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Movie Jail relay race

It’s been a while since I’ve started another blogathon/relay race (as I’m still brainstorming, trying to find cool concept), so I was happy when my friend Terrence from The Focused Filmographer approached me with the concept for this new relay race: The Movie Jail.

I thought it was an awesome idea (a lot of you may not know this but I actually have a master degree in law), so I decided to host this one in cooperation with Terrence.
So what’s the idea behind this one?

It’s time to put some movie people in jail. The object is to give a prosecutor’s argument as to why these movie people belong in “Movie Jail” whether it be for violating the integrity of the content source of one their films, or being a sell-out, just making bad movies overall, getting worse as time goes on or not being in a good movie for many years.

The baton will be passed to another blogger who will have to do the following:

In order to free someone from Movie Jail they have to do 2 things
1 – Give a defense attorney argument defending the plaintiff
2 – Pay bail: the cost of which is another case for the court and a prosecutor’s argument against the actor/director of their choice that will replace the one set free.

There must always be 10 people in Movie Jail.

So now that the idea and rules are set, let’s open the door to our newly opened movie jail and fill it with 10 inmates.


Terrence’s choices:


M. Night Shyamalan

It might be an obvious choice, but the general consensus is that his movies went from awesome to continually worse (just watch The Happening is you want a reminder).


George Lucas

For (1) never releasing the original Star Wars films untouched on Blu-ray (2) Jar-Jar Binks, and (3) messing up the originals in their re-release. But he may see himself out early on “good behavior” by someone due to his relinquishing sale to Disney. Guilty!


Clint Eastwood

You might be wondering why this Oscar winning actor/director should be sent to movie jail. Simply for not quitting while he was ahead. Million Dollar Baby has won some awards, but Hereafter and Trouble With The Curve…his movies are getting worse. Perhaps he watched too many Shyamalan movies. Guilty!


Jennifer Aniston

Beautiful? yes. Boringly the same in a lot (not all) of her movies? Also yes. Rom-Com Queen needs to do more of “Horrible Bosses” and less “Bounty Hunter.” Guilty!


Tom Cruise

For not mixing it up too much since Collateral. and, dare I say, ruining Katie Holmes’ career. There, I said it. Everyone else was thinking it though. Even Oprah and her poor couch! Sure, he was fun in Tropic Thunder, but so many of his characters now are the same. You couldn’t tell them apart if you saw them all in a picture side by side. It’s the Steven Seagal Syndrome. Guilty!


Nostra’s choices:


Michael Cera

For not picking different type of roles. How many times can he play an insecure teenager even though he’s already in his twenties?


Robert de Niro

There was a time when everyone was looking forward to the new movie de Niro would star in. There used to be a general buzz, but since many bad decisions he’s now talked about someone who used to be amazing, but seems to have lost it. If he shows more acting like in Being Flynn he might get released.


Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer

I’m not going to waste too many words on why these two writers/directors should be in movie jail and just present my evidence to the court:

I rest my case!


Sam Worthington

It’s still beyond me how he could have starred in so many blockbusters (Avatar, Clash of the Titans and Terminator Salvation), yet he seems to miss something which pulls me into his performance. I understand why some people are calling him Sam Borington and I hope some movie jail time makes him learn to find exactly what he’s missing.


Kristen Stewart

I will have to admit that I’ve only seen her perform in one movie (Snow White and the Huntsman), but based on that I would like to sent Stewart to movie jail. Even if she’s, to me at least, a first time offender I think she needs to go to jail for starring in such a big movie and lacking the charisma to make you root for her character. If the villain in the movie is cooler, than you are doing something wrong and you should serve some time.

So who’s going to be the next warden/defender/prosecutor and judge?
I hand over the keys to the jail to Sati from Cinematic Corner.

Category: Movies
  • Novroz says:

    I Second your opinion on Stewart and Worthington. I have seen stewart in 3movies and she has the same facial expression in all of them.

    seeing worth in clash of the titan secures his position in actors I dont want to see again.

    this is a great raley…have fun to those who got tagged :)

    November 28, 2012 at 8:46 am
    • Nostra says:

      Thank you :) Still have not seen either of the titan movies, but I guess that’s a good thing :)

      November 28, 2012 at 1:35 pm
  • The Focused Filmographer says:

    I can’t wait to see who Scott adds/frees next haha. :)

    November 28, 2012 at 8:55 am
    • Nostra says:

      Me neither T!

