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Sep. 16, 2013by: Jesse Giroux

Movie Jail

This is Movie Jail, a unique maximum security prison that houses some of the worst writers, directors, actors and producers from Hollywood and beyond. Their crimes? The offenses vary from convict to convict but most of these inmates have contributed negatively to the film world to some capacity and his or her misdeeds have covered a long enough period of time that the authorities had to intervene. In each column a defendant is put on trial, arguments are made, and then it is up to YOU, the jury, to decide if the person is guilty or not guilty of crimes against cinema. Their lives are in your hands, dude.

The Defendant

The Case

The Prosecution: Wise Guys, Scarface, The Bonfire of the Vanities, Snake Eyes, Mission to Mars, Femme Fatale, The Black Dahlia, Redacted, Passion

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, at the risk of receiving angry e-mails, the prosecution has decided to bring Brian De Palma before you today. Yes, he's directed classics such as Carrie and The Untouchables, but ask yourself this: what was the last film from Mr. De Palma that was really spectacular? There may have been a couple of scenes that you liked or a performance by an actor, but in the prosecutions opinion that the director has been slumming it a bit too long.

One could argue that it's been seventeen years since Mr. De Palma's last great film (Mission: Impossible), although Snake Eyes and Femme Fatale do have their fans. But both films are very uneven, and his other movies since Tom Cruise's first adventure as Ethan Hunt are Mission to Mars, The Black Dahlia and Redacted. That's a very weak recent filmography for a director that is usually mentioned in the same breath as Martin Scorsese, Ridley Scott and Francis Ford Coppola. (Although the prosecution was also thinking about going after Mr. Copolla this week. Maybe next time...)

What's really sad is how several of these films had so much potential to be remarkable. Mission to Mars could have been really special, but was bland and filled with some terrible dialogue. The Black Dahlia had all the makings of being the next L.A. Confidential, but it was a huge disappointment that bombed with critics and in theaters. In fact, all his films post M:I have received mixed to poor reviews. But there were red flags even before Mission: Impossible: The Bonfire of the Vanities is completely embarrassing for everyone involved, and the prosecution feels Scarface is incredibly overrated.

A few underwhelming films aren't usually enough to send a defendant to Movie Jail, but the prosecution feels expectations are much higher for Mr. De Palma, as they should be. His last film Passion has the director firmly working in his wheelhouse, yet it's a listless film that lacks the energy that is in his older projects. Mr. De Palma shouldn't be left to rot in Movie Jail, however the prosecution feels the director should spend some time behind bars. It's been far too long since Mr. De Palma has really knocked one out of the park, and a couple of months in the slammer should help him clear his head so that his next film, whatever it may be, will be a return to form for the director.

The Defense: Sisters, The Fury, Dressed to Kill, Blow Out, Carrie, Body Double, The Untouchables, Casualties of War, Raising Cain, Carlito's Way, Mission: Impossible, Snake Eyes, Femme Fatale

Ladies and gentlemen, my client is one of the most well-known and accomplished directors working today. Only a few directors have a filmography as impressive as Mr. De Palma's. Because of how well his classic films were received like the previously mentioned Carrie and The Untouchables, some people (i.e. the prosecution) expect every film from Mr. De Palma to be universally acclaimed. But has Mr. De Palma ever really directed a completely bad movie? Even the defense states that there may be some aspects of his film that are appealing, even if the movie as a whole doesn't work. Femme Fatale has developed a cult following and Snake Eyes is actually a very good film with a great performance by Nicolas Cage. Mission to Mars might be one of his weaker films, but it's still better than 90% of the shit that is released year after year and is it really that much worse than say Prometheus?

Mr. De Palma also has giant balls: he films what he wants, how he wants, and for the most part it's worked very well for the director. Controversies have surrounded many films from Mr. De Palma for multiple reasons (violence, subject matter), yet it never seems like Mr. De Palma is in it for the ink, meaning he doesn't try to get a rise out of people just to sell tickets.

This might be an odd comparison, but think about director Lars Von Trier. Like Mr. De Palma, he's directed several outstanding movies that have been controversial and many of his films have received mixed reviews. However, it's usually more about personal taste when it comes to opinions on movies by Lars Von Trier and Mr. De Palma: you are either a fan of his work or you're not, especially if you took away the director's more accessible, audience friendly movies from his filmography like Mission: Impossible.

