CinemaJaw 233, Best Vegas Movies w/guest Jimmy Greenfield

Reviewed This Episode: While We’re Young
Interested or Ignore: Child 44
Trivia: Tom Hardy Movie Trivia

CinemaWAR: Who is the better actor without an Oscar – Grary Oldman or Ralph Fiennes?
Sponsored by: MoviePassC2E2The Content Champion Podcast, The Pajama Shoppe

Vegas baby, Vegas!

Gleaming in the Nevada desert is a shining citadel. A monument to greed,excess, hedonism, lust and sin. But also a monument to hope, freedom, guile, dreams, and possibility. Simultaneously ugly and beautiful, Las Vegas is a testament to man’s drive to chain nature to his will and to have a damn good time. Whether you love it, or hate it, millions of people from all over the planet slide down the legendary Vegas strip every day around the clock, with no end in sight. Miracles of engineering spit precious water through the dry desert air in perfect sync to the music and lights and make believe pirate ships sink into hotel moats every-hour-on-the-hour.

In short, Vegas is a dream. flimsy, unreal, ephemeral and nightmarish or ecstatic. It is what you make it. And what happens there stays there… Except the movies!

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Vegas can make you or break you and this once criminal hotbed of vice, now Disney themed family fun center of consumerism is one of the PERFECT backdrops for a good movie!

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Joining us on our full tilt, flat out sail down Route 66 is none other than the incomparable Jimmy Greenfield! Jimmy, as you may recall we reported back on episode 140,   he runs the entire ChicagoNowblog network for the Chicago Tribune Media Group, is a regular Chicago RedEye contributor since it’s inception, and wrote the book “100 Things Cubs Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die“, but it turns out he’s more at home in the woods camping than in a suit tossing dice down the felt! Nevertheless he has his Top 5 Vegas Movies, and joins us in a CinemaWAR and trivia to boot.

We think its a good bet that you will enjoy this episode!

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CinemaJaw 232, Underrated Comedies w/ NEW HOST Jeff Arcuri

Reviewed This Episode: Home, It Follows
Interested or Ignore: The Longest Ride
Trivia: Car Chase Movie Trivia

CinemaWAR: Which is more surprising that Fast & The Furious made it to 7 movies or that Final Destination made it to 5?  
Sponsored by: MoviePassC2E2The Content Champion Podcast

Hi There JawHeads – Big News! Please join us in welcoming NEW HOST to the show replacing Matt K., Mr. Jeff Arcuri. Matt showed up at the end to say goodbye and welcome Jeff, as well as pose for his last photo.

Too many comedies are easily dismissed or take a while to find their audience. That is why we dig a little deeper this week and dredge up some picks that may have missed your screen. Worth checking out!

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For his first time out we decided to stay in Jeff’s wheelhouse of comedy and cover our Most Underrated Comedy picks.

Take a listen!

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CinemaJaw 231, Best Wes Anderson Scenes w/guest Josh Larsen

Reviewed This Episode: Get Hard
Interested or Ignore: Furious 7
Trivia: Prison Movie Trivia

CinemaWAR: Could Wes Anderson direct a summer blockbuster? 
Sponsored by: MoviePass, C2E2

We’ve had Adam, we’ve had Matty. Like Pokemon, we gotta catch ’em all. This week we are honored to have on another of the fine folks from Filmspotting, Co-Host, Mr. Josh Larsen. Josh has been writing about film for a very long time and Filmspotting is consistently ranked among the best film podcasts on iTunes and other platforms. Because Josh is such a Wes Anderson Fan, we thought we would take a look into Wes Adnerson’s Best Scenes.

If you are not already familiar with Mr. Anderson (and no we are not talking about The Matrix) then you need to crawl out from the rock and set sail for deliberately paced waters, where dialog is witty and characterizations are rich. Wesley Wales “Wes” Anderson was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for The Royal Tenenbaums in 2001, Moonrise Kingdom in 2012 and The Grand Budapest Hotel in 2015, as well as the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature for Fantastic Mr. Fox in 2009. He received his first Academy Award nomination for Best Director and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for The Grand Budapest Hotel in 2014. He also received the BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay in 2015. Watching an Anderson film is a tragically funny and singular experience. He is one of CinemaJaw’s favorite filmmakers working today.

It was a pleasure to get into the Anderson filmography with Josh Larsen!

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We also get to our best bits: I for an I, Trivia and CinemaWAR as well. It’s whimsical and quirky. Have a listen!

