Darryl from Morally Oblogatory has kindly passed the Movie Jail baton to me, and I can't tell you how excited I am to prosecute the sad sack of flesh you'll see below. But before I get to that, you should know that the Movie Jail Relay Race was started by Nostra from My Filmviews & The Focused Filmographer. The official rules are as such:
”It’s time to put some movie people in jail. The object is to give a prosecutor’s argument as to why these movie people belong in “Movie Jail” whether it be for violating the integrity of the content source of one their films, or being a sell-out, just making bad movies overall, getting worse as time goes on or not being in a good movie for many years.
The baton will be passed to another blogger who will have to do the following:
In order to free someone from Movie Jail they have to do 2 things
1 – Give a defense attorney argument defending the plaintiff
2 – Pay bail: the cost of which is another case for the court and a prosecutor’s argument against the actor/director of their choice that will replace the one set free.
There must always be 10 people in Movie Jail.”
The current inmates:
Jason Friedberg & Aaron Seltzer
The Participants (so far):
20. Knights of Mars Roundtable1. My Filmviews / The Focused Filmographer
2. Cinematic Corner
3. And So It Begins…
4. Surrender to the Void
5. Cinematic Paradox
6. The Cinematic Spectacle
7. Being Norma Jean
8. Defiant Success
9. …let’s be splendid about this
10. Lime Reviews and Strawberry Confessions
11. Aziza’s Picks
13. i luv cinema
14. Public Transportation Snob
15. The Warning Sign
16. 3 Guys 1 Movie
17. Cutting Edge Creativity
18. BLANK PAGE BEATDOWN
19. Morally Oblogatory
Now, for my first feat, I will successfully defend my client, Eddie Murphy, from being unjustly held in Movie Jail for weeks on end. Josh from The Movie Spectacle seems to be of the mind that in order to qualify for Movie Jail, "What have you done for me lately?" is the attitude to take. Well, I just don't buy it, at least not when there are many more deserving people who haven't produced anything of note and still get off scott-free. In this instance, however, Mr. Murphy's record speaks for itself.
Clearly, the evidence in my client's favor is overwhelming, and I haven't even gone through his entire career. Josh is, of course, correct in that there are several below-par films Mr. Murphy has starred in, but the legacy he leaves behind should also be considered when deciding his residency in Movie Jail. Put another way, if Adam Sandler is allowed to be a free man, I think Eddie Murphy can be afforded the same luxury. After all, Mr. Murphy is not responsible for Jack & Jill, is he? I think not.
Since there's an opening in Movie Jail now that Eddie Murphy is free to make Norbit 4 or whatever he so chooses, it behooves me to throw Paul W.S. Anderson's sorry ass in the last cell.
Rot in hell
As if I actually have to go through the litany of charges against Mr. Anderson. Still, his egregious crimes against humanity should be documented for the record just in case. To begin, I submit the fact that Anderson is quite capable of making a good movie.
Oh, yea. Paul W.S. Anderson totally did make this movie. It makes him even more disappointing, doesn't it?
Did Mr. Anderson just forget how to make a movie? Does he figure one success carries more weight than six abject failures? Perhaps one or both. Either way, I hurl his crimes right back at his face: Mortal Kombat, AVP: Alien vs. Predator, Death Race, Resident Evil: Afterlife, The Three Musketeers, and Resident Evil: Retribution. He's turned into the third head of a Cerberus that also houses the minds of Michael Bay and Roland Emmerich.
Quality is no longer a concern of his (Was it ever?); he's produced the two sequels to his remake of Death Race 2000 that should have never happened in the first place, and he's now prepping another Resident Evil movie under his direction. He is a waste of cinematic space and should be held indefinitely in Movie Jail until such a time arises when his deeds are less worthy of punishment over another's.
Good luck with that, though. I rest my case.
Now that my duty is finished, I pass the Movie Jail Relay Race baton to Tyson from Head in a Vice.