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05.25.2015

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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

Lost Damon Lindelof

The Case

The Prosecution: Tomorrowland, Star Trek Into Darkness, Cowboys & Aliens, Prometheus

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, when it comes to eliciting fanboy ire, no one can do it quite like Damon Lindelof, however the internet hate for the screenwriter isn't the reason why the prosecution decided to put him up for Movie Jail.

Tomorrowland had a weak opening weekend for a movie with a $190 million budget, and received very mixed reviews from critics, with most criticizing its script. Many moviegoers were also disappointed with the film, and while the mystery surrounding the project generated a lot of buzz, it ended up being a fairly bland sci-fi flick.

Star Trek Into Darkness did very well at the box office, however many fans of the franchise were annoyed by the handling of Benedict Cumberbatch's character, as well as the magic blood plot device. Although the prosecution enjoyed parts of Prometheus, it was still a massive letdown, and Cowboys & Aliens just isn't a good movie.

Mr. Lindelof co-wrote these projects, so not all of the blame for their failures should be placed on his shoulders, but in the prosecution's opinion, the screenwriter does need to spend a few months in prison.

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The Defense: World War Z, Star Trek Into Darkness, Prometheus, Lost

Ladies and gentlemen, right, this has absolutely nothing to do with Mr. Lindelof being unable to keep his foot out of his mouth. Although my client's movies may be flawed, they haven't been downright terrible. Ok, so Cowboys & Aliens wasn't great, but Mr. Lindelof still doesn't belong in our cinematic slammer.

As the prosecution points out, Mr. Lindelof didn't write these movies solo, but many people hold him solely responsible for the issues with them because he hasn't built up a lot of goodwill with fanboys like his Cowboys & Aliens and Tomorrowland directors Jon Favreau and Brad Bird.

But again, it's not as if Mr. Lindelof's movies have been widely panned, and he's also done some great work on the small screen, most notably as the co-creator of Lost. The prosecution hasn't seen his HBO drama The Leftovers yet, but we've heard very good things about the series.

Remove any possible personal dislike you may have for my client due to his, shall we say, strongly opinionated comments and ask yourself this: does Mr. Lindelof truly deserve to go to Movie Jail? The defense doesn't think so, and we believe the jury will agree that we don't need to lock up the screenwriter.

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IN CLOSING...

What should we do with the much-maligned screenwriter? Does Mr. Lindelof really belong in Movie Jail, or does he just need to learn to keep his yap shut? Is Damon Lindelof GUILTY or NOT GUILTY?

*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. Anyway, 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?

Damon Lindelof

LAST WEEK'S VERDICT

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10:09PM on 05/27/2015
Guilty...!
Guilty...!
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4:53PM on 05/27/2015

Not guilty

Never been into Star Trek anyway so I'll let that one slide. After multiple views of Prometheus, I learned to appreciate it more, poor character decisions & all. The birth scene is still freaky as hell, so he gets another pass. I actually liked Cowboys & Aliens, so yep another pass for me. World War Z was a welcome surprise & even for PG-13 relied more on tension than gore, I liked the ending also. Never really watched Lost & was never interested in seeing Tomorrowland. Seems not guilty to me,
Never been into Star Trek anyway so I'll let that one slide. After multiple views of Prometheus, I learned to appreciate it more, poor character decisions & all. The birth scene is still freaky as hell, so he gets another pass. I actually liked Cowboys & Aliens, so yep another pass for me. World War Z was a welcome surprise & even for PG-13 relied more on tension than gore, I liked the ending also. Never really watched Lost & was never interested in seeing Tomorrowland. Seems not guilty to me, but I have a feeling the Trekkies & Prometheus haters will have him as guilty.
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9:41PM on 05/26/2015

WISEGUY

GUILTY SO VERY VERY GUILTY
GUILTY SO VERY VERY GUILTY
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4:29PM on 05/26/2015

NOT GUILTY!

Say what you will about the finale of LOST, the bulk of the show was damn good. That seems reason enough to let him off. His movie work has been fine enough, and I have no personal complaints in that department either. I think he gets an unfair bum rap.
Say what you will about the finale of LOST, the bulk of the show was damn good. That seems reason enough to let him off. His movie work has been fine enough, and I have no personal complaints in that department either. I think he gets an unfair bum rap.
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9:39PM on 05/26/2015
"Say what you will about the finale of LOST, the bulk of the show was damn good. That seems reason enough to let him off."

