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Movie Jail: This week's defendant is...Roland Emmerich!

Nov. 12, 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


Roland Emmerich

The Case

The Prosecution: 2012, 10,000 BC, The Day After Tomorrow, Godzilla, Independence Day*

It's that time again where we throw another director on the stand. Right now, we're at 3 a piece for directors in Movie Jail and those walking free, and what better tie breaker than Mr. Roland Emmerich. As far as we can tell, if there's one thing that Mr. Emmerich loves more than storylines that go nowhere and embarrassing dialogue, it's beating up Earth. But why? It's nature, bitches love nature and shit. Now, Mr. Emmerich doesn't have as long a resume as some of our previous directors, but those films that are part of the prosecution's evidence are just awful. We know a lot of you love ID4, as we did when it first came out, but the years have not been kind to it. Seriously, watch it again. It has all the Emmerich staples: horribly written dialogue, cheesy, over the top characters, and weak sauce scenarios so unbelievable, even for Hollywood, that it makes our faces bleed. Remember in The Day After Tomorrow when Dennis Quaid's all "Fuck it, let's walk from Philly to New York City in a blizzard, should take us a half hour."? And then the wolves played hide and seek with the survivors? Yeah, we wish we didn't remember that. We haven't seen Anonymous just yet, but we're thinking Shakespear walks outside for a leisurely stroll and gets punched in the mouth by a hurricane.


The Day After Tomorrow aka When Earth had enough of the Statue of Liberty's shit.

The Defense: Stargate, Universal Soldier, The Patriot*

Ladies and Gentleman of the jury, we've been down this road with the likes of Michael Bay: a director who makes big budget, action films for a specific audience. These people know what they're getting with a Roland Emmerich film and from what we can tell, his audience seems okay with the finished product. So where's the crime in creating a visually appealing big budget disaster movie like Independence Day or 2012? If there's a place in the movie going world for things like Twilight or Sex & the City films, why can't these exist? And by Chris Bumbray's favorable review of Anonymous, it looks like Mr. Emmerich is switching things up by scaling back and trying his hand at more dramatic fare (he has another film to be released in 2013 called White House Down starring Tanning Chatum and Jaime Foxx). If the positive reviews of Anonymous are any indication of where Mr. Emmerich's career is headed, why don't we take some time to see how it plays out before throwing him in the slammer?


2012 aka John Cusack drives a limo through the end of the world

IN CLOSING...

So, whats to be done with Mr. Roland Emmerich? Is his style of action/disaster movies really all that bad? Or are they so bad that he needs to be stopped immediately? And the most important question to be asked, once all evidence is taken into consideration, we ask you The Jury, is Roland Emmerich 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 Kristen Stewart NOT GUILTY of all charges. Early on, the jury made it clear that KStew is still a young up and comer with potential to have a solid career as a Hollywood A-lister. Even though she's free, the jury has suggested that she be put on a 5 year or 3 movie probation to see how the next few steps in her career develop.

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11:46AM on 11/14/2012

Not Guilty

Much like the case with Michael Bay, I will use Emmerich's "Case" for his defense. Without Emmerich and Bay the terms "fun" and "overdramatized heroics" would be very different today. And, in a way, we want these movies in our lifes. We criticize them, but the truth is that we don't recognize what enjoyment and (misplaced) epicness we would have missed. I enjoyed Day After Tomorrow, while Independence Day and Godzilla make it to my favorite movies in a list which also includes the likes of
Much like the case with Michael Bay, I will use Emmerich's "Case" for his defense. Without Emmerich and Bay the terms "fun" and "overdramatized heroics" would be very different today. And, in a way, we want these movies in our lifes. We criticize them, but the truth is that we don't recognize what enjoyment and (misplaced) epicness we would have missed. I enjoyed Day After Tomorrow, while Independence Day and Godzilla make it to my favorite movies in a list which also includes the likes of David Lynch, John Carpenter and others under the "label" of "true cinema". So f-ing what?

I don't even consider their films as "guilty" pleasures. Why guilty if they entertain by telling a few harmless lies on the way? Release those guys asap.
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9:14PM on 11/13/2012

If it pleases the court...

