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Dec. 30, 2013by: Jesse Giroux

Movie Jail

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

The Defendant

The Case

The Prosecution: Grudge Match, Escape Plan, Bullet to the Head, Zookeeper, Spy Kids 3: Game Over, Eye See You, Avenging Angelo, Driven, Get Carter, Daylight, Assassins, Judge Dredd, The Specialist, Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot, Rocky V, Tango & Cash, Rocky IV, Rhinestone

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, with Grudge Match bombing with critics and failing to generate almost any interest at the box office, the prosecution has decided it's time to send Sylvester Stallone to Movie Jail. It can't go any worse than Arnold Schwarzenegger's trial, right?

This year has been a little rough for Mr. Stallone. All three of his films released in 2013 were critical failures and underperformed in theaters (Bullet to the Head, Escape Plan, and the previously mentioned Grudge Match), and he also wrote the script for Homeland, a completely forgettable movie. But it's not as if the actor is just having a down year. The last film Mr. Stallone starred in that wasn't The Expendables or Rocky related to earn a fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes was 2003's Shade, and almost no one saw that movie. He has appeared in plenty of flops like Get Carter and Driven, and the only way to describe his performances in those films is lazy.

But the real problem is outside of The Expendables, Rocky, or Rambo, Mr. Stallone just hasn't done anything that great for the past decade. Eye See You? Garbage. Avenging Angelo? Awful. And if we are being completely honest here, the first Expendables film wasn't that great and although the intense violence in the last Rambo was awesome, it's still not as strong as the previous movies in the series.

Starring in bad films isn't a new trick for Mr. Stallone though. From 1983 to 1993 the actor appeared in a bunch of terrible movies (Rhinestone, Tango & Cash, Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot), and also directed Staying Alive, the absolutely horrible sequel to Saturday Night Fever. Mr. Stallone's filmography from the mid to late 90s isn't fantastic either: does the prosecution really need to remind the jury how painful it is to watch Judge Dredd?

The prosecution knows Mr. Stallone is an incredibly popular actor, but if you look at the evidence, it is obvious he needs to spend some time in Movie Jail.

The Defense: The Expendables 2, The Expendables, Rambo, Rocky Balboa, Shade, Antz, Cop Land, Cliffhanger, Demolition Man, Oscar, Lock Up, Rambo III, Over the Top, Cobra, Rambo: First Blood Part II, Rambo: First Blood, Rocky III, Nighthawks, Victory, Rocky II, F.I.S.T., Rocky

Ladies and gentlemen, I shouldn't even have to defend Sylvester Stallone, because him being considered for Movie Jail is beyond ridiculous. The man gave us Rocky and Rambo for Christ's sake, and there's no way the jury is going to send him to prison, FACT. Also a fact: the jury is going to tear the prosecution a new one for this trial.

The prosecution claims Mr. Stallone hasn't had a great year (which may be true), and has had previous periods of not so great work, but he completely ignores how the actor has rebounded from his failures. Mr. Stallone might go through stretches where he doesn't appear in the best films or give the greatest performances, but it's not as if he's stuck only doing VOD or direct-to-DVD movies. Why? Because he's Sylvester f*cking Stallone, that's why. He's still a great action star, a decent actor, and fans love the big fellow.

Mr. Stallone also deserves a lot of credit for bringing together so many action stars for The Expendables movies. He's a big reason why people like Chuck Norris, Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger appeared in the films, and the defense feels Mr. Stallone is the glue that holds everything together in these films. Without him, they just wouldn't be as good.

But Rocky, Rambo, and The Expendables aren't the only good films featuring the actor. People forget just how great he was in Cop Land, and he was also fantastic in films like Demolition Man, Cliffhanger, and Lock Up. Mr. Stallone isn't just an action star either. The defense has a soft spot for Oscar, and the actor did a fine job voicing Weaver in Antz.

Sylvester Stallone for Movie Jail? Not going to happen. Not now, not ever.

IN CLOSING...

Should Sylvester Stallone be sent to Movie Jail, or does the jury think the prosecution's case against the actor is ludicrous? Does the actor deserve a prison sentence, or is this trial a waste of the court's time? Is Sylvester Stallone GUILTY or NOT GUILTY?

COMMENT BELOW WITH YOUR VERDICT!

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

WHAT SAY YOU, GUILTY OR NOT?

LAST WEEK'S VERDICT

Shia LeBeouf had a few supporters in last week's trial, but they weren't enough, and the actor has been found GUILTY of all charges. Most of the jury felt they could look past some of his bland performances and films (and for being kind of a dick), however they refused to ignore how unethical it was for him to plagiarize Dan Clowes' comic. Shia LaBeouf is going to be sitting in a cell in Movie Jail for a long time, where he belongs.