In no way should that be enough to let him off...If a writer is making something that is loved by millions and is looking great, but in the end writes an ending that ruins it and leaves millions disappointed and pissed, that makes it even worse for him.
"Say what you will about the finale of LOST, the bulk of the show was damn good. That seems reason enough to let him off."

In no way should that be enough to let him off...If a writer is making something that is loved by millions and is looking great, but in the end writes an ending that ruins it and leaves millions disappointed and pissed, that makes it even worse for him.
12:32PM on 05/26/2015

Not Guilty...but on probation

I have enjoyed most of his film work, but I will never forgive his part in taking 2 amazing seasons of TV (Lost) and derailing the concept and characters so badly that it ruined everything that was to come. He should have understood that Lost actually WAS about all the questions the writers raised, not just the feelings and relationships of the characters. I'd like him to have a chance to do better, though.
I have enjoyed most of his film work, but I will never forgive his part in taking 2 amazing seasons of TV (Lost) and derailing the concept and characters so badly that it ruined everything that was to come. He should have understood that Lost actually WAS about all the questions the writers raised, not just the feelings and relationships of the characters. I'd like him to have a chance to do better, though.
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10:55AM on 05/26/2015

GUILTY!!

Guilty, guilty, guilty. Lock this man up forever of just kick him out of the business. Several times have I been in the middle of a movie, TV show, comic and thought "This had potential, why is it so terrible?" only to discover his name was one it. He is a terrible writer and obviously suffers from some kind of "writer's ADD" where he keeps going off on multiple tangents but never completes any of his plot lines. If you are watching something and it suddenly goes off into left field for no
Guilty, guilty, guilty. Lock this man up forever of just kick him out of the business. Several times have I been in the middle of a movie, TV show, comic and thought "This had potential, why is it so terrible?" only to discover his name was one it. He is a terrible writer and obviously suffers from some kind of "writer's ADD" where he keeps going off on multiple tangents but never completes any of his plot lines. If you are watching something and it suddenly goes off into left field for no reason, then snaps back to the main plot with no explanation and even the characters act like it never happened....then you're watching a Damon Lindelof branded piece. I just don't know how he keeps getting work. He ruins every potential creative property that he works on and yes that includes Lost. I know that will offend a lot of you but I tried and found the main plots predictable and the tangents nonsensical. If you really want a solid piece of "What the heck just happened?" pick up his Ultimate Hulk vs Wolverine comic run. If you are not bewildered by the time you get to the talking panda part then good for you. So in short: guilty 1 million times over.
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9:27AM on 05/26/2015
He is hit or miss but I am willing to give him a another chance. "See ya in another life brotha!"
He is hit or miss but I am willing to give him a another chance. "See ya in another life brotha!"
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11:03PM on 05/25/2015

Guilty as charged

He's a hack writer.
He's a hack writer.
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7:51PM on 05/25/2015

Super guilty

Didn't even bother to read either the prosecution or defense. Soon as I saw his name on trial, the verdict was obvious. Lindelof is a pretentious pseudo-philosophic hack, and they need to stop letting him be involved with anything that has to do with movies or TV.
Didn't even bother to read either the prosecution or defense. Soon as I saw his name on trial, the verdict was obvious. Lindelof is a pretentious pseudo-philosophic hack, and they need to stop letting him be involved with anything that has to do with movies or TV.
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7:28PM on 05/25/2015
Lock him up.

Next week... Ving Rhames! (Saw Con Air last night..still love it)
Lock him up.

