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Movie Jail: This week's defendant is...Robert Rodriguez!

Oct. 29, 2012by: Johnny Moreno

Welcome to Movie Jail, a facility like any other, only its inmates are Hollywood writers, directors, actors and producers. This column will serve as a Movie Jail trial. We will put one defendant on trial; lay out arguments for the Prosecution and Defense. And we leave it up to YOU, the reader, to decide whether the defendant is guilty of his or her crime. What crime? The crime of consistently being a stinking shithouse.

The Defendant


Robert Rodriguez

The Case

The Prosecution: Shorts, Spy Kids 3 & 4, The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D, Machete, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Planet Terror

Ladies and gentleman of the jury, this court has seen its share of directors pass through with the likes of Tim Burton (GUILTY), Oliver Stone (NOT GUILTY), Michael Bay (GUILTY), and Wes Craven (NOT GUILTY). Now that we're at two a piece on director verdicts, why don't we break the tie this week? Mr. Robert Rodriguez has been brought up twice by previous juries and we think the case is strong here. While we appreciate Mr. Rodriguez' creativity, work ethic, and the DIY attitude he brings to filmmaking, in the end, we're finding the majority of his work a tad frustrating. For one, his films look great and for the most part have solid premises that should satisfy us. But something in the execution and storytelling leaves us frustrated, like going to a strip club. All the elements are in place, but at the end of the night, you're short on cash, unfulfilled and walking funny. Now, you're going to say that Machete, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, and Planet Terror "know what they are" and that they're "mindless fun", but I ask the court to watch these again and condemn them for the messes that they are. Flashy editing and highly stylized action is no substitute for sloppy storytelling, causing these movies to fail in executing any kind of coherent narrative. Lock him up folks, this court will not fall for the banana in the tailpipe again.

The Defense: El Mariachi, Desperado, From Dusk til Dawn, Sin City, Spy Kids 1 & 2, The Faculty*

Ladies and Gentleman of the jury, Mr. Rodriguez is a one man wrecking crew of cinematic goodness. What other filmmaker rocks a giant compound in Texas and handles almost every technical aspect of the filmmaking process without leaving the zipcode? From writing, producing, directing, film scoring and visual effects, is there anything this guy can't do? He's drifted in and out of multiple genres, all the while putting his own original stamp on every film he's done. Don't like the Spy Kids or Sharkboy movies? They're not for you. As far as we can tell, they do well enough for Mr. Rodriguez to do his cavalier, outside the Hollywood system thing. And while the prosecution claims that Machete, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, and Planet Terror are failures, all three were praised by both critics and audiences. Not to mention Mr. Rodriguez gave us one of the best and most violent comic book/graphic novel adapations with Sin City, leaving all of us salivating for a sequel. He also taught us how to cook like gangstas. So where's the crime here?


IN CLOSING...

So, whats to be done with Mr. Robert Rodriguez? Is he all style, no substance? His movies seem to be fan friendly, but does that excuse its faults? And the most important question to be asked, once all evidence is taken into consideration, we ask you The Jury, is Robert Rodriguez GUILTY or NOT GUILTY? Lets hear YOUR arguments, either side, by STRIKING BACK BELOW.

*The court recognizes that all movies are subjective, so relax.

WHAT SAY YOU, GUILTY OR NOT?


LAST WEEK'S VERDICT

It is the jury's decision that after reviewing last week's evidence, the court finds Matthew McConaughey NOT GUILTY of all charges. In yet another landslide verdict, the jury's decision came in almost unanimously but for one or two holdouts who were probably dazed and confused themselves. Umm, Jury Movie Jail??

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7:32PM on 10/30/2012
This is by far the worst movie jail yet! Not fucking guilty. We've been given soo soo much more good movies than bad from RR.
This is by far the worst movie jail yet! Not fucking guilty. We've been given soo soo much more good movies than bad from RR.
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6:00PM on 10/30/2012

Lock him up.