Mr. De Palma should not spend a second in Movie Jail. It'd be one thing if he was directing way below his skill level or working as a hired gun, but he still crafts the vision he wants (for better or worse) for his movies and his projects are always interesting.

Oh, and for what it's worth the French really f*cking love Brian De Palma.

IN CLOSING...

What do you think? Has Brian De Palma lost his touch? Should we be expecting better work from the director, or do you think his latest films are as good as his previous ones? And who's going to lynch the prosecution for thinking Scarface is overrated? Most importantly though, is De Palma GUILTY or NOT GUILTY?

COMMENT BELOW WITH YOUR VERDICT!

*The cases for and against a defendant going to Movie Jail by the author are not necessarily his views and opinions but they are some of the beliefs that one would use to effectively make an argument for both sides. Not quite a devil's advocate but you get the point. Anyways, this is all in fun so don't take it too seriously. We have a separate jail for those people called "Troll Tower" and believe me you do NOT want to go there.

WHAT SAY YOU, GUILTY OR NOT?

LAST WEEK'S VERDICT

After reviewing last week's case, the jury shouted "Long live the D!" and gave Jack Black a NOT GUILTY verdict. His performances in Nacho Libre, High Fidelity and of course being a part of Tenacious D helped the actor stay out of Movie Jail, but it was his work in Bernie that many pointed to as to why he does not deserve to go to the slammer. To celebrate, Mr. Black enjoyed a schnitzel, visited City Hall and (with karate) kicked the prosecution's ass.

PREVIOUS VERDICTS

GUILTY Adam Sandler, Eddie Murphy, Vince Vaughn, Tim Burton, The Farrelly Brothers, Michael Bay, Jessica Alba, Ice Cube, Gerard Butler, Halle Berry, Marlon Wayans, Julia Roberts, M. Night Shyamalan , Katherine Heigl , Cuba Gooding, Jr. , Tyler Perry, Cameron Diaz, Kate Hudson, Ashton Kutcher, Happy Madison Productions, Jennifer Lopez, Bruce Willis, Paul W.S. Anderson

NOT GUILTY Robert De Niro, Val Kilmer, Nic Cage, John Travolta, Oliver Stone, Ben Stiller, Jim Carrey, Wes Craven, Matthew McConaughey, Robert Rodriguez, Kristen Stewart, Roland Emmerich, Kevin Costner, Sandra Bullock, Hilary Swank, Al Pacino, Keanu Reeves, Kevin Smith, Channing Tatum, Jennifer Aniston, Owen Wilson, Anna Faris, Robin Williams, Charlize Theron, Ray Liotta, Jason Statham, Paul Walker, Will Smith, Salma Hayek, Michael Cera, Johnny Depp, Ryan Reynolds, Milla Jovovich, John Singleton, Jon Voight, Jack Black

Extra Tidbit: Who should stand trial next week? Share your suggestions for actors, directors and writers below with your verdict!
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8:06AM on 09/16/2013
I absolutely love how Scarface is in the prosecution section. I enjoy the movie, but it's not good, and definitely not what people rage over.
I absolutely love how Scarface is in the prosecution section. I enjoy the movie, but it's not good, and definitely not what people rage over.
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8:21AM on 09/16/2013

Not guilty

Sure, he has made some stink bombs, the latest being "Passion", but he made much more good movies.
Sure, he has made some stink bombs, the latest being "Passion", but he made much more good movies.
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8:24AM on 09/16/2013
It's hard to judge a director who's made more bad films than good ones, but most of the good ones being classics. However, Scarface being called overrated is straight up bullshit. Despite that a lot of people, and mostly the hip hop community, sully its image by overusing it and hailing it as their Godfather, it still holds up as the quintessential 80's gangster epic. It's no easy feat to make a 3 hour crime saga and have it captivate for nearly every single minute. Scorsese did it (to an even
It's hard to judge a director who's made more bad films than good ones, but most of the good ones being classics. However, Scarface being called overrated is straight up bullshit. Despite that a lot of people, and mostly the hip hop community, sully its image by overusing it and hailing it as their Godfather, it still holds up as the quintessential 80's gangster epic. It's no easy feat to make a 3 hour crime saga and have it captivate for nearly every single minute. Scorsese did it (to an even greater extent) with Casino, and as far as I'm concerned Scarface can be listed right alongside it.
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8:27AM on 09/16/2013
Not guilty by any mean at all.
Not guilty by any mean at all.
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8:32AM on 09/16/2013
NOT GUILTY! He made way too many movies I like!
NOT GUILTY! He made way too many movies I like!
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8:37AM on 09/16/2013

Scarface in the prosecution???

