CinemaJaw 193, Best Tom Cruise Scenes w/guest Mark Dujsik

Reviewed This Episode: Blended, X-Men: Days of Future Past
I for an I: A Million Ways To Die in the West
Trivia: X Movie Trivia
CinemaWAR: Should Seth MacFarlane stay behind the camera or pursue and acting career? 
Sponsored by: Castn.com and Sarantos

TomCruiseIs Tom Cruise an American Treasure? That is the question this week on CinemaJaw as we reveal our Top 5 Favorite Tom Cruise Scenes.

Tom has had a successful acting career, and a tumultuous personal life. Several wives, a militant devotion to an unusual religion, questions about his sexuality, and bizarre interviews have made him enigmatic as a human being. Some would argue that this has hurt his career, and to be sure, he has made some duds, especially recently, but damn if this guy can’t ACT! Ranging from outright comedic roles to heavy emotional drama, to balls-to-the-wall action and sci-fi, Tom Cruise has done it all and done it all to major box office receipts! Will his personal transgressions eclipse his achievements in cinema? Time will tell. But this week we are choosing his best scenes and there are a lot to pick from!

We need a well centered man to accompany us into the secret world of Tom Cruise. Enter Mark Dujsik. Mark is an accredited film critic and has been a mainstay on Rotten Tomatoes pretty much since the website launched. He is a perfect man to keep his eyes wide shut and join us on this journey.

In addition to Tom Cruise, we hit all the usual segments. Its a jam packed ‘Jaw! Enjoy!

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CinemaJaw 192, Movie Mutants w/guest James D’Amato

Reviewed This Episode: Godzilla, CinemaJaw Movie Club pick: Stander
I for an I: Blended
Trivia: Godzilla cast movie trivia
CinemaWAR: Who has made more bad movies: Eddie Murphy or Adam Sandler?
Sponsored by: BearsHQ.com

Little-godzillaTake one part radioactive materials, two parts unsuspecting victim, add a splash of movie magic, shake well and serve glowing.

Movie Mutants have been a cornerstone of the summer season since the debut of the said season. Creatures and monsters that were once mundane, and then become special. They have been heroes and villains, lovable cuties and horrible monsters. Mutants is a very broad term as we come to learn on this week’s episode.  So in honor of Amazing Spider-man 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and especially Godzilla hitting theaters we take on our top 5 Movie Mutants.

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It’s important to have the correct guest for such an undertaking. James D’Amato should be no stranger to longtime listeners. Host of both the fantastic role playing podcast One Shot, and comedy podcast The Overshare, both part of the Peaches and Hot Sauce Network. James has become our go-to guy and fan favorite recurring guest. We are thrilled to have this mutation expert back on for another episode.

[note from Matt K: And if I may... This was one of the most fun times I have ever had recording an episode! It was laugh out loud funny and I think you guys are in for a real treat!]

HEY YOU GUYS!!! Take a listen

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Reviewed This Episode: In Your Eyes, Neighbors, Locke
I for an I: Godzilla
Trivia: Fraternity/Sorority Movie Trivia
CinemaWAR: Will Jon Hamm make it as a leading man on the big screen? 
Sponsored by: BearsHQ.com

ChaosDisorder, disarray, disorganization, confusion, mayhem, bedlam, pandemonium, havoc, turmoil, tumult, commotion, disruption, upheaval, uproar, maelstrom, muddle, mess, shambles, free-for-all, anarchy, lawlessness, entropy, hullabaloo, hoopla, train wreck, all hell broken loose… CHAOS! Some people just want to watch the world burn.

This week on CinemaJaw we take a look at the chaotic moments in film and the point in the movie at which the doo-doo hits the rotary blades. We do this in honor of our Chaotically Awesome guests, Chloe Dykstra and Michele Morrow, geeky gals and hosts of  BiteSizeTV’s talk show Chaotic Awesome.

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Have a listen and try not to step in it!

THIS JUST IN: CinemaJaw is counting down the next TEN episodes to #200!!! We are planning a huge event and hope to see you all there. Details to come! 9 episodes to go!

Remember: Next week we review Stander, the CinemaJaw Movie Club pick. Leave your thoughts on our voicemail at: (940) 784-3529. Cheers!

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CinemaJaw 190, Sumner Movie Preview w/guest David J. Fowlie

Reviewed This Episode: Walking With The Enemy
I for an I: The Neighbors
Trivia: Jamie Fox Movie Trivia
CinemaWAR: Is Malificent going to be a blockbuster or is it a bad idea?
Sponsored by: StanleyHelps.net , a great podcast about making money online!