Next week... Ving Rhames! (Saw Con Air last night..still love it)
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5:54PM on 05/25/2015

GUILTY

this guy looks like a douche
this guy looks like a douche
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5:13PM on 05/25/2015

GUILTY

The dude clearly made his name on TV, especially with LOST. That show was a phenomenon and should be praised, but his work in film is atrocious. Prometheus could have been a sci-fi classic were it not for the sub-par script choices and he has put a blemish on Brad Bird's otherwise immaculate filmography. He uses the same "more questions than answers" trope on every script he has written and i hope he does not ruin any more film properties in the future.
The dude clearly made his name on TV, especially with LOST. That show was a phenomenon and should be praised, but his work in film is atrocious. Prometheus could have been a sci-fi classic were it not for the sub-par script choices and he has put a blemish on Brad Bird's otherwise immaculate filmography. He uses the same "more questions than answers" trope on every script he has written and i hope he does not ruin any more film properties in the future.
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7:59PM on 05/25/2015
I agree with you, but Brad Bird is not without blame for the problems with Tomorrowland. Bird has a co-writing credit, so he had every opportunity to fix the mistakes Lindelof might have made with the script. Also, Bird committed himself to it, he stayed with it instead of leaving for Star Wars, so the failure is on him. Don't blame Lindelof for Bird letting us down. Same can be said of Prometheus: Ridley Scott had a lot of say in that story, and he deserves blame too. Whatever I think of
I agree with you, but Brad Bird is not without blame for the problems with Tomorrowland. Bird has a co-writing credit, so he had every opportunity to fix the mistakes Lindelof might have made with the script. Also, Bird committed himself to it, he stayed with it instead of leaving for Star Wars, so the failure is on him. Don't blame Lindelof for Bird letting us down. Same can be said of Prometheus: Ridley Scott had a lot of say in that story, and he deserves blame too. Whatever I think of Damon Lindelof, and I don't rate him highly, he should not be the scapegoat for bad movies made by good (or great) directors. He is largely to blame, but Bird signed on based on the script, wrote enough to be credited on the screenplay, and stayed committed to it when he could have directed Star Wars. He has fault as well.
4:58PM on 05/25/2015

Guilty

Just for blaming the fans for his own writing inadequacies alone.
Just for blaming the fans for his own writing inadequacies alone.
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3:11PM on 05/25/2015
while I haven't seen Tomorrowland yet I actually enjoyed those other films, and I also enjoyed Cowboys and Aliens a lot. I felt the idea of Cowboys mixed with Aliens was a cool idea. I say not guilty.
while I haven't seen Tomorrowland yet I actually enjoyed those other films, and I also enjoyed Cowboys and Aliens a lot. I felt the idea of Cowboys mixed with Aliens was a cool idea. I say not guilty.
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12:42PM on 05/25/2015

Guilty but for 3 months.

Also, how could something as bad as World War Z be part of the defense? He only wrote the 3rd act but that movie was shit.
Also, how could something as bad as World War Z be part of the defense? He only wrote the 3rd act but that movie was shit.
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12:36PM on 05/25/2015

not guilty

If you look at his work in TV, where he's in charge of EVERYTHING, he's a solid writer. Say what you will about Lost, but if you hated the ending you were still captivated enough to watch 125 hours of it, and The Leftovers is fantastic. No one wants to blame the directors. Brad Bird cowrote Tomorrowland, and had total control over that movie, but everyone gives him so much love. No one would dare speak ill of Ridley Scott either. Lindelof does good work in TV where he's the head hancho and
If you look at his work in TV, where he's in charge of EVERYTHING, he's a solid writer. Say what you will about Lost, but if you hated the ending you were still captivated enough to watch 125 hours of it, and The Leftovers is fantastic. No one wants to blame the directors. Brad Bird cowrote Tomorrowland, and had total control over that movie, but everyone gives him so much love. No one would dare speak ill of Ridley Scott either. Lindelof does good work in TV where he's the head hancho and directors are traffic cops.
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1:54PM on 05/25/2015
Ridley Scott is a good director, but many have, and continue, to speak ill of him, because not everything he touches turns to gold. He was even tried here back in December. You'll notice he's on the Not Guilty list.
Ridley Scott is a good director, but many have, and continue, to speak ill of him, because not everything he touches turns to gold. He was even tried here back in December. You'll notice he's on the Not Guilty list.
2:42PM on 05/25/2015
I completely disagree with your point about Lost. The ending completely butchered the entire series. The audience spent 6 years watching the ideas of Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse play out on TV. The show constantly opened up new mysteries and asked new questions. If that's the pull of your show, if that's what's making audiences tune in every week is to find answers to the questions you pose in each episode, then by the end of the series the audience's time had better been worth it. By
I completely disagree with your point about Lost. The ending completely butchered the entire series. The audience spent 6 years watching the ideas of Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse play out on TV. The show constantly opened up new mysteries and asked new questions. If that's the pull of your show, if that's what's making audiences tune in every week is to find answers to the questions you pose in each episode, then by the end of the series the audience's time had better been worth it. By not answering any questions asked and not revealing the truth of any mysteries from the show, Lindelof effectively wasted every one's time with the show, completely mislead people, and the end result is a muddled mess of unanswered questions and storylines that go nowhere.
3:21PM on 05/25/2015
MickLoud: Not every mystery on LOST was solved, but you can't say that nothing was solved.
MickLoud: Not every mystery on LOST was solved, but you can't say that nothing was solved.
5:39PM on 05/25/2015
"Not every mystery on LOST was solved, but you can't say that nothing was solved."