PREVIOUS VERDICTS

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

NOT GUILTY Robert De Niro, Val Kilmer, Nic Cage, John Travolta, Oliver Stone, Ben Stiller, Jim Carrey, Wes Craven, Matthew McConaughey, Robert Rodriguez, Kristen Stewart, Roland Emmerich, Kevin Costner, Sandra Bullock, Hilary Swank, Al Pacino, Keanu Reeves, Kevin Smith, Channing Tatum, Jennifer Aniston, Owen Wilson, Anna Faris, Robin Williams, Charlize Theron, Ray Liotta, Jason Statham, Paul Walker, Will Smith, Salma Hayek, Michael Cera, Johnny Depp, Ryan Reynolds, Milla Jovovich, John Singleton, Jon Voight, Jack Black, Brian De Palma, Jerry Bruckheimer, Nicole Kidman, Justin Timberlake, Freddy Krueger (Halloween Special), Johnny Knoxville, Orlando Bloom, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dan Aykroyd

Extra Tidbit: Who should stand trial next week? Share your suggestions for actors, directors and writers below with your verdict!
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11:02PM on 01/03/2014

Not Guilty!

Make no mistake, he's done a LOT of bad movies. But there's just no way he can be guilty. Not even a little bit.

And who would be the kind of person to even imagine he would be guilty? Who would be callous enough to submit Sly's name for trial in the hopes that he might be incarcerated? What kind of depraved individual would get a cheap thrill out of seeing him locked up? Yup, you guessed it: Frank Stallone.
Make no mistake, he's done a LOT of bad movies. But there's just no way he can be guilty. Not even a little bit.

And who would be the kind of person to even imagine he would be guilty? Who would be callous enough to submit Sly's name for trial in the hopes that he might be incarcerated? What kind of depraved individual would get a cheap thrill out of seeing him locked up? Yup, you guessed it: Frank Stallone.
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5:01PM on 01/01/2014

GUILTY GUILTY GUILTY!!!!!

Of giving me films I absolutely enjoy the shit out of!!
Of giving me films I absolutely enjoy the shit out of!!
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9:44PM on 12/31/2013

NOT GUILTY

Definitely NOT GUILTY. This man is the reason we still have stunt based action cinema and not just cgi nonsense. He is a bona fide cinematic icon and nearing 70 years of age is still giving us fans what we want. I'm a huge fan, yes, I loved Escape Plan and Bullet To The Head, you have to give him credit for the kind of output he has given us lately
Definitely NOT GUILTY. This man is the reason we still have stunt based action cinema and not just cgi nonsense. He is a bona fide cinematic icon and nearing 70 years of age is still giving us fans what we want. I'm a huge fan, yes, I loved Escape Plan and Bullet To The Head, you have to give him credit for the kind of output he has given us lately
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9:35PM on 12/31/2013

No way!

I think Escape plan is much better than EX2, and Assassins is a very underrated movie. Anyway, Sly will never be guilty NOT GUILTY!
I think Escape plan is much better than EX2, and Assassins is a very underrated movie. Anyway, Sly will never be guilty NOT GUILTY!
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10:33AM on 12/31/2013

Not guilty

While I can't stand, "OMG, the guy's a legend! He gave us !" as an excuse to say "not guilty", I have to agree with the majority. Sly's done some serious stinkers, but EXPENDABLES 2 was a vast improvement over the first flick, and even his misfires have some entertainment value. Dude's not going to win any more Oscars but he gets the job done. And I hope I look that good at age 67.
While I can't stand, "OMG, the guy's a legend! He gave us !" as an excuse to say "not guilty", I have to agree with the majority. Sly's done some serious stinkers, but EXPENDABLES 2 was a vast improvement over the first flick, and even his misfires have some entertainment value. Dude's not going to win any more Oscars but he gets the job done. And I hope I look that good at age 67.
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10:27AM on 12/31/2013
Alright I'm gonna say it. Aside from the Expendables movies (which haven't even come close to realizing their full potential) what has he even done that's been mildly worthwhile. Seriously If it wasn't for Expendables 3 or more Arnold movies I would have no problem saying he should just retire already (and If that isent good then I will have given up on that franchise as well).
Alright I'm gonna say it. Aside from the Expendables movies (which haven't even come close to realizing their full potential) what has he even done that's been mildly worthwhile. Seriously If it wasn't for Expendables 3 or more Arnold movies I would have no problem saying he should just retire already (and If that isent good then I will have given up on that franchise as well).
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7:07AM on 12/31/2013

NOT GUILTY

ARE YOU KIDDING ME...NOT GUILTY
ARE YOU KIDDING ME...NOT GUILTY
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4:41AM on 12/31/2013

Seriously??!!

