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CinemaJaw 170, Best Movie Battles w/guest Charles Klein

Reviewed this episode: Captain Phillips, Carrie
I for an I: Thor the Darkworld
Trivia: Dark Movie Trivia
CinemaWAR: Which Star Wars prequel is better, Phantom Menace or Attack of the Clones?

battleWe don’t have to beat them… we just have to fight!

Battles. Since the dawn of humanity, and probably long before, battles have raged. Glory, valor and justice can be found within. No one can deny the excitement of a great battle, the adrenaline and power they produce. While we do not celebrate war for wars sake, good vs. evil is an important fight and the escapism of movies can be a safe place to explore the horrors, comedies, and human experience of conflict. This week on CinemaJaw we take a look at our Top 5 Battle Scenes from film in honor of Thor and Ender’s Game in theaters this month.

Joining us, his shining armor highly polished is CinemaJaw regular guest, filmmaker and curator of Indie Incubator Film Fest, Mr. Charles Klein. for those of you who don’t know Chuck has been a guest many times on the ‘Jaw talking up his Film Fest, short films and various projects. We are happy to have him back on to battle with us!

speaking of battles, this weeks episode features a CinemaWAR for the ages plus I for an I, Trivia and a whole lot more. as Ry The movie Guy is fond of saying: It’s Jam Packed!

Cry ‘Havoc!’, and let slip the dogs of war!

CinemaJaw 169, Kick Ass Kids w/guest David Plummer

Reviewed this episode: 12 Years a Slave
I for an I: Ender’s Game
Trivia: Game Movie Trivia
CinemaWAR: Is Anchorman 2 proof that Will Ferrell’s well is running dry? 

Happy Halloween Everyone, here’s some candy for your ears!

Throughout the history of cinema there has been a long tradition of empowering children by giving them kick ass roles. From the Artful Dodger to the Bad News Bears little kids have been showing up adults in film since the silent era. On this episode, we will not be discussing the sidekick (per se) or the awful add-a-kid roles which exploit cuteness and lack substance, nay. This week we will be discussing the bold, the brave the kick ass kids of the silver screen. Of which there is just no shortage!


Joining us with his own list of Kick Ass Kids is a very special guest David Plummer. Veteran producer of Siskel and Ebert’s multi-titled show, and current producer and contributor to Chicago’s Windy City Live, David is no stranger to the pictures and Chicago’s relationship to cinema and criticism. In our interview we discuss what it was like the behind the scenes with Gene and Roger, Windy City Live and David’s weekly segment there called Plummer Picks, plus a whole lot more. It was a real treat to have David on the ‘Jaw!

So look out for Spy Kids and Little Ninjas while you enjoy another CinemaJaw!

Reviewed this episode: Enough Said 
I for an I: The Councelor
Trivia: Horror Remake Movie Trivia
CinemaWAR: Zombies vs. Vampires


Special thanks to Reno for helping us record the Statesville  segments

This is Halloween!

Every twelve months, the leaves turn orange and begin to fall in little swirly whirlwinds. Cheap fire-resistant fake spiderwebs are strewn across the shrubbery, and plastic tombstones bemoan the passing of one Mr. Yule B. Heresoon. Temperatures vary by twenty degrees or more from day to day and you never know if you will need ski boots or flip flops. One thing is for certain… Halloween is approaching. The ghouls and goblins stir in their layers waiting for their annual chance to cry out for candy unnoticed. This is the time of year that Horror fans love so much, and yes that is how they would dress everyday, if only they could. Horror. Oh the Horror. If you’re not in heaven, you will be soon.

For our Halloween Special, Matt K and Ry The Movie Guy head out down a dark deserted road to an abominable attraction, Statesville Haunted Prison. There they are joined by John LaFlamboy. John is the director of the inmates who haunt the prison and creator of one of the most popular Halloween hot-spots in the nation. That is only the beginning, John is also a filmmaker who’s latest horror-comedy Moleman of Belmont Avenue has recently hit Netflix, and the leader of Zombie Army Productions. We celebrate the season, discuss horror, haunting business, and much more with John.


But there are more nails in our coffin lid! Matt and Ry put together a Top 5 Scariest Horror Locations list, review some flicks, have a CinemaWAR, play some trivia and barely escape with their lives intact.

Take a listen… it’s a SCREEEEEAM!

