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.


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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CinemaJaw 184, Movie Club: Citizen Ruth & Dark Comedy

Reviewed This Episode: Citizen Ruth, Awful Nice
I for an I: Need For Speed
Trivia: Movie Car Trivia
CinemaWAR: Is Aaron Paul Ready for the Big Screen?

Welcome to another fine episode of CinemaJaw. This week Ryan and Matt take a look at their favorite Dark comedies in honor of this month’s CinemaJaw Movie Club pick, Citizen Ruth. They also go in depth on Alexander Payne’s Citizen Ruth with plenty of feedback from the Jaw Heads woven in.


Also, Ry got out to the Midwest Independent Film Festival last week and caught up with the creators of indie comedy Awful Nice. Awful Nice, filmed in Branson, MO by director Todd Sklar, his co-writer and lead Alex Rennie and an outstanding cast and crew. Thanks to Mac from MIFF for arranging the interview!

All that plus some announcements. It’s a jam packed ‘Jaw as always!

I for an I: The Grand Budapest Hotel 
Trivia: Wes Anderson Movie Trivia
CinemaWAR: Should the Watchowskis make anouther Matrix film?

“It puts the lotion in the basket”, “I’m your number one fan!”, “heeere’s Johnnny!” If these quotes terrify you, then you’re not alone. Seeing psychopathy portrayed on the silver screen can be a harrowing and fascinating experience. Just like the crash on the highway that we do not want to look at, but at the same time can not look away from, psychos have captured our attention and seeped into our nightmares. That is why this week on CinemaJaw we are taking a look at our Top 5 Movie Psychopaths.


Joining us on this journey to the dark corners, is a man who is well known for his turn as the psycho, the character Trevor in the massively successful video game Grand Theft Auto V, actor Steven Ogg. Who better than the man behind the deranged and murderous lunatic that we all love to take on joy rides in GTAV to help us pick out the best movie psychos? No one.  In case you didn’t know Steven was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and had his acting debut with the National Film Board of Canada, he will be in the upcoming film by Justin Zimmerman, Safe, and is one hell of a cool dude! Seriously, after hours and hours spent playing Trevor and basking in Stevens amazing acting and performance as the character, getting to talk to him was a real treat. Thank you Steven for joining us, and JawHeads we know you will enjoy this episode… or else we will find you…

CinemaJaw 182, The Oscars 5 Years Ago w/guest Owen Weber

Reviewed this episode: Ender’s Game
I for an I: Nonstop
Trivia: Airplane Movie Trivia
CinemaWAR: Which series should stop now, Terminator or Transformers?

Let’s face facts. The Academy gets it wrong QUITE often. They botch it, screw it up, kerfuffle, and take a mulligan. Especially when looking back years after the fact it is easy to see the glaring mistakes that make the word snub seem meaningless. Don’t get me wrong, we here at CinemaJaw LOVE LOVE LOVE the Oscars! It is our Super Bowl, our World Series. We just wish that maybe they would reflect of the lasting impression of a film and perhaps wait 5 years to name the winners. That is why this week, we are taking a look at the 81st Academy Awards, the awards given to the films of 2008, which took place in 2009. What did they get right, get wrong, and what films were overlooked completely?


Joining us this week is comedian/filmmaker extraordinaire, Owen Weber. Owen Weber is a Detroit native who has spent the last eight years in Chicago performing live and creating comedy shorts . He has worked with nationally-touring comics like Chelsea Handler (E!’s Chelsea Lately), Greg Vaccarello (The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The King of Queens), Steve Iott (A&E, Comedy Central) and Ben Creed (Comedy’s Dirtiest Dozen).  Owen can currently be seen doing standup and improv at a variety of venues across the Midwest. so, Owen journeys with us down this Oscar hole (that sounds dirty) with us and helps us second guess the Academy 5 years after the fact.

Take a listen!


Reviewed this episode: The Logo Movie
I for an I: Three Days To Kill
Trivia: Day Movie Trivia
CinemaWAR: Is Jennifer Lawrence  overrated?

Hurry! The clock is ticking and this week’s episode of CinemaJaw is set to explode! Naturally we are discussing Race Against the Clock Movies.

The ticking clock which is sometimes quite literally used in movies is an age old plot device. It can give a story a sense of pace and urgency at its best. At its worst it can give a story a hackneyed excuse for being in a rush. On this episode of CinemaJaw we take a look at the best, and even some subtle uses of the Race Against the Clock.

We need a pair of demolition experts to help defuse this topic before it blows up. Let’s bring back “Mr. Action” himself, and Writer/Director of Black The Web Series Frank Ziede for his second appearance on the ‘Jaw. Joining Frank is Jon Phillips, Producer of Black and he is good at clipping the green wire! We settle in with our dual guests at a top secret facility known as P3 Mediaworks, they were so kind to host us and buy us pizza! Jon and Frank having successfully wrapped season one of their Action/Espionage series are about to launch a Kickstarter to raise enough funds to launch season two bigger and better than ever. We promise to let you know when the Kickstarter is live, and encourage you to help them reach their goal because Black is a series that is a cut above the rest.


So put on that bomb suit and send in the robot to grab this podcast. Before time runs out!

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 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 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 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, 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 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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