His movies are always fun (remember when we just went to the movies to have fun???) Are they completely devoid of logic and realism. Yes. Do I care? No, just as long as I'm enjoying myself.
NOT GUILTY
(and if the jury agrees, I ask for an immediate release of Michael Bay and request that he should be equitable of all charges (minus a severe warning regarding horror remakes)
Tidbit: Dario Argento : I love the man but his last few movies... Damn!
His movies are always fun (remember when we just went to the movies to have fun???) Are they completely devoid of logic and realism. Yes. Do I care? No, just as long as I'm enjoying myself.
NOT GUILTY
(and if the jury agrees, I ask for an immediate release of Michael Bay and request that he should be equitable of all charges (minus a severe warning regarding horror remakes)
Tidbit: Dario Argento : I love the man but his last few movies... Damn!
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8:56PM on 11/13/2012
Not guilty. His movies are guilty (pun intended) pleasure. Extra tidbit: Steven Seagal or Joel Schumacher.
Not guilty. His movies are guilty (pun intended) pleasure. Extra tidbit: Steven Seagal or Joel Schumacher.
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6:11PM on 11/13/2012

Extra Tidbit

I know I said Tyler Perry and Joel Schumacher, but I think another one should be considered too: Martin Campbell! He did Casino Royale, Goldeneye and Mask of Zorro which wereamazing but Edge of Darkness, Legend of Zorro and Green Lantern were just god awful. Green Lantern was inexcusably ridiculous, they had so much material and took a shit on it
I know I said Tyler Perry and Joel Schumacher, but I think another one should be considered too: Martin Campbell! He did Casino Royale, Goldeneye and Mask of Zorro which wereamazing but Edge of Darkness, Legend of Zorro and Green Lantern were just god awful. Green Lantern was inexcusably ridiculous, they had so much material and took a shit on it
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4:48PM on 11/13/2012

Not Guilty

I still love ID4, in all its cheesy glory. The Patriot is also awesome. I even enjoyed Day After Tomorrow, and the first hour of 2012 is Disaster-Porn at its best. So while Godzilla was bad (when big G wasn't stomping around NYC), and 10,000 BC was so damn boring I still can't remember anything that wasn't in the trailer, I'm still going to give him a pass.
Extra Tidbit: Garry Marshall- We can talk about Chick Flicks here, can't we?
I still love ID4, in all its cheesy glory. The Patriot is also awesome. I even enjoyed Day After Tomorrow, and the first hour of 2012 is Disaster-Porn at its best. So while Godzilla was bad (when big G wasn't stomping around NYC), and 10,000 BC was so damn boring I still can't remember anything that wasn't in the trailer, I'm still going to give him a pass.
Extra Tidbit: Garry Marshall- We can talk about Chick Flicks here, can't we?
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3:24PM on 11/13/2012
Prosecute him. I hardly enjoy his movies. Independence day was okay, not great. 2012 was so bad. 12,000BC was shit. Do I need to say more? Nah.
Prosecute him. I hardly enjoy his movies. Independence day was okay, not great. 2012 was so bad. 12,000BC was shit. Do I need to say more? Nah.
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12:16PM on 11/13/2012

Deferred

Anonymous was pretty sweet and ID4 came out when I was young and will therefore probably always love that movie, the crappy dialogue is part of the charm in that one, but yeah the rest of his movies suck pretty hard. He's great at big action, much like Bay, but the story lines are cliche and the same every time, much like bay. I thnk he is capable, but probably misguieded. I'm gonna have to go with a deferred judgement, probation until he puts out something truly great again or another turd.
Anonymous was pretty sweet and ID4 came out when I was young and will therefore probably always love that movie, the crappy dialogue is part of the charm in that one, but yeah the rest of his movies suck pretty hard. He's great at big action, much like Bay, but the story lines are cliche and the same every time, much like bay. I thnk he is capable, but probably misguieded. I'm gonna have to go with a deferred judgement, probation until he puts out something truly great again or another turd.
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12:13PM on 11/13/2012

Guilty

SFX are always the draw to his films . Outside of that, they are twaddle
SFX are always the draw to his films . Outside of that, they are twaddle
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11:56AM on 11/13/2012

