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08.11.2014

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.

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, we've decided it's time to take a look at a few of the actors and filmmakers from previous trials to see if you've changed your minds since we first put them up for Movie Jail. So without further ado...

The Defendants

Robert De Niro was found not guilty in July of 2012, and although he was nominated for an Oscar in 2013 for his performance in Silver Linings Playbook, he is still appearing in projects below his talents like Killing Season and The Bag Man. While Mr. De Niro's The Family, Last Vegas, and Grudge Match didn't receive great reviews from critics, most thought the actor did a solid job in all three films. Unfortunately, Mr. De Niro also starred in The Big Wedding, which bombed at the box office ($21 million) and with critics (7% at Rotten Tomatoes). Does the good still outweigh the bad when it comes to Mr. De Niro, or should we lock him up in Movie Jail?

Nicolas Cage hasn't appeared in that many films since his trial in August of 2012, but he did voice a character in The Croods, and garnered praise for his performance in Joe. He also starred in the surprisingly decent The Frozen Ground, however even Mr. Cage couldn't save Rage, an incredibly boring and generic film. Mr. Cage's next movie to be released will be the Left Behind reboot, which will likely be a fun film, but for all the wrong reasons. Do you believe Mr. Cage (and his one armed push ups) still doesn't deserve to go to prison, or should we reverse the verdict for the actor?

Roland Emmerich has only directed two movies since his trial in November of 2012, but neither film received fantastic reviews from critics. Mr. Emmerich went back to blowing shit up with White House Down after trying something different with Anonymous, however many of you thought Antoine Fuqua's Olympus Has Fallen was the better movie about an attack on the White House in a Face-Off between the two films a couple of months ago. It was a close vote last time, so it'll be interesting to see if jury members still believe in Mr. Emmerich and his movies.

IN CLOSING...

Do you want to change the verdicts for Robert De Niro, Nicolas Cage and director Roland Emmerich based on this new evidence, or do you believe they're still not guilty? Are you happy with their most recent work, or do you believe we should toss them in Movie Jail this time around?

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

Some jury members said they don't care for Gwyneth Paltrow as a person in last week's trial, but many believe she's a damn fine actress, so she's been found NOT GUILTY of all charges. Jury members praised Miss Paltrow for her chemistry with Robert Downey Jr. in the Iron Man movies, and also said she's done plenty of solid work outside of the Marvel films to keep her out of Movie Jail.

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, Renny Harlin, Diane Keaton, McG, Demi Moore, King Joffrey (Game of Thrones Special), David Spade, Spike Lee, Kevin James, Joel Schumacher, Ehren Kruger, Chris Rock

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, Sylvester Stallone, Gavin Hood, Jason Lee, Jennifer Garner, Carrie-Anne Moss, Kate Beckinsale, John Cusack, Chris Columbus, Clive Owen, Terrence Howard, Andrew Niccol, Drew Barrymore, Steve Martin, Joel Silver, Michelle Rodriguez, Kiefer Sutherland, Dario Argento, Susan Sarandon, Dennis Quaid, Rob Reiner, Gwyneth Paltrow

Extra Tidbit: Who should stand trial next week? Share your suggestions for actors, directors and writers below with your verdict!
Source: JoBlo.com

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6:07PM on 09/15/2014
DeNiro: Not Guilty
Cage: Not Guilty
Emmerich: Death Sentence (10,000 BC i believe is the worst movie of all time)
DeNiro: Not Guilty
Cage: Not Guilty
Emmerich: Death Sentence (10,000 BC i believe is the worst movie of all time)
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12:46AM on 08/12/2014
DeNiro: Not Guilty
Cage: Guilty
Emmerich: Not Guilty.
White House Down was a blast and Anonymous is actually a very impressive film that deserves more attention.
DeNiro: Not Guilty
Cage: Guilty
Emmerich: Not Guilty.
White House Down was a blast and Anonymous is actually a very impressive film that deserves more attention.
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2:48PM on 08/11/2014

Not guilty

I really can't think of an argument to stop these men from making movies. Sure they'll hit and miss. They all do.
I'll still watch DeNiro, Cage and Emmerich films.
I really can't think of an argument to stop these men from making movies. Sure they'll hit and miss. They all do.
I'll still watch DeNiro, Cage and Emmerich films.
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2:09PM on 08/11/2014

They should've been Guilty the 1st time around!

