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02.09.2015

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

The Defendants

Andy Wachowski Lana Wachowski

The Case

The Prosecution: Jupiter Ascending, Cloud Atlas, Speed Racer, The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, Andy and Lana Wachowski's Jupiter Ascending hit theaters over the weekend, and as expected, it was another expensive misfire from the filmmakers. It's very unlikely the movie will make back its budget ($176 million), even if it does well internationally.

But The Wachowskis aren't up for Movie Jail just because their last three films have bombed at the box office. Although it's still early, right now Jupiter Ascending is their lowest reviewed movie yet at Rotten Tomatoes, and their Speed Racer was torn apart by critics as well. Cloud Atlas has its fans, but there are also plenty of people who hate the film. While many consider The Matrix to be one of the greatest sci-fi movies of all time, the prosecution, like most fans of the first movie, was extremely disappointed with the sequels. V for Vendetta (which they wrote and served as second unit directors) is an entertaining and popular flick, but one could argue it isn't as good or as deep as the source material.

The Wachowskis are inventive and talented directors with big ideas, but the problem has been the execution of said ideas. Last year Lana said her and her brother are going to take a break after their upcoming Netflix series Sense8, so maybe they'll come back with a vengeance after taking a sabbatical. However, the prosecution still thinks the duo needs to spend a significant amount of time in prison, although they probably don't need to serve a life sentence for their crimes.

Jupiter Ascending Andy Wachowski Lana Wachowski Channing Tatum Mila Kunis

The Defense: Cloud Atlas, Speed Racer, V for Vendetta, The Matrix Trilogy, Bound

Ladies and gentlemen, The Wachowskis' films since The Matrix have polarized audiences and critics, however the defense doesn't believe they belong in Movie Jail.

Speed Racer is an incredibly misunderstood movie with fantastic visuals, and while many people thought Cloud Atlas was a complete mess, others hailed it as one of the best movies of 2012. Perhaps The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions weren't as strong as the first film, but the defense still enjoyed the sequels. While Jupiter Ascending probably won't develop a cult following like Speed Racer, some people thought it was an exciting and fun movie.

With such mixed reviews for their films, the defense doubts the jury will be able to come to an agreement on what the court should do with The Wachowskis, which means they will more than likely be found not guilty, as they should be. The defense would rather have them working on projects than stuck behind bars, and we are quite confident most jury members will feel the same way. Yes, there will be more than a few who think The Wachowskis are a couple of hacks who just happen to have a decent eye for visuals, but we don't believe the filmmakers will receive enough guilty votes to convict them.

Cloud Atlas Andy Wachowski Lana Wachowski Doona Bae

IN CLOSING...

Do you believe The Wachowskis are still brilliant filmmakers, or do you think we should have tossed them in prison a long time ago? Do their good films outweigh their bad ones, or have you been unimpressed with their post-The Matrix movies? Are Andy and Lana Wachowski GUILTY or NOT GUILTY?

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

WHAT SAY YOU, GUILTY OR NOT?

Andy Wachowski Lana Wachowski

LAST WEEK'S VERDICTS

Kevin Smith Chris Rock

In last week's Movie Jail Updates, the jury declared Tusk director Kevin Smith NOT GUILTY for a second time, and thanks to his Top Five, you also decided to release Chris Rock from prison. Mr. Smith recently finished filming Yoga Hosers (the second part of his True North trilogy), and although Mr. Rock doesn't have any directing projects in the works, the court is hopeful he will get a chance to helm another film.

Mortdecai Johny Depp

And although some jury members still had Johnny Depp's back, the actor has been found GUILTY of all charges. It seems Mr. Depp's Transcendence and Mortdecai were the final straws for most of the jury, however a few said we should have locked him up the first time he was being considered for Movie Jail. Tough break Mr. Depp, but you have no one to blame but yourself.