NOT GUILTY!
He shouldn't even be on trial damnit
NOT GUILTY!
He shouldn't even be on trial damnit
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11:36PM on 12/30/2013

NOT GUILTY

NOT GUILTY
NOT GUILTY
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11:35PM on 12/30/2013

Not Guilty

Definitely not guilty... and Tango and Cash was awesome, Eye See You was surprisingly good, Avenging Angelo was definitely an undiscovered gem, Rocky IV was awesome, and I even have a soft spot for Rocky V. Assassins, Driven, and The Specialist were all good, and Rhinestone is just pure 80s cheesy fun. And while its in the defence, Demolition Man, or as I like to call it, the prophecy of our future, should always keep him from being guilty!!!
Definitely not guilty... and Tango and Cash was awesome, Eye See You was surprisingly good, Avenging Angelo was definitely an undiscovered gem, Rocky IV was awesome, and I even have a soft spot for Rocky V. Assassins, Driven, and The Specialist were all good, and Rhinestone is just pure 80s cheesy fun. And while its in the defence, Demolition Man, or as I like to call it, the prophecy of our future, should always keep him from being guilty!!!
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9:54PM on 12/30/2013

NOT GUILTY!

This is another ridiculous one, no way can he be guilty after all his great action movies! And by the way, Tango & Cash was too fun to appear on the Prosecution list!
This is another ridiculous one, no way can he be guilty after all his great action movies! And by the way, Tango & Cash was too fun to appear on the Prosecution list!
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9:17PM on 12/30/2013

NEVER GUILTY

HE is Legends
HE is Legends
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8:41PM on 12/30/2013

Not Guilty!!!! He is Untouchable! He's Iconic!!

Not sure where you were in the Last 10 years..

But Rocky Balboa was Great! Rambo was Great! The Expendable is something ppl have dreamed of since the mid 80's, the budget made it what it was (he used his own money to make the film happen to buy the plane, broke his neck doing his own stunts.. who else has that dedication?) but I'm happy this franchise exists and its because of him! Escape Plan not as bad as you're saying.. He is pushing 70 and has pushed the Expendables 3 to a new level.
Not sure where you were in the Last 10 years..

But Rocky Balboa was Great! Rambo was Great! The Expendable is something ppl have dreamed of since the mid 80's, the budget made it what it was (he used his own money to make the film happen to buy the plane, broke his neck doing his own stunts.. who else has that dedication?) but I'm happy this franchise exists and its because of him! Escape Plan not as bad as you're saying.. He is pushing 70 and has pushed the Expendables 3 to a new level. Looking below and seeing everyone say not guilty, perhaps you should leave icons like Sly out of this column . jus saying.
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9:02PM on 12/30/2013
People have been dreaming of an Expendables type film for 30 years. Since very early 80's.
People have been dreaming of an Expendables type film for 30 years. Since very early 80's.
3:08AM on 12/31/2013
Yes i realize that, that was a typo. I'm in my 30's and have been a sly fan since a child. i was to caught up in the whole "last 10 years" part of the article..

thanks for that
Yes i realize that, that was a typo. I'm in my 30's and have been a sly fan since a child. i was to caught up in the whole "last 10 years" part of the article..

thanks for that
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8:22PM on 12/30/2013
Not guilty! Stallone has put out some great films over the last ten years. I loved Rocky Balboa, Rambo, Expendables 1 &2, Escape Plan, and Grudge Match. His only bad movies in recent memory have been Detox and Bullet to the Head, the rest of his work has been great for an over the hill action star.
Not guilty! Stallone has put out some great films over the last ten years. I loved Rocky Balboa, Rambo, Expendables 1 &2, Escape Plan, and Grudge Match. His only bad movies in recent memory have been Detox and Bullet to the Head, the rest of his work has been great for an over the hill action star.
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8:04PM on 12/30/2013

Not Guilty.....and you ought to be slapped for putting Rocky IV in the prosecution.

Rhinestone is 80's gold "I dont wanna use my biscuit to SOP up gravy, I have other plans for my biscuit AND THEY INVOLVE BUTTA!!" I enjoyed Escape Plan and Bullet to the Head. The Expendables films are delightful popcorn movies AND just because a film doesn't earn box office $ doesn't make it bad. Its not Sly's fault that todays "SOPHISTICATED" audience wont pull their heads out of the tweets and pay to see his films. I actually prefer it that way. I hate that I have to share the theatre with
Rhinestone is 80's gold "I dont wanna use my biscuit to SOP up gravy, I have other plans for my biscuit AND THEY INVOLVE BUTTA!!" I enjoyed Escape Plan and Bullet to the Head. The Expendables films are delightful popcorn movies AND just because a film doesn't earn box office $ doesn't make it bad. Its not Sly's fault that todays "SOPHISTICATED" audience wont pull their heads out of the tweets and pay to see his films. I actually prefer it that way. I hate that I have to share the theatre with a bunch of disrespectful loud mouth/laughing talking/texting/seat kicking tweeters that make up 90% of todays theatre goers. It sickens me. Makes me not want to go.
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10:29AM on 12/31/2013
You have a point there.
You have a point there.
7:33PM on 12/30/2013