Guilty. The best thing hes ever been responsible for is Predators, and he didn't even direct it.
Guilty. The best thing hes ever been responsible for is Predators, and he didn't even direct it.
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2:35PM on 10/30/2012
I don't get the argument that his family movies shouldn't count. Shouldn't all of his movies factor into his strengths of a filmmaker? Do you discount E.T. on the strength of Jaws? Just because it's aimed at kids doesn't mean taste and skill needs to get shot out the window, though the first Spy Kids wasn't a bad movie at all, but just was ruined by the rest.
I don't get the argument that his family movies shouldn't count. Shouldn't all of his movies factor into his strengths of a filmmaker? Do you discount E.T. on the strength of Jaws? Just because it's aimed at kids doesn't mean taste and skill needs to get shot out the window, though the first Spy Kids wasn't a bad movie at all, but just was ruined by the rest.
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2:09PM on 10/30/2012

Guilty

The guy is obviously talented, which works against him in this case: he's capable of so much more! A "homage" flick is good once in a while but you can't substain a career on it. He can no longer film a sincere emotion and that hurts him.
The guy is obviously talented, which works against him in this case: he's capable of so much more! A "homage" flick is good once in a while but you can't substain a career on it. He can no longer film a sincere emotion and that hurts him.
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1:17PM on 10/30/2012
whether hes guilty or not remains to be seen, but it cant be denied his work has taken a big hit in the past few years.

i dont think hell make anything better than sin city.
whether hes guilty or not remains to be seen, but it cant be denied his work has taken a big hit in the past few years.

i dont think hell make anything better than sin city.
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9:34AM on 10/30/2012
Extra Tidbit: Anyone suggested Cameron Diaz yet?
Extra Tidbit: Anyone suggested Cameron Diaz yet?
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3:04AM on 10/30/2012
not guilty, aside from his silly movies he makes for his kids really, all of his movies have been good. His Mariachi Trilogy, From Dusk Till Dawn & Sin City are all great. I even liked Planet Terror. Him & QT are just like 2 crazy frat brothers who love making movies period.

Still waiting for an actress to be put up on the stand?
not guilty, aside from his silly movies he makes for his kids really, all of his movies have been good. His Mariachi Trilogy, From Dusk Till Dawn & Sin City are all great. I even liked Planet Terror. Him & QT are just like 2 crazy frat brothers who love making movies period.

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1:44AM on 10/30/2012

NOT GUILTY!!!!!

There is no question here. NOT GUILTY and the court apologizes for taking up Mr Rodriguez'es time. All of the "evidence" to prosecute are either kids movies (and some of those are damn smart ones at that), or movies that even the prosecution back peddle on. To say that the films "know what they are" and to then chastise them for having poor or pointless narrative kinds shows that the prosecution does not know what they are. Planet Terror and Machete are homages to the thunderously
There is no question here. NOT GUILTY and the court apologizes for taking up Mr Rodriguez'es time. All of the "evidence" to prosecute are either kids movies (and some of those are damn smart ones at that), or movies that even the prosecution back peddle on. To say that the films "know what they are" and to then chastise them for having poor or pointless narrative kinds shows that the prosecution does not know what they are. Planet Terror and Machete are homages to the thunderously incoherent grindhouse films of the 70's. And the to count this fact against the films or film maker is paramount to gathering the cast the Expendables and Expendables 2 for a reading of Steel Magnolias. If George Lucas gave me two of the most high-tech camera to go out in the blazing hot dessert to play with them for free, I would make something like Once Upon a Time in Mexico as well. And Once Upon a Time in Mexico was a HELL of a lot better than the messes that Lucas made with the same cameras.

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1:07AM on 10/30/2012

now you're

just grabbing at straws. Obviously not guilty. Let's weigh the evidence for the prosecution. Shorts, Spy Kids 3 & 4, The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D, Machete, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Planet Terror. Shorts-garbage, but they can't all be winners. SK3&4, i think all of them were shit, but kids love em, love em to the point where dvds get destroyed regularly, they satisfy the target audience, same for SB&LG. Once Upon A Time was entertaining, sure the Mole was in it, and he sucked
just grabbing at straws. Obviously not guilty. Let's weigh the evidence for the prosecution. Shorts, Spy Kids 3 & 4, The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D, Machete, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Planet Terror. Shorts-garbage, but they can't all be winners. SK3&4, i think all of them were shit, but kids love em, love em to the point where dvds get destroyed regularly, they satisfy the target audience, same for SB&LG. Once Upon A Time was entertaining, sure the Mole was in it, and he sucked monkey balls, but 70% was entertaining, plus, Depp stole the show. Planet Terror was grindhouse glory, where on earth would you get to see Rose McGowan get an M16 leg? M16 leg, nuf said. NOT GUILTY!!
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12:29AM on 10/30/2012