Sorry but thats ridiculous, you obviously dont know what the hell your talking about. Oh yeah and NOT GUILTY, yes his last few have been crap but he's made way too many classics, thereby avoiding a sentence, maybe probation to get his creative juices churning again and ending his career on a high note.
Sorry but thats ridiculous, you obviously dont know what the hell your talking about. Oh yeah and NOT GUILTY, yes his last few have been crap but he's made way too many classics, thereby avoiding a sentence, maybe probation to get his creative juices churning again and ending his career on a high note.
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8:40AM on 09/16/2013

Waste of the courts time

How did this ever get to court?

NOT GUILTY
How did this ever get to court?

NOT GUILTY
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8:48AM on 09/16/2013
Not guilty. I was on the fence with this 1, but the prosecution really made its case.
Not guilty. I was on the fence with this 1, but the prosecution really made its case.
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8:57AM on 09/16/2013

Probation

The last good movie this guy made was "Mission Impossible".

And yeah "Scarface" may be a cult classic but that doesn't mean it's actually well done. It's extremely over the top.
The last good movie this guy made was "Mission Impossible".

And yeah "Scarface" may be a cult classic but that doesn't mean it's actually well done. It's extremely over the top.
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9:10AM on 09/17/2013
That's kind of the point.
That's kind of the point.
9:02AM on 09/16/2013
'Scarface' is part of the prosecution? FUCK OFF, good sir!
'Scarface' is part of the prosecution? FUCK OFF, good sir!
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9:08AM on 09/16/2013

WHAT? Not guilty

PASSION is excellent. And MISSION TO MARS is really good, too. Bah. What is going on here.
PASSION is excellent. And MISSION TO MARS is really good, too. Bah. What is going on here.
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2:10PM on 09/16/2013
Well, of course Hollywood studios compete with one another with coinciding subject matter. Armageddon/Deep Imact, Dante's Peak/Volcano, The Abyss/Leviathan, Snow White & the Huntsman/Mirror Mirror, etcetera... I'm not sure that's a great way to compare films, at least in the way I choose to view films. Especially considering Red Planet and Missions to Mars are going for completely different things. Like Jedd the Jedi so aptly observes above, Missions to Mars is like a hokey 2001: A Space
Well, of course Hollywood studios compete with one another with coinciding subject matter. Armageddon/Deep Imact, Dante's Peak/Volcano, The Abyss/Leviathan, Snow White & the Huntsman/Mirror Mirror, etcetera... I'm not sure that's a great way to compare films, at least in the way I choose to view films. Especially considering Red Planet and Missions to Mars are going for completely different things. Like Jedd the Jedi so aptly observes above, Missions to Mars is like a hokey 2001: A Space Odyssey. Red Planet is more straight-forward - almost feels like a slasher movie at times (not that that makes it "worse" by comparison, just that it's going for something different). I understand why Mission is singled out because it didn't deliver what audiences were expecting and furthermore doesn't really feel like what we generally know a De Palma film to feel like, but considered by itself I personally find it to be pretty darn solid. Tangentially, I prefer humanoid aliens because they make more sense to me.
11:42AM on 09/16/2013
Mission to Mars is actually pretty bad. It came out the same year as Red Planet which was superior in every way. It think it is constructive to say "Look at the movie this similar movie that came out the same year as yours. This is how you make a movie about Mars." Really, I can't stand humanoid aliens in serious science fiction. It's okay in Star Trek because that's based on a TV show from the seventies. Yeah, Prometheus bothered me too.
Mission to Mars is actually pretty bad. It came out the same year as Red Planet which was superior in every way. It think it is constructive to say "Look at the movie this similar movie that came out the same year as yours. This is how you make a movie about Mars." Really, I can't stand humanoid aliens in serious science fiction. It's okay in Star Trek because that's based on a TV show from the seventies. Yeah, Prometheus bothered me too.
9:08AM on 09/16/2013

I love RAISING CAIN..