Not Guilty

Im looking forward to Expendables 3 and the prospect of Rambo 5... plus didn't you see Lock Up and Escape Plan??? You can't expect to lock up Sly and have him stay there :P :D
Im looking forward to Expendables 3 and the prospect of Rambo 5... plus didn't you see Lock Up and Escape Plan??? You can't expect to lock up Sly and have him stay there :P :D
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7:02PM on 12/30/2013

Not Guilty

Before we get to the real McCoy, let me state that both of the "Expendables" movies are some of the worst action films ever! Terrible editing, boring, poorly lit, they suck big balls.

With all that, Stallone's a talented man, especially behind the camera (most of the time). "Bullet To The Head" was solid fun, and it's not his fault it didn't find an audience. More importantly, while he's a superstar for playing a specific type of role, he's never been afraid to try something new and
Before we get to the real McCoy, let me state that both of the "Expendables" movies are some of the worst action films ever! Terrible editing, boring, poorly lit, they suck big balls.

With all that, Stallone's a talented man, especially behind the camera (most of the time). "Bullet To The Head" was solid fun, and it's not his fault it didn't find an audience. More importantly, while he's a superstar for playing a specific type of role, he's never been afraid to try something new and challenge himself (even when it doesn't work out for the best). Has he had a down year? Sure, but he will certainly bounce back with solid work soon.
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6:27PM on 12/30/2013

Not guilty

What a disgrace it is to have tango & cash and rocky iv in the prosecution. They're not oscar winning quality, but they're entertaining and that's why we love Sly. Rocky and Rambo alone should render him not guilty.
What a disgrace it is to have tango & cash and rocky iv in the prosecution. They're not oscar winning quality, but they're entertaining and that's why we love Sly. Rocky and Rambo alone should render him not guilty.
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9:19PM on 12/30/2013
AMEN........Tango and Ca$h was an AWESOME movie. It was originally written for Sly and Arnie but Arnie wouldn't play ball back in those days so the BAD A$$ KURT RUSSELL climbed aboard. I wish Kurt would agree to do Expendables 4.......I have missed him dearly in the action genre.
AMEN........Tango and Ca$h was an AWESOME movie. It was originally written for Sly and Arnie but Arnie wouldn't play ball back in those days so the BAD A$$ KURT RUSSELL climbed aboard. I wish Kurt would agree to do Expendables 4.......I have missed him dearly in the action genre.
5:13PM on 12/30/2013
Not Guilty
Not Guilty
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5:04PM on 12/30/2013
Not guilty!!
Alot of his movies might be bad, but they're all guilty pleasures at worst. And for the record, Tango & cash, Assassins, and Daylight, are awesome... And Rocky IV is one of the most memorable films from my childhood. This trial is a farce!
Not guilty!!
Alot of his movies might be bad, but they're all guilty pleasures at worst. And for the record, Tango & cash, Assassins, and Daylight, are awesome... And Rocky IV is one of the most memorable films from my childhood. This trial is a farce!
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5:03PM on 12/30/2013

Not Guilty

Sure he's made some bad movies over the years, but he's not someone I'd seriously consider for Movie Jail. If you judge him over the course of his career, he's done more than enough great work to forgive him a few ropey films. I wouldn't have put Oscar in with the defence though - no idea what anyone ever saw in that movie.
Sure he's made some bad movies over the years, but he's not someone I'd seriously consider for Movie Jail. If you judge him over the course of his career, he's done more than enough great work to forgive him a few ropey films. I wouldn't have put Oscar in with the defence though - no idea what anyone ever saw in that movie.
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4:26PM on 12/30/2013

Not Guilty

Not Guilty by a long shot, but why no mention of Paradise Alley?
Not Guilty by a long shot, but why no mention of Paradise Alley?
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4:21PM on 12/30/2013
The prosecution really has Tango & Cash?!
I call for a mistrial! Your argument is invalid!
The prosecution really has Tango & Cash?!
I call for a mistrial! Your argument is invalid!
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2:36PM on 12/30/2013
Nope. He may have a a bad streak lately, but he's forgiven for this. He's given so many great films, that he can make all the bad movies he wants. Heck, half the time even his bad movies are at least entertaining, like Escape Plan. He's also a good guy and has his place in Hollywood as an action legend. He even gave us one of the greatest film icons ever with Rocky. Let him make bad movies till he retires, he has that privilege.
Nope. He may have a a bad streak lately, but he's forgiven for this. He's given so many great films, that he can make all the bad movies he wants. Heck, half the time even his bad movies are at least entertaining, like Escape Plan. He's also a good guy and has his place in Hollywood as an action legend. He even gave us one of the greatest film icons ever with Rocky. Let him make bad movies till he retires, he has that privilege.
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2:31PM on 12/30/2013

No way!