NOT GUILTY

this is just plain dumb. NEXT! before you get el chingonized...
this is just plain dumb. NEXT! before you get el chingonized...
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10:39PM on 10/29/2012

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What about Mel Gibson? I'm curious to see whether people are willing to throw him in movie jail for his actions, as opposed to his work. His last few movies were actually pretty damn good. If not him, what about Bruce Willis? His work has been a mixed bag of amazing and crap over the last decade.
What about Mel Gibson? I'm curious to see whether people are willing to throw him in movie jail for his actions, as opposed to his work. His last few movies were actually pretty damn good. If not him, what about Bruce Willis? His work has been a mixed bag of amazing and crap over the last decade.
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11:46PM on 10/29/2012
Gibson doesn't have the bad filmic track record to qualify for MOVIE jail in my mind. Willis on the other hand... But good luck landing a conviction on that guy.
Gibson doesn't have the bad filmic track record to qualify for MOVIE jail in my mind. Willis on the other hand... But good luck landing a conviction on that guy.
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10:32PM on 10/29/2012

NOT GUILTY!!!

If Craven goes free, and Rodriguez doesn't, I will call Kangaroo Court on this whole thing! I don't get the people who loved Desperado and hated Once Upon A Time In Mexico. I think, if you paid any attention to Desperado, or El Mariachi, Rodriguez has a very cartoonish/comic book style way of shooting action scenes. They're crazy, over the top, and clearly not for everybody. If you don't like his movies, the solution is simple... DON'T SEE THEM!!! Just because they aren't for you, doesn't
If Craven goes free, and Rodriguez doesn't, I will call Kangaroo Court on this whole thing! I don't get the people who loved Desperado and hated Once Upon A Time In Mexico. I think, if you paid any attention to Desperado, or El Mariachi, Rodriguez has a very cartoonish/comic book style way of shooting action scenes. They're crazy, over the top, and clearly not for everybody. If you don't like his movies, the solution is simple... DON'T SEE THEM!!! Just because they aren't for you, doesn't mean they aren't for everyone. But I, for one, loved Sin City, Predators, Machete, Planet Terror, and his Mariachi trilogy. I'm really excited that Sin City 2 is finally under way.
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8:17PM on 10/29/2012
Not guilty. The prosecution side is mostly family-oriented movies and that shouldn't count. Us readers aren't their target audiences, at least me. I love Desperado, From Dusk Till Dawn, Planet Terror and even Predators.
Not guilty. The prosecution side is mostly family-oriented movies and that shouldn't count. Us readers aren't their target audiences, at least me. I love Desperado, From Dusk Till Dawn, Planet Terror and even Predators.
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8:11PM on 10/29/2012

WHAWHAWHAWHA what?

Seriously who thought this was even a case? Do yourself a favor re-read this article's positive points (clicking all the links). Then go pop kill bill volume 2 in go to special features and watch the CHINGON performance. The dude does everything......HE IS ALL THAT IS MAN !!!!!!! (yes supertroopers reference).
Seriously who thought this was even a case? Do yourself a favor re-read this article's positive points (clicking all the links). Then go pop kill bill volume 2 in go to special features and watch the CHINGON performance. The dude does everything......HE IS ALL THAT IS MAN !!!!!!! (yes supertroopers reference).
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7:58PM on 10/29/2012
For the most part - he sucks. Predatprs was good, but probably would not have been had RR directed it. Sin City sucked, most of everything he spews forth is pure shit.
For the most part - he sucks. Predatprs was good, but probably would not have been had RR directed it. Sin City sucked, most of everything he spews forth is pure shit.
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6:59PM on 10/29/2012