But if you genuinely believe it's a better film than SCARFACE, than you're crazier than Cain. SCARFACE is a fucking masterpiece. So many films and video game's are inspired by that film it's ridiculous. Al Pacino himself was asked "What film of yours, when you're watching TV, do you have to stop and watch?" He said "SCARFACE". I can't even write anymore, because I'm getiing angry.
But if you genuinely believe it's a better film than SCARFACE, than you're crazier than Cain. SCARFACE is a fucking masterpiece. So many films and video game's are inspired by that film it's ridiculous. Al Pacino himself was asked "What film of yours, when you're watching TV, do you have to stop and watch?" He said "SCARFACE". I can't even write anymore, because I'm getiing angry.
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9:09AM on 09/16/2013
the guy that made the awesome film Carlitos Way cant be found guilty to me he gets a lifetime immunity from jail
the guy that made the awesome film Carlitos Way cant be found guilty to me he gets a lifetime immunity from jail
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9:18AM on 09/16/2013

Not Guilty

Really? Brian DePalma hasn't done anything to deserve Movie Jail.
Really? Brian DePalma hasn't done anything to deserve Movie Jail.
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9:24AM on 09/16/2013

Guilty

Only movie of his I connect with is The Untouchables. Others, for me, are just so-so. Bring on the Thumbs Down, but there are far too many other directors much more talented than him. He's just not that good!
Only movie of his I connect with is The Untouchables. Others, for me, are just so-so. Bring on the Thumbs Down, but there are far too many other directors much more talented than him. He's just not that good!
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9:25AM on 09/16/2013

Not Guilty

We're really stretching for Movie Jail candidates.
De Palma has too many classics for him to be guilty.
We're really stretching for Movie Jail candidates.
De Palma has too many classics for him to be guilty.
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9:44AM on 09/16/2013

So he's guilty

Because he made films the prosecution didn't love? I thought these articles and cases were built on a body of "bad movies" not movies that aren't as good as previous ones.
Because he made films the prosecution didn't love? I thought these articles and cases were built on a body of "bad movies" not movies that aren't as good as previous ones.
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10:10AM on 09/16/2013

GUILTY.

You know you're in trouble when MISSION IMPOSSIBLE is part of the Defense. It's not a terrible film, but it's convoluted and at times boring. Actually, only the 4th one is good.

I haven't seen PASSION but I saw CRIME D'AMOUR (the French film it's based on). One of the things that made it so good was how subtle it was despite all the dark themes. Based on the trailer, it became clear that DePalma removed the subtlety and oversexualized the story. And it seems I was right because critics say
You know you're in trouble when MISSION IMPOSSIBLE is part of the Defense. It's not a terrible film, but it's convoluted and at times boring. Actually, only the 4th one is good.

I haven't seen PASSION but I saw CRIME D'AMOUR (the French film it's based on). One of the things that made it so good was how subtle it was despite all the dark themes. Based on the trailer, it became clear that DePalma removed the subtlety and oversexualized the story. And it seems I was right because critics say that the film can only be enjoyed when seen as trashy.

I did like CARRIE and BODY DOUBLE, but I don't know if it's because of DePalma. I mean, CARRIE has had other adaptations (and a sequel) and it always seem like any director could've gotten it right. And BODY DOUBLE was designed to look as a Hitchcock movie. But even if I'm wrong about that, I know I'm not wrong when saying that it's been too long since he made a good movie. The "classics outweight crap" arguement is only valid when there's even a hint that the defendant can go back to doing good stuff. This guy lost his touch.

Also, Lars Von Trier tries to make... "different" movies. DePalma's movie may have controversies, but he still wants to make mainstream movies. I'm not saying one is better than the other. Just that it's not a very good comparison.

I support Coppola for next week. No, we shouldn't wait until his next movie because God knows when that will come.
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10:13AM on 09/16/2013

Not Guilty

Because Untouchables. I mean really I feel that's enough right there, but I refuse to live in a world in which Jack Black is out of movie jail but Brian DePalma is in.
Because Untouchables. I mean really I feel that's enough right there, but I refuse to live in a world in which Jack Black is out of movie jail but Brian DePalma is in.
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10:13AM on 09/16/2013
GUILTY. He has not made a good film in years. In particular, he made a great book, The Black Dahlia, into one of the worst films I have ever seen.
GUILTY. He has not made a good film in years. In particular, he made a great book, The Black Dahlia, into one of the worst films I have ever seen.
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12:21PM on 09/16/2013
Agreed 100%, that movie was just awful.
Agreed 100%, that movie was just awful.
10:23AM on 09/16/2013
Not guilty. He's slipped several times recently, but he has enough classic films under his belt to buy his way out of movie jail. I actually don't think Mission to Mars is that bad; the Ennio Morricone score it has is a really unexpected sound for a science fiction film and even though it does seem like a more hokey 2001 a lot of the time, I liked it.