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4:15PM on 02/10/2015
Guilty. They've been all style and no substance in everything they've done since 1999, in my opinion. They may have vicariously made V For Vendetta through James McTiegue, and that movie was great, but that's still only 2 good movies in the last 16 years.
Guilty. They've been all style and no substance in everything they've done since 1999, in my opinion. They may have vicariously made V For Vendetta through James McTiegue, and that movie was great, but that's still only 2 good movies in the last 16 years.
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4:54AM on 02/10/2015

Not guilty

The Matrix is one of my all-time favorite films & I even enjoyed the much maligned sequels & recently purchased the Trilogy on Blu-ray & they still hold up & looked great. I liked V For Vendetta & they did write the very under appreciated Assassins. I never watch Speed Racer or Cloud Atlas. Their only fault really is that seem to try too hard to be different & it's backfired a few times.
The Matrix is one of my all-time favorite films & I even enjoyed the much maligned sequels & recently purchased the Trilogy on Blu-ray & they still hold up & looked great. I liked V For Vendetta & they did write the very under appreciated Assassins. I never watch Speed Racer or Cloud Atlas. Their only fault really is that seem to try too hard to be different & it's backfired a few times.
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4:00AM on 02/10/2015

Not Guilty

I really love the entire Matrix trilogy. In addition to that, I thought V was good; Speed Racer was a little too on the kiddy side for me to enjoy; Cloud Atlas was amazing, and I admired its ambition, although I thought it was a flawed masterpiece. I haven't seen Jupiter Ascending yet, but its been one of my most anticipated films for a long time, so I'm hoping its good.

Ultimately, I'm still totally excited to see future films by the Wachowski's. NOT EVEN CLOSE to being guilty.
I really love the entire Matrix trilogy. In addition to that, I thought V was good; Speed Racer was a little too on the kiddy side for me to enjoy; Cloud Atlas was amazing, and I admired its ambition, although I thought it was a flawed masterpiece. I haven't seen Jupiter Ascending yet, but its been one of my most anticipated films for a long time, so I'm hoping its good.

Ultimately, I'm still totally excited to see future films by the Wachowski's. NOT EVEN CLOSE to being guilty.
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10:15PM on 02/09/2015
Not Guilty. The Wachowski's certainly seem to struggle with their films, but the one thing they do almost more than anyone else in Hollywood is strive to bring something original. Most of their films, we don't see anything else like it in Hollywood. They strive to bring their imagination to life like no one else takes a risk on. Maybe it doesn't come out for the better in terms of good script and acting, but I still think there is value and entertainment in what they do. To me, that makes their
Not Guilty. The Wachowski's certainly seem to struggle with their films, but the one thing they do almost more than anyone else in Hollywood is strive to bring something original. Most of their films, we don't see anything else like it in Hollywood. They strive to bring their imagination to life like no one else takes a risk on. Maybe it doesn't come out for the better in terms of good script and acting, but I still think there is value and entertainment in what they do. To me, that makes their films worth the money. I think that's the reason they continue to be able to make films despite their shortcomings. I think, or at least hope, Hollywood also sees the value in what they strive to achieve.
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7:01PM on 02/09/2015

Not Guilty

The Matrix and Cloud Atlas are fantastic. I know it's "Cool" to hate on the Matrix sequels, but I enjoy them. Speed Racer was ok, with their new movie being the weakest. I do think they should focus on a film with a smaller scale next.
The Matrix and Cloud Atlas are fantastic. I know it's "Cool" to hate on the Matrix sequels, but I enjoy them. Speed Racer was ok, with their new movie being the weakest. I do think they should focus on a film with a smaller scale next.
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6:58PM on 02/09/2015