Guilty

The prosecution's case is bang-on. The years have not been kind to ID4 and Emmerich's movies have only gotten worse.
The prosecution's case is bang-on. The years have not been kind to ID4 and Emmerich's movies have only gotten worse.
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10:39AM on 11/13/2012

Not guilty

Like many have said, he makes entertaining movies. Big special effects extravaganza's you have to see on the big screen.
Like many have said, he makes entertaining movies. Big special effects extravaganza's you have to see on the big screen.
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9:18AM on 11/13/2012

Not Guilty

No matter what people might say about this guy, he makes movies that entertain.
No matter what people might say about this guy, he makes movies that entertain.
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9:13AM on 11/13/2012
On the one hand you have a guy who makes movies that "consistently" make a lot of money. On the other hand you have the type of humans who visit websites like this demonstrating how cool they are by announcing how bad they think his movies are. Who should I believe? Perhaps they're too cool to admit they enjoyed his movies or those made by Bay or starring Cage but I tend to find their movies entertaining. Perhaps I am a simpleton who is easily pleased. I don't know. What I do know is that
On the one hand you have a guy who makes movies that "consistently" make a lot of money. On the other hand you have the type of humans who visit websites like this demonstrating how cool they are by announcing how bad they think his movies are. Who should I believe? Perhaps they're too cool to admit they enjoyed his movies or those made by Bay or starring Cage but I tend to find their movies entertaining. Perhaps I am a simpleton who is easily pleased. I don't know. What I do know is that I have an ability to enjoy these movies for what they are...over the top action....massive plot holes...cheesy dialogue...it's all good....since I watch movies like this to be entertained...not to be educated. So, going back to the point about his movies "consistently" making a lot of money...would suggests I'm not the only one. Thus, for me, not guilty. :o)
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8:56AM on 11/13/2012

Not Guilty, Tidbit: Shyamalan

The guy is not guilty. His movies aren't so horrible as to cause him to not be able to make another movie. In fact, if you strip the name Godzilla from the movie, and take it as the popcorn cheeze that it's supposed to be, then it's not that bad of a movie. If I can overlook the terrible acting in say... Killer Klowns from Outer Space, then I can easily enjoy his films. Maybe I just have low standards, but the guy isn't that bad.
The guy is not guilty. His movies aren't so horrible as to cause him to not be able to make another movie. In fact, if you strip the name Godzilla from the movie, and take it as the popcorn cheeze that it's supposed to be, then it's not that bad of a movie. If I can overlook the terrible acting in say... Killer Klowns from Outer Space, then I can easily enjoy his films. Maybe I just have low standards, but the guy isn't that bad.
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8:37AM on 11/13/2012

Not Guilty

His films may have countless layers of cheese, but I always find them entertaining. Nobody does global destruction like Emmerich.
His films may have countless layers of cheese, but I always find them entertaining. Nobody does global destruction like Emmerich.
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8:11AM on 11/13/2012
How about guilty with a suspended sentence?? I actually enjoy The Day After Tomorrow, even with its ridiculous global warming hypothesis, 2012 was utter shit and Universal Soldier like ID4 is pretty unwatchable now. People do enjoy watching him blow up the planet however, I just wish he would cram a decent story into the destruction while he;s doing it.
How about guilty with a suspended sentence?? I actually enjoy The Day After Tomorrow, even with its ridiculous global warming hypothesis, 2012 was utter shit and Universal Soldier like ID4 is pretty unwatchable now. People do enjoy watching him blow up the planet however, I just wish he would cram a decent story into the destruction while he;s doing it.
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7:59AM on 11/13/2012

Guilty

Throw him movie jail and lose the key
Throw him movie jail and lose the key
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7:08AM on 11/13/2012

Not guilty.