Yes you can.......
"Not every mystery on LOST was solved, but you can't say that nothing was solved."

Yes you can.......
12:29PM on 05/25/2015

Guilty as all Hell!

Lock him up and throw away the key! Prometheus alone should be enough to condemn this guy to a life sentence!
Lock him up and throw away the key! Prometheus alone should be enough to condemn this guy to a life sentence!
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8:10PM on 05/25/2015
Then why didn't it condemn Ridley Scott? He was actively involved in that story. In fact, Lindelof said in interviews that Scott actually went into great detail on what he wanted in the script and left very little wiggle room. Supposedly, it was Scott's idea to make the movie ambiguous with more questions than answers and Lindelof actually advised against it because of the feedback to Lost.

You know, it may seem I am on Lindelof's side, and that is not true, but I like to see the proper
Then why didn't it condemn Ridley Scott? He was actively involved in that story. In fact, Lindelof said in interviews that Scott actually went into great detail on what he wanted in the script and left very little wiggle room. Supposedly, it was Scott's idea to make the movie ambiguous with more questions than answers and Lindelof actually advised against it because of the feedback to Lost.

You know, it may seem I am on Lindelof's side, and that is not true, but I like to see the proper parties accountable for their actions, instead of putting the blame on one person. Scott was the director/producer and had control of that story. Bird also deserves blame for the same reason. Lindelof may be guilty, but he should not shoulder all the blame for these failed movies (same is true of Star Trek Into Darkness, which was co-written with the "amazing" writing team of Kurtzman and Orci, and Cowboys and Aliens, which had a whole team of writers, including again Kurtzman and Orci.)
6:45PM on 05/26/2015
You never asked me what I thought of Ridley Scott's part in this or what I think of him in general, so why would you go and assume that I don't want Scott condemned for the film as well? The truth is, I believe Scott was worthy of movie jail before Prometheus, but he made Alien, (my absolute favorite horror film) so I was hoping he could replicate his success in that genre with the former film. And I'm not sure which interviews you've reading or what your sources are, but Lindelof got a call
You never asked me what I thought of Ridley Scott's part in this or what I think of him in general, so why would you go and assume that I don't want Scott condemned for the film as well? The truth is, I believe Scott was worthy of movie jail before Prometheus, but he made Alien, (my absolute favorite horror film) so I was hoping he could replicate his success in that genre with the former film. And I'm not sure which interviews you've reading or what your sources are, but Lindelof got a call from Scott regarding how he'd tackle the script's final draft if he got a crack at it. Lindelof basically came back and said "this is how I'd approach it" to Scott and the new take on the material began. So, Scott came to Lindelof and asked for his input. Given Lindelof's tendencies to blame everyone but himself for his blunders, it's no surprise to me that he claims there was no wiggle room with the script. That doesn't make any sense given how Scott approached him. This is when they pulled the connections farther away from Alien, (first mistake) and tried to make something that stood on its own. I never understood why you would want to do that when the whole reason the project was created was to serve as part of the Alien mythos. If they were experimenting with something less substantial in its connection to Alien, (like an android story) I wouldn't give a shit, but they fucked with the story Alien fans wanted to see for years. The worst part was, Lindelof and Scott didn't have anything really significant to say with Prometheus at all! They raised a bunch of questions, neglected to answer the bulk of them, and repeated or slightly tweaked some creature bits from other films or other parts of the franchise. It all added up to a two hour trailer filled with inconsistencies and head scratching moments. So yeah, I'm no happier with Scott than I am Lindelof now, but since this article is about Lindelof alone, I'll keep the focus on his failures.
12:28PM on 05/25/2015