Not Guilty

The Matrix stands as one of the best action/science fiction films ever made.. but their other works aren't entirely bad either. Speed Racer is bizarre, but never tries to be anything else, V for Vendetta may not be true to source material, but is still an excellently executed story and an extremely well made film. Cloud Atlas, though it has problems, is at least an original idea. Even if some results are mixed, Hollywood needs more original thinkers and [link] who aren't afraid to pitch
The Matrix stands as one of the best action/science fiction films ever made.. but their other works aren't entirely bad either. Speed Racer is bizarre, but never tries to be anything else, V for Vendetta may not be true to source material, but is still an excellently executed story and an extremely well made film. Cloud Atlas, though it has problems, is at least an original idea. Even if some results are mixed, Hollywood needs more original thinkers and [link] who aren't afraid to pitch risky ideas and make original content. At the very least, the Wachowskis are original..don't lock them up for it!
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5:37PM on 02/09/2015

Not Guilty

Some may not like their movies, I personally think Jupiter Ascending is there only weak film but at least they thrive on originality even if those ideas are sometimes recycled, they are not making remakes or reboots and they work in the sci-fi genre which we clearly don't have enough of.
Some may not like their movies, I personally think Jupiter Ascending is there only weak film but at least they thrive on originality even if those ideas are sometimes recycled, they are not making remakes or reboots and they work in the sci-fi genre which we clearly don't have enough of.
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4:42PM on 02/09/2015

Not Guilty

Let's face it, like them or not, the Matrix movies influenced a lot of the action flicks made so far this century and helped drag us out of the rut that a lot of late 90s action was caught in. A lot of their follow ups since then weren't perfect but did at least attempt to be bigger in scope and vision, which I'd like to see more of. So they're not perfect but they're putting effort in, and their offenses haven't been nearly as egregious as most of the others who we've tried for movie jail. I
Let's face it, like them or not, the Matrix movies influenced a lot of the action flicks made so far this century and helped drag us out of the rut that a lot of late 90s action was caught in. A lot of their follow ups since then weren't perfect but did at least attempt to be bigger in scope and vision, which I'd like to see more of. So they're not perfect but they're putting effort in, and their offenses haven't been nearly as egregious as most of the others who we've tried for movie jail. I would not lump them in with the likes of Michael Bay or Brett Ratner. Not guilty!
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4:30PM on 02/09/2015

Not guilty

No one does what the Wachowskis do. Are they great filmmakers? Sometimes. Are they INTERESTING filmmakers, usually. I wasn't planning to see Jupiter Ascending, but I have enough friends raving about how silly it is I might just hve to break down and buy a ticket...NAH! But I give these guys credit for not just riding the bandwagon of superhero flicks and trying to do things different, even if they fail most of the time. Just the fact that they seem to still have ideas impresses me.
No one does what the Wachowskis do. Are they great filmmakers? Sometimes. Are they INTERESTING filmmakers, usually. I wasn't planning to see Jupiter Ascending, but I have enough friends raving about how silly it is I might just hve to break down and buy a ticket...NAH! But I give these guys credit for not just riding the bandwagon of superhero flicks and trying to do things different, even if they fail most of the time. Just the fact that they seem to still have ideas impresses me.
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4:04PM on 02/09/2015

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They do risky films, and for that they should be cut some slack..

Matrix was great, V for vendetta was great, Speed Racer i loved, Cloud Atlas great! so what if a few didn't pan out, they always try things that other people won't try. For that i love them, and don't care if they make 1 good movie for every 3. What they do is always better then a reboot, or some mindless sequel that we don't need.. Don't condemn them for thinking outside the box.
They do risky films, and for that they should be cut some slack..

Matrix was great, V for vendetta was great, Speed Racer i loved, Cloud Atlas great! so what if a few didn't pan out, they always try things that other people won't try. For that i love them, and don't care if they make 1 good movie for every 3. What they do is always better then a reboot, or some mindless sequel that we don't need.. Don't condemn them for thinking outside the box.
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3:28PM on 02/09/2015

