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CinemaJaw 180, Death & Air Guitar w/guest Justin “Nordic Thunder” Howard

Reviewed this episode: Silent Running
I for an I: RoboCop
Trivia: Detriot Movie Trivia
CinemaWAR: Is Jessie Eisenberg right for the Lex Luthor role?

This episode of CinemaJaw is dedicated to the memory of Philip Seymour Hoffman

philip seymour hoffmanThe topic this week was a challenging one as we explore Actors Who Left Us Too Soon in honor of the late great Philip Seymour Hoffman. A difficult thing to discuss. Luckily our guest and his status as a World Champion Air Guitarist (yeah, there is such a thing as you will discover) provided the perfect counter balance to what would have been too heavy a topic.

We have had a great many guests after 180 episodes, and choosing between them is like choosing between ones children. That being said, Justin “Nordic Thunder” Howard was an excellent guest! Our interview of Justin is one that I will point to through our current catalog of episodes as one of our best, I am really quite proud of this audio. Perhaps I am bias here, but I honestly believe that this is one of our best episodes to date!



But enough gushing. Have a listen and a laugh and a cry with Justin Howard and the CinemaJaw guys as we discuss something insanely silly and then something extremely serious and find the seriousness and silliness in both.

CinemaJaw 179, Best On-Screen Crews w/guest Marty DeRosa

Reviewed this episode: The Past, In a World, Her
I for an I: The Monuments Men
Trivia: Treasure Hunt Movie Trivia
CinemaWAR: Who is the better Actor turned Director, Ron Howard or Clint Eastwood?

wariorsThis week on CinemaJaw we are looking at the ensembles, the teams, the gangs, the on-screen crews! Don’t be confused, we are not discussing “Crew” as in behind the scenes. We love those guys too, and YES we will do an episode on them as well. These are the rag-tag motley crew (not crue)s that somehow add up to more than the sum of their parts. The kind of group we would all love to be a part of if even just for a couple hours.

Tagging in to help us in this royal rumble is a fantastic guest! Marty DeRosa of Wrestling With Depression podcast fame and Chicago comedy polymath. The guy has an awesome podcast (as we mentioned) does a weekly web series with fellow comedian and wrestler Colt Cabana, is part of a well known comedy showcase called Comedians You Should Know, and somehow finds time to do amazing stand up comedy. Marty was kind enough to join us to talk about his projects, WWE Monday Night Raw, his obsession with wrestling and of course… movies.



So just relax as you are already tangled up in the ropes. Here comes a steel chair of podcastery to smack you upside the head!

CinemaJaw 178, Best Movie Geeks w/guest James D’Amato

Reviewed this episode: The Act of Killing, Drinking Buddies
I for an I: The Awkward Moment
Trivia: Successful Child Actor Movie Trivia
CinemaWAR: What is the biggest Oscar snub, Before Midnight or Inside Llewyn Davis?



Nerds, dweebs, dorks, freaks, neo-maxi-zoom-dweebies and especially geeks… Listen up, because this podcast is about you! Well, the “you” that has been portrayed on the big screen that is.

Something strange has happened this generation. What was once sure to get you a wedgie, or worse the dreaded swirly, is now… kind of cool. I know, I know, it freaks me out a bit too, but for some reason having a comic book collection and being able to name all the actors who have portrayed Dr. Who isn’t NEARLY as unpopular as it once was. The term “geek” is worn proudly, like a badge of honor these days as the sad, socially isolated weirdo stereotype is being replaced with a savvy, sexy (gasp), and confident reality. I can assure you that this was not the case when I was in high school, though I am not bitter. I am happy to have lived to see the geeks inherit the Earth! I may yet give them a congratulatory swirly!

We can postulate many reasons why this above fact may be true (the one about geeks being cool, not the one about swirlies). Perhaps the internet’s mass communication capabilities let the geeks know that there were so many others out there like them, whereas before they remained isolated. Maybe shows like Big Bang Theory and pop consumer electronics like smart phones and tablets have given rise to the geek as a well paid sex symbol. For the most part the geek is smart, successful, and affluent. The bullying and abuse has largely given way to respect, and plus, I think we geeks just plain outnumber the norms these days. Huzzah.