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CinemaJaw 167, Best On-Screen Duos w/guests Dorian and Brant at The Rot Shop

Reviewed this episode: Gravity
I for an I: Carie, 12 Years a Slave
Trivia: Year Movie Trivia
CinemaWAR: Is Tom Hanks still as Big as he once was? 

Just the two of us. You and I


Dynamic Duos are everywhere in film. From Comedy to Horror to Romance and more, they span every genre. Tenor and bass, chocolate and vanilla, serious and zany, every action has an equal and opposite reaction. It’s just plain physics.  Everyone needs someone to play against, just like Matt K and Ry The Movie Guy, our very own Felix and Oscar. That is why this week on CinemaJaw we are delving into the dichotomy and harmony of great On-Screen Duo’s. Mind you, these are the actors on screen, and not an actor/director pairing, which is a whole other episode.

Joining us for this binocular view is another Batman and Robin filmmaking pair: Dorian and Brant of the upcoming thriller Chicago Rot. D & B were kind enough to host this week’s recording at their appropriately named work-space, the legendary Rot Shop here in Chicago. the space is exactly what you might imagine as a workshop for horror effects and set design, but just to paint the picture have a look at these shots by Eliaz. It was a pleasure to record there and we thank Dorian and Brant for hosting us!

In addition to our Top 5 Duos, we will be hitting all the usual, I for an I, CinemaWAR and a whole lot more. This is an epic episode with twice the thrills! Enjoy!

CinemaJaw 166, Best Water Movies w/guest John Hammerle of Hammervision

Reviewed this episode: Prisoners
I for an I: Captain Phillips
Trivia: Captain Movie Trivia
CinemaWAR: Is Jennifer Lawrence too big for the Hunger Games now? 



Each week CinemaJaw has what you need to quench your thirst to movie fun! This week especially so, since we are talking about Water Movies. These are the films that take place on a lake, pond, river or the briny deep. Above or even under the waves. Since a large percentage of the surface of the planet is water, it makes sense that this would be a popular setting for films. That and who doesn’t like going to the beach?


Joining us in our orange submarine is a fellow ChicagoNow blogger who, along with his wife, is half the force behind movie/television blog Hammervision, John Hammerle. John has his top 5 Water Movies ready to set sail, and he joins us for deep (*ahem*) discussions about film in general. it’s like a poolside bar for your ears. Swimming.


CinemaJaw 165, Best Gambling Movies w/guest Vince Labriola

Reviewed this episode: Rush, Short Term 12, Searching for Sugarman, Fox The Gambler
I for an I: Gravity
Trivia: Astronaut Movie Trivia
CinemaWAR: Will Justin Timberlake be able to match Will Smith’s career?

Place your bets!

Gambling is an inevitable part of life, the wise choose to exploit it for money. Risk taking is as inextricable from our day-to-day as breath is from our very lungs. There is risk taking in everything that we do, from crossing the street to stepping into the shower. Life is fraught with ups and downs. Sometimes your chips are up, and sometimes they are down, but never is it worse than a long run of average hands that leaves you middle stacked, banal, boring, average, mediocre. Gamblers know this. The thrills, whether they win loose or draw, the pleasure is to play! I admire that. The same can be said of any art form. The painter who takes no risks and breaks no new ground is overlooked. Same may be said of filmmakers. Take a chance, put yourself out there. Risk. Gamble.


Our guest this week took a chance on a film about gambling that has thus far payed out. Vince Labriola’s latest, a 19 minute short film Fox The Gambler is an official selection at the Chicago International Film Fest! A feather in his cap to be sure, and we can’t wait to see his film again on the big screen! What a perfect reason to deal out a flop, turn and river of Top 5 Gambling Movies!

No sucker bets in this episode, as we also cover reviews, news, interviews, trivia, CinemaWAR, and a whole lot more! In fact, you may even want to double down!

No more bets (waves hand over table).


Reviewed this episode: The Family,
I for an I: Rush
Trivia: Racing Movie Trivia
CinemaWAR: Is Chris Hemsworth just a pretty face?

Get ready to laugh!

Chicago Comedy Film Festival

A good funny lady is not very easy to find in Hollywood. Sure, in TV land funny ladies abound, but when you keep the discussion strictly to movies, as we do here on CinemaJaw, Top Comedic Actresses becomes a really challenging list to come up with!

Thank goodness that we live in Chicago, a city that is synonymous with comedy. Thank goodness we know Jessica Hardy and Brent Kado, Festival Director and Vice President of the Chicago Comedy Film Festival respectively. These two know a thing or three about comedy film, and coming up with a top list is a like child’s play in their hands.