I hate to say it, but Guilty

I liked CLOUD ATLAS and the first MATRIX, but they need to rethink their strategy. I can't think of the last time they had a bona fide hit. So yes, Guilty, but I'd recommend community service.
I liked CLOUD ATLAS and the first MATRIX, but they need to rethink their strategy. I can't think of the last time they had a bona fide hit. So yes, Guilty, but I'd recommend community service.
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2:20PM on 02/09/2015
Guilty. I actually am a fan of Speed Racer, and I respect them for always pushing the limits, but they've been able to hit what they've tried to achieve.
Guilty. I actually am a fan of Speed Racer, and I respect them for always pushing the limits, but they've been able to hit what they've tried to achieve.
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1:27PM on 02/09/2015
Guilty, besides the first Matrix I haven't been a fan of any of their directorial efforts.
Guilty, besides the first Matrix I haven't been a fan of any of their directorial efforts.
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1:11PM on 02/09/2015

GUITLTY.....LIFE WITH OUT PAROLE

They should never be let out.
They should never be let out.
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12:42PM on 02/09/2015

NOT guilty

Bound, The Matrix (the first one), Cloud Atlas (for me, a masterpiece), V For Vendetta (even though it's not THAT faithful to the comics, it's a great flick)... Haven't seen JA yet though...
But for me, thoses films give them a pass, despite the Matrix sequels.
Bound, The Matrix (the first one), Cloud Atlas (for me, a masterpiece), V For Vendetta (even though it's not THAT faithful to the comics, it's a great flick)... Haven't seen JA yet though...
But for me, thoses films give them a pass, despite the Matrix sequels.
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12:04PM on 02/09/2015

Soooooooo guilty......

I know the job is to play Devil's Advocate, but if you seriously argue that Speed Racer was pretty cool, you shouldn't have a job working on a movie site. Seriously.....

Just saw Jupiter Ascending last night (my daughter insisted) and it was pretty, funny, and about as stupid as any film I've ever seen. Possibly the worst aspect was how every single alien somehow understood Earth slang and inside jokes. The dialogue was painful. These people are quite possibly the worst film-makers in
I know the job is to play Devil's Advocate, but if you seriously argue that Speed Racer was pretty cool, you shouldn't have a job working on a movie site. Seriously.....

Just saw Jupiter Ascending last night (my daughter insisted) and it was pretty, funny, and about as stupid as any film I've ever seen. Possibly the worst aspect was how every single alien somehow understood Earth slang and inside jokes. The dialogue was painful. These people are quite possibly the worst film-makers in Hollywood (apologies Michael Bay). They certainly have more high-profile bombs than anyone else.
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12:03PM on 02/09/2015

NOT GUILTY

Gotta do my part!
Way to go Joblo, putting them up right after what has surely been their greatest misstep. That surely won't create a bandwagon bias...

The Wachowski's have more vision and creativity in their little fingers than most Hollywood directors have in their entire bodies. Their greatest failures are magnificent failures that have always been completely unapologetic for the love they have for and bring to their material. The worst sin in Hollywood is to be dumb and to cater to the
Gotta do my part!
Way to go Joblo, putting them up right after what has surely been their greatest misstep. That surely won't create a bandwagon bias...

The Wachowski's have more vision and creativity in their little fingers than most Hollywood directors have in their entire bodies. Their greatest failures are magnificent failures that have always been completely unapologetic for the love they have for and bring to their material. The worst sin in Hollywood is to be dumb and to cater to the lowest common denominator, which the siblings never do. I'd rather have bold creative misfires than more of the same BS that keeps watering down the entire industry. There is always value, though admittedly not necessarily monetarily, in rigorous filmmaking and it's what keeps the medium's blood pumping. It's what inspires and drives the next generation.
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12:02PM on 02/09/2015

GUILTY

How could they make The Matrix and then screw everything else up??
Jeff Bridges next. That man should've been thrown in Jail after Tron Legacy.
How could they make The Matrix and then screw everything else up??
Jeff Bridges next. That man should've been thrown in Jail after Tron Legacy.
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11:49AM on 02/09/2015
Guilty as Sin.
Guilty as Sin.
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11:19AM on 02/09/2015

GUILTY

The Matrix has been their only good movie. However, the sequels have completely watered down how great the first one was. The sequels were an utter waste of time. Speed Racer had it's moments, but overall it was a bit ridiculous.