And yes… We can still help you fix your computer.

But before we open a command prompt, we are discussing our Favorite Movie Geeks this week on CinemaJaw.

Our guest, returning by popular demand for his second appearance on the ‘Jaw (here is his first) is none other than role playing game podcaster, and improv comedian… James D’Amato. And since I just mentioned the words “role playing game” and “improv” in the same sentence as Jame’s name, and since he admits to once LARPing on this episode… I think it is fair to say that James is a proud geek.


James is with us for the entire episode as we discuss our favorite Movie Geeks, and a whole lot more. So push those glasses up the rim of your greasy nose and straighten that bow-tie, we have some movie nerds to name, and some stereotypes to squash. (see what I did there?)

Again I say, Huzzah!


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CinemaJaw 177, Fashion Movies w/guest Sally Schwartz

Reviewed this episode: Wolf of Wall Street, Her
I for an I: I Frankenstein
Trivia: Keira Knightley & Kevin Costner Movie Trivia
CinemaWAR: Should Tina Fey and Amy Poehler host the Oscars

FashionFashion is basically art that we can wear, but more than that (as this week’s guest put it) Fashion is a lifestyle. Yes your clothes can define you, just as your taste in film can. Your choices in everything are what define you, but fashion is the most readily apparent. Its what we first see when we look your direction. So why not make it wonderful? That is why this week on CinemaJaw we dress up as we delve into our favorite Fashion Movies.


Obviously Matt and Ry know movies, but perhaps their fashion sense is not quite as well developed. We need an expert… Welcome Sally Schwartz of the Fashion, Antiques, and most unique flea-market/party in the world The Randolph Street Market. Sally dresses to the nines, and knows her fashion stuff, and indeed knows her film stuff to boot!

Sally joins us for the entire episode as we cover fashion films and a whole lot more. So strut your stuff with your headphones in and enjoy!

CinemaJaw’s Delorean, Episode 114! Best Movie Posters w/guest Dwight Cleveland

We’ve been off for the holidays, but we couldn’t leave the JawHeads hanging!

So welcome once again to CinemaJaw’s Delorean. Every so often we will take a look back at long forgotten episodes of the Jaw that had a great topic and/or guest that didn’t quite have the audience that we have now. Obviously we’ve come a long way since then, but as they say, “know your roots”. And we do.

Please enjoy this discussion we had with Dwight Cleveland who is the owner of the World’s Largest Private Movie Poster Collection. Durring the episode we refer to some posters that we included on the original post which you can see here.


CinemaJaw 176, Best Of 2013 w/guest Brian Tallerico

Reviewed this episode: August Osage County, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Cleanflix, Blackfish
I for an I: 47 Ronin
Trivia: 2013 Movie Trivia
CinemaWAR: Which set of sibling directors is better, The Farrelly Bros or the Wachowskis? 

Out with the old, in with the new!

film1-570x3002013 is over. That means it is the time for reflection. This week on the ‘Jaw, we take a look back at the greatest films of the preceding year and it was a doozy!

Joining us for our annual recap is Chicago Film Critics Association VP, Contributor for RogerEbert.com Brian Tallerico. This guys credits go on and on! He also writes about television, film, video games, Blu-ray/DVD and entertainment news. He is Content Director for HollywoodChicago.com, Editor of Magill’s Cinema Annual, and freelances for Film Threat, FearNet, and more. You can follow him on Twitter @Brian_Tallerico, and boy lemme tell ya, it’s a good feed to follow.


In addition to the year in review, we play some trivia, spout some reviews, and all the usual nonsense.

here’s to a great year for film, and a great year for CinemaJaw!



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CinemaJaw 175, Best Financial Films

Reviewed this episode: Saving Mr. Banks, Philomena, Frozen, A Band Called Death
I for an I: The Wolf of Wall Street
Trivia: Jonah Hill Movie Trivia
CinemaWAR: Has Disney recaptured the title of King of Hollywood?