I said Michael Bay wasn't guilty because he knows his audience, and I say the same for Roland Emmerich.
I said Michael Bay wasn't guilty because he knows his audience, and I say the same for Roland Emmerich.
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1:44AM on 11/13/2012

NOT GUILTY

he is the poor mans Michael Bay & i enjoy his disaster flicks to death,ID4, Day After Tomorrow, 2012 & i even like Godzilla. Some people just need to chill & enjoy movies for what they are meant to be entertaining. Clearly this article has worn out it's welcome. It is starting to take itself way too seriously. Talk about beating a dead horse.
he is the poor mans Michael Bay & i enjoy his disaster flicks to death,ID4, Day After Tomorrow, 2012 & i even like Godzilla. Some people just need to chill & enjoy movies for what they are meant to be entertaining. Clearly this article has worn out it's welcome. It is starting to take itself way too seriously. Talk about beating a dead horse.
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12:57AM on 11/13/2012

NOT guilty

You guys seriously need to develop a sense of humor.
You guys seriously need to develop a sense of humor.
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9:35PM on 11/12/2012

Not Guilty

Independence day is the fav movie of my childhood......
Independence day is the fav movie of my childhood......
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8:58PM on 11/12/2012

Guilty

Guilty, if only b/c Michael Bay is guilty and they basically make the same type of film.
Guilty, if only b/c Michael Bay is guilty and they basically make the same type of film.
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6:26PM on 11/12/2012
Independence Day is why I love Emmerich. It was the Star Wars of 1996. After 16 years, it's still the most entertainging, most epic alien attack/end of the world movie.
BTW, Anonymous was an underrated gem, so I'd say...
NOT GUILTY!
Independence Day is why I love Emmerich. It was the Star Wars of 1996. After 16 years, it's still the most entertainging, most epic alien attack/end of the world movie.
BTW, Anonymous was an underrated gem, so I'd say...
NOT GUILTY!
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6:20PM on 11/12/2012

W?

WTF people ! You don't like destriction ??
The man ain't a good director but insted of look a cheap made destruction movies, with Roland you have 200 millions budget ones !

NOT GUILTY !
WTF people ! You don't like destriction ??
The man ain't a good director but insted of look a cheap made destruction movies, with Roland you have 200 millions budget ones !

NOT GUILTY !
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6:48PM on 11/12/2012
We got it the first time!

*winky face*
We got it the first time!

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5:35PM on 11/12/2012

GUILTY

Guilty as hell.
Guilty as hell.
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5:12PM on 11/12/2012

Thanks for using my pick guys!

You know this is coming from someone who loves STARGATE and INDEPENDENCE DAY but since GODZILLA, it's been nothing but one awful movie after another. Sometimes I love him, sometimes I hate his flicks. For me, he's the ultimate guilty pleasure director. However....guilty!
You know this is coming from someone who loves STARGATE and INDEPENDENCE DAY but since GODZILLA, it's been nothing but one awful movie after another. Sometimes I love him, sometimes I hate his flicks. For me, he's the ultimate guilty pleasure director. However....guilty!
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4:54PM on 11/12/2012

Mmmm.... I'm gonna go with guilty on this one...

His good movies really aren't good enough to make up for just how bad his bad movies are. I suppose there's probable cause that he deserves a second chance, but I won't be the one who gives it to him.
His good movies really aren't good enough to make up for just how bad his bad movies are. I suppose there's probable cause that he deserves a second chance, but I won't be the one who gives it to him.
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4:23PM on 11/12/2012
So very, very GUILTY. Emmerich seems like a really decent guy from everything I've heard so I hate to say this, but he's clearly got some talent as a director and has made almost nothing but awful films (the only good ones I've seen are Universal Soldier, The Patriot, and Anonymous). Stargate sucked, Independence Day was worse, and Godzilla was worse still. Day After Tomorrow and 2012 may not have been on the Godzilla level of badness, but I hardly see that as a glowing endorsement.

I
So very, very GUILTY. Emmerich seems like a really decent guy from everything I've heard so I hate to say this, but he's clearly got some talent as a director and has made almost nothing but awful films (the only good ones I've seen are Universal Soldier, The Patriot, and Anonymous). Stargate sucked, Independence Day was worse, and Godzilla was worse still. Day After Tomorrow and 2012 may not have been on the Godzilla level of badness, but I hardly see that as a glowing endorsement.