V for Vendetta is a good movie, but that wasn't their movie. They served as producers and second unit directors, meaning someone else was steering the ship. Cloud Atlas is good as well, but again they didn't direct the entire film. Only a few of the storylines
The Matrix has been their only good movie. However, the sequels have completely watered down how great the first one was. The sequels were an utter waste of time. Speed Racer had it's moments, but overall it was a bit ridiculous.

V for Vendetta is a good movie, but that wasn't their movie. They served as producers and second unit directors, meaning someone else was steering the ship. Cloud Atlas is good as well, but again they didn't direct the entire film. Only a few of the storylines in it, meaning they can't take all of the credit for it's success.

Jupiter Ascending looks like it will also be garbage, so no points there. Overall, they have been responsible for 1 great movie in their careers and have done nothing great since, only with the help of other directors.
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12:28PM on 02/09/2015
Hello what about Bound? that was all theirs and it's a decent effort that led to them even helming the matrix
Hello what about Bound? that was all theirs and it's a decent effort that led to them even helming the matrix
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11:09AM on 02/09/2015

Guilty

Still ridding on the coattails of The Matrix success, ruined the sequels and just keep getting worse
Still ridding on the coattails of The Matrix success, ruined the sequels and just keep getting worse
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11:00AM on 02/09/2015

Guilty

Guilty.. too much money to make these kind of films..
Guilty.. too much money to make these kind of films..
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10:57AM on 02/09/2015

How about this?

As screenwriters: guilty.
As directors: NOT guilty.
As screenwriters: guilty.
As directors: NOT guilty.
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10:41AM on 02/09/2015

Guilty

The Matrix: Sci-Fi Action Classic
Reloaded: Enjoyable but underwhelming sequel
Revolutions: Absolute crap
Speed Racer: Enjoyable for moments but not a good film
Cloud Atlas: Deserve merit for intentions but didn't find it special
Jupiter Ascending: I may be a biased juror but the film looks like crap. I have not seen it and just from the preview materials I don't really want to.

Seems like from the body of work after the Matrix they have just been mediocre. I feel like within the last
The Matrix: Sci-Fi Action Classic
Reloaded: Enjoyable but underwhelming sequel
Revolutions: Absolute crap
Speed Racer: Enjoyable for moments but not a good film
Cloud Atlas: Deserve merit for intentions but didn't find it special
Jupiter Ascending: I may be a biased juror but the film looks like crap. I have not seen it and just from the preview materials I don't really want to.

Seems like from the body of work after the Matrix they have just been mediocre. I feel like within the last couple of good movies they have released there is a REALLY good movie hidden somewhere but due to execution, story, editing or casting it simply isn't there. I don't think they should be locked up for a long time like Depp but they should be sent away for a year or 2. Maybe 3 lol
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10:36AM on 02/09/2015

Guilty!!!

Haven't made a good movie since The Matrix. They are a one hit wonder who puts style over substance. Throw them in jail and let them be put to death.
Haven't made a good movie since The Matrix. They are a one hit wonder who puts style over substance. Throw them in jail and let them be put to death.
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10:34AM on 02/09/2015

Not Guilty!