      November 28, 2012 at 1:36 pm
  • fernandorafael says:

    Awesome idea. I support many of your choices, especially Sam Borington.

    November 28, 2012 at 10:46 am
    • Nostra says:

      It’s all Terrence’s idea and he made some great choices.

      November 28, 2012 at 1:36 pm
  • Scott Lawlor (@FrontRoomCinema) says:

    HAHA Awesome!! I better get my thinking hat on (because to be honest there isn’t one of them that I want to set free….. HAHAH

    November 28, 2012 at 10:59 am
    • Nostra says:

      Hahaha, I guess you do have a lineup of people you would like to put in though :) Interested to see which you will allow to leave.

      November 28, 2012 at 1:37 pm
    • The Focused Filmographer says:

      It will be fun to see where this goes, Scott! :)

      November 29, 2012 at 6:19 am
  • mmonty86 says:

    Awesome idea. I back all of your decisions. Lock these clowns up!

    November 28, 2012 at 11:49 am
    • Nostra says:

      Thanks a lot. They are locked up now…the question is for how long and who will set who free!

      November 28, 2012 at 1:37 pm
  • ckckred says:

    Good call with Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer. Does anyone actually like their films?

    November 28, 2012 at 2:02 pm
    • Nostra says:

      I don’t know them, but I guess people still want to see them if they can make so many of them!

      November 28, 2012 at 2:14 pm
  • Inspired Ground (@InspiredGround) says:

    Great idea for a blogathon! I agree with K-Stew and Jennifer Anniston. Why Michael Cera? I guess his roles was too similar one another, I still find them adorable though :D And Sam Worthington roles was a tad safe. I think I’ll choose Johnny Depp to put in one, after seeing him in Dark Shadows and The Tourist.

    November 28, 2012 at 4:59 pm
  • shammee says:

    Lolz….Super Cool Idea …. You mentioned right I will have a list of whom to sent next , but I really have no choice in Releasing someone from the current list , especially I want Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer to be in prison forever …

    November 28, 2012 at 5:56 pm
    • Nostra says:

      Thanks Shammee!

      November 29, 2012 at 12:19 pm
  • Kim (klling) @ Tranquil Dreams says:

    I agree with most of the choices. Right on for Jennifer Aniston. More Horrible Bosses..That was the movie she was pretty good in. Everything else was forgettable and at times annoying. Clash of the Titans made me officially hate Sam Worthington…that memory hurts. Kristin Stewart I’ve only seen in New Moon and I wanted to claw my eyes out. Her expressions (or lack of) was horrible. I have never seen any of the Scary Movies nor do I intend to so I have no objection on that one!

    The only one I could accept was Michael Cera but it is true that he does similar roles. I still just enjoy seeing him in Juno.

    I wonder who will get out of jail now…

    November 28, 2012 at 7:03 pm
    • Nostra says:

      I did enjoy him in Juno and Scott Pilgrim, but he just has to start doing something else now. Looking forward to Scott’s entry to see who will get out on good behaviour.

      November 29, 2012 at 12:20 pm
  • ruth says:

    I LOVE this idea! Great job Nostra and Terrence. I like your choices too, esp the last two. I used to like Worthington but not so much anymore. But where’s Nic Cage?? ;)

    November 28, 2012 at 7:32 pm
    • The Focused Filmographer says:

      Nic Cage almost made it, but I have a sneaky suspicion he will be in jail before long. :)

      November 29, 2012 at 6:21 am
    • Nostra says:

      I would never put him in because even in bad movies he’s a joy to watch :)

      November 29, 2012 at 12:19 pm
  • sati says:

    Awesome idea! Hope I’ll get the chance to participate in this one.

    November 28, 2012 at 7:46 pm
    • Nostra says:

      Let’s hope someone sends it your way…interested to know who you would put into jail.

      November 29, 2012 at 12:18 pm
  • gabijazolubaite says:

    A nice post, but rather a sad one. I can’t comment much about those directors and actors from so called “scary” movies, because frankly I don’t bother watching them.
    However, I love Robert De Niro’s early movies by Scorcese and oh the Godfather, so yeah, it’s sad watching your idols go that way.
    As for me, I really feel bad doing it, but I probably would put Woody Allen in a jail. His old movies are brilliant to me, witty and funny and with good dialogs and relatable characters, truly classics, I mean the ones like Annie Hall or Interiors.. And now, his latest works about Rome or tall dark strangers are nothing compared to his masterpieces, if I could say so.
    I would rather they didn’t even make these so so movies and let us keep good memories.