Suggestion for a future Movie Jail: Skip Woods.
Not guilty. He's slipped several times recently, but he has enough classic films under his belt to buy his way out of movie jail. I actually don't think Mission to Mars is that bad; the Ennio Morricone score it has is a really unexpected sound for a science fiction film and even though it does seem like a more hokey 2001 a lot of the time, I liked it.

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10:45AM on 09/16/2013

Not Guilty

Phantom of the Paradise should be enough to absolve him from any film crimes.
Phantom of the Paradise should be enough to absolve him from any film crimes.
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11:04AM on 09/16/2013

Not Guilty!!

Put James Cameron on the stand next!
Put James Cameron on the stand next!
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11:16PM on 09/16/2013
I don't think being a mega-successful evangelist (of 3-D technology) is enough to make a case on that guy.
I don't think being a mega-successful evangelist (of 3-D technology) is enough to make a case on that guy.
2:46PM on 09/16/2013
James Cameron? Why?
James Cameron? Why?
11:22AM on 09/16/2013

NOT GUILTY!

Is Scarface overrated? Maybe a little bit. But is it a bad film? FUCK NO. You're out of your mind. Not guilty.
Is Scarface overrated? Maybe a little bit. But is it a bad film? FUCK NO. You're out of your mind. Not guilty.
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11:30AM on 09/16/2013

guilty but with time served

His recent films suck but he made quality back in the day. And yes, Mission to Mars, is way worse than Prometheus. I'd rather see Spielberg and Lucas in jail because at least de palma hasn't really tarnished his good films.
His recent films suck but he made quality back in the day. And yes, Mission to Mars, is way worse than Prometheus. I'd rather see Spielberg and Lucas in jail because at least de palma hasn't really tarnished his good films.
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11:40AM on 09/16/2013

Not Guilty

Not Guilty and for good reason. The man directed Scarface.In the 90s he directed Snake Eyes which is a very underrated film. I can't speak about his more recent work but to say he deserves movie jail is downright crazy talk.
Not Guilty and for good reason. The man directed Scarface.In the 90s he directed Snake Eyes which is a very underrated film. I can't speak about his more recent work but to say he deserves movie jail is downright crazy talk.
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11:49AM on 09/16/2013

Not guilty

He hasn't had a good movie since the mid-90's but I'm sure he still has atleast one more fantastic movie in him!
He hasn't had a good movie since the mid-90's but I'm sure he still has atleast one more fantastic movie in him!
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2:47PM on 09/16/2013
One more fantastic movie in him? Then where is it. People have been waiting.
One more fantastic movie in him? Then where is it. People have been waiting.
12:20PM on 09/16/2013

Guilty

he deserves the slammer just for how bad The Black Dahlia was, I do love The Untouchables though, but that was a looooong time ago.
he deserves the slammer just for how bad The Black Dahlia was, I do love The Untouchables though, but that was a looooong time ago.
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12:36PM on 09/16/2013

He made Scarface

In my book, that automatically makes him Not Guilty
In my book, that automatically makes him Not Guilty
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12:40PM on 09/16/2013

Not Guilty on account of never really being a big hit in the first place...

I would understand if this were a guy who has made more than 4 good movies and suddenly everything he touches is crap. He has been a pretty bland director his entire career. He has made about 5-6 good movies out of his nearly 40 film catalog. There are bigger fish to fry.
I would understand if this were a guy who has made more than 4 good movies and suddenly everything he touches is crap. He has been a pretty bland director his entire career. He has made about 5-6 good movies out of his nearly 40 film catalog. There are bigger fish to fry.
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2:48PM on 09/16/2013
Directing a few classics and being compared to Scorsese, R. Scott and Coppola isn't enough of a hit?
Directing a few classics and being compared to Scorsese, R. Scott and Coppola isn't enough of a hit?
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12:59PM on 09/16/2013
Not guilty.....ever.
Not guilty.....ever.
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1:13PM on 09/16/2013

Guilty

First off, while 'Prometheus' is 5 billion times worse than 'Mission To Mars', the latter is so bland that any journeyman director could have made it, and De Palma does nothing to enliven the script.

