I normally enjoy movie discussion on HTF, as the only bastion of intelligent discourse I've found on the Internet (for movies), but lately I'm begining to seriously question whether or not a lot of you really like movies. Because all that happens lately are these huge threads full all the ways and reasons this director or that has screwed up their latest project. Zemeckis, Lucas, Spielberg, Shyamalan ... Doesn't anyone *LIKE* movies anymore? What happened to reactions like "man that was just a great film" or "I totally dig this director and really liked what he did here even though it's different than I assumed." All I see on HTF is "so-and-so used to be great, but man I could film my dog defecating on cardboard and have a better flick" or "so-and-so is an overrated wannabe who doesn't deserve oxygen." There's a tagline making the rounds lately that goes "Arguing on the Internet is like running in the Special Olympics". To be brief, this sums up why I tend not to attempt to engage in "I'll convince this guy of " type discussions online. Because I've found the people who are capable of typing and writing coherently enough to converse online tend also to be very opinionated and also very set in their decisions. At least in my experience. HTF threads for some films I've really really enjoyed lately are ONLY about the bad stuff as proclaimed by downers. Leaving nothing for those of us who want to talk happily about what we liked and why. Even Harry Potter threads, surely nothing could be happier or more inoffensive than a quiet little world about wizards and witches living in secrecy from the 'real' world, naysayers stomp in proclaiming things like "Quidditch is stupid" and "real magic wouldn't work that way, so that makes the films stupid". Supportive or happy messages are immediately lamblasted by someone with LOTS of posts in their sig who goes on and on about how wrong one is to have liked that film, about how the director is overrated, about how this and how that. I've blasted two films this year, and in neither one did I feel the need to rip into those who said they liked it. One bad film was Collateral Damage, the other was Sum of All Fears. In both instances, I summarized what I was disappointed in and left the threads to the people who presumably wanted to discuss what they liked about the film. And in neither instance did I make disparagements upon the likes others had about the film. I do admit I think I compared Collateral Damage to watching paint dry, and I think I also said something like "and I'll never see another Andrew Davis film ever again", but even so that was one incident out of a very large sample. Why can't the threads have more of this behavior, and less Power Posting where a naysayer stakes out negative position and dares all comers to challenge? Is it a game? Maybe the Discussion threads should be divided up if so, so the discussion gamers can have their diatribe that'll go on longer than the movie was in production, and everyone else can just calmly exchange opinions?