Guilty

Guilty on all charges
Guilty on all charges
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12:21PM on 05/25/2015
Not Guilty
Not Guilty
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12:19PM on 05/25/2015

Not Guilty

I knew the fanboy community would find him guilty. Overall, his scripts are often a mixed bag, with some really good ideas, and some not fleshed out quite enough. He's becoming the whipping boy for a lot of fans, but I don't think he deserves all the hate. He's never really done anything I consider a total loss.
I knew the fanboy community would find him guilty. Overall, his scripts are often a mixed bag, with some really good ideas, and some not fleshed out quite enough. He's becoming the whipping boy for a lot of fans, but I don't think he deserves all the hate. He's never really done anything I consider a total loss.
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12:07PM on 05/25/2015

Not Guilty

Really?

"Lost" was one of the greatest television shows of all time -- regardless of how you feel about the ending -- and "The Leftovers" is one of the most thought-provoking shows on television right now, thus far managing to fly under the radar. I also liked "Star Trek Into Darkness" and "Tomorrowland" despite their flaws. I haven't seen "Cowboys & Aliens" or "World War Z," but he was responsible for a third act re-write of the latter, so I'm not sure how much you can fault him with that
Really?

"Lost" was one of the greatest television shows of all time -- regardless of how you feel about the ending -- and "The Leftovers" is one of the most thought-provoking shows on television right now, thus far managing to fly under the radar. I also liked "Star Trek Into Darkness" and "Tomorrowland" despite their flaws. I haven't seen "Cowboys & Aliens" or "World War Z," but he was responsible for a third act re-write of the latter, so I'm not sure how much you can fault him with that one when a handful of screenwriters are credited.

As for "Prometheus," I hated it, but Ridley Scott is as much to blame as Lindelof. Just look at his recent output ("Exodus", "The Counselor", "Robin Hood"). "Prometheus" is actually one of his best-reviewed films from the past decade. If you think Scott had no involvement in the script, you're a fool. Lindelof deserves to shoulder some of the blame, but acquitting Scott is ridiculous.

Granted, Lindelof isn't an immaculate screenwriter and certainly has his share of flaws, but he is not the flaming piece of garbage most here would like to paint him as.

Let the down votes commence.
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12:04PM on 05/25/2015

NOT GUILTY

Lindelof gets a bad rap. Lost is one of the best show of all time. I dug Prometheus and Star Trek Into Darkness. Tomorrowland was okay, and critics using their disappointment over what they perceived the movie would entail based on a mystery box is just lame. Athena was one of the funnest movie characters; I think children will enjoy it, and as a Disney movie, that's the target audience. So, I think the movie succeeds in that respect. Didn't like Cowboys and Aliens, but they can't all be
Lindelof gets a bad rap. Lost is one of the best show of all time. I dug Prometheus and Star Trek Into Darkness. Tomorrowland was okay, and critics using their disappointment over what they perceived the movie would entail based on a mystery box is just lame. Athena was one of the funnest movie characters; I think children will enjoy it, and as a Disney movie, that's the target audience. So, I think the movie succeeds in that respect. Didn't like Cowboys and Aliens, but they can't all be winners. And finally, THE LEFTOVERS is insane.
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11:56AM on 05/25/2015

Pass.

I've only seen COWBOYS & ALIENS (one of the worst movies of all time), WORLD WAR Z (passable) and LOST (one of the best shows of all time). I think he's better when working alone or with one co-writer instead of re-writing others' scripts or having his script revised by 2 or 4 other writers. I must point out that his movies on the Prosecution got either mixed reviews, or, good reviews from critics but bad response from fans.