Breakout the popcorn and light up the marquee, because Summer Movie Season is HERE! Matt K. couldn’t be more excited.

SummerPopcornSummer is the season that the studios give us thrills, explosions, and eyecandy galore. Sure the arthouse is still cranking them out too, but the real action is wearing brightly colored spandex and flying high on the silver screens of the multiplex.

This season has so many interesting blockbusters to look forward to Matt and Ry take a look at which are good bets. Helping them place their chips is accredited Chicago film critic and head writer of keeping-it-reel.com Mr. David J. Fowlie. David joins us to discuss the Summer Movie Season as well as the upcoming (and very exciting) Chicago Critics Film Festival. what better place to discuss blockbusters than at Chicago’s Comic and Entertainment Expo (aka: C2E2), so consider this a bonus episode from our favorite annual comic con!

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The Importance of Setting

Thinking ahead to the movies coming out soon, it’s rather amazing to see the volume of films that are not particularly catching in spite of their great reviews. Maybe comedies just are not as appealing anymore, and perhaps the Fast and Furious series should have ended a long time ago, but many of these upcoming movies promise to be a hit among the general population. It’s interesting to wonder what makes them a bad choice for some of us, and why they don’t exactly fit our cinema palette. The best answer I’ve come up with so far is also the simplest—setting.

kitty_vs__godzilla_by_kevinlionheart-d3oiqo8Let’s be honest, drama that happens to more people is more exciting, and the setting has a huge impact on our first impressions of a movie. While Pacific Rim might have been a typical cheesy action movie with a very predictable plot and average (at best) characters, it was still a fairly entertaining movie simply because of giant robots fighting giant aliens across the entire planet. The bigger the better, after all, and this movie has us viewing gigantic MMA off of coasts, inside metropolitan cities, and even at the bottom of the ocean. And while we’re thinking about how a simply grand setting can really tell a story, let’s consider some of the biggest hits of the past.

Obviously we have to think of comic book characters, who continue to make the best movies of all time every time they visit the big screen. And, of course, more often than not these heroes are tasked with saving “the world,” or in some cases just a very big city. Batman’s very own Gotham City, which looks suspiciously similar to London and Chicago at times, is meant to be one of the largest cities in the world. Mentions of a land outside of Gotham are rare, and it gives the impression that these islands are the entire world, which gives Batman the ability to appear to be a world savior like Superman without the ability to fly. Of course, Superman himself might be a better example, as he does repeatedly save the globe and travels to other planets as well.

Space is a pretty big setting, after all, and it is a focal point of modern science fiction. With hit franchises Star Trek and Star Wars causing one of the biggest fandom arguments of all time, and even recent movies such as Gravity making big debuts, space is definitely a popular place to host a movie. In the end, space is pretty much just the next step above oceans, which are terrifying objects in their own right due to their seemingly-infinite vastness and depth. There is no shortage of hits set in the ocean, either. With top sellers like Titanic, the Pirates of the Caribbean series, and even Finding Nemo covering quite a lot of ground (water?) by the end of the movie, it is no surprise to see these settings as key features of big hits. To sell big it seems you have to think big.

Big doesn’t necessarily need to mean size, either, and there have been plenty of hits that take a different spin on “larger than life.” There are a slew of great mafia and/or casino movies (often the same thing) that are centered on big spending, rather than big environments. These are a guilty pleasure that most people share, because there is nothing like watching Tommy DeVito live life to the fullest before getting whacked, or watching a gang of criminal masterminds try to rob a casino. It is entertaining to live vicariously through the high-life shown on screen, and these movies spare no expense in filming at the fanciest resort casinos. That includes a place like the Borgata in Atlantic City, N.J., which is the home of the World Poker Tour’s World Championship. With these movies comes a picture about the richest parts of social life, and it doesn’t hurt that mafia, casinos, and crime almost always go together.

Thinking about this just makes upcoming movies seem…too small in comparison. It is not surprising that they aren’t as exciting—what compares to drama that impacts the whole world, and beyond? Or crime that involves enough money for us to live comfortably for the rest of our lives, as well as eight thousand of our closest family members? Hopefully movies like the Godzilla remake in May or the next Transformers will be big enough to impress. And hey, if the movie itself isn’t that great, at least there should be no shortage of explosions to enjoy.