I repeat--much as he seems like a cool guy and is capable of making good films, that just makes his constant bad films even worse. Dude's guilty.
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4:05PM on 11/12/2012
Guilty. Did you write Tanning Chatum on purpose or do you just say it so much on the podcast that you forgot that's not really his name?
Guilty. Did you write Tanning Chatum on purpose or do you just say it so much on the podcast that you forgot that's not really his name?
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6:46PM on 11/12/2012
Definitely both
Definitely both
3:48PM on 11/12/2012
Look, Roland Emmerich blows up the world in his movies. Big deal. Disaster flicks are what they are. You like them or hate them. But by and large he delivers what he says he'll deliver. You want a good candidate for trial in movie jail? Next week I nominate M Night Shyamalan. Here is a guy who delivers crap in each movie, progressively getting worse. You expect all his twists and they do not satisfy. Another one trick pony. I think Michael Bay can go to movie jail for his sheer
Look, Roland Emmerich blows up the world in his movies. Big deal. Disaster flicks are what they are. You like them or hate them. But by and large he delivers what he says he'll deliver. You want a good candidate for trial in movie jail? Next week I nominate M Night Shyamalan. Here is a guy who delivers crap in each movie, progressively getting worse. You expect all his twists and they do not satisfy. Another one trick pony. I think Michael Bay can go to movie jail for his sheer arrogance that comes through his movies, but Roland Emmerich is sincere in his genre. So I give him a pass. There is a market for disaster movies. Not for movie disasters.
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3:31PM on 11/12/2012
The day after tomorrow is decent, and ID4... it`s ID4! a modern classic, I`m not saying it`s good, but not bad at all. The patriot, 2012 & 10000 BC are crap, and of course STARGATE is his best movie and UNIVERSAL SOLDIER a great one. But even in the worst cases I enjoy his movies. I guess 10000 its the only boring one, the rest are guilty pleasures. NOT GUILTY!

Joel Schumacher yeah! and can we re open DeNiro`s case? he needs to be guilty!
The day after tomorrow is decent, and ID4... it`s ID4! a modern classic, I`m not saying it`s good, but not bad at all. The patriot, 2012 & 10000 BC are crap, and of course STARGATE is his best movie and UNIVERSAL SOLDIER a great one. But even in the worst cases I enjoy his movies. I guess 10000 its the only boring one, the rest are guilty pleasures. NOT GUILTY!

Joel Schumacher yeah! and can we re open DeNiro`s case? he needs to be guilty!
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3:05PM on 11/12/2012
This is a tough one. Anonymous looked pretty bad but Godzilla is a guilty pleasure of mine. That movie is so bad that its hilarious. Let's say not guilty. Keep making me laugh Roland!! and how about Martin Scorsese on the stand next?
This is a tough one. Anonymous looked pretty bad but Godzilla is a guilty pleasure of mine. That movie is so bad that its hilarious. Let's say not guilty. Keep making me laugh Roland!! and how about Martin Scorsese on the stand next?
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2:26PM on 11/12/2012

Guilty

For me there is nothing he has done that has any value to film.

I second the call for Joel Schumacher - not such an open and shut case as I think he has some good defence...
For me there is nothing he has done that has any value to film.

I second the call for Joel Schumacher - not such an open and shut case as I think he has some good defence...
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1:56PM on 11/12/2012

Extra Tidbit

TYLER PERRY! or JOEL SCHUMACHER
TYLER PERRY! or JOEL SCHUMACHER
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1:43PM on 11/12/2012
Defense (for me) Stargate, Universal Soldier, Independence Day, 2012,
some might be ridicoulus, but for me i've been able to look past that, and so it as good entertainment. Stargate is golden for me, but too each his own off course
Prosecution: 10.000 BC, Godzilla, (too ridicoulus) Day after Tommorow (plain boring) Patriot (with all due respect US Patriotism is no fun for non americans, especially when you completely rearange history for it's cause)
Jury is still out....
Defense (for me) Stargate, Universal Soldier, Independence Day, 2012,
some might be ridicoulus, but for me i've been able to look past that, and so it as good entertainment. Stargate is golden for me, but too each his own off course
Prosecution: 10.000 BC, Godzilla, (too ridicoulus) Day after Tommorow (plain boring) Patriot (with all due respect US Patriotism is no fun for non americans, especially when you completely rearange history for it's cause)
Jury is still out....
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1:42PM on 11/12/2012
2012, 10,000 BC and The Day After Tomorrow might've been trash but Stargate, The Patriot and Universal Soldier were all kick-ass and still hold up to this day.