I hate 'Scarface' and it's definitely overrated. When he has a script that is good on it's own, than his Hitchcockian style can work (see underrated 'Femme Fatale'. Amazing editing), but mostly I find him to be a boring stylist that has no connection to the emotions he's putting on screen
First off, while 'Prometheus' is 5 billion times worse than 'Mission To Mars', the latter is so bland that any journeyman director could have made it, and De Palma does nothing to enliven the script.

I hate 'Scarface' and it's definitely overrated. When he has a script that is good on it's own, than his Hitchcockian style can work (see underrated 'Femme Fatale'. Amazing editing), but mostly I find him to be a boring stylist that has no connection to the emotions he's putting on screen ('Untouchables' aside from the acting, sucks); excluding the brilliant 'Blow Out'.
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1:20PM on 09/16/2013

Not Guilty

but I must admit I am biased as I think Carlito's Way is one of the most underrated movies ever made
but I must admit I am biased as I think Carlito's Way is one of the most underrated movies ever made
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1:41PM on 09/16/2013
Prosecution made a fatal error dissing Scarface. Why? Not guilty on technicality. F***ing cockroaches.
Prosecution made a fatal error dissing Scarface. Why? Not guilty on technicality. F***ing cockroaches.
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1:47PM on 09/16/2013
Not Cool.
Not Cool.
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1:59PM on 09/16/2013

13 years of GUILT.

He's made some of my favorite films. Carlito's Way, Scarface, and Casualties Of War. So we know he can direct. But, why in the last 13 years, has made nothing but 6 terrible (MY opinion) films? His career as a whole will never be a failure, but the last 13 years sure have been. Why should a man be named innocent, when for 13 years he's been completely guilty? So temporarily guilty, for being inconsistent and directing below a standard of excellence that he has been known to achieve.
He's made some of my favorite films. Carlito's Way, Scarface, and Casualties Of War. So we know he can direct. But, why in the last 13 years, has made nothing but 6 terrible (MY opinion) films? His career as a whole will never be a failure, but the last 13 years sure have been. Why should a man be named innocent, when for 13 years he's been completely guilty? So temporarily guilty, for being inconsistent and directing below a standard of excellence that he has been known to achieve.
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2:03PM on 09/16/2013

Not Guilty at all!

Ok, so his movies as of late pale in comparison to his classics, but they are by no means TERRIBLE. I damn near stopped reading when SCARFACE was mentioned as "overrated", lol. I'd vote guilty if he actually sold out to the Hollywood system, but it seems he's stuck to his guns as far as his oeuvre, even though those films haven't worked lately. NOT GUILTY.
Ok, so his movies as of late pale in comparison to his classics, but they are by no means TERRIBLE. I damn near stopped reading when SCARFACE was mentioned as "overrated", lol. I'd vote guilty if he actually sold out to the Hollywood system, but it seems he's stuck to his guns as far as his oeuvre, even though those films haven't worked lately. NOT GUILTY.
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3:33PM on 09/16/2013

Guilty

Hasn't made a good film in years
Hasn't made a good film in years
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4:31PM on 09/16/2013
let it be
let it be
7:31PM on 09/16/2013

Black Dahlia is all I need to hear

I don't care what else is in his filmography Black Dahlia is easily the worst movie I've ever paid money to see that alone should land him in movie jail.
I don't care what else is in his filmography Black Dahlia is easily the worst movie I've ever paid money to see that alone should land him in movie jail.
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7:43PM on 09/16/2013
I respectfully disagree with the prosecution's stance on Scarface. I love that film. The Black Dahlia should have been great, but was massively disappointing. However I still cannot justify a guilty rating for this director. His strongest films still outweigh the bad ones, in my opinion. NOT GUILTY.
I respectfully disagree with the prosecution's stance on Scarface. I love that film. The Black Dahlia should have been great, but was massively disappointing. However I still cannot justify a guilty rating for this director. His strongest films still outweigh the bad ones, in my opinion. NOT GUILTY.
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8:34PM on 09/16/2013
Whoever writes these articles piss me off sometimes with the choices for prosecution and defense lists. Leave your opinion out of it, go by RT% mixed with metracritic and imdb. Movies on imdb top 100 or AFI top 100 greatest films ever shouldn't be listed as prosecution.

