CinemaJaw 243, Wish Come True Movies w/guest Brian Babylon

Reviewed This Episode: Ex Machina, Amy
I for and I: Southpaw
CinemaWAR: Who is the second best boxer from the Rocky franchise?
Trivia: Boxing Movie Trivia
Sponsored by: Moviepass, Basecamp, Tom Slatin, Sofa King Podcast

When you wish upon a star. Makes no difference who you are. Anything your heart desires. Will come to you. Or so Jiminy Cricket had led us to believe. There is no doubt that the silver screen is a magical window into a world were anything is possible. Talking teddy bears can smoke pot, genies appear from magic lamps, and little wooden boys have noses that grow when they lie. Wishes can come true, jut be careful what you wish for… unless you wish for guest Brian Babylon. Then you are in the clear!

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Multi talented, chicago native, Brian babylon is a stand-up comic, radio host and self-proclaimed “Prince of Bronzeville,” and eight-year veteran of Chicago Public Media, Babylon hosted and produced “The Morning AMp” from its inception in 2011 until last month and has been named social media producer for “Why? With Hannibal Buress,” a new weekly series on Comedy Central, to be produced in Los Angeles and set to debut in July. Not to mention that he is an alum of popular show Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me! This guy is awesome, and we were stoked to talk movies with him.

Have a listen!

 

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CinemaJaw 242, Best Terminator Scenes w/guest Kenny Johnson

Reviewed This Episode: Terminator Genisys, Ted 2
I for and I: Minions
Trivia: Stripper Movie Trivia

CinemaWAR: Which movie has the better motorcycle chase: T2 or Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade?
Sponsored by: Moviepass, KnowYourCompany.com, Ultimate Discount Services INC.davidosler.com

He said he’d be back. Arnold Schwarzenegger is at it again, time travelin’ with a bunch of machines in the latest entry into the Terminator series. So this week we are choosing our favorite scenes from the entire series.

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Joining us is a guest with a most impressive resume. Kenny Johnson is well known for his portrayal of Detective Curtis Lemansky on The Shield, Joseph Shaw on Cold Case, Detective Hamilton “Ham” Dewey on Saving Grace, Herman Kozik on Sons of Anarchy, Matt Webb on Prime Suspect, Tyler Gray on Burn Notice, and U.S. Marshal Max Clayton on Dexter. Not to mention being the human victim in the iconic opening of the first Blade movie! Kenny is everywhere!

And now he is on CinemaJaw to boot.

 

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CinemaJaw 241, Best Movie-going Experiences w/guest Matt Pais

Reviewed This Episode: Jurassic World, Inside Out
Interested or Ignore: Ted 2
Trivia: Talking Animal Movie Trivia 

CinemaWAR: Is Bryce Dallas Howard a leading lady now after Jurassic World?
Sponsored by: Moviepass

Magical memories are made inside the movie palaces. Perhaps your first kiss, or the first time it dawned on you that movies were more than some fleeting entertainment, “this is art”…

Most likely it was that kiss though.

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This week on CinemaJaw we are joined by movie critic and Chicago RedEye writer, Matt Pais. Matt is a very busy guy! In addition to the aforementioned, he covers movies and oversees RedEye’s music coverage, both local and national, not to mention seeing 2 films a day! Whew!

So enjoy our talk with Matt Pais. It was a very good and funny one! Listen:

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CinemaJaw 240, Festival Darlings w/guest Jordon Hodges

Reviewed This Episode: Spy
Interested or Ignore: Inside Out
Trivia: Pixar Movie Trivia

CinemaWAR: Is Cameron Crowe finished?  
Sponsored by: Moviepass, SarantosBlue Collar Glomeration

Many movies come out of the festival circuit. It’s almost like our minor league, if you will. Some films get championed first by the judges at the big film festivals, and go on to collect Oscars come award season. This week on CinemaJaw we take a look at some of these break out success stories… Festival Darlings!

Joining us is a man who knows well the topic, Jordon Hodges. Jordon is the programmer at the River Bend Film Festival, Actor and Producer and is also known for his role as Noah Daly in the 2014 drama film Sand Castles. So he knows a thing or two about festival darlings!

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So sit back and relax, have another popcorn, we are going to the festival in your head!

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CinemaJaw 239, Best Survival Movies w/guest Max Brooks

Reviewed This Episode: Me, Earl and the Dying Girl
Interested or Ignore: Jurassic World
Trivia: Jurassic Park Movie Trivia

CinemaWAR: Who is the bigger star Tom Hardy or Chris Pratt? 
Sponsored by: 21st Century Auto InsuranceMoviepass, Knowing Nile

Survival. Natural selection dictates that only the strong get to pass on their genes. But in this unnatural world we have built for ourselves, survival is not a matter of just what you are born with, but what you can learn. We learn for our mentors, teachers, parents, friends. We learn from example, observation. We learn from books. We learn from films. This week on CinemaJaw we take a look at the Best Survival Movies.