All that and much more on this comedy stuffed episode of CinemaJaw that will have you bursting at the seams!

CinemaJaw 163, Recipes for Disaster w/guest Natalie Slater of Bake & Destroy

Reviewed this episode: The Butler
I for an I: Insidious Chapter 2
Trivia: De Nero and Pfeiffer Movie Trivia
CinemaWAR: Is instant Movie News good for business? 

DisasterHappy Friday The 13th Everyone!

Take two movie critics. One loves B-movies, horror and super heroes. One loves drama, culture and highbrow. Add a guest each week. Add one talented engineer in a box. And stir lightly. There you have… a Recipe for Disaster!

It doesn’t always go as planned for characters in the movies. I guess if it did films would be pretty boring. Still,  most films turn out how you would expect for both the character and the audience. Convenient solutions present themselves in the nick of time and that countdown clock on the bomb never ever gets to zero. Sigh… PREDICTABLE CITY! That is why this week on CinemaJaw we are choosing our Top 5 Recipes For Disaster movies.

These  are the films where nothing goes as planned for the characters, the plot changes  and twists. These are anything but predictable films.

We need a guest. A masterful chef to guide us through these recipes. Someone who can kick-ass, take names, and bake cupcakes. She has appeared on Food Network, The Cooking Channel, and WTTW Chicago Tonight as well as on the pages of Time Out Chicago and Bust Magazine, welcome Natalie Slater. Author of  the long running blog and new book Bake and Destroy, Natalie is a wonderfully creative Chicagoan who is second to none when it comes to pop culture inspired confections.


Her long-time love of horror, metal, wrestling and punk rock combines with her long-time love of the culinary arts to give us a gal who had a Misfits sticker on her Easy Bake Oven as a child (I imagine), and someone who knows a thing or two about Recipes For Disaster.

Evil Dead Cookies

We asked Natalie to share a recipe for CinemaJaw fans and she came up with these Evil Dead inspired cookies, enough to make Cookie Monster blush. Coincidentally that cookie recipe was also originally posted on a Friday the 13th, all of the ingredients for this episode just sort of seem to fall into place.

Natalie sits in with us for the entire episode as we go through our lists, play some trivia and even gamble a little bit. You can bet on it!

CinemaJaw 162, Best Movie Antiheroes w/guest Rory Foster

We ain’t talkin about the beer

riddick-01Antiheroes are by definition not the altruistic, morally straitlaced, brave souls that we know as pure heroes. These are the protagonists who skew the line between hero and villain.  They may act for good in all the wrong ways, or they may be selfish a-holes who act for their own self interest. Either way, they are the main characters whose charisma is such to capture our imaginations. In many stories being free of the shackles of moral expectations is what allows the antihero to be more interesting than their counterparts. That is why this week on CinemaJaw we delve through the film vaults to find our Top 5 Movie Antiheroes.

Joining us in this quixotic quest is a human being by the name of Rory Foster. Rory is the head of Digital for a media group called Emmis Communications, and many of you in the US will be familiar with their stations. Emmis was huge here in the Chicago market until just last year when they sold a few stations, but they remain a mainstay in Austin, New York and LA. Rory loves a good antihero (who doesn’t) and he generously lends himself to us for an hour to find the best.

There are many other great segments, as per usual. I for an I, Trivia, CinemaWAR and much more. So liten in to your favorite film critic antiheroes Matt K and Ry the Movie Guy… Or else!

CinemaWAR: Will Ben Affleck be a good Batman?
Trivia: Sci-fi film series movie trivia
I for an I: Riddick, Salinger

CinemaJaw 161, Fall Movie Preview w/guest Frank Ziede

Ah the Fall. The leaves begin to change as the world cools off. the din of the explosions from summer blockbusters is still ringing in our ears as Oscar season kicks in. This week on CinemaJaw we look forward to the cooler months with our Fall Movie Preview.


Joining us for this mission is a man who knows how to get stuff done. A Kickstarter success story and film maker extraordinaire Mr. Frank Ziede. Frank’s web series Black is a marvel of self publishing. Sporting amazing productions values. action, and storytelling Black is truly a great series that you should all check out. He is also a Movie Buff (what filmmaker isn’t?) and throws down an amazing list.

Along with our Fall Movie Preview, we have the usual line up of segments. You don’t need to be a secret operative to find THIS podast entertaining!