I'd say he narrowly escapes prosecution... but just barely.
2012, 10,000 BC and The Day After Tomorrow might've been trash but Stargate, The Patriot and Universal Soldier were all kick-ass and still hold up to this day.

I'd say he narrowly escapes prosecution... but just barely.
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1:34PM on 11/12/2012

STARGATE is his DEFENSE?

That movie was atrocious! Oh my this guy makes horrible popcorn flicks. He'll probably get the Star Wars gig....

GUILTY!!!!!!
That movie was atrocious! Oh my this guy makes horrible popcorn flicks. He'll probably get the Star Wars gig....

GUILTY!!!!!!
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1:26PM on 11/12/2012

He is beyond guilty.......

Every film he's made is absolute crap. He should be exiled somewhere.
Every film he's made is absolute crap. He should be exiled somewhere.
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1:25PM on 11/12/2012

Not guilty

His good far outweighs his bad.

But Kstew, really? Ew.
His good far outweighs his bad.

But Kstew, really? Ew.
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1:24PM on 11/12/2012

Guilty, I guess...

About a year ago I know where my vote would fall, but now not so sure. ID4, true it's a little bit dated, but in a good way, like those '50s-era giant bug movies. It's fun to poke fun at it, but it's still decently put-together. His worst offenses I have been smart enough to avoid. Except The Day After Tomorrow, which unfortunately is an interesting idea suffocated by a second-rate story. All this and the historical bullshit of The Patriot (way to whitewash history) would have my vote for
About a year ago I know where my vote would fall, but now not so sure. ID4, true it's a little bit dated, but in a good way, like those '50s-era giant bug movies. It's fun to poke fun at it, but it's still decently put-together. His worst offenses I have been smart enough to avoid. Except The Day After Tomorrow, which unfortunately is an interesting idea suffocated by a second-rate story. All this and the historical bullshit of The Patriot (way to whitewash history) would have my vote for guilty. But then he went and did the unthinkable -- he started making not disaster movies. I guess once you do the End of the World you can't really top that. I haven't seen Anonymous either, but between that and White House Down, which I am interested in seeing, makes me think we ought to delay trial, or at least grant him probation.
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1:02PM on 11/12/2012

NOT GUILTY

Sure some of his movies are considered by critics and some fans to be utter crap, but what they are not, by and large, is forgettable. Roland Emmerich's films the good ones and the bad ones are unforgettable they stick in you. The Day After Tomorrow as example, is panned as a bad flick for its own reasons, and still we went out to see it and still we have images of that film that resonate and leave an emotional imprint. The Patriot was a great film. 2012 was flawed, but as an epic disaster
Sure some of his movies are considered by critics and some fans to be utter crap, but what they are not, by and large, is forgettable. Roland Emmerich's films the good ones and the bad ones are unforgettable they stick in you. The Day After Tomorrow as example, is panned as a bad flick for its own reasons, and still we went out to see it and still we have images of that film that resonate and leave an emotional imprint. The Patriot was a great film. 2012 was flawed, but as an epic disaster film it was thrilling too. Godzilla was a massively huge risky misstep, but even that popcorn flick leaves you with solid memories. Roland likes to blow things up in his movies, like in Independence Day which I am sorry is a GREAT summer blockbuster. How are you going to use Independence day as a prosecution in this case is beyond me. Look, Roland is NOT Christopher Nolan or Martin Scorcese, He's not Francis Ford Copolla or Stanley Kubrick. He does what he does. He makes big budget Summer blow em up disaster movies as his schtick, and occasionally throws out a real gem like The Patriot. No need to be in movie jail for making money in the industry. Sure he is about ONE step away from Michael Bay, but his movies still maintain a sense of charm no matter what.
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12:59PM on 11/12/2012

W?

WTF people ! You don't like destriction ??
The man ain't a good director but insted of look a cheap made destruction movies, with Roland you have 200 millions budget ones !

NOT GUILTY !
WTF people ! You don't like destriction ??
The man ain't a good director but insted of look a cheap made destruction movies, with Roland you have 200 millions budget ones !