    November 28, 2012 at 8:22 pm
    • Nostra says:

      Well, don’t get adventurous and try to watch those movies because you’ll regret it. I love de Niro’s older work as well, but knowing the type of roles he does now you just wish he’d pick better movies.

      Yeah, Rome was a horrible Allen movie…don’t know what he thought when doing that.

      November 29, 2012 at 12:18 pm
  • The Focused Filmographer says:

    Reblogged this on The Focused Filmographer and commented:
    Nostra and I are throwing actors and directors into jail! Movie Jail. We have started a relay race blogathon that will be travelling around to several other bloggers who will release some “movie inmates” while incarcerating their own choices. Be sure to follow along and see. The original post is at

    November 28, 2012 at 10:19 pm
  • Tyson Carter says:

    No way De Niro should be there, he is 70 years old and given the calibre of his CV has nothing left to prove :) Great idea for a blogathon guys!

    November 28, 2012 at 10:30 pm
    • The Focused Filmographer says:

      Thanks Tyson! Well, I would tend to agree with you had he not let his standards down. but at least he wasn’t in Jack and Jill. LOL

      November 29, 2012 at 6:22 am
  • Fogs' Movie Reviews says:

    Fun stuff. :D Cant believe that Adam Sandler didnt make the inaugural class, but aside from that, that’s a guilty bunch!

    November 28, 2012 at 11:47 pm
    • The Focused Filmographer says:

      I have a feeling that Sandler will ALSO find his way here in jail soon. LOL. Thanks Fogs’. I hope this relay finds its way to you soon.

      November 29, 2012 at 6:23 am
      • Nostra says:

        Yeah, I’m sure that someone will put him in…I should have thought of him :)

        November 29, 2012 at 12:16 pm
  • dirtywithclass says:

    A while back Cera departed from his insecure shtick for youth in revolt…or at least for the main characters alter ego(he plays 2 characters in it). Also Aniston did a indie called the Good Girl which i found different than her usual stuff.

    November 29, 2012 at 6:05 am
    • Nostra says:

      Yeah, I did see him in Youth in Revolt and think I mentioned that in my review, but that’s the only time I saw it, he should do this in the future too to get out of jail ;)

      Have not seen the Good Girl, but then again I really try to watch as little as I can if she’s starring. Cameos I don’t mind…

      November 29, 2012 at 12:15 pm
      • dirtywithclass says:

        I would love for Cera to do something like that again(Although i would argue during a certain scene in Scott Pilgrim he did kind of move away from his usual type). Whether he is interested in breaking away from the insecure teen type is another matter

        The reason i checked out the Good Girl is because i heard she did some actual acting in it instead of rehashing the freinds shtick. And honestly she was actually pretty good in it. The movie itself wasn’t perfect, but for me her performance didn’t stick out as a problem.I think she just needs to find better roles.

        November 30, 2012 at 3:03 am
        • Nostra says:

          Interesting, don’t know if I will give it a look, but good to hear she did try something different.

          November 30, 2012 at 9:17 am
  • manonlesko says:

    What a great idea! I agree with all the choices and can’t wait to see who else will get locked up :D

    November 29, 2012 at 2:13 pm
    • Nostra says:

      Thanks a lot!

      November 30, 2012 at 9:17 am
  • Eric says:

    Hah, fun idea, guys! I can get behind most of these choices. :)

    November 29, 2012 at 10:05 pm
    • Nostra says:

      Good to hear that Eric!

      November 30, 2012 at 9:18 am
  • Jarod Colbert says:

    In Which I make my plea for Jennifer Aniston’s release…and the incarceration of a true perpetrator of crimes against film.

    November 30, 2012 at 5:46 pm
    • Jarod Colbert says:

      Otherwise agree with the rest of the inmates. Great topic!

      November 30, 2012 at 5:46 pm
      • Nostra says:

        Hahaha, that was some convincing evidence you brought ;) Let’s see if Scott will take this plea into account!

        November 30, 2012 at 6:12 pm
        • The Focused Filmographer says:

          Jarod’s post cracked me up! It will be def interesting to see who is released/incarcerated next! Nice defense there, Jarod! Very fun!

          December 1, 2012 at 4:38 am
  • Katy says:

    Very interesting blogathon! Not too bad choices for those who were put in jail but Tom Cruise? I’d have to defend him. In replacement, I would have chosen Gerard Butler – poor King Leonidas’ career has dived so far like he was dropkicked down a well.

    December 24, 2012 at 1:40 am
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