No

Not Guilty. This man is a real bad-ass, that is truly doing his own thing, and calling his own shots.
Not Guilty. This man is a real bad-ass, that is truly doing his own thing, and calling his own shots.
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6:40PM on 10/29/2012
Guilty!!! With the exception of Sin City and, maybe, Once Upon A Time in Mexico, he hasn't delivered on the promise of El Mariachi and Desperado (though Faculty and From Dusk til Dawn are fun). He rides off Tarantino's coattails, not to mention his insistence of being the one man filmmaker smacks of arrogance. Trust other people to help make a movie and maybe he won't deliver more garbage like Planet Terror and Machete (which both I had hopes for).....
Guilty!!! With the exception of Sin City and, maybe, Once Upon A Time in Mexico, he hasn't delivered on the promise of El Mariachi and Desperado (though Faculty and From Dusk til Dawn are fun). He rides off Tarantino's coattails, not to mention his insistence of being the one man filmmaker smacks of arrogance. Trust other people to help make a movie and maybe he won't deliver more garbage like Planet Terror and Machete (which both I had hopes for).....
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6:16PM on 10/29/2012

Not Guilty

Also Machete and Planet Terror are among his best, can't wait for Machete Kills and Sin City 2
Also Machete and Planet Terror are among his best, can't wait for Machete Kills and Sin City 2
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6:08PM on 10/29/2012

Are you f*#$ing serious?

The dude finally gave us the Predator sequel everyone wanted to see. Sounds like you have an axe to grind. Did he get you thrown out of the Alamo Drafthouse for texting?
The dude finally gave us the Predator sequel everyone wanted to see. Sounds like you have an axe to grind. Did he get you thrown out of the Alamo Drafthouse for texting?
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5:52PM on 10/29/2012

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Nicole Kidman.
Nicole Kidman.
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5:39PM on 10/29/2012

Not Guilty

Sin City 2 is on the horizon.
Sin City 2 is on the horizon.
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5:17PM on 10/29/2012
Really? Don't get me wrong, it's not like he's one of the best directors ever or anything, but his movies are a ton of fun. I'm surprised that so many people don't like Machete, I thought it was a good time. NOT GUILTY.
Really? Don't get me wrong, it's not like he's one of the best directors ever or anything, but his movies are a ton of fun. I'm surprised that so many people don't like Machete, I thought it was a good time. NOT GUILTY.
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4:46PM on 10/29/2012
Not guilty.
Not guilty.
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4:11PM on 10/29/2012
Not guilty.
Robert Rodriguez has always made the movies he's wanted to make whether it be Spy Kids or Sin City. It's been his choice every single time. The fact that he's usually also practically the entire production crew - director, cinematographer, editor, etc. - is even more impressive.

Not guilty.
Robert Rodriguez has always made the movies he's wanted to make whether it be Spy Kids or Sin City. It's been his choice every single time. The fact that he's usually also practically the entire production crew - director, cinematographer, editor, etc. - is even more impressive.

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3:54PM on 10/29/2012

Not Guilty

Rodriguez has made some awesome films, and manages to stay relatively independent with his way of working, whilst not completely avoiding the studio system. I have a lot of respect for the guy even if i don't like every film he makes. Personally i enjoyed Once Upon A Time In Mexico - it's just a different film to El Mariachi and Desperado, but an interesting view of the myth of El and how it conflicts with reality. Planet Terror was the weakest aspect of Grindhouse, in my opinion, but I know
Rodriguez has made some awesome films, and manages to stay relatively independent with his way of working, whilst not completely avoiding the studio system. I have a lot of respect for the guy even if i don't like every film he makes. Personally i enjoyed Once Upon A Time In Mexico - it's just a different film to El Mariachi and Desperado, but an interesting view of the myth of El and how it conflicts with reality. Planet Terror was the weakest aspect of Grindhouse, in my opinion, but I know plenty of people who thought it was way better than Death Proof. Fact is he has and can clearly make films that adults rave about and kids love, and can make great films on a budget. I enjoy his work and am sure he's got some great stuff still to come.
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3:53PM on 10/29/2012

Not Guilty

The worst he's done is the Spy Kids movies, but kids love those and they seem to make bank since they've made four of them now, so whatever. If they help him finance projects like Machete and it's sequel and Planet Terror then that's fine with me. He's made too many movies I've enjoyed over the last 20 years.
The worst he's done is the Spy Kids movies, but kids love those and they seem to make bank since they've made four of them now, so whatever. If they help him finance projects like Machete and it's sequel and Planet Terror then that's fine with me. He's made too many movies I've enjoyed over the last 20 years.
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3:48PM on 10/29/2012

Not guilty.