Joining us is an expert in the field. His written work includes The Zombie Survival Guide, and World War Z, (the latter of which was adapted into a film starring Brad Pitt) among other projects, please welcome Max Brooks to CinemaJaw.

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Max also knows a thing or two about survival in the show biz sense. He comes from a very well known family which could have overshadowed his own work. However, Max’s books have risen to the top like the proverbial cream making him a luminary in the zombie/survival horror genre, or as one NY Times article put it our very own “Zombie Laureate”. We get to talk to Max about writing, zombies, survival and his upcoming project The Harlem Hellfighters. It is a pleasure to have him on this episode of CinemaJaw!

So head down to your bunker, and bring enough food and water for just over 60 minutes. As you fill your ears with Max Brooks and the Best Survival Movies!

 

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CinemaJaw 238, Movies About Hollywood w/guest Jensen Karp

Reviewed This Episode: Tomorrowland
Interested or Ignore: Spy
Trivia: Cameron Crowe Movie Trivia

CinemaWAR: Which is the better rapper turned actor Mark Wahlberg or Will Smith?
Sponsored by: The Natter Cast, 21st Century Auto InsuranceMoviepass

Hollywood is obsessed with itself. This is a statement of fact.

Don’t get me wrong. It should be! While, it’s true, there is a seedy underbelly that eats up and spits out young hopefuls, leaving them shells of human beings, Hollywood is also a nigh magical place where dreams are made and the impossible becomes reality. But mostly the former.

One thing that cannot be argued is that Hollywood loves movies about Hollywood. They tend to do great at award shows, and with critics. We, at CinemaJaw, will admit that we tend to like them too. “The Movies” are a transcendent and enchanted thing (Obviously we think so. We do a podcast about them!), and when handled correctly the subject matter is rife with potential. What better topic this week than Movies About Hollywood?

And we have a great guest, who happens to lives near there!

Welcome to the show rapper, art dealer, podcaster, writer, polymath, Jensen Karp. You may be familiar with Jensen’s breakout run on the Roll Call freestyle competition on Los Angeles radio station Power 106, where he lasted a record 45 days on air to become the show’s all-time champion. More recently he is the host, along with Matthew Robinson, of a popular podcast about emerging trends called Get Up On This that has been on both the Smod and EarWolf networks. Jensen is an impressive guy with tons of creative energy, and we get to know his story from the Hot Karl days to art dealing, epic Twitter battles, writing and more! Happy to have him on the show.

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So sit back JawHeads and put in your earbuds. Get ready to fill up your queue with stories of Hollywood telling stories about Hollywood telling stories about Hollywood, and so on…

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CinemaJaw Supersode 1 – Happy 35th Birthday Pac-Man, Our Top Video Game Movies and More!

This is a special episode.

In honor of Pac-Man turning 35 today, we are celebrating and stitching together our best video game related content of the past five years!

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You will hear an interview with a man who made what is arguably one of the best video game movies of all time, Tron himself, Mr. Bruce Boxleitner. His voice is like quarters plinking into coin receptacles.  At that time Bruce was making a press tour for Lantern City, which has since been launched as a comic book series.

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Then an episode from WAY BACK, Adam Fendleman of hollywood Chicago joins us to deliver out Top 5 Video Game Movies!

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Last, but you’d better believe not least, Steven Ogg (AKA Trevor from the Grand Theft Auto 5 video game) joins us on the phone to chat it up.

Get yourself a roll of quarters, cause we are going to Mortal Kombat a friendship on your eardrums.

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CinemaJaw 237, Actors Who Have Reinvented Themselves w/guest Steve “Capone” Prokopy of AICN

Reviewed This Episode: Maggie, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Avengers: Age of Ultron
Interested or Ignore: Tomorrowland
Trivia: George Clooney Movie Trivia

CinemaWAR: Which is better – Practical effects or CGI?
Sponsored by: The Natter Cast, Evorath Book Series, Moviepass

Spring is the time for rebirth, and hay fever. Annually the “Summer” movie season kicks off with a glut of action and sci-fi films with vastly varying quality. A not-too-uncommon trend is seeing old mostly washed up stars reemerge to try something new.  That old action hero is suddenly crying in an indie picture, or (vice versa) yesterday’s favorite comedian is suddenly doing a horror film. Actors and actresses seem to take this opportunity to reinvent themselves. To break free of the egg shell their career has been, fairly or otherwise, stuffed into. Again results are mixed here. Some are quite successful and go on to have a much broader range in their acting arsenal. Others fail, and return tail tucked back to the genre from whence they came. This week on CinemaJaw we are taking a look at some who have made the transition both successfully and not-so-much, as  we examine Actors Who have Reinvented Themselves.