I thought Jupiter Ascending was awesome! And we should put Jeff Bridges on trial next week.
I thought Jupiter Ascending was awesome! And we should put Jeff Bridges on trial next week.
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10:16AM on 02/09/2015

Guilty

I knew their latest movie would be horrible. Once I heard the casting for this movie long ago, I threw in the towel. Kunis and Tatum were just terrible choices and they helped bring this movie down. While I liked The Matrix and Cloud Atlas, most of their other movies I simply did not care for. On the other hand, those movie I didn't care for, I still saw the potential in the directors of what they could do. But they never put out their potential, they end up simply making bad movies.
I knew their latest movie would be horrible. Once I heard the casting for this movie long ago, I threw in the towel. Kunis and Tatum were just terrible choices and they helped bring this movie down. While I liked The Matrix and Cloud Atlas, most of their other movies I simply did not care for. On the other hand, those movie I didn't care for, I still saw the potential in the directors of what they could do. But they never put out their potential, they end up simply making bad movies.
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9:51AM on 02/09/2015

Guilty

The Matrix was great, the sequels were alright, V for Vendetta was good, CLoud Atlas was alright (been meaning to give it a second view). I just feel like they've lost their passion. Jupiter Ascending looks like they were just banking on Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum to save the movie.
The Matrix was great, the sequels were alright, V for Vendetta was good, CLoud Atlas was alright (been meaning to give it a second view). I just feel like they've lost their passion. Jupiter Ascending looks like they were just banking on Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum to save the movie.
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9:40AM on 02/09/2015
Throw the bros. in jail
Throw the bros. in jail
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9:34AM on 02/09/2015
It's time to declare them guilty. While I will always love The Matrix and appreciate the sequels, these two have just had too many misfires as of late. Cloud Atlas was intriguing, but it was hardly enough to redeem their recent mistakes. Their visuals may be inspired, but they need to focus on good storytelling first. No more Speed Racers or Jupiter Ascendings please.
It's time to declare them guilty. While I will always love The Matrix and appreciate the sequels, these two have just had too many misfires as of late. Cloud Atlas was intriguing, but it was hardly enough to redeem their recent mistakes. Their visuals may be inspired, but they need to focus on good storytelling first. No more Speed Racers or Jupiter Ascendings please.
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9:32AM on 02/09/2015

Guilty

Guilty.....speed racer, matrix sequels.....nuff said.
Guilty.....speed racer, matrix sequels.....nuff said.
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9:26AM on 02/09/2015

Career average: 3.8/10.

There are many directors with a great eye for visuals but who can't come up with even a decent story. The Wachowskis are a special case, though. They can come up with great ideas and themes but they've struggled to combine them into a great script. Their only good post-MATRIX projects have been the ones where someone else has directed their script or when someone has co-directed with them. That's what they should keep doing, but probably won't. They're Guilty.

CLOUD ATLAS would've been
There are many directors with a great eye for visuals but who can't come up with even a decent story. The Wachowskis are a special case, though. They can come up with great ideas and themes but they've struggled to combine them into a great script. Their only good post-MATRIX projects have been the ones where someone else has directed their script or when someone has co-directed with them. That's what they should keep doing, but probably won't. They're Guilty.

CLOUD ATLAS would've been better if they had realized they were making a slice of life movie on an epic scale instead of a new age philosophical movie. SPEED RACER could've been good if they had decided if they wanted to make a serious movie or a semi-parody. Once you re-watch THE MATRIX (after absorbing its visual splendor and complex themes) you realize that the plot itself isn't very good (boring at times). That's also why the sequels sucked: The 1st one didn't have a story good enough to support being expanded. V FOR VENDETTA would've been better as a mini-series, because the pacing was weak for a movie. A certain plot twist in the middle is the main evidence.

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9:19AM on 02/09/2015

Not Guilty

I liked all three Matrix movies and thought Cloud Atlas was amazing. V for Vendetta remains one of the better non-superhero comic book movies as well.
I liked all three Matrix movies and thought Cloud Atlas was amazing. V for Vendetta remains one of the better non-superhero comic book movies as well.
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9:03AM on 02/09/2015

Not Guilty

Cloud Atlas was a strange, noble, and ambitious film, whether you liked it or not.

Speed Racer is a fun movie and I still watch it once every few years.

Jupiter Ascending looks quite ambitious as well, but the movie apparently is a bit of a mess.

I'll admit I've never watched the Matrix sequels again, even though I own the trilogy on Blu Ray.

