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.
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).
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.