Next week: Dennis Dugan, Kelsey Grammer, Roland Joffe, James
I've only seen COWBOYS & ALIENS (one of the worst movies of all time), WORLD WAR Z (passable) and LOST (one of the best shows of all time). I think he's better when working alone or with one co-writer instead of re-writing others' scripts or having his script revised by 2 or 4 other writers. I must point out that his movies on the Prosecution got either mixed reviews, or, good reviews from critics but bad response from fans.

Next week: Dennis Dugan, Kelsey Grammer, Roland Joffe, James Marsden or Reese Witherspoon.
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3:15PM on 05/25/2015
cowboys and aliens one of the worst movies of all time. seriously? I guess you haven't seen too many movies.
cowboys and aliens one of the worst movies of all time. seriously? I guess you haven't seen too many movies.
4:29PM on 05/25/2015
I've seen over 3,000... so far.
I've seen over 3,000... so far.
11:43AM on 05/25/2015

GUILTY

And if I had a gun, with two bullets, and I was in a room with Hitler, Bin Laden and Damon, I would shoot Damon twice.
And if I had a gun, with two bullets, and I was in a room with Hitler, Bin Laden and Damon, I would shoot Damon twice.
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8:12PM on 05/25/2015
That is the most ridiculous thing I've ever read.
That is the most ridiculous thing I've ever read.
11:40AM on 05/25/2015

Guilty

All of his work other than Lost have been huge let down for me.
All of his work other than Lost have been huge let down for me.
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11:31AM on 05/25/2015
Guy is the M Night Shyamalan of sci-fi. Lock him and his other members of The Unholy Trinity (Orci and Kurzman) up!
Guy is the M Night Shyamalan of sci-fi. Lock him and his other members of The Unholy Trinity (Orci and Kurzman) up!
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3:22PM on 05/25/2015
Orci and Kurtzman were already arrested and declared Not Guilty.
Orci and Kurtzman were already arrested and declared Not Guilty.
11:31AM on 05/25/2015
Uberguilty.
Uberguilty.
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11:30AM on 05/25/2015

Guilty

It seems his stories have a great premise, but the execution doesn't work, and he always fails to stick the landing. That was a common criticism of Lost and PROMETHEUS, and even sympathetic reviews of TOMORROWLAND say the same thing.

Next up: Elijah Wood. He's a solid actor who failed to build on the career boost that LORD OF THE RINGS should have given him.
It seems his stories have a great premise, but the execution doesn't work, and he always fails to stick the landing. That was a common criticism of Lost and PROMETHEUS, and even sympathetic reviews of TOMORROWLAND say the same thing.

Next up: Elijah Wood. He's a solid actor who failed to build on the career boost that LORD OF THE RINGS should have given him.
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11:17AM on 05/25/2015

Not Guilty!

In my opinion, Lost is the greatest tv show of all time, and I've honestly enjoyed everything mentioned inn this article. Sure, not everything works 100%, but if you compare him to some of the hacks writing Transformers movies and unwatchable comedies, at least he's trying to create something different.
In my opinion, Lost is the greatest tv show of all time, and I've honestly enjoyed everything mentioned inn this article. Sure, not everything works 100%, but if you compare him to some of the hacks writing Transformers movies and unwatchable comedies, at least he's trying to create something different.
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11:09AM on 05/25/2015
You suck!
You suck!
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3:14PM on 05/25/2015
Who? Lindelof or the person who wrote the article?
Who? Lindelof or the person who wrote the article?
10:38AM on 05/25/2015

Guilty

In the case of "Prometheus", he is largely to blame for the disjointed story and gaping plotholes- he convivnced Ridley Scott to make the movie its own thing, and take out the Alien elements. Then they tried to reinstate them a tad, and then nothing about the movie makes a lack of damn sense.

I'll grant that he isn't solely to blame for most of his other projects, but all his movies have the same basic issues- poor, over expository and hackneyed dialogue (that whole wolves story in
In the case of "Prometheus", he is largely to blame for the disjointed story and gaping plotholes- he convivnced Ridley Scott to make the movie its own thing, and take out the Alien elements. Then they tried to reinstate them a tad, and then nothing about the movie makes a lack of damn sense.