I say Not Guilty, but I really hope the siblings decide to try and make a purely mainstream film and don't lard it up with a bunch of New
Cloud Atlas was a strange, noble, and ambitious film, whether you liked it or not.

Speed Racer is a fun movie and I still watch it once every few years.

Jupiter Ascending looks quite ambitious as well, but the movie apparently is a bit of a mess.

I'll admit I've never watched the Matrix sequels again, even though I own the trilogy on Blu Ray.

I say Not Guilty, but I really hope the siblings decide to try and make a purely mainstream film and don't lard it up with a bunch of New Age psycho-babble.
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8:59AM on 02/09/2015

Guilty

They should spend some time in Jail, rethink their bad doings and maybe... just maybe... comeback in 10 years.
They should spend some time in Jail, rethink their bad doings and maybe... just maybe... comeback in 10 years.
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8:46AM on 02/09/2015

Not Guilty (yet)

Actually a tough call as they've had a significant impact on the visual language of cinema (for better or worse).
I actually really enjoy the big, dumb sequels to The Matrix - partly because I have an appreciation of bloated nonsense but mostly because there were still some really great ideas in those films, plus if you look at something comparable by another director - Snyder's Sucker Punch - you can almost see a degree of restraint on the Wachowskis' part with the Matrix sequels - they could
Actually a tough call as they've had a significant impact on the visual language of cinema (for better or worse).
I actually really enjoy the big, dumb sequels to The Matrix - partly because I have an appreciation of bloated nonsense but mostly because there were still some really great ideas in those films, plus if you look at something comparable by another director - Snyder's Sucker Punch - you can almost see a degree of restraint on the Wachowskis' part with the Matrix sequels - they could have been way more ridiculous given the subject matter.
Speed Racer is a certain kind of genius movie - you could see something like that not even being released when the studio saw the finished product - serious acid-trip for kids, that film - as such I'm happy it exists.
Not having had the chance to see Jupiter yet I can't really comment, and though I've read mixed reviews I think the consensus will be that it's a misfire (possibly even a bomb, but maybe it'll find some sort of audience around the world or on home formats). I was honestly surprised they'd been given a big budget space opera to do - seems like a risky venture.
Regardless I'm not giving them a Guilty just yet - maybe they'll find their groove doing TV, maybe they'll do something for Marvel or DC in the future. I don't think they've totally worn out their welcome just yet.
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8:26AM on 02/09/2015

Guilty!

I liked bound, the Matrix & it's one sequel, but the rest have been DOA when it comes to quality storytelling.
I liked bound, the Matrix & it's one sequel, but the rest have been DOA when it comes to quality storytelling.
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8:16AM on 02/09/2015
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8:03AM on 02/09/2015

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7:48AM on 02/09/2015

Ablolutely NOT GUITY !!!!

- the 1st Matrix changed things in cinema, there was a " before " and an " after " " the matrix ". I know many haters would say that they copied many things from others matériels (japanese mainly e.g. Mamoru Oshi's work...), but who doesn't ? isn't it Quentin Tarantino ???????????
- speed racer is a great movie : eye candy visuallu sunning. will nerver understand the box office faillure
- Cloud Atlas was one of my greatest experiences at cinema of the last few years...
- Bound : one of the
- the 1st Matrix changed things in cinema, there was a " before " and an " after " " the matrix ". I know many haters would say that they copied many things from others matériels (japanese mainly e.g. Mamoru Oshi's work...), but who doesn't ? isn't it Quentin Tarantino ???????????
- speed racer is a great movie : eye candy visuallu sunning. will nerver understand the box office faillure
- Cloud Atlas was one of my greatest experiences at cinema of the last few years...
- Bound : one of the best film noir of the 90's...
ok, the matrix sequels were not as great as the original (the 3rd is even almost bad) ; ok, Jupiter Ascending is not very good, but for me, the duo is one of the most talented directors of Hollywood and I expect each of their movie with soooooo great expectations !
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