NOT GUILTY !
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12:55PM on 11/12/2012

GUILTY

Not a fan of anything he's done since Universal Solider, what makes me dislike his stuff even more is that he takes potentially awesome genre ideas and then makes a total pigs ear out of them.
Not a fan of anything he's done since Universal Solider, what makes me dislike his stuff even more is that he takes potentially awesome genre ideas and then makes a total pigs ear out of them.
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12:52PM on 11/12/2012

Not Guilty

Every once in a while, I do like to just switch off my brain and enjoy a big budget visual spectacle for a couple of hours, and if Emmerich can do anything, its to direct the hell out of a large-scale disaster movie. Yeah yeah, he directed some stinkers like 10,000 BC or GODZILLA, but in my opinion, most of his movies are plain old funtimes keeping with the traditions of The Towering Inferno, Earthquake, Poseidon Adventure or Airport. STARGATE was one of my favorite sci-fi adventure movie and I
Every once in a while, I do like to just switch off my brain and enjoy a big budget visual spectacle for a couple of hours, and if Emmerich can do anything, its to direct the hell out of a large-scale disaster movie. Yeah yeah, he directed some stinkers like 10,000 BC or GODZILLA, but in my opinion, most of his movies are plain old funtimes keeping with the traditions of The Towering Inferno, Earthquake, Poseidon Adventure or Airport. STARGATE was one of my favorite sci-fi adventure movie and I love ID4 too, and yes watched it again, the charm still holds (though I guess that credit goes way more to the Smith Goldblum Pullman trio than to the director). THE PATRIOT is also a good movie, and if nothing else, I can easily kill an hour watching the Mother Nature beating the shit out of Earth in 2012 or TDAT. If there's place for Vampire romances and horrible chick-flicks, then there's place for big budget disaster flicks too.
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12:50PM on 11/12/2012

Guilty

As much as I enjoyed Universal Soldier everything else has been a crap shoot.
As much as I enjoyed Universal Soldier everything else has been a crap shoot.
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12:47PM on 11/12/2012

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Godzilla and that caveman pic excluding he's done an ok job in disaster movies and keeping it interesting.
Godzilla and that caveman pic excluding he's done an ok job in disaster movies and keeping it interesting.
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12:42PM on 11/12/2012

GUILTY

I had such high hopes for 10,000 BC and that turned to complete crap. He really screwed up a lot of movies, GUILTY GUILTY GUILTY
I had such high hopes for 10,000 BC and that turned to complete crap. He really screwed up a lot of movies, GUILTY GUILTY GUILTY
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12:37PM on 11/12/2012

Guilty

I don't care if all his movies are the same thing just under a different skin.

He made fuckin Godzilla. I can't forgive him for that.
I don't care if all his movies are the same thing just under a different skin.

He made fuckin Godzilla. I can't forgive him for that.
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12:32PM on 11/12/2012

not guilty

not guilty
not guilty
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12:30PM on 11/12/2012

Guilty or Not Guilty

If you guys could put your verdicts in the Title, that'll make it way easier for us to count the votes. Thanks.
If you guys could put your verdicts in the Title, that'll make it way easier for us to count the votes. Thanks.
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12:25PM on 11/12/2012

Guilty

guilty.
guilty.
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12:25PM on 11/12/2012
The man took THE most beloved movie character of my childhood and turned him into a Hermaphroditic French Iguana with tuna breath that runs away from helicopters.

Guilty.
The man took THE most beloved movie character of my childhood and turned him into a Hermaphroditic French Iguana with tuna breath that runs away from helicopters.

Guilty.
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12:28PM on 11/12/2012
I will definitely agree he botched Godzilla horribly.
I will definitely agree he botched Godzilla horribly.
12:23PM on 11/12/2012

NOT GUILTY

Dude makes super fun movies. They are beyond moronic sometimes, and a couple are just downright bad....but for the most part- When you walk into an Emmerich movie you can expect a good time.
Dude makes super fun movies. They are beyond moronic sometimes, and a couple are just downright bad....but for the most part- When you walk into an Emmerich movie you can expect a good time.
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