I'll grant that he isn't solely to blame for most of his other projects, but all his movies have the same basic issues- poor, over expository and hackneyed dialogue (that whole wolves story in "Tomorrowland" for instance, which just isn't how analogies work), an interesting mystery that is rather too easy to figure out ("Into Darkness") or has no idea to wrap itself up properly ("Prometheus" and "Lost" after season 1). This can't be coincidence, add on top of that, his pissy ass attitude towards anyone that didn't enjoy any of his projects and you got several million reasons to lock him up for life.

I was a bit let down by "Tomorrowland", but overall, I did enjoy it. However, all the problems within the movie (minus one) stem from the script and dialogue- it just so happens that Brad Bird is the most talented director Lindelof's sorry ass has ever worked with, thus the visuals, cinematography, editing, and acting were able to overcome a lot of the issues for me- but they are still there, and reek of traditional Lindelofisms, where he believes it is deep or profound and it is just stupid.

Lock him up for life, and throw away the key!
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9:34AM on 05/25/2015
Not Guilty. Lost is one of my favorite television shows of all time, so because of that is why I'm giving him a pass. Enjoyed World War Z, and Into Darkness as well (even though they weren't the most authentic adaptations of the stories).
Not Guilty. Lost is one of my favorite television shows of all time, so because of that is why I'm giving him a pass. Enjoyed World War Z, and Into Darkness as well (even though they weren't the most authentic adaptations of the stories).
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8:57AM on 05/25/2015

He doesn't know how to end anything.

This was shown in Lost, which should not be on his Defense list, and it was shown in Tomorrowland.
This was shown in Lost, which should not be on his Defense list, and it was shown in Tomorrowland.
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8:56AM on 05/25/2015

Not guilty for now.

I don't think you should ever cite RottenTomatoes scores to buttress your arguments, but it's funny how you didn't this time when you have so often in the past, because DL has some good scores. Either way, please continue to NOT use RT because they're a joke. As for Lindelof, WWZ should be in the prosecution's side, it was bland and didn't even feel like a finished film, they just said, "Eh, here's the ending. We'll come back later with another cash grab because why not." The Leftovers is good,
I don't think you should ever cite RottenTomatoes scores to buttress your arguments, but it's funny how you didn't this time when you have so often in the past, because DL has some good scores. Either way, please continue to NOT use RT because they're a joke. As for Lindelof, WWZ should be in the prosecution's side, it was bland and didn't even feel like a finished film, they just said, "Eh, here's the ending. We'll come back later with another cash grab because why not." The Leftovers is good, though.

It's no surprise he's this week's defendant after his recent comments about critics/fanboys.
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8:44AM on 05/25/2015
Guilty, mainly for his arrogance.
Guilty, mainly for his arrogance.
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8:40AM on 05/25/2015

Guilty

The guy has talent, but not as much as he thinks he has. So, for being arrogant and condescending to audience members, throw him in jail.
The guy has talent, but not as much as he thinks he has. So, for being arrogant and condescending to audience members, throw him in jail.
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8:11AM on 05/25/2015

Guilty

And how is World War Z an argument for the defense? That was an atrocious adaptation of one of the best zombie stories of recent years. It is just beyond me how anyone could fuck that up so badly.
And how is World War Z an argument for the defense? That was an atrocious adaptation of one of the best zombie stories of recent years. It is just beyond me how anyone could fuck that up so badly.
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8:03AM on 05/25/2015

Guilty

Of his own arrogance and sloppy writing....
Of his own arrogance and sloppy writing....
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7:57AM on 05/25/2015
Guilty! Maybe he can blame us audience members some more for his bad writing.
Guilty! Maybe he can blame us audience members some more for his bad writing.
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7:54AM on 05/25/2015

Guilty!

No question. His pompous attitude towards his own writing ability is what keeps him from moving outside of his own box.
No question. His pompous attitude towards his own writing ability is what keeps him from moving outside of his own box.
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7:50AM on 05/25/2015
Guilty!
He couldn't write a way out of movie jail. At least not without going insane when trying to figure out his own plot.
Guilty!
He couldn't write a way out of movie jail. At least not without going insane when trying to figure out his own plot.
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7:41AM on 05/25/2015

Guilty

Lock him up, no pen or paper, throw away the key.
Lock him up, no pen or paper, throw away the key.
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