NOT GUILTY. Rocky IV is good enough for that veredict!
NOT GUILTY. Rocky IV is good enough for that veredict!
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2:15PM on 12/30/2013

Not Guilty

I'm not going to defend his terrible movies, and he's made a lot of them. Regardless, he is a complete icon for Rocky and Rambo and should never be in anybody's movie jail. Also, Escape Plan was not a bad movie at all. I actually enjoyed it and thought it was a decent old school action movie. There are a lot of actors who should be in movie jail but he is not one of them.
I'm not going to defend his terrible movies, and he's made a lot of them. Regardless, he is a complete icon for Rocky and Rambo and should never be in anybody's movie jail. Also, Escape Plan was not a bad movie at all. I actually enjoyed it and thought it was a decent old school action movie. There are a lot of actors who should be in movie jail but he is not one of them.
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1:50PM on 12/30/2013
Not guilty. He's one of the few guys in Hollywood committed to making old school action films; those without a bunch of cgi. I appreciate that, even if the end product isn't always great. But the guy has a bunch of classics, so he's a free man in my book.
Not guilty. He's one of the few guys in Hollywood committed to making old school action films; those without a bunch of cgi. I appreciate that, even if the end product isn't always great. But the guy has a bunch of classics, so he's a free man in my book.
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1:57PM on 12/30/2013
whoa, I take it you havent seen the Expendables or Rambo 4.0, right?
whoa, I take it you havent seen the Expendables or Rambo 4.0, right?
1:48PM on 12/30/2013

Not guilty!

Like Arnold Schwarzennegger, he's a action legend. He was Rambo and Rocky, two iconic characters and I also fricking love Demolition Man!
Like Arnold Schwarzennegger, he's a action legend. He was Rambo and Rocky, two iconic characters and I also fricking love Demolition Man!
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1:28PM on 12/30/2013
[link] indisputably NOT GUILTY!

Only a handful of movies listed were actually bad. He is actually much better of an actor than a lot of people give him credit for. Personally, I have the utmost respect and admiration for him. Unfortunately a huge part of the movie going public looks at things in a very superficial manner so they are only seeing a caricature of Rocky Balboa and also focusing on his age. That is a huge part of the reason a lot of his movies have not been performing well this
[link] indisputably NOT GUILTY!

Only a handful of movies listed were actually bad. He is actually much better of an actor than a lot of people give him credit for. Personally, I have the utmost respect and admiration for him. Unfortunately a huge part of the movie going public looks at things in a very superficial manner so they are only seeing a caricature of Rocky Balboa and also focusing on his age. That is a huge part of the reason a lot of his movies have not been performing well this year. They are still of high-quality. Escape plan, at least in my opinion, was such a fantastic throwback to older movies of the genre and he and Arnold were on top of their games. Regardless, he has more than proven himself over the years and is not even remotely deserving of being put on this trial, no matter how geeky and stupid it is.
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12:51PM on 12/30/2013

PART OF ME WANTED TO SAY "NOT GUILTY", BECAUSE...

... Arnold wasn't, and Sly is much more talented than him. But no, he's Guilty. Yes, we all know the type of movie to expect from him, but that doesn't mean all of his movies are equal. That's why they were divided in Prosecution and Defense: Some are good, some are bad. Don't underestimate his bad movies, because some of them aren't just "bad but not that bad". I consider COBRA to be one of the worst movies of all times. STOP! OR MY MOM WILL SHOOT represents everything that's wrong with
... Arnold wasn't, and Sly is much more talented than him. But no, he's Guilty. Yes, we all know the type of movie to expect from him, but that doesn't mean all of his movies are equal. That's why they were divided in Prosecution and Defense: Some are good, some are bad. Don't underestimate his bad movies, because some of them aren't just "bad but not that bad". I consider COBRA to be one of the worst movies of all times. STOP! OR MY MOM WILL SHOOT represents everything that's wrong with Hollywood: Stupid premises made up by some executive stretched to full feature. And I know it's not his fault that he talks that way, but why hire him to play a Latino in SPY KIDS 3?!