Guilty. But yeah.
Whoever writes these articles piss me off sometimes with the choices for prosecution and defense lists. Leave your opinion out of it, go by RT% mixed with metracritic and imdb. Movies on imdb top 100 or AFI top 100 greatest films ever shouldn't be listed as prosecution.

Guilty. But yeah.
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8:39PM on 09/16/2013

No Guilty at all!

He made some major classics! I'm not even goingo to defense him... there is no case here!!
He made some major classics! I'm not even goingo to defense him... there is no case here!!
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11:28PM on 09/16/2013

Not guilty.

Alright, I'm not the greatest De Palma connoisseur, though I have seen some of his better films. Seems to me that Brian De Palma is kind of an underdog director. Even back in the '70s, he was one of the Film-School Generation who didn't immediately explode as an innovator in style, because he borrowed so heavily from Hitchcock. The '80s were kinder in that respect, but he's never been a real sure bet, and even his greatest films aren't usually as well-loved as some of his peers. But coming back
Alright, I'm not the greatest De Palma connoisseur, though I have seen some of his better films. Seems to me that Brian De Palma is kind of an underdog director. Even back in the '70s, he was one of the Film-School Generation who didn't immediately explode as an innovator in style, because he borrowed so heavily from Hitchcock. The '80s were kinder in that respect, but he's never been a real sure bet, and even his greatest films aren't usually as well-loved as some of his peers. But coming back to him being an underdog, he's a director who has created a (mostly cult) following, and we always hope he's going to make another great movie that will reaffirm our belief that he's capable of greatness. Unlike Coppola (who really should be on trial) De Palma doesn't work on the fringe of the system just to indulge his artiness, I believe he really wants to entertain, though perhaps not all his films were selected with that in mind.
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12:35AM on 09/17/2013

Not guilty

Fuck no. The Untouchables is one of my all time favorite movies. Scarface, Carlito's Way, Mission: Impossible, Blow Out, Carrie, and Dressed to Kill are all excellent. Too many good movies.
Fuck no. The Untouchables is one of my all time favorite movies. Scarface, Carlito's Way, Mission: Impossible, Blow Out, Carrie, and Dressed to Kill are all excellent. Too many good movies.
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11:35AM on 09/17/2013

Not Guilty

Best days behind? Perhaps. But you can't deny the great work that he once did.
Best days behind? Perhaps. But you can't deny the great work that he once did.
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1:29PM on 09/17/2013

Not Guilty

Even his worst movies have a great visual style and flair. Not to mention the bona fide classics...
Even his worst movies have a great visual style and flair. Not to mention the bona fide classics...
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4:35PM on 09/17/2013

guilty

he's definitely ran out of steam over the years. same thing happens to a lot of directors *cough francis ford coppola *cough. the 80s were his golden years for sure.
he's definitely ran out of steam over the years. same thing happens to a lot of directors *cough francis ford coppola *cough. the 80s were his golden years for sure.
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5:29PM on 09/17/2013

Pains me to say this......but he is guilty

Brian De Palma is guilty. Really hate to say it, but the man who directed some great films deserves some jail time.
Also, Scarface is good, but very overrated.
Brian De Palma is guilty. Really hate to say it, but the man who directed some great films deserves some jail time.
Also, Scarface is good, but very overrated.
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5:30PM on 09/17/2013

Guilty

I know he has a unique style, and I'm cool with that. The problem is he just done SO much crap over the years, that his occasional good film doesn't quite make up for it. To jail he should go, but I'm cool with sparing him a reduced sentence.
I know he has a unique style, and I'm cool with that. The problem is he just done SO much crap over the years, that his occasional good film doesn't quite make up for it. To jail he should go, but I'm cool with sparing him a reduced sentence.
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12:39PM on 10/10/2013

What De Palma needs

Brian De Palma should direct another "Mission Impossible" film. As awesome of a job as Brad Bird did, De Palma has a remarkable talent and craft for suspense, and until "Ghost Protocol" Brian had the best Mission Impossible film.
Brian De Palma should direct another "Mission Impossible" film. As awesome of a job as Brad Bird did, De Palma has a remarkable talent and craft for suspense, and until "Ghost Protocol" Brian had the best Mission Impossible film.
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