Rodriguez flopped with the SPY KIDS trilogy and THE ADVENTURES OF SHARKBOY AND LAVAGIRL. Those are just missteps that shouldn't completely categorize his career.
Rodriguez flopped with the SPY KIDS trilogy and THE ADVENTURES OF SHARKBOY AND LAVAGIRL. Those are just missteps that shouldn't completely categorize his career.
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3:30PM on 10/29/2012
Guilty. I didn't like any of the Spy Kids movies. And put Peter Berg on trial next.
Guilty. I didn't like any of the Spy Kids movies. And put Peter Berg on trial next.
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3:30PM on 10/29/2012

Not Guilty

Machete and Planet Terror used for The Prosecution and not for his Defense? Really? :o
Machete and Planet Terror used for The Prosecution and not for his Defense? Really? :o
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3:22PM on 10/29/2012
I love Planet Terror, and Sin City is one of my favorite movies. Machete was decent too, if not as mindblowingly awesome as I had hoped. Haven't seen the Spy Kids flicks, but the Desperado movies were all varying degrees of "decent'. Not Guilty, as far as I'm concerned, and bring on Sin City 2!
I love Planet Terror, and Sin City is one of my favorite movies. Machete was decent too, if not as mindblowingly awesome as I had hoped. Haven't seen the Spy Kids flicks, but the Desperado movies were all varying degrees of "decent'. Not Guilty, as far as I'm concerned, and bring on Sin City 2!
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3:20PM on 10/29/2012

Not Guilty! Not even close!

Rodriguez his a very distinct, kinetic style, that oozes out of all his movies, while still allowing them to all feel different. "Shorts" and "Spy Kids 2" are two of my all time favorite modern children's movies (family films are a different genre entirely). While all his more adult movies look visually striking (# 1 to do for any movie- be visually engaging), and more often than not, they are great fun. As far as I am concerned, not only is he not guilty, he is completely innocent and find
Rodriguez his a very distinct, kinetic style, that oozes out of all his movies, while still allowing them to all feel different. "Shorts" and "Spy Kids 2" are two of my all time favorite modern children's movies (family films are a different genre entirely). While all his more adult movies look visually striking (# 1 to do for any movie- be visually engaging), and more often than not, they are great fun. As far as I am concerned, not only is he not guilty, he is completely innocent and find this trial to be a mockery. :)

Up next- Will Ferrell
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3:18PM on 10/29/2012
Wow, thats actually hard to judge. Love his early work and Sin City. But a lot of his recent work are more like spoofs or parodies on genres than stand alone feature movies. He seems to have a lot of fun casting, doing storyboards, setting up his movies and whatsoever but he still lacks a coherent vision while filming. But he gave us Salma Hayek so I go with NOT GUILTY!
Wow, thats actually hard to judge. Love his early work and Sin City. But a lot of his recent work are more like spoofs or parodies on genres than stand alone feature movies. He seems to have a lot of fun casting, doing storyboards, setting up his movies and whatsoever but he still lacks a coherent vision while filming. But he gave us Salma Hayek so I go with NOT GUILTY!
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3:04PM on 10/29/2012
No. No. No, no, no. No way. No. Not guilty. No, no. Nope. No.
Just no.
No. No. No, no, no. No way. No. Not guilty. No, no. Nope. No.
Just no.
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2:36PM on 10/29/2012
RR has always appealed to a very specific audience. Not guilty. What he does, he does well. And get Planet Terror off that list. It doesn't belong there.
RR has always appealed to a very specific audience. Not guilty. What he does, he does well. And get Planet Terror off that list. It doesn't belong there.
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2:32PM on 10/29/2012
GUILTY!!
GUILTY!!
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2:30PM on 10/29/2012

Not Guilty

It's crazy to think that the same guy who did Spy Kids, Shorts, and Sharkboy, also did Machete, Sin City, and Dusk til Dawn.

Either way, my verdict is not guilty, i love all his mature themed movies (especially Machete) and he's one of the few directors in hollywood that really has no fear of taking risks with how the audience will handle a movie. His movies are one of a kind and always interesting. Not Guilty

Next defendant: Sandra Bullock. The first female defendant
It's crazy to think that the same guy who did Spy Kids, Shorts, and Sharkboy, also did Machete, Sin City, and Dusk til Dawn.