I don't hate the guy. He has always seemed very passionate about his work (to the point where he has asked for more creative control than his directors). But don't say that he gives the people what he wants. Not always. He may have created ROCKY, but he also destroyed him by making ROCKY III & IV and portraying him like he was anyone of his other characters. And in ROCKY V, he was so over-the-top that it felt like he was making fun of the character. He saved him in ROCKY BALBOA, but that was like 15 years later. He also destroyed TONY MANERO and JUDGE DREDD. Also, he may not read reviews, but I'm sure he pays attention to box office results. And yet he's made so many consecutive flops.

It was cool of him to reunite stars for THE EXPENDABLES 1 & 2, but he ruined it by making himself the lead. He, Arnold, Jet Li and Bruce Willis were so bland in those movies. It was made more obvious by Jason Statham. He's not a great actor either, but at least he showed screen prescence.

I'm really dissapointed on him. I thought that his performance in ROCKY BALBOA was as good as the 1st one. He may not have a lot of range (he can't even play himself well (BURN HOLLYWOOD BURN)), but he can totally pull off a dramatic performance. But he chooses to play it safe. I'm starting to think that some of his good movies were just luck.

Next week: How about Kate Beckinsale? Do we have to wait until UNDERWORLD 5 to put her on trial?
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12:22PM on 12/30/2013

Not Guilty...

I don't think the idea of putting Stallone on trial is as outrageous as putting Schwarzenegger on trial...
On my death bed I'm really gonna regret the time I spent watching 'Get Carter'. 'Daylight', and 'Rambo III'...
He has done a lot of crap, so Joblo is not completely out of line on this one...
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Rocky and First Blood BOTH EQUAL LIFETIME EXEMPTIONS NOT GUILTY!!!
I don't think the idea of putting Stallone on trial is as outrageous as putting Schwarzenegger on trial...
On my death bed I'm really gonna regret the time I spent watching 'Get Carter'. 'Daylight', and 'Rambo III'...
He has done a lot of crap, so Joblo is not completely out of line on this one...
HOWEVER:
Rocky and First Blood BOTH EQUAL LIFETIME EXEMPTIONS NOT GUILTY!!!
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12:16PM on 12/30/2013

Not Guilty

The guy was Rocky and Rambo. Those two roles alone give him a lifetime pass.

Not guilty.
The guy was Rocky and Rambo. Those two roles alone give him a lifetime pass.

Not guilty.
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12:01PM on 12/30/2013

Not Guilty

Looks like we need to start a new column entitled C'mon JoBlo.
Looks like we need to start a new column entitled C'mon JoBlo.
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11:53AM on 12/30/2013

Not guilty.

Let me just say what most of us are thinking. Your out of your mind. Why would you even mention him? You knew what the reaction would be. Try to do better next week.
Let me just say what most of us are thinking. Your out of your mind. Why would you even mention him? You knew what the reaction would be. Try to do better next week.
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11:48AM on 12/30/2013

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I think with the type of movies Sly does lends itself to a lot of misses. But, when he does a solid, it's great. Sly deserves a little more credit for not only his acting, but his screenwriting and directing.
I think with the type of movies Sly does lends itself to a lot of misses. But, when he does a solid, it's great. Sly deserves a little more credit for not only his acting, but his screenwriting and directing.
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11:35AM on 12/30/2013
Not Guilty. But for me it's because of new Stallone. I've never liked him until the latest Rambo. I liked Bullet to the Head and Escape Plan.
Not Guilty. But for me it's because of new Stallone. I've never liked him until the latest Rambo. I liked Bullet to the Head and Escape Plan.
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11:28AM on 12/30/2013

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Really? You want to use Rocky IV as part of a reason to put him in movie jail? I love that movie.
Really? You want to use Rocky IV as part of a reason to put him in movie jail? I love that movie.
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11:11AM on 12/30/2013

Is this prosecution for real ?

Everybody knows the defendant made a lot of shitty movies. But the awesomeness of the defendant alone and his constant trying to please the fans outweighs the rest by far. The prosecution went too far this time.
This case is a travesty ! I call for mistrial, and ask the prosecution to apologize for its ill-intentioned lack of judgment on this case.
Everybody knows the defendant made a lot of shitty movies. But the awesomeness of the defendant alone and his constant trying to please the fans outweighs the rest by far. The prosecution went too far this time.
This case is a travesty ! I call for mistrial, and ask the prosecution to apologize for its ill-intentioned lack of judgment on this case.
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10:59AM on 12/30/2013

of course NOT GUILTY

Who u gonna put up next? Clint Eastwood? And get Tango & Cash and Escape Plan off the prosecution.
Who u gonna put up next? Clint Eastwood? And get Tango & Cash and Escape Plan off the prosecution.
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10:59AM on 12/30/2013

