We’re on a mission from God.

CinemaJaw likes to think of itself as a worldly podcast. We watch plenty of foreign film, and even stuff from L.A., yet there is something special about watching a movie (a really really cool movie) that was filmed right in your own backyard. Of course for us that  is Sweet Home Chicago.

Chicago has been the scene for a number of very important films from the silent era straight up to last Summer, with no end in sight. Filmmakers are drawn to its beauty, grit, infrastructure and a host of other amenities that make this a great city to make a movie in. So this week on CinemaJaw we take a look at our Favorite Chicago Scenes. Mind you NOT just Chicago Movies as we discussed over 100 episodes ago with Kathy Byrne. The films we are talking about do not HAVE to be filmed completely in Chicago, though many are, they just have to use the city and it’s character in a pivotal and memorable scene.

We will need a tour guide on this mission. Someone who can navigate this bus through the many many famous landmarks of Chicago Scenes and give us some wisdom on the way… Who better than Patrick McDonald of the Chicago Film Tour? No one. He is the best. Patrick is also a writer at the wonderful movies blog HollywoodChicago.com and has had some amazing experience in the film industry. What a great guest.

In addition to that we will make the usual stops on this tour, I for an I, CinemaWAR, Trivia, and a whole lot more. It’s my kind of town!

I for an I: Ted
Reviewed This Episode: Madagascar 3, The Skin I live In, The Artist
CinemaWAR: Is Adam Sandler’s careers washed up?

Woooo!

We have to admit it, we are a little out of our element when discussing the great John Woo. A beloved filmmaker from the East with legions of fans… two of which do not host this podcast. DON’T GET US WRONG! We do enjoy Mr. Woo’s films and we respect his work, but we are no experts on the topic. Good thing we have an ace in the hole to help us.

Enter Mr. Collin A. Bullock. Chicago Stand-up Comedian and Podcaster extraordinaire! Collin is a HUGE fan of the Woo! In fact, it was he that suggested the topic, and since we love to get out of our comfort zone here on CinemaJaw… we bit. As has become tradition on our “In Depth” episodes, we go round robin on Woo’s Best, Worst, and Most Underrated films. As well as discussing the man in general. We also talk to Collin about his podcast, play some trivia, read some headlines and debate a CinemaWAR! Its jam packed with Wooey goodness! Take a listen, will ya?

I for an I: Mirror Mirror, Wrath of the Titans
Reviewed This Episode: 13 Assassins, Puss In Boots
CinemaWAR: Is Jonah Hill an A-List actor or not?

CinemaJaw 103, In Depth: Meryl Streep

Streep.

Meryl Streep is clearly one of the most talented actors of our generation, and possibly of all time. Having just won what was probably the most talked about Oscar of this last season, Matt K and Ry The Movie Guy decided that it was time to tackle this overdue “In Depth” look at her amazing career. Specifically her Best, Worst and Most Underrated films. There is no doubt that Meryl is a national treasure and someone who we will be talking about, and being entertained by for many generations to come.

But, don’t worry. We’re not going all artsy fartsy on you. This episode also features CinemaWAR, I for an I, Trivia with front bar victims Danny and Vivki, and a whole lot more! Streep… Just had to say it one more time.

I for an I: John Carter
Reviewed This Episode: Pina, The Way,
CinemaWAR: What is the Better Mars Movie? Mars Attacks or Total Recal
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CinemaJaw 100th EPISODE EXTRAVAGANZA!

Should we feel old?

Against all odds, and Reno’s better judgement, The Greatest Movies Podcast Ever: CinemaJaw has reached it’s landmark 100th episode! So this is a very special CinemaJaw indeed. For our first half, we reveiw some movies, go I for an I, and the usual. We also reflect back on what it has been like lo these 3 years of recording the podcast and even play a few of our favorite clips from the archives. Then… whooo nelly.

We threw an awesomely WEIRD party down at the Original Mother’s with some performances that, well… if you weren’t there you just cant imagine anyway. Then it was Matt K and Ry The Movie Guys turn to take the stage. Many of our close friends and past guests were in attendance and even comment on the two live segments. We have recorded it all and present it to you as our second half of our 100th Episode Extravaganza! We hope you enjoy it.

Thank you one and all for listening to us, here’s to 100, 200, 500 more! Viva la Jaw!

I for an I: The Vow
Reviewed This Episode: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
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goodbye 2011, hello 2012!

Another year has gone by and, wouldn’t ya know, it was a doozy of a year for films! This episode features the boys trying to make sense of the past year as they choose their TOP 10 of 2011. Who better to help out on this mission than our “Best of 2011 So Far” guest, David J. Fowlie of Keeping-it-Reel.com? Answer… No one. So David joins the boys once again to put the proverbial lid on the past year.

Also ever present are our usual suspect segments: I for an I, Guest Vs. Host Trivia, Hollywood Headlines and a whole lot more!

Plus there were some HUGE announcements this episode!  Our 100th Episode Extravaganza is Jan 31st at Mother’s in Chicago. And we have a brand new sponsor! MoviePass! What movie-goer wouldnt want to pay one low price to see unlimited movies at the theater? Check them out here, and be sure to use the promo code “CinemaJaw” for $15 off your plan!

Reviewed This Episode: War Horse, A Dangerous Method, Young Adult, Mission Impossible 4, Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil, Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop
Top 5 New Years Resolutions
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Come and meet Matt K. and Ry the Movie Guy at the CinemaJaw 100th Episode Extravaganza! Jan 31st, 8pm at the Original Mothers!

CinemaJaw 95, The Best Remakes of All Time!

Victims of bad remakes? …Aren’t we all.