Ever since his good (but not Oscar-worthy) turn in the excellent SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, DeNiro hasn't really phoned it in (like in a lot of his post-2000 movies). But he still chooses bad movies. I mean, KILLING SEASON?! THE BIG WEDDING?! I enjoyed him and GRUDGE MATCH, and I enjoyed THE FAMILY and LAST VEGAS in spite of him. But their premises were so gimmicky that he couldn't have thought they'd be good in the first place.

Cage has 2 modes: Over-the-top or not even trying. He makes
Ever since his good (but not Oscar-worthy) turn in the excellent SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, DeNiro hasn't really phoned it in (like in a lot of his post-2000 movies). But he still chooses bad movies. I mean, KILLING SEASON?! THE BIG WEDDING?! I enjoyed him and GRUDGE MATCH, and I enjoyed THE FAMILY and LAST VEGAS in spite of him. But their premises were so gimmicky that he couldn't have thought they'd be good in the first place.

Cage has 2 modes: Over-the-top or not even trying. He makes exceptions every 6 or 7 years, but that's just pathetic. I didn't like THE CROODS overall, and Ryan Reynolds was the only actor of that movie that stood out for me.

Emmerich is a hack. He may have a better style than Michael Bay, but that's not saying much. He IS capable of making a good movie, but WHITE HOUSE DOWN was a combination of all of his worst elements (and not just compared to OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN). ANONYMOUS had a tricky premise (a theory about Shakespeare that a lot of people consider laughable) but it still could've been good. The way he tried to argue in favour for the theory was so uninteresting that I didn't even want to debate.

I'm not against this format of revisiting previous Defendants... as long as we discuss only what they've done since their trial. Otherwise, not only it's Double Jeopardy, but also redundant.
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12:46PM on 08/11/2014

Seriously, didn't we just vote on these just a couple of months ago?

Cage not guilty by a long shot.
Emmerich guilty as sin.
De Niro, I'm pretty ambivalent about, but with this being America and all I'll say not guilty.
Cage not guilty by a long shot.
Emmerich guilty as sin.
De Niro, I'm pretty ambivalent about, but with this being America and all I'll say not guilty.
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9:52AM on 08/11/2014

Save Cage!

Glad to see Paltrow is safe. Let Cage join her in the light.
Glad to see Paltrow is safe. Let Cage join her in the light.
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9:45AM on 08/11/2014
I voted against De Niro last time, but he's done enough good lately (mainly with David O. Russell) that I'll give him a pass.
Nic Cage is still not guilty in my eyes. I hope he keeps giving good roles along with the bad.
Roland Emmerich. eh, I liked White House Down. Wasn't great, but not terrible either.
I voted against De Niro last time, but he's done enough good lately (mainly with David O. Russell) that I'll give him a pass.
Nic Cage is still not guilty in my eyes. I hope he keeps giving good roles along with the bad.
Roland Emmerich. eh, I liked White House Down. Wasn't great, but not terrible either.
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9:22AM on 08/11/2014
As a general rule, I hesitate to blame actors past their prime because they have little control over how a movie will turn out. Although Cage and DeNiro are partly to blame for the turn their career took (especially DeNiro, who had a very lazy period where he was phoning it every time), the last years suggest they still have something good to give and they deserve another shot.

There's nothing to do with Emmerich though. He is what he is and he won't ever be relevant again.
As a general rule, I hesitate to blame actors past their prime because they have little control over how a movie will turn out. Although Cage and DeNiro are partly to blame for the turn their career took (especially DeNiro, who had a very lazy period where he was phoning it every time), the last years suggest they still have something good to give and they deserve another shot.