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He was the only action star to bring back 2 old (maybe dead) franchises (Rocky and Rambo) and made them awesome again. Plus he got everyone together for Expendables - again the only new action series that features old school guys that is doing well. Stallone is great. If you check out anyone's career you will find some bombs etc, but overall he is great!
He was the only action star to bring back 2 old (maybe dead) franchises (Rocky and Rambo) and made them awesome again. Plus he got everyone together for Expendables - again the only new action series that features old school guys that is doing well. Stallone is great. If you check out anyone's career you will find some bombs etc, but overall he is great!
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10:54AM on 12/30/2013
Even if he got put in jail he'd escape anyway lol...Tango and Cash, Lock Up, Escape Plan...
Even if he got put in jail he'd escape anyway lol...Tango and Cash, Lock Up, Escape Plan...
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10:41AM on 12/30/2013

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I don't agree with 1/3 of the movies in the Prosecution.
But that's not the point, he lifted his career up with movies like Rambo and the Expendables. Who else managed to unite so many action stars in one movie (or three).
And I'm not even going to mention the classics...
I don't agree with 1/3 of the movies in the Prosecution.
But that's not the point, he lifted his career up with movies like Rambo and the Expendables. Who else managed to unite so many action stars in one movie (or three).
And I'm not even going to mention the classics...
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10:35AM on 12/30/2013

Not Guilty

I mean...come on...we're talking about Stallone here.
I mean...come on...we're talking about Stallone here.
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10:22AM on 12/30/2013

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Dude, are you out of your mind? Stallone? No way does this man go to jail. Yeah, he has made some turds like everyone else but he is a living legend. Oh, and Tango & Cash in the prosecution? Get out! Also Daylight and assassin's were good flicks as well.
Dude, are you out of your mind? Stallone? No way does this man go to jail. Yeah, he has made some turds like everyone else but he is a living legend. Oh, and Tango & Cash in the prosecution? Get out! Also Daylight and assassin's were good flicks as well.
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10:21AM on 12/30/2013
Not guilty, for the same reasons Arnold was not guilty. On top of that, the guy is a decent screenwriter and director. Sure he's been in his share of horrible movies (him as Judge Dredd was only slightly better than Arnold as Mr. Freeze) but when he commits to a part, he commits and he's managed to stay an icon without doing a whole lot of Adam West-ing/self-parody. Even in The Expendables flicks he plays it really straight.
Not guilty, for the same reasons Arnold was not guilty. On top of that, the guy is a decent screenwriter and director. Sure he's been in his share of horrible movies (him as Judge Dredd was only slightly better than Arnold as Mr. Freeze) but when he commits to a part, he commits and he's managed to stay an icon without doing a whole lot of Adam West-ing/self-parody. Even in The Expendables flicks he plays it really straight.
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10:08AM on 12/30/2013

NOT GUILTY

Stallone has provided us with too many classics, he could go the rest of his life releasing duds and I would still be in line watching every one of them.
Stallone has provided us with too many classics, he could go the rest of his life releasing duds and I would still be in line watching every one of them.
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9:58AM on 12/30/2013

not guilty

what?! Daylight was so good! The scene where they leave the paralyzed police officer still makes grown men weep.
what?! Daylight was so good! The scene where they leave the paralyzed police officer still makes grown men weep.
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9:53AM on 12/30/2013

NOT GUILTY

It's Stallone. He's been in the business for a very long time and he's paid his dues. Some of the bad movies that he was in such as Driven and The Specialist, he was good in. And Judge Dredd is a good guilty pleasure. Plus why, of all the Stallone movies and the one that is loved by every guy in America did you put Rocky 4 in the bad movie list. That movie is awesome! And Tango and Cash....classic action movie.
It's Stallone. He's been in the business for a very long time and he's paid his dues. Some of the bad movies that he was in such as Driven and The Specialist, he was good in. And Judge Dredd is a good guilty pleasure. Plus why, of all the Stallone movies and the one that is loved by every guy in America did you put Rocky 4 in the bad movie list. That movie is awesome! And Tango and Cash....classic action movie.
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9:52AM on 12/30/2013
You're kidding, right??

Can you imagine Hollywood without its legends???

No matter how much crap they get out there, guys like Sly, Arnie, Pacino, DeNiro.. they will eventually get a gem, so NOT GUILTY... not by any chance!

Stallone.. seriously????!!
You're kidding, right??

Can you imagine Hollywood without its legends???

No matter how much crap they get out there, guys like Sly, Arnie, Pacino, DeNiro.. they will eventually get a gem, so NOT GUILTY... not by any chance!

