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CinemaJaw 227, Rappers Turned Actors – Focus and More!

Reviewed This Episode: Focus
Trivia: Robot Movie Trivia
Interested or Ignore: Chappie
CinemaWAR: Who is stranger Nic Cage or John Travolta? 
Sponsored by: Rocky Mountain Revival Podcast , Ambit Energy, The Pinky Swear Project, Intelligent Internet Marketing Podcast, Buku Now, Green Ink Organics, Cash Flow Savvy

This week on CinemaJaw Matt K. and Ry The Movie Guy are flyin’ solo, sans guest, still recovering from WingFest weekend. A perfect time to get back to basics, hit some Jaw Announcements, fan interactions and explore who are the best rappers turned actors.

It seems like every single MC to ever pick up a microphone winds up taking a turn at acting. Some for the better, some for the worse (erhem… Vanilla Ice…hrm ahem…). It’s a total crap shoot actually. CinemaJaw drops some science on you to help sort out who have done it best, and who should stick to rap.



Also in the episode our Intern TJ takes on Matt K. in Robot Movie Trivia and Matt and Ry debate who is stranger: Nic Cage or John Travolta. Both Travolta and Cage have surfaced in Civil War era photos (below) and it’s a strange debate in and of itself!

NicCageJohnTravoltaTimeTravlingVampiresSo enjoy intrepid JawHeads and keep on bustin’ rhymes!


CinemaJaw 226, Bizarre Movies w/guest Frank Ziede

Reviewed This Episode: Force Majore
Trivia: Nic Cage Movie Trivia
Interested or Ignore: Focus
CinemaWAR: Will a comic book movie eveer win Best Picture at the Oscars?
Sponsored by: The Content Champion Podcast with Loz James, replacementlaptopkeys.com, Double-Knockout.com, Pajamashoppe.com, Rocky Mountain Revival Podcast 

This week on CinemaJaw, things get weird as we cover our favorite Bizarre Films! It was an especially dificult episode to record since Matt K. and Ry The Movie Guy did a Freaky Friday and switched bodies (talk about bizarre)!

Joining us for this bizarro episode is a Bizarrely talented filmmaker, director, writer Frank T. Ziede.


Take a listen, and prepare to have your mind blown!!!


CinemaJaw 225, Best SNL Movies w/guest Vinicius Machado

Reviewed This Episode: Jupiter Ascending, Spongebob Squarepants: Sponge Out of Water
Trivia: in honor of Fifty Shades of Grey: Color Movie Trivia
Interested or Ignore: Hot Tub Time Machine 2
CinemaWAR: Which SNL cast member has had a more successful career: Eddie Murphy or Bill Murray? 
Sponsored by: Kru85PR, Nominal Buys, 26 Finley StreetAirkiiThe Content Champion Podcast with Loz JamesAfterpartypal

For 40 years Saturday Night Live has been making us laugh, and making stars out of it’s cast members. Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Chevy Chase…. I could go on and on, because after 40 years, the list is quite long. This weekend SNL (as it has been shortened) is celebrating it’s “SNL40th” with a three hour long special in which many past favorites sketches, musical guests and cast members are scheduled to make an appearance. It’s sure to be a riot!

In honor of the above, CinemaJaw is counting down our favorite SNL movies.

Joining us is another young actor who star is on the rise, Vinicius Machado. Vinicius was recently in the 50 Cent fronted series POWER on STARZ, and also is a voice in the popular video game LA Noir. He has been hailed by Directors as “versatile with money-making looks” and is sought after today as a valuable talent around the world. Also, He has also been compared to a younger Antonio Banderas with Orlando Bloom looks (just like Matt & Ry… wink, wink).


We are happy to have Vinicius’ perspective on the SNL films, and he joins us for a CinemaWAR, a round of Trivia, I for an I and all of your favorite bits of CinemaJaw.

If this podcast goes on for 40 years, he will certainly be among the guests we invite back!


CinemaJaw 224, Second City Alum w/guest Hallie Jordan

Reviewed This Episode: Borgman, Two Days and One Night
Trivia: Planet Movie Trivia
Interested or Ignore: Jupiter Ascending 
CinemaWAR: Is Mila Kunis Leading Lady material?
Sponsored by: PajamaShoppe, Content Champion Podcast, After Party Pal

Actress Hallie Jordan is a “film industry catch.” She currently has starring roles in four independent feature films and a television pilot, as well as her introductory role in the independent thriller feature film “The Girl,” starring Michael Biehn(Terminator, Aliens) and Tia Carrere (True Lies, Wayne’s World), released in 2014.


Jordan is no stranger to theater and film. Born and raised in New York City, she began working in theater as a child. A graduate of The Second City – Chicago, Stella Adler Academy of Acting and Theatre – Los Angeles, and the University of Redlands, she is professionally trained in acting, theater, comedy improvisation and music. She utilized her personalized Bachelor of Arts degree in “The Ontology of a Performer” to explore the psychology, sociology, philosophy and business of acting. In developing a sense of creative independence, she formed her own production company, Small Red Star Productions.

It is precisely her level of learning (and her status as a Second City Alum) that makes Hallie perfect to join us on our quest this week: Choosing our Top 5 (non-SNL) Second City Alum.

Take a listen wont you?

CinemaJaw 223, Best Kevin Costner Scenes w/guest Barry and Jairo of True Bromance Film Podcast

Reviewed This Episode: Still Alice 
Trivia: Black & White Movie Trivia
Interested or Ignore: Black or White
CinemaWAR: which was the bigger Oscar snub? Lego Movie for Animated Feature or Ava DuVernay
Sponsored by: Blue Collar GlomerationSarantos, PajamaShoppe

This is what it sounds like when PODCASTS COLLIDE!