There's nothing to do with Emmerich though. He is what he is and he won't ever be relevant again.
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9:10AM on 08/11/2014

What darkstrEam said below.

These actors shouldn't be tried for the same crime twice...that being said:

Deniro: not guilty
Cage: two years probation
Emmerich: five years at a Federal Prison
These actors shouldn't be tried for the same crime twice...that being said:

Deniro: not guilty
Cage: two years probation
Emmerich: five years at a Federal Prison
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8:36AM on 08/11/2014
If any actor deserves a lifetime pass, it's De Niro. But that might be a big IF.

Joe was recent so I gotta give cage a NG.

Emmerich, whatever
If any actor deserves a lifetime pass, it's De Niro. But that might be a big IF.

Joe was recent so I gotta give cage a NG.

Emmerich, whatever
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8:37AM on 08/11/2014
And I thought the killing season was decent
And I thought the killing season was decent
8:35AM on 08/11/2014

Everyone walks

Ignoring that you shouldn't be tried twice for the same crime, I wouldn't Movie Jail any of these guys.
DeNiro's latter work notwithstanding, he's had an amazing career.
Cage can be brilliant, but even when he's just crazy a lot of people like his films.
Emmerich generally provides a certain type of film for which there is a big audience, though you get the feeling sometimes these days that people are tired of mass destruction in movies.
None of these guys deserve movie jail.
Ignoring that you shouldn't be tried twice for the same crime, I wouldn't Movie Jail any of these guys.
DeNiro's latter work notwithstanding, he's had an amazing career.
Cage can be brilliant, but even when he's just crazy a lot of people like his films.
Emmerich generally provides a certain type of film for which there is a big audience, though you get the feeling sometimes these days that people are tired of mass destruction in movies.
None of these guys deserve movie jail.
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8:39AM on 08/11/2014
I like the double jeopardy pointed out, and agree with everything except, what makes you get the feeling ppl are tired of mass destruction?
I like the double jeopardy pointed out, and agree with everything except, what makes you get the feeling ppl are tired of mass destruction?
1:46PM on 08/11/2014
I hear it a lot these days - maybe it's a post 9 / 11 thing with people being turned off by seeing their cities leveled in movies. Doesn't bother me, but it's a fairly common gripe from my experience.
I hear it a lot these days - maybe it's a post 9 / 11 thing with people being turned off by seeing their cities leveled in movies. Doesn't bother me, but it's a fairly common gripe from my experience.
7:56AM on 08/11/2014
DeNiro not guilty, Emmerich probation, Cage serves a maximum 3 years.
DeNiro not guilty, Emmerich probation, Cage serves a maximum 3 years.
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7:50AM on 08/11/2014
Robert DeNiro = Not Guilty

Nicolas Cage = Not Guilty
Robert DeNiro = Not Guilty

Nicolas Cage = Not Guilty
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7:38AM on 08/11/2014

DeNiro = lifetime pass

I don't care how many bad movies he makes. Raging Bull. Goodfellas. King of Comedy. Brazil. Godfather 2. You know the list. In the final analysis, everyone will forget about his missteps. Do people sit around today reminiscing about Babe Ruth's strikeouts? Nope. DeNiro is film royalty and should be treated as such.

As for Cage, you may decry his choice of films, but you cannot deny that he gives nothing less than 100% Cage every time out. In drivel like Sorcerers Apprentice or his off the
I don't care how many bad movies he makes. Raging Bull. Goodfellas. King of Comedy. Brazil. Godfather 2. You know the list. In the final analysis, everyone will forget about his missteps. Do people sit around today reminiscing about Babe Ruth's strikeouts? Nope. DeNiro is film royalty and should be treated as such.

As for Cage, you may decry his choice of films, but you cannot deny that he gives nothing less than 100% Cage every time out. In drivel like Sorcerers Apprentice or his off the wall brilliance in Adaptation, the man has never once mailed in a paycheck role. He may not be in the hallowed grounds that DeNiro occupies, but he is scratching at the door...SCRATCHING AT THE DOOAAAHHH!
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