Stallone.. seriously????!!
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9:41AM on 12/30/2013
Do i really need to say not guilty?
Do i really need to say not guilty?
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9:31AM on 12/30/2013

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Stallone! Really?! Stallone! Now you are just desperate to trial people. Who's next? Christian Bale? Anthony Hopkins? Daniel Day Lewis?
Not guilty! Not guilty ! With Stallone you know what you are going to get, it's no surprise. Trialling him his like putting a dog on trial for being a dog.
Stallone! Really?! Stallone! Now you are just desperate to trial people. Who's next? Christian Bale? Anthony Hopkins? Daniel Day Lewis?
Not guilty! Not guilty ! With Stallone you know what you are going to get, it's no surprise. Trialling him his like putting a dog on trial for being a dog.
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9:29AM on 12/30/2013

Is he guilty?

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9:29AM on 12/30/2013
Not guilty on all charges, like, at all.
Not guilty on all charges, like, at all.
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9:27AM on 12/30/2013

Not Guilty.

I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who finds Stallone a difficult case to judge. His quality control is all over the place. It's a little surreal to look back at his earlier work, where he actually appeared to be acting. For the last thirty years he's existed more as his characters (Rocky Balboa, John Rambo, and now Barney Ross). And that's the Catch-22 for me. He can play those guys. He knows those guys. The more method approach he used in his early roles he seems to have pretty much
I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who finds Stallone a difficult case to judge. His quality control is all over the place. It's a little surreal to look back at his earlier work, where he actually appeared to be acting. For the last thirty years he's existed more as his characters (Rocky Balboa, John Rambo, and now Barney Ross). And that's the Catch-22 for me. He can play those guys. He knows those guys. The more method approach he used in his early roles he seems to have pretty much discarded. I find him to be pretty wooden these days, but it doesn't matter, because he can still play his stock characters. And continues to do so. If he wasn't so much of an icon for doing that, I'd convict him in a second. But he's good at what he does, so I can't.
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9:06AM on 12/30/2013

By the bedpan of Gene Rayburn!

NOT GUILTY! This is Stallone we're talking about. Not only did he make a great comeback but he did it himself. He's also written and directed a ton of the movies he's been in and they were all hits. I also love half of the movies in the Prosecution and didn't see some of the others so the case is beyond week.
NOT GUILTY! This is Stallone we're talking about. Not only did he make a great comeback but he did it himself. He's also written and directed a ton of the movies he's been in and they were all hits. I also love half of the movies in the Prosecution and didn't see some of the others so the case is beyond week.
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9:04AM on 12/30/2013

Not Guilty

Legendary action star and quite a good script writer, his good films over shadow the not so great ones.
Legendary action star and quite a good script writer, his good films over shadow the not so great ones.
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9:04AM on 12/30/2013
This one is actually tougher than those below me make it out to be for me. He'll do a movie that'll blow me away, then do 2-3 mediocre movies and 1 or 2 shit movies - wash, rinse, repeat. This isn't just a recent trend for him either. His whole career has been like this. But since he's still going strong with the trend after 40 years, I guess it can't be all that bad. Not guilty.
This one is actually tougher than those below me make it out to be for me. He'll do a movie that'll blow me away, then do 2-3 mediocre movies and 1 or 2 shit movies - wash, rinse, repeat. This isn't just a recent trend for him either. His whole career has been like this. But since he's still going strong with the trend after 40 years, I guess it can't be all that bad. Not guilty.
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9:01AM on 12/30/2013

Not Guilty

There is no way Tango & Cash and Rocky IV should be in the prosecution, this on it's own is enough for a mistrial.. Not that it matters because you can't prosecute him, HE IS THE LAW!!!
There is no way Tango & Cash and Rocky IV should be in the prosecution, this on it's own is enough for a mistrial.. Not that it matters because you can't prosecute him, HE IS THE LAW!!!
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9:05AM on 12/30/2013
His son was being babysat by a robot in Rocky 4. It absolutely belongs in the prosecution.
His son was being babysat by a robot in Rocky 4. It absolutely belongs in the prosecution.
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8:42AM on 12/30/2013

He is the law!

What is this nonsense! Stallone is infallible.
What is this nonsense! Stallone is infallible.
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8:40AM on 12/30/2013

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The man is a legend. Sure he's made some pretty poor choices over the years but who hasn't. Why is Tango & Cash and Rocky IV in the prosecution?
He brought two iconic characters to the silver screen, for this he will always have a get out of jail free card.
The man is a legend. Sure he's made some pretty poor choices over the years but who hasn't. Why is Tango & Cash and Rocky IV in the prosecution?
He brought two iconic characters to the silver screen, for this he will always have a get out of jail free card.
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8:37AM on 12/30/2013

NOT GUILTY

Get the hell out of here with this ridiculous mockery of justice. Not Guilty. Stop wasting the court's time.
Get the hell out of here with this ridiculous mockery of justice. Not Guilty. Stop wasting the court's time.
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8:33AM on 12/30/2013

Not guilty

He has worked his way out of this one with the cheesy (but great) action movies of late.
He has worked his way out of this one with the cheesy (but great) action movies of late.
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