This week, we are happy to be joined by members of our growing film podcast community, the always vocal on twitter, and good buddies of ours Barry and Jairo from True Bromance Film Podcast.

DC, Chicago and Tampa in the house this week!

I will let this episode speak for itself!

CinemaJaw 222, Best Wedding Movies w/guest Lauren “Geek Girl Chicago” Faits

Reviewed This Episode: American Sniper
Trivia: Friends Movie Trivia
Interested or Ignore: Cake
CinemaWAR: Who will win the fight in Avengers 2: Hulk or Iron Man?
Sponsored by: Erase My Boss, Blue Collar Glomeration, Sarantos

Mawage… Mawage is whwt bwings us togwah today….

This week on CinemaJaw, the chapel bells are a’ ringin’ as we cover our Top 5 Wedding Movies in honor of new film The Wedding Ringer. Surprisingly, what we thought could be lesser topic turned out to be quite a good one since marriage is such an event in the human experience that is reflected in film.


Joining us on this trip to the altar is fellow ChicagoNow blogger, and pop culturist, Lauren Faits perhaps better known as Geek Girl Chicago. Lauren sits in our entire episode as we explore silver screen nuptials and offers up her own list on the topic.

ALSO: New this epsisode – CinemaJaw welcomes intern Talyor James “TJ” Jarrad to the show! Welcome to the Jawbox TJ!

Just admit it… You’d marry this podcast if you could!

CinemaJaw 221, Best of 2014 w/guest Brian Tallerico

Reviewed This Episode: Inherent Vice
Trivia: Bradley Cooper / Clint Eastwood Movie Trivia
Interested or Ignore: What film are you most excited for in 2015 (Besides Star Wars and Avengers)?
CinemaWAR: Which film is the most anticipated of 2015 Star Wars or Avengers?
Sponsored by: OnscribeKen’s Anglers,premierboxbreaks.com, Errase My Boss

Another year is in the books. Should Old Acquaintance be forgot,and never thought upon, and all that jazz. I have to say, from our perch here at CinemaJaw, 2014 was one helluva year at the movies!

Here to help us out with a Very Special Episode, in which we will countdown our Top 10 of 2014, is Brian Tallerico! You may have heard Brian covering TV on WGN Radio saturday mornings, or you may be familiar with his work as the Managing Editor over at Roger Ebert Dot Com, or perhaps you may recognize his name as the Vice President of the Chicago Film Critics Association, then again you just may know him from his previous appearances on good ol’ CinemaJaw! However you know Brian Tallerico, just know that he is one of the best voices in film criticism in this or any other city, and a damn cool guy to boot.



So goodbye 2014, hello 2015! We hope you enjoy this (slightly longer than usual) CinemaJaw. Here’s to a great new year!

CinemaJaw 220, Best Depictions of the Future w/guest Ken “Al Roker Jr.” Smith

Reviewed This Episode: The Interview, Into The Woods, Unbreakable
Trivia: 2014 Sequel Movie Trivia
CinemaWAR: Which film is the most anticipated of 2015 Star Wars or Avengers?
Sponsored by: Onscribe, Ken’s Anglers, premierboxbreaks.compennamek.blogspot.commycomuniti.com

Great Scott Marty!

In Back to the Future 2, Doc and Marty travel to the year 2015. What did the producers of the film get right,and what was far fetched? In honor of our favorite time travelers we take a look at our favorite Depictions of the Future.


Joining us in the DeLorean is none other that Chicago radio personality Ken “Al Roker Jr.” Smith, giving us his picks for the future.

You wont need 1.21 Gigawatts to take this trip!

CinemaJaw 219, Controversial Films w/guest Tim Barnes

Reviewed This Episode: The Imitation Game
I for an I: The Interview
Trivia: Into The Woods Cast Movie Trivia
CinemaWAR: Which Holiday movie  is required viewing, Christmas Vacation or It’s a Wonderful Life?
Sponsored by: premierboxbreaks.com, Overflowcafe.compsdkennels.comaimkts.com

An unprecedented defeat has befallen the US. Our most important ideal, the Freedom of Speech has been compromised by a decision by theater chain and studio owners. This, perhaps more than anything else I have seen from my time in US history, has scared me to my very core. No one could have guessed that Seth Rogen and James Franco would be the catalyst to a thought war, and yet, here we are. Though, to be fair, this conflict has been brewing for decades.

CinemaJaw won’t be able to solve this national issue, but we can help advance to conversation! Let’s do so by taking a look at our Top 5 Controversial Films. These are the films that sparked outrage, ruffled feathers, and caused a kerfuffle. Perhaps why we can learn why people are so damn sensitive for goodness sake! (But, probably not.)


Joining us in our exploration of controversy is comedian, fellow podcaster Tim Barnes. Tim’s show It’s All True can be found on the monolithic podcast juggernaut WBEZ. We talk to him about his favorite controversial films as well as how he got started in comedy and podcasting, right down to his favorite podcast apps.

Another jam packed ‘Jaw… nothing controversial about it!

CinemaJaw 218, Top 5 Middle-Earth Scenes + The Hobbit: battle of the Five Armies & Wild Reviewed!

Reviewed This Episode: The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies, Wild
Trivia: 2014 Flop Movie Trivia
Sponsored by: www.VitaminFoodsGuide.com, Spectrum Safety Training, Sarantos, www.premierboxbreaks.com

No Guest this week on CinemaJaw, instead we grab out broadsword and magic ring, for one last foray into Middle-Earth, as we review the Hobbit film in depth. We also give our Top 5 Middle Earth Scenes and play some 2014 Flop movie Trivia. It’s as hot as Smaug’s breath!


Also a great review of Wild!

Run you fools!