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Joining us is a man who early on reinvented himself (sort of) as a film critic back in the early days of the internet, over at Ain’t It Cool News, Mr. Steve “Capone” Prokopy. Ain’t It Cool News or simply AICN was a prototypical and early internet movie news site, and garnered lots of attention early on. That attention largely had Batman to thank. Steve has been there since nearly the beginning and continues on to this day with Harry Knowles. All you critics and would be critics who are wondering how to break into the industry will be very interested in Steve’s story.

So please, reinvent yourself as a CinemaJaw listener, or if you already are, reinvent yourself as someone who shares this on Facebook.

Cheers!

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CinemaJaw 236, C2E2 Special! w/guest Gabriel Hardman, Geeks Out, and MORE!

Poll: Which director do you trust the most: J.J. Abrams – Joss Wheadon – or Christopher Nolan
Interested or Ignore: Hot Pursuit
Trivia: Women of Comic Book Movies Trivia

Sponsored by: Guinea-pixel.com, Onscribe, Mobilemunky.com

The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo – also known as C2E2 – is a convention spanning the latest and greatest from the worlds of comics, movies, television, toys, anime, manga and video games. Bringing the best of popular culture to Downtown Chicago, C2E2’s show floor is packed with hundreds of exhibitors (like CinemaJaw), panels and autograph sessions giving fans a chance to interact with their favorite creators and screening rooms featuring sneak peeks at films and television shows months before they hit either the big or small screen!

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This year marked C2E2’s sixth year and CinemaJaw was on hand to record the madness, promote the show and score some interviews.

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And Score some we did. We are joined this week by artist Gabriel Hardman who has done the storyboards for some films you may have heard of, as well as some amazing graphic novel and comic book work.

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Also stopping is Kevin Gilligan to discuss a very important non-profit called Geeks OUT. Central to the Geeks OUT mission is the free and un-cynical enjoyment of geek culture. Celebrating and promoting the LGBT fans within geek culture strengthens and enriches that culture for all. It’s a great cause!

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Last but not least… we are joined by a representative for the new horror film Insidious 3: Into the Further. There’s a cool trailer set up for it called the Into the Further 4D Experience. Featuring much-praised Oculus Rift VR technology. It’s a unique ride that’s certain to scare the heck out of you.

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We had an absolute BLAST at C2E2 this year, and we just can’t wait to do it again in 2016. It was so great to see some of our fans from around the country show up and say hi! We love seeing you all. Come and have some fun with us, and listen along.

 

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CinemaJaw 235, Best Nudity by Oscar Winners w/guest Mr. Skin

Reviewed This Episode: The Water Diviner
Interested or Ignore: The Avengers: Age of Ultron
Trivia: Avengers Movie Trivia

CinemaWAR: Which Chris is luckier to be an Avenger  – Chris Evans or Chris Hemsworth
Sponsored by: MoviePassC2E2The Content Champion PodcastThe Pajama Shoppe, WompaStompaPodcast

This week on CinemaJaw Matt and Ry get naked, and talk to Mr. Skin!

If you’ve ever seen the Judd Apatow joint “Knocked Up” then you have heard of Mr. Skin. After an appearance on The Howard Stern Show in 2000, McBride became a regular guest, ultimately producing a “Mr. Skin Minute” that continues to air every Thursday as part of Stern’s Sirius Satellite Radio program. You can listen to him every other Wednesday at 9:40 am on The Rude Awakening Show on WOCM. Other radio shows that have featured Mr. Skin include Lex and TerryTom LeykisThe Adam Carolla ShowLovelineSteve DahlOpie and AnthonyKidd ChrisThe Bob & Tom ShowThe World Famous Frank ShowTodd and TylerThe Regular GuysThe Jeff O’Neil Show, “The Free Beer and Hot Wings Show” and a weekly call in to the BS on Real Radio 104.1 in Orlando, Florida. He also appeared numerous times on the The Drew and Mike Show on WRIF radio in Detroit. Mr. Skin is on every Thursday on The Playboy Morning Show TV and Web Audio and video Streaming on Playboy TV.

And now… CinemaJaw!

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When we have such an expert. We try to dive deep into the expertise on hand, and Mr. Skin’s encyclopedic knowledge of nudity is second to none!

So sit back and relax, open up your robe, let it all hang out and enjoy…

 

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