Either way, my verdict is not guilty, i love all his mature themed movies (especially Machete) and he's one of the few directors in hollywood that really has no fear of taking risks with how the audience will handle a movie. His movies are one of a kind and always interesting. Not Guilty

Next defendant: Sandra Bullock. The first female defendant
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2:30PM on 10/29/2012

Really???? Not Guilty! And take Grindhouse off the prosecution list

Yes, it was called Grindhouse, and it was a great movie! The Faculty over Grindhouse? Are you fucking kidding us Joblo. This man gave us Frank Miller's "Sin City" and did it in the most respectable fashion that was non-Hollywood. Sin City is still to this day the best CGI graphic comic book film adaption.
Yes, it was called Grindhouse, and it was a great movie! The Faculty over Grindhouse? Are you fucking kidding us Joblo. This man gave us Frank Miller's "Sin City" and did it in the most respectable fashion that was non-Hollywood. Sin City is still to this day the best CGI graphic comic book film adaption.
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2:28PM on 10/29/2012

Really???? Not Guilty! And take Grindhouse off the prosecution list

Yes, it was called Grindhouse, and it was a great movie! The Faculty over Grindhouse? Are you fucking kidding us Joblo. This man gave us Frank Miller's "Sin City" and did it in the most respectable fashion that was non-Hollywood. Sin City is still to this day the best CGI graphic comic book film adaption.
Yes, it was called Grindhouse, and it was a great movie! The Faculty over Grindhouse? Are you fucking kidding us Joblo. This man gave us Frank Miller's "Sin City" and did it in the most respectable fashion that was non-Hollywood. Sin City is still to this day the best CGI graphic comic book film adaption.
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2:17PM on 10/29/2012

Not Guilty

Rodiriquez remains one of my favorite directors, I guess I am fanboy when it comes to him. Although I will admit I don't watch his kids movies, even Spy Kids. He does quit talking about projects he's going to do and do them.
Rodiriquez remains one of my favorite directors, I guess I am fanboy when it comes to him. Although I will admit I don't watch his kids movies, even Spy Kids. He does quit talking about projects he's going to do and do them.
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2:15PM on 10/29/2012

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i kind of liked planet terror,OUTM,Machette in The Prosecution list.i hope he will bounce back with Sin City 2. btw,joblo,what should we select in the rating column-Green/Red for Guilty/Not guilty?
i kind of liked planet terror,OUTM,Machette in The Prosecution list.i hope he will bounce back with Sin City 2. btw,joblo,what should we select in the rating column-Green/Red for Guilty/Not guilty?
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2:14PM on 10/29/2012

No.

No way. Absolutly not guilty.
No way. Absolutly not guilty.
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2:12PM on 10/29/2012

What the hell is RR doing here?

Not guilty of course. Pick a better contender next time and get Machete and Planet Terror off the prosecutions list.
Not guilty of course. Pick a better contender next time and get Machete and Planet Terror off the prosecutions list.
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1:53PM on 10/29/2012

Guilty

I do not like any of his films, except a few of his ollllld ones. He has this style, that is too out there in his own world. What makes Quintin so great for example, is that he bring a realism and depth to his characters.
I do not like any of his films, except a few of his ollllld ones. He has this style, that is too out there in his own world. What makes Quintin so great for example, is that he bring a realism and depth to his characters.
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1:49PM on 10/29/2012

Not guilty!

And the cooking/filmmaking schools he hosts on his dvds are super-informative.
And the cooking/filmmaking schools he hosts on his dvds are super-informative.
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1:24PM on 10/29/2012

MOT GUILTY

What in poo-perfect hell is Planet Terror doing in the Prosecution?
What in poo-perfect hell is Planet Terror doing in the Prosecution?
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1:19PM on 10/29/2012

Guilty

RR has potential to make great movies that appeal to the mass market (Sin City). Instead he opts to make kids movies and movies strictly for fanboys. Him and QT both need to quit the whole "Im paying homage" schtick. And when it comes to movies that appeal to mass market (Sin City) he drags his feet in favor of making a sequel to a movie that was intended to be a joke in the first place (Machete).
RR has potential to make great movies that appeal to the mass market (Sin City). Instead he opts to make kids movies and movies strictly for fanboys. Him and QT both need to quit the whole "Im paying homage" schtick. And when it comes to movies that appeal to mass market (Sin City) he drags his feet in favor of making a sequel to a movie that was intended to be a joke in the first place (Machete).
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1:06PM on 10/29/2012
not guilty..i enjoyed Planet Terror and Machete to a certain extent
not guilty..i enjoyed Planet Terror and Machete to a certain extent
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12:54PM on 10/29/2012

