This is my first blogathon but already it has introduced me to many other movie bloggers and fanatics such as myself and I’m glad to be a part of it. Thanks to Rae of Cutting Edge Creativity for introducing me to the idea and to Shah Shahid of BLANK PAGE BEATDOWN for passing the baton.
Now, lets just hope I don’t drop the baton…
”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):
11. Aziza’s Picks
13. i luv cinema
15. The Warning Sign
16. 3 Guys 1 Movie
*Court is now in session*
After much thought and given the current inmates the decision being made has been a very difficult one. Most of the inmates have only one or two gems on their resumes. Some don’t have any at all! And the rest haven’t made a great movie in over a decade. Clearly, there is no obvious answer for this one. Nevertheless, a decision has to be made. Therefore, I present to the court my client, Mr. Michael Bay.
Loud groans and commotion breaks out in the gallery.
*Order in the court!*
Yes, the man who ruined the memory of every little boy who grew up in the 80’s of the awesomeness that was Transformers and destroyed it three times over and plans on doing it at least one more time. The man that plans on doing the same exact thing to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise next (as the producer). The man that pretty much took the formula of Titanic and spit out Pearl Harbor. So why am I giving him a pardon? He has been locked up since the 8th round. Defiant Success made excellent points as to why he should be behind bars. All he cares about is showing how hot hot chicks are and blowing stuff up. Story is not much of a concern for him but he has been locked up for more than half of this Movie Jail Blogathon and although there are others that have been locked up longer than him they deserve to be locked up for life; at least Michael Bay has given us at least three gems for any action junkie.
As you might be able to guess, I grew up an 80’s kid which is why I’m so offended by the atrocity that is the Transformers trilogy. And after Mr. Bay said that he is done directing Transformers it turns out that he is churning out another one starring Mark Wahlberg. (SMDH) To top it off, as I’ve mentioned already, he plans on tackling another of my favorites as a kid; the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Although, he says for now that he will not be directing it, just producing. There is no point in debating whether it will be good or bad since it’s still in pre-production. He produced the first remake of Texas Chainsaw Massacre and that was a pretty good remake but then again the sequel to that was awful. I digress.
Since I grew up in the 80’s that means I was a teenager in the 90’s and, as most teenage boys were, I was an action junkie. This coincided with Michael Bay’s first three movies which were right up my alley. In 1995 he came out with Bad Boys, followed by The Rock in 1996, and in 1998 Armageddon. At this juncture of his career no one was complaining about Michael Bay’s exploitation of hot chicks and big explosions. Mainly because at least these three movies had good stories to go along with them. So before Pearl Harbor, The Island, and Transformers these three movies were constantly playing on my VCR with all my friends right there with me. There are those movies that you look back and just remember how awesome they were. In retrospect, they may not actually be as good as you remember them but you’ll never forget how much you loved them. I know a lot of people would feel the same way about those movies especially The Rock in particular.
So Michael Bay may have committed a number of sins, but he has done his time and it is obvious that a precedence has been set that a “client’s previous body of work, makes him eligible for a pardon right away,” (-BLANK PAGE BEATDOWN) so if M. Night Shyamalan can walk so too can Michael Bay.
Hi! I’m an agent with the uh, Federal – FBI. Uh, well my, I’m Stanley Goodspeed!
*Walks to the Prosecution table*
I’m positive I’m going to be taking some heat for releasing Michael Bay but now that there is an empty cell it is time for me to make another bold claim. I hereby present to the court Mr. Bruce Willis…
… for the murder of Lieutenant John McClane.
Like I said, I’m an action junkie. I loved the Die Hard trilogy. Still do. Yes, including part 2. I watch part 1 and 2 during the holiday season every year. John McClane put Bruce Willis on the map! He is hands down his most iconic character. Arnold is the Terminator, Sly is Rocky and Rambo, Harrison Ford is Indiana Jones and Han Solo. These characters are all iconic. Die Hard, Die Hard 2, and Die Hard with a Vengeance are all standout films. I loved them back then; I still love them today. So after twelve years pass since Die Hard with a Vengeance was released you can imagine, scratch that, you can remember how exciting it was to hear that a fourth Die Hard was coming out. I still remember that, that is until we found out it was rated PG-13. That was concerning. Then it came out and it was a huge slap in the face. The story didn’t make sense nor did it even fit the character of John McClane. The action scenes were absurd even for a Die Hard movie and the villians were just preposterous. It is never explained why these cyber-terrorists also have ninja-like skills. This movie *might* have been better if it wasn’t a Die Hard movie; it just doesn’t really fit in with the first three.
So, fine, there is a blemish in the Die Hard series. Then A Good Day to Die Hard comes along. It’s back to being rated-R and it’s supposed to bring it back to the style of the original trilogy. Now, I will admit that I didn’t see this movie and honestly I don’t think I’m going to even when it comes out on Blu-Ray. I was very skeptical from the trailers. I didn’t like that it took place in Russia (John McClane is not Ethan Hunt) and, to be honest, I didn’t trust that it would be good after Live Free. Even after five years it still left a sour taste in my mouth. So when the reviews started coming in on how awful it was I honestly was not surprised. Disappointed? Yes, but not surprised. And the reviews were just brutal. So sad.
Bruce Willis is a smart guy. I would think he would put in more care for his most beloved character. I really can’t believe he would do this to his most iconic character. It is such an insult to die hard Die Hard fans. A Good Day to Die Hard? It should have just been called, ‘Die Already.’
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