The first time was so wonderful they decided to do it again. Or, the first time was so awful they decided to do it right. Or, Hollywood is plum OUT of ideas. Whatever the reasons may be there is simply no shortage of remakes these days.  Most of them are terrible, but occasionally (only VERY rarely) they actually make something better than the original. Matt K and Ry The Movie Guy plumb the depths of the Video shelves to dredge up The Best Remakes of All Time!

The boys are joined for the second part of the show by Brian Ruberry, the man is an institution at The Original Mother’s where the boys record CinemaJaw most weeks. Brian was kind enough to lend us a hand for CinemaWAR and be the contestant for this weeks Trivia battle.

Enjoy the show!

Reviewed This Episode: New Years Eve, Shame, The Debt
I for an I: Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol,
CinemaWAR: Is Guy Ritchie a good director?

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CinemaJaw is planning something very special for it’s upcoming 100th Episode!

Looks like I picked the wrong day to quit sniffin’ glue!

Emergencies, Disasters… They suck. As luck would have it, movies about emergencies and disasters are AWESOME! The 1970′s was certainly the heyday of the Disaster genre, but the category has been strong since the beginning of film, and remains so with modern entries. So, the CinemaJaw boys go over Disater films this week, with some help from a true friend of the show who is going through his own little emergency!

Shawn King is known throughout Chicago as the owner of Evil Squirrel Comics, which is the best comic book shop in the city (we say so). Times are troubled for the shop, and although business is up, a back debt is haunting them, and if things do not go well this December shopping season… he may have to close the shop!  We here at CinemaJaw are throwing our hats into the ring to stop one more independant store, especially a comic book shop from closing! That is why we have Shawn on as our guest!! That and because he is incredibly nice and funny guy. Shawn is throwing a fundraiser at our usual recording spot, The Original Mother’s, and we are trying ot get as many people to attend as possible. HERE is a link to all the details for the party this Tuesday, December 13th.

So Shawn is with the boys all episode and lays out his Top 5 Disaster Movies. All that, PLUS: I for an I, CinemaWAR!, Guest Vs. Host Trivia, Hollywood Headlines, Jaws of Life and a whole lot more! Not listening to this episode would be disastrous!

Reviewed This Episode: Melancholia, The Muppets, Larry Crowne, Incendies
I for an I: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
CinemaWAR: Ashton Vs. Demi

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CinemaJaw is planning something very special for it’s upcoming 100th Episode!

Podcasts are permanent.

This week on CinemaJaw the boys go on location to Royal Flesh Tattoo here in Chicago to meet with renowned tattoo artist Mike Bianco, and talk Tattoos in Movies! This topic may seem light on the surface, but when you think about it, it is much more than skin deep. Tats play a vital role in many movies of many different genres. Horror, comedy, sci-fi, you-name-it tattoos have been both plot devices and even characters in film! This was a fun list to come up with and the results may surprise you!

Mike Bianco is both a Tattoo wiz and a comic book artist to boot. If you are ever looking for a good piece of ink look him up at his site Beyondco.net! Also, special thanks to Ashley who is being tattooed throughout this episode! What a good sport.

Reviewed This Episode: Zach Galifianakis Live at the Puprple Onion, The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, The Descendants
I for an I: Shame
CinemaWAR: Is Halloween or Christmas a better holiday for movies?

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CinemaJaw is planning something very special for it’s upcoming 100th Episode!

Let’s Talk Turkey.

There is just no shortage of them… Crappy Movies. Each year more and more get made, much to our chagrin. You just can’t stop it, so you might as well embrace it. Or at least catalog it. So this week on CinemaJaw, the boys do just that: go round the room and choose the decade’s best (worst?) Turkeys.

We needed a brave soul to help us on this mission. Someone with guile, someone with stamina, someone who isn’t busy on a Tuesday night. Enter, Steve Benz of WSDI Chicago. Steve is the owner on one of the first networks to take a chance on CinemaJaw, and for that alone, he is a guru to us. He has also learned quite a bit in his many years in broadcasting and has steered us well over our short existence. Thanks to Steve for airing our show, and for being our guest this episode!

All the usual bits are present here, I for an I, Guest Vs. Host Trivia, CinemaWAR!, reviews, and lots lots more. So sit back,listen in, get another helping with extra gravy because, THIS SHOW is NO TURKEY!

Reviewed This Episode: Like Crazy, Water For Elephants, Captain America
I for an I: The Descendants
CinemaWAR: Should studios keep rereleasing old movies in 3d?

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CinemaJaw is planning something very special for it’s upcoming 100th Episode!

I give thanks for movies!

The holiday movie season is upon us, and while there is a clear delineation as to what makes a Halloween or Christmas movie, one famous holiday has gotten basted when it comes to being stuffed with movies: Thanksgiving. Although Ry the Movie Guy claims Thanksgiving as his fave, for the rest of us it is merely the in-betweener. Sure we get to stuff our faces until we pass out, a day off work, wine and family and football but Thanksgiving can feel a bit lackluster in and of itself. So we at CinemaJaw decided to do our part to raise the stature of this B-list holiday by listing our Top 5 Thanksgiving Movies. To pull of this task will take some magic!

Enter Edd Fairman, Wizard of Sorts one of Chicago’s best professional Magicians! Edd helps our boys conjure up some good picks with extra gravy! No turkeys on these lists… Ok enough with the puns. Take a listen to our Thanksgiving Special and also hear the debut of our new listener feedback segment “the Jaws of Life”! All that plus our usual segments, trivia and so much more, listen hard! You’re a good man Charlie Brown.

Reviewed This Episode: Martha Marcie May Marlene, Terry, In A Better World
I for an I: J Edgar
CinemaWAR: Should the Mission Impossible series continue?
Jaws Of Life: (you can only save one) Halloween, Jaws, A Nightmare on Elm Street

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CinemaJaw is planning something very special for it’s upcoming 100th Episode!