Guilty

It's been a long time since he did something I enjoyed (Planet Terror). Did Spy Kids need 3 sequels? Does anyone really want machete sequels? I say guilty until he does something worthy again.
It's been a long time since he did something I enjoyed (Planet Terror). Did Spy Kids need 3 sequels? Does anyone really want machete sequels? I say guilty until he does something worthy again.
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12:42PM on 10/29/2012

Not Guilty

Planet Terror is so much fun, Sin City is awesome, Once Upon a Time in Mexico is good, Machete okay.
The kid movies are horrible, but I am not the targeted audience and he did them for his kids so I can forgive him for that...
Planet Terror is so much fun, Sin City is awesome, Once Upon a Time in Mexico is good, Machete okay.
The kid movies are horrible, but I am not the targeted audience and he did them for his kids so I can forgive him for that...
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12:42PM on 10/29/2012
Why is he already listed at the bottom of the article as being guilty?

Not guilty.

I say do Jolie next, she's never been in a good movie before.
Why is he already listed at the bottom of the article as being guilty?

Not guilty.

I say do Jolie next, she's never been in a good movie before.
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1:10PM on 10/29/2012
That was supposed to read "Michael Bay". Fixed now, thanks.
That was supposed to read "Michael Bay". Fixed now, thanks.
12:39PM on 10/29/2012

NOT GUILTY

He succeeds at making the movies he sets out to make. Sure they're not high art, but they're fun. You always know what you're going to get when you go in to see one of his movies. Sure his family films aren't that great save for the first few Spy Kids flicks, but they're a lot of fun for the most part. And Planet Terror as part of the prosecution? Really? I had a blast. I'd switch The Faculty from the defense to the prosecution, because it doesn't hold up well and it lacks all of his
He succeeds at making the movies he sets out to make. Sure they're not high art, but they're fun. You always know what you're going to get when you go in to see one of his movies. Sure his family films aren't that great save for the first few Spy Kids flicks, but they're a lot of fun for the most part. And Planet Terror as part of the prosecution? Really? I had a blast. I'd switch The Faculty from the defense to the prosecution, because it doesn't hold up well and it lacks all of his trademarks. It feels like any one of the dozens of post-Scream clones that Dimension seemed to pump out weekly in the late nineties.
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12:34PM on 10/29/2012
Who the hell is picking these celebrities for this column? Not guilty.
Who the hell is picking these celebrities for this column? Not guilty.
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8:07PM on 10/29/2012
Your mom.
Your mom.
12:33PM on 10/29/2012
Dammit, this is hard. But if I'm completely honest with myself, the only movies I've seen of his that completely satisfied were "Sin City" and "El Mariachi." I liked "Desperado," "From Dusk Til Dawn," "Once Upon a Time in Mexico," and "Planet Terror." But I'll be the first to say they are highly flawed films.

While I still think he's a better filmmaker than them, I'd liken Rodriguez somewhat to the Farrelly brothers, albeit in an action setting. So we get a bunch of action set-pieces that
Dammit, this is hard. But if I'm completely honest with myself, the only movies I've seen of his that completely satisfied were "Sin City" and "El Mariachi." I liked "Desperado," "From Dusk Til Dawn," "Once Upon a Time in Mexico," and "Planet Terror." But I'll be the first to say they are highly flawed films.

While I still think he's a better filmmaker than them, I'd liken Rodriguez somewhat to the Farrelly brothers, albeit in an action setting. So we get a bunch of action set-pieces that don't necessarily progress the story, but are damn fun to watch while they're happening, much like the Farrellys' gross-out gags are to their comedies. That he can churn out movies fairly effortlessly and efficiently is admirable, but my favorites of his are the movies he looks like he took the time to develop before he started shooting, instead of stringing together plot-points for a half-baked idea. The man knows how to shoot a movie, but he's never been very strong as a storyteller, and it shows.