Finance! The mere word screams action, adventure, excitement. Well, perhaps not, but there have been a great many films that have somehow made the subject highly entertaining! This week on The ‘Jaw we take a look at a few of our favorites.

It being the crux of the holiday season, Matt and Ry are flying solo for a change. No guest. Just two guys jawing about movies. like the old days.


Happy Holidays from CinemaJaw!


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CinemaJaw 174, Best Live Action Disney Films w/guest James D’Amato

Reviewed this episode: The Hunger Games Catching Fire, Blue is the Warmest Color
I for an I: Saving Mr. Banks, The Hobbit The Desolation of Smaug
Trivia: Tom Hanks Emma Thompson Trivia
CinemaWAR: Does Peter Jackson belong among the Elite Directors or is he a one trilogy pony? 

Welcome to the Magic Kingdom!

walt_disneyThere’s no doubt about it that Disney is on a bit of a roll as of late. Having snatched up some of the worlds BEST studios like Pixar, Marvel and now Lucas Film, there is just no stopping the mouse eared juggernaut that is Disney and frankly (for the most part) CinemaJaw is ok with that. Although the Diz is known mainly for it’s animated classics, it has over the years released a slew of live action treasures. That is why This week on CinemaJaw we take a look at our Top 5 Live Action Disney Films.

We will need help. Perhaps a hero to join us, or a rouge, or a wizard with a fireball spell, or perhaps someone who is adept at being all those things and more, hilariously funny and entertaining, and AND a fellow podcaster. BOOM! Enter James D’Amato comedian and host of the Role Playing Game podcast known as One Shot. One Shot is a podcast about role playing games. Every month, (host and Game Master) James leads a group of players on a self-contained adventure. Every adventure will be wrapped up in 4-5 episodes in time for a new story, in a new system, with new players the following month. Doesn’t that sound like fun? Well it is! You should listen to that podcast too, because our Matt K is a character on an upcoming episode!

James also joins the gang for our usual tomfoolery, Trivia, CinemaWAR, News and Reviews, plus a buch of other great stuff. It’s Jam Packed… Roll for damage!

CinemaJaw 173, Holiday Turkeys (worst holiday films) w/guest Mike Hough

Reviewed this episode: inside Llewellyn Davis, Nebraska
I for an I: Out of the Furnace
Trivia: Cohen Brothers Movie Trivia
CinemaWAR: Can Peter Jackson recapture the magic of the LotR trilogy with The Hobbit?


Holidays are the time of year, time for joy and time for cheer. And also time for crappy movies trying to cash in on our sentimentality. There is just no shortage of terrible, hackneyed P.O.S.es this time of year, and it’s a shame too. It’s a shame because we here at CinemaJaw believe that during the holidays, when families are together, is the time for GOOD entertainment not schlock. Luckily there are plenty of great holiday films out there, but these are the ones to avoid.

We need a brave soul to join us on our mission to the dark side of the North Pole. Bring out CinemaJaw regular guest Mike Hough. Mike is our go-to action guru, plus he has a mean collection of Christmas sweaters, and a new T-Shirt Website to plug called PrimoTees.com so who better to join us?

In addition to all the holiday cheer, we get down on some CinemaWAR, Trivia, and a whole lot more. Fa la la la la.

CinemaJaw 172, 1983 in Film w/guest Derek Hembree

Reviewed this episode: Dallas Buys Club, All is Lost, Thor: The Dark World
I for an I: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Trivia: fire Movie Trivia
CinemaWAR: should Prometheus get a sequel?  

Step into my time machine…

This week on CinemaJaw we take a step back in time to a simpler age. GI Joe and Transformers were grappling with the Cabbage Patch Kids  for Toy supremacy and the box office was on fire with some of the best films of all time. Seriously 1983 was a DAMN good year for movies, and we choose our favorites!

Joining us on this mission is a man who knows a thing or two about history. Author, Filmmaker and fan of boozin’, Derek Hembree of Drunken History. Derek sits in with us for the entire episode as we discuss the year 1983, and a whole lot more.

Roads? Where we’re going we don’t need roads!

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