CinemaJaw 198, Movie Club: The Institute w/guest Director Spencer McCall

Each month on CinemaJaw we choose a film that is streaming, or otherwise easily accessible and make it our Movie Club Pick of the Month. This month we chose The Institute and are very please to be joined by Spencer McCall the films director.

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The film documents the mysterious Jejune Institute, a mind-bending San Francisco phenomenon where 10,000 people became “inducted” without ever quite realizing what they’d signed up for. Was it a cult? Was it an elaborate game? Told from the participants’ perspectives, the film looks over the precipice at an emergent new art form where real world and fictional narratives collide, creating unforeseen and often unsettling consequences. Fusing elements of counter-culture, new religious movements and street art, THE INSTITUTE invites viewers down the rabbit hole into a secret underground world teeming just beneath the surface of everyday life.

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But just how much of this surreal documentary is real, and how much of it s part of the game and culture that surrounds it called nonchalance?

Take a listen and find out how much light Spencer sheds, and how many shadows he casts.

CinemaJaw 195, Top 5 Recast Roles + a TON of Reviews

Reviewed This Episode: How To Train Your Dragon 2, Fed Up, X-Men Days of Future Past, Tiny, Magic Camp
I for an I: Transformers 4 Age of Extinction 
Trivia: Clint Eastwood Directed Movie Trivia 
CinemaWAR: Has Dreamworks Animation caught up to Pixar?
Sponsored by: Mara K. Eton’s The Hypocrites

This week on CinemaJaw we take a look at famously recast roles and choose our Top 5 most significant. Recastings can be disastrous or potentially an upgrade. Which is which? Good thing CinemaJaw is here to help you!

the-dumbledoresWe are flying solo this week, so we use the extra time on the show to announce a NEW MOVIE CLUB PICK: The Institute! Remember to watch that film and leave us a voicemail with your thoughts on the ‘Jaw Hotline! You can reach us at  (940) 784-3529! Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on this film. There are tons of surprises this episode, plus at CinemaJaw FIRST!

Thanks for listening.

 

 

CinemaJaw 194,Best Comedy Sequels, with Mike “McBeardo” McPadden

Reviewed This Episode: Edge of Tomorrow
I for an I: 22 Jump Street
Trivia: Dragon Movie Trivia
CinemaWAR: Which Tom Cruise ex-wife had the better nude scene, Nicole Kidman in Eyes Wide Shut or Katie Holmes in the Gift?
Sponsored by: Silver Dogs, short film

There just aren’t too many good comedy sequels. The genre is littered with flop after disappointing flop. Turns out jokes just aren’t as funny the second time you hear it, one of the main elements of humor (a delightful surprise) is missing by nature of a second go. This week on CinemaJaw we are here to tell you, THEY DO EXIST! There ARE good comedy sequels out there, but you just may have to dig down deep to find them.

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We will need a guest who isn’t afraid of said dig. A man who could dig to the pits of hell with a garden trowel if he heard a good flick would be showing there. Enter author of new book  HEAVY METAL MOVIES, Mr. Mike “McBeardo” McPadden. Now my may recall from his previous appearances on CinemaJaw that Mike is also the Head Writer over at the ultimate resource for nudity in movies MrSkin.com. We discus nudity, metal and decent comedy sequels with McBeardo, and as always, it was a treat!

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This episode is all kinds of awesome!

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!

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

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.

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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.

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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?

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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!

 

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!

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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.

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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!