Guilty, but conflicted about it.
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12:32PM on 10/29/2012
guilty. hasn't made a good movie in a looooong time. love his old stuff. I don't think he'll ever recover.
guilty. hasn't made a good movie in a looooong time. love his old stuff. I don't think he'll ever recover.
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12:23PM on 10/29/2012

Guilty

See I do enjoy every other one of his film, however I think he needs to do time for screwing people around with his projects.
Last decade the owners of Conan approached him (after the Wachowski's version fell apart) and he pretty much said "yeah I'll do it, just let me finsh this project" time and time again. A couple of years and projects later he turned around and said "I cannot comit".
According to Rose Mcgowan, the funding for the new Barbarella was pretty much there but Rodriguez simply
See I do enjoy every other one of his film, however I think he needs to do time for screwing people around with his projects.
Last decade the owners of Conan approached him (after the Wachowski's version fell apart) and he pretty much said "yeah I'll do it, just let me finsh this project" time and time again. A couple of years and projects later he turned around and said "I cannot comit".
According to Rose Mcgowan, the funding for the new Barbarella was pretty much there but Rodriguez simply changed his mind.
And who could forget when Sin City 2 was going to be the next film he was going to do after the first one.
Punish the bitch!
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12:20PM on 10/29/2012

Not Guilty

Yes, he's turned out some duds but he has more good films than bad ones. And yes, I enjoyed Machete and Planet Terror so that's two pieces of evidence removed from the prosecution's case.

Next Up: M. Night Shyamalan.
Yes, he's turned out some duds but he has more good films than bad ones. And yes, I enjoyed Machete and Planet Terror so that's two pieces of evidence removed from the prosecution's case.

Next Up: M. Night Shyamalan.
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12:11PM on 10/29/2012

Guilty

But i thought "Once upon a time in Mexico" wasn't a; that bad.... I loved Depp's role in it..
But i thought "Once upon a time in Mexico" wasn't a; that bad.... I loved Depp's role in it..
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12:05PM on 10/29/2012

Um... I'm Not Sure

Difficult one, the movies he makes are cool as fuck and I love Sin City to no end.

But he does suffer with story telling (Machete was a mess). I'm gonna say GUILTY but only just.

Next Week - Mark Wahlberg
Difficult one, the movies he makes are cool as fuck and I love Sin City to no end.

But he does suffer with story telling (Machete was a mess). I'm gonna say GUILTY but only just.

Next Week - Mark Wahlberg
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12:03PM on 10/29/2012

Guilty , Guilty , Guilty !!

The guy started great, but he hasn't done anything good since Sin City and The Faculty before that.
The guy started great, but he hasn't done anything good since Sin City and The Faculty before that.
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12:03PM on 10/29/2012

Guilty!

Perhaps the worst kind of guilty in that he started as one of the most inspiring young filmmakers on the scene only to rapidly turn in to... well, I'm not even going to bother with attempts at eloquence here... he's an assclown. Lock him up and throw away the key! I'll... uh... still hold on to my "El Mariachi" DVD though, thanks...
Perhaps the worst kind of guilty in that he started as one of the most inspiring young filmmakers on the scene only to rapidly turn in to... well, I'm not even going to bother with attempts at eloquence here... he's an assclown. Lock him up and throw away the key! I'll... uh... still hold on to my "El Mariachi" DVD though, thanks...
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11:57AM on 10/29/2012

Guilty as Fuck

He's NEVER been good- Sin City was awesome because it was an exact copy of the comic, and even then it's painfully cheesy in parts. Guilty
He's NEVER been good- Sin City was awesome because it was an exact copy of the comic, and even then it's painfully cheesy in parts. Guilty
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11:54AM on 10/29/2012

NOT GUILTY

The man makes movie that he wants to see rather the ones people tell him too, and I can respect that. This man also does everything practically by himself, everyone should respect that. Sure, most of the his kiddie films are poop, but they are also not for me. He delivers on everything visually interesting and entertaining when he goes all out. Machete and Planet Terror were great homages to the grindhouse scene, Rodriques delivered on those films. Plus, he is very smart with his film making.
The man makes movie that he wants to see rather the ones people tell him too, and I can respect that. This man also does everything practically by himself, everyone should respect that. Sure, most of the his kiddie films are poop, but they are also not for me. He delivers on everything visually interesting and entertaining when he goes all out. Machete and Planet Terror were great homages to the grindhouse scene, Rodriques delivered on those films. Plus, he is very smart with his film making. Those 10 minute "school" clips are extremely educational. Rodriques is not guilty on account of he doen't give a fuck.
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