"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."Here are the inmates so far - M. Night Shyamalan, George Lucas, Clint Eastwood, Jennifer Aniston, Tom Cruise, Michael Cera, Robert De Niro, Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, Sam Worthington and Kristen Stewart
The person I want to defend is:
I study law and I want to be a public prosecutor. I'm completely not interested in defending the poor and vulnerable, but for God's sakes, somebody needs to defend Kristen Stewart. Enough is enough.
" I will have to admit that I’ve only seen her perform in one movie (Snow White and the Huntsman), but based on that I would like to sent Stewart to movie jail. Even if she’s, to me at least, a first time offender I think she needs to go to jail for starring in such a big movie and lacking the charisma to make you root for her character. If the villain in the movie is cooler, than you are doing something wrong and you should serve some time."
Unfortunately, the criticism keeps coming from people who saw more than just SWATH, but to be fair - the other movies they've seen are probably just Twilight films. The truth is that when you play the heroine the job is way harder than playing a villain - it's the villain who gets to do the coolest things in those big movies. And she was up against the goddess herself - Charlize Theron! The villain in those films is always cooler, in fact I dare you to show me one movie where it's the hero who gets the juiciest, most memorable moments.
I always liked Kristen. She is not the greatest actress out there but the amount of crap she has to put up with always pissed me off and I like many of her performances. This poor girl has to deal with so much - not to mention the amount of media attention that happened when her affair with SWATH director was revealed. The girl is 22, let's just give her a freaking break. Everybody does stupid and terrible things when they are young.
As for Twilight movies - she is no Tilda Swinton. She can't rise a mediocre script to something great with her acting. Kristen did the best she could with the material she was given. I think even haters can admit that her work is better than Taylor Lautner and Robert Pattinson's acting efforts combined in each of these movies.
I feel that people who keep on hating on this girl really don't know her work. Judging her acting on such poorly scripted films like Twilight and Snow White and the Huntsman is just unfair. The truth is that she took on many interesting and courageous roles - she played teenage rape victim in Speak, girl suffering from Friedreich's Ataxia in Cake Eaters, young prostitute in Welcome to the Rileys and charming Marylou in this year's On the Road. Plus she was more than decent in Panic Room, Adventureland, criminally under seen The Yellow Handkerchief and really great in The Runaways where she played Joan Jett. That is pretty fucking impressive body of work for 22 year old girl.
Who to put in the jail? Annoying Jennifer Lawrence who keeps saying one stupid thing after another? Irritating Justin Timberlake and Shia LeBouf? Oh, no. There is one person who I would genuinely like to see behind bars though to be honest I think he belongs in mental institution.
While it's great that many people use art as therapy, Lars Von Trier should be banned from making his rubbish movies. The man has serious psychological issues and he relives himself by torturing his actresses and stuffing his films with misogynistic, pretentious and downright terrible scenes. The only movie of his I liked was Melancholia, as at least it was toned down and we didn't have to endure ridiculous amount of humiliation and rape scenes. But it still doesn't make me forget about all the trash he made.
Von Trier is an attention whore. He is not even a director, he is a sick man with the movie camera who needs to humiliate both the actors and his characters because it's probably making him feel like less of a failure. There is a scene in Manderlay where Bryce Dallas Howard masturbates. Von Trier forced her to shoot the scene more than 30 times just for his own amusement. For the purpose of this "movie" a donkey was killed, which John C. Reilly found appalling and left the film.
Take Dogville. For the first part its a fine film. But then Von Trier figures no woman was raped for 1,5 hours and it's high time to do something about it. So Nicole Kidman spends the rest of the movie in a dog collar getting raped by whole village. In Antichrist Charlotte Gainsbourg's character bangs her head against the toilet repeatedly. Why? Who cares. In Breaking the Waves, Emily Watson's protagonist keeps getting raped in order to "prove her love". I'm rolling my eyes so hard right now.
Let's not forget Dancer in the Dark where Bjork's character can't even be hanged properly because Von Trier needs to see her suffer some more. In Antichrist he downright states women are evil and he gives the audience the close up of woman cutting off her own clitoris with rusty scissors. Go away man. Just go away.
His fans repeatedly state that these women are real heroines and that men in Von Trier's movies are weak. Of course they are. After all, how weak is the man behind these movies who needs to shoot the same thing about the same subject over and over again because it makes him feel better? It makes sense for him to model the men in his movies after him. Weak, pathetic being taking pleasure in seeing women suffer.
Here are few more things:
- He broke up with his pregnant wife and moved in with their (much younger) babysitter.
- He said - I am the best film director in the world. [following the screening of Antichrist at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival]
- He said he understands Hitler.
- His hatred for women reportedly comes from the fact that his mother lied to him who his father was. Talk about petty.
- Has said that each morning before filming, Björk would say "Mr. von Trier, I despise you," and spit at him.
Bjork, I love you.
I pass the blogathon to Alex Withrow of andsoitbegins!