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Reviewed This Episode: Blue Ruin, The Punk Singer
Trivia: Comic book Movie Villain Movie Trivia
CinemaWAR: Should Sony Pictures spin the Spidey villains off into their own films?
Sponsored by: StanleyHelps.net , a great podcast about making money online! 

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, 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 FIFTH year here in , and CinemaJaw was on hand to meet fans, grab interviews and imbibe craft beers.

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Chuck Moore of Comic Related

We were treated to a SFX make-up discussion with winner of Face Off season 4 J. Anthony Kosar, a movies promotion talk with Ashley of Allied Integrated Marketing, and a comics, movies and podcast rap with Mr. Comic Related himself Chuck Moore. It was a wonderful time as always and we made a slew of new friends as well as visited with old friends! Plus, big shout out to Allison and William for traveling all the way from South Dakota to visit us at C2E2!

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We hope you enjoy!

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CinemaJaw 188, Baby Movies

Reviewed This Episode: Under The Skin, Captain America Winter Soldier
I for an I: Other Woman
Trivia: Father Movie Trivia
CinemaWAR: Which Movie should you show your kids first, Wizard of Oz or Star Wars?

Babies are tricky little buggers in life and in film. The latter tends to use the wee ones as a plot device, which given babies impact is largely forgivable. At their worst many of the so called “Baby Movies” have been some of the most terrible, cutesy, celluloid travesties of all time. However, at their best Baby Movies can be transcendent.

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In celebration of Matt K’s most recent addition, Quinn, CinemaJaw is grabbing some diapers and a pacifier and covering their Top 5 Baby Movies!

In addition to additions we cover all the hits: I for an I, CinemaWAR, several reviews and another Matt Vs. Eliaz trivia bout (will Eliaz’s 6 and 0 undefeated record remain intact?). So let us swaddle you mentally, and rock you gently, and virtually. CinemaJaw is here so sing you a sweet sweet cellulullaby. Shhhhh… it’s ok.

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CinemaJaw Minisode #2

Hi JawHeads

As you may have heard, our very own Matt K. recently had a new addition to his family. A lovely chubby little baby boy, Quinn!

We didn’t want to go a whole week with nothing, so please enjoy a trivia segment that was recorded for our Indie Movie Special.

Back to new episodes this Friday!!!

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Reviewed This Episode: Cutie and the Boxer, Noah
I for an I: Under The Skin
Trivia: Soldier movie Trivia
CinemaWAR: shold they make another Godzilla film?

What better way to explore CinemaJaw’s favorite Indie actors that with a couple of great indie filmmakers?

We welcome Charles Huddleston, Writer/Director of Blue

Blue – Trailer from Charles Huddleston on Vimeo.

and Edwin Avaness and Saeed Khoze the Producer and Director respectively of Damn Foreigners

It’s great to have on the creative talents of independent filmmakers!
Have a listen!

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CinemaJaw 186, Star Wars Special part 3 w/guest Cris Macht

Reviewed This Episode: The Muppets Most Wanted, 20 Feet From Stardom
I for an I: Captain America: Winter Soldier
Trivia: Jennifer Connelly/Russell Crowe Movie Trivia
CinemaWAR: should the Walking Dead make a movie or stick to TV? 

Whether you use a blaster, thermal detonators, or a more elegant weapon you’ve kicked some ass on the outer rim. Perhaps you had a wookie sidekick and barely made that jump to hyperspace with an imperial star destroyer hot on your tail. Did you make the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs? If any of the above doesn’t ring a bell then feel free to skip this episode of CinemaJaw because we are going to a galaxy far far away… that’s right its time once again for The CinemaJaw Star Wars Special. Part 3! This time out we stick to the prequels as we go round Beggars Canyon and divulge our Top 5 Scenes from the Star Wars Prequels.

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Returning as he does for all our Star Wars specials is documentarian filmmaker and wookiepedia like expert Cris Macht. Cris now has two Star Wars documentaries under his belt and is turning his special brand of fandom exploration toward the world of The Walking Dead with his latest film The Walkers Among Us. We highly encourage you to support his Kickstarter!

In addition to all that, we have the usual antics. Lightsabers flash as we duel on trivia and CinemaWAR. May the Force be with you.

Also JawHeads, just a reminder that we will be at C2E2 this April 25-27. We will be giving away posters designed by our own Eliaz Rodriguez. Take a gander:

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This Episode Is Sponsored By: Lipa.dk

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