it a solid 365 days into the future, if that's not any trouble. It's just I don't want something like what happened in July between Potter and Batman happening again. I could keep track of what opens and what closes if you find that too difficult.And FWIW, I think Dark Knight's streak at number 1 is still going.

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Welcome back, 33Legend!If you expect you're going to be busy over the next three months, I think it's probably best if you have some backup. I could let you take over but if I see you haven't posted the combined rankings by, say, Sunday, I think it would be easy for me to just step in and count them up for you.I did alter the rules a bit, though. I think we should just keep it a solid 365 days into the future, if that's not any trouble. It's just I don't want something like what happened in July between Potter and Batman happening again. I could keep track of what opens and what closes if you find that too difficult.And FWIW, I think Dark Knight's streak at number 1 is still going.

Sounds perfect and the 365 day rule is a good one too. I have to figure out my list. It's been a little while.

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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)

Great to see you too Impact. I'm guessing Puss in Boots would have been around #12. It will be interesting to see where the numbers the Hobbit puts up next month.

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My list for 11-18-11-24

1.The Dark Knight Rises

2.Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

3.Titanic

4.Hugo

5.War Horse

6.The Adventures of Tintin

7.Mission: Impossible- Ghost Protocol

8.The Avengers

9.Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

10.The Muppets

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1. Snow White and the Huntsman2. 47 Ronin3. Jack the Giant Killer4. Hansel and Gretel Witchhunters5. The Woman in Black6. Wrath of the Titans7. The Raven8. Sherlock Holmes, a Game of Shadows9. Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter10.John Carter

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1. The Muppets2. The Dark Knight Rises3. The Hunger Games4. Titanic 3D (Damn you Jim!)5. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo6. Breaking Dawn Part 27. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol8. Sherlock Holmes 29. Battleship10. The Avengers

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1. The Hunger Games2. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo3. Snow White and the Huntsman4. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy5. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol6. In the Land of Blood and Honey7. Shame8. Young Adult9. War Horse10. The Dark Knight RisesNo changes here at all.

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1. Arthur Christmas2. Sherlock Holmes 23. Mission Impossible 44. Girl with the Dragon Tattoo5. War Horse6. Shame7. Carnage8. The Lorax9. Avengers10. Chronicle(Have seen Tintin and Tinker Tailor)

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For a moment I thought Tintin was on Legend's list twice.

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Do you mean Breaking Dawn Part 1?

No, I meant Breaking Dawn Part 2. I posted on 18 Nov and BD2 is opening 16 Nov 2012 - that's within 12 months.

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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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Tawasal's most anticipated movies

    [*]11/18-11/24

    [*]The Dark Knight Rises

    [*]Brave

    [*]Men in Black 3

    [*]John Carter

    [*]American Reunion

    [*]The Sitter

    [*]War Horse

    [*]The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    [*]Safe House

    [*]Dr. Seuss' The Lorax

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No, I meant Breaking Dawn Part 2. I posted on 18 Nov and BD2 is opening 16 Nov 2012 - that's within 12 months.

Oh; well, you posted that when it was Thursday morning here so I guess I need to close and open movies on Thursday instead of Friday. I'll see if I can take your list out of last week's and put it in this week's Edited by tribefan695

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Yay, someone else is interested.

The concept sounds like it could be a hilarious dark comedy. I have avoided the trailer and am relying on reviews and acting power.Btw, nice dp, haha I used Cyndaquil as a starter back in Pokemon Gold, lol.And I gave both Tintin and Tinker Tailor (high on your anticipated list) a B+ each. The former has some stunning anticipation and the only thing keeping me from giving it an A is Tintin's inherent lack of character to make him a more interesting protagonist. The latter has superb acting performances and it moves quite swiftly for its subject matter but I can't see myself seeing it repeatedly hence the grade. Edited by BK007

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SCORING CLARIFICATION: To keep things fair for everyone who posts a list during the week, only movies within a year from the PREVIOUS Thursday (Friday if you live in the far east) will be counted.

That means films like 47 Ronin and Rise of the Guardians will be counted for next week's list, but not for this week's. And any film that has its release date set during the week will still not be counted until next week's list; likewise any film that gets delayed to a date further than a year away will still be counted for this week.

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The concept sounds like it could be a hilarious dark comedy. I have avoided the trailer and am relying on reviews and acting power.Btw, nice dp, haha I used Cyndaquil as a starter back in Pokemon Gold, lol.And I gave both Tintin and Tinker Tailor (high on your anticipated list) a B+ each. The former has some stunning anticipation and the only thing keeping me from giving it an A is Tintin's inherent lack of character to make him a more interesting protagonist. The latter has superb acting performances and it moves quite swiftly for its subject matter but I can't see myself seeing it repeatedly hence the grade.

I think I enjoyed both those films far more than you did... Carnage is also a blast. Christoph Waltz is genius in that one.

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Oh; well, you posted that when it was Thursday morning here so I guess I need to close and open movies on Thursday instead of Friday. I'll see if I can take your list out of last week's and put it in this week's

Well, it was Friday here - even if I posted on Thu 17 Nov your time, BD2 is opening on 16 Nov in the US - that's within 365 days of my post. Your inital post said any movie within the next 12 months was fine.

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So, can I vote for the week 18-14, since my previous post was on 17 Nov PST? If I can:1. Breaking Dawn Part 22. Snow White and the Huntsman3. The Hunger Games4. Prometheus5. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo6: The Dark Knight Rises7. The Avengers8. The Amazing Spider-Man9. Wrath of the Titans10. The Bourne Legacy

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