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CinemaJaw 230, Best Ben Stiller Scenes w/guest Charles Klein

Reviewed This Episode: Cinderella
Trivia: Young Movie Trivia
CinemaWAR: Has will Ferrell jumped the shark?
Sponsored by: MoviePass,  Melogia.com, SalRastegar.comgetalifebalanced.com

This week we are joined by Mr. Charles Klein to , discuss his 20th and final Indie Incubator Film Fest and some Ben Stiller…

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After beginning his acting career with a play, Ben Stiller wrote several mockumentaries, and was offered his own show entitled The Ben Stiller Show, which he produced and hosted for its 13-episode run. He began acting in films; he made his directorial debut with Reality Bites. Throughout his career he has written, starred in, directed, and/or produced more than 50 films, including The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Zoolander, There’s Something About Mary, Meet the Parents, DodgeBall, Tropic Thunder, the Madagascar series, Night at the Museum, and its sequels Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. In addition, he has had multiple cameos in music videos, television shows, and films.

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Stiller is a member of the comedic acting brotherhood colloquially known as the Frat Pack. His films have grossed more than $2.6 billion in Canada and the United States, with an average of $79 million per film.[2] Throughout his career, he has received multiple awards and honors, including an Emmy Award, multiple MTV Movie Awards, and a Teen Choice Award.

He also has a new film coming out called While We’re Young…

So this week we are going in depth on Ben Stiller.

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CinemaJaw 229, Best European Directors w/guest Jean De St. Aubin of the Gene Siskel Film Center

Reviewed This Episode: Chappie
Trivia: Liam Neeson Ed Harris Movie Trivia
CinemaWAR: Who is a better movie robot Wall-E or Johnny 5? 
Sponsored by: MoviePass,  Green Ink OrganicsCash Flow SavvySal Rastegar, Mohican.biz, GuyWho

This week CinemaJaw is honored to be on location at the Chicago gem, The Gene Siskel Film Center!

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Joining us is the Film Center Executive Director, Jean De St. Aubin and we pleased as punch to talk to Jean about the Center’s upcoming European Union Film Festival as well as the Center at large and all the fine resources it provides to film fans and filmmakers alike. In honor of the European Union Film Festival the boys cover their Top 3 European Directors, and we have some great fun along the way.

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Jawheads, we highly encourage you to visit the Gene Siskel Film Center and if you already have, then go again for the upcoming festival. It is one of the great things that makes this city so special.

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Keep on jawin’ about the movies!

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CinemaJaw 228, Best Dance Scenes w/guest James D’Amato

Reviewed This Episode: The Last Five Years
Trivia: Fairy Tale Movie Trivia
Interested or Ignore: Cinderella 
CinemaWAR: Is Vince Vaughn still relevant or is he washed up? 
Sponsored by: Rocky Mountain Revival Podcast Green Ink OrganicsCash Flow Savvy, Sarantos, My Guard Pro, Sal Rastegar

This week on CinemaJaw the boys do some stretches, fluff out their tutus, put on their tap shoes and bust-a-move as they cover the Top 5 Dance Scenes in film. There is a grand tradition in Hollywood of great dance numbers, as movies at the start simply aped the mass entertainment that came before… Vaudeville. The tradition continues to this day in everything from action to animation often feature a great dance number!

On the dance card as partner this week is CinemaJaw go-to guy James D’Amato. Host of his own podcast(s) and one helluva guy!

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So take our hand and let us lead. We will just name a few of our favorite routines. Enjoy.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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

 

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The Biggest Oscars Giants Of The Century So Far

The Biggest Oscars Giants Of The Century So Far

The 87th Academy Awards are fast approaching, and a new batch of films, actors, and crew members will soon join the historic and prestigious company of Oscar winners past. Right now, many of the most interesting races, including that for Best Picture, are still too close to call. But come Oscar night, we could very well see a particular film rise above the rest in multiple categories to join the ranks of previous powerhouse winners.

While we wait for the red carpet to be rolled out on Feb. 22, here’s a look back at the biggest Academy Awards winners from the 2000s and 2010s so far!

Gladiator (2000)

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In 2001, “Gladiator” was nominated for virtually every major award with the exception of the Best Actress categories (leading and supporting). Most notably, it won Best Picture, Russell Crowe won Best Actor in a Leading Role for his portrayal of heroic general-turned-gladiator Maximus, and Ridley Scott and Joaquin Phoenix were nominated for Best Director and Best Actor in a Supporting Role, respectively.

In the years since, “Gladiator” has lived on in interesting ways. Perhaps most entertaining were the rumors of a failed attempt at a sequel that would have seen Maximus turned into an antichrist killer. However, its influence extends in other areas as well. There’s actually a popular online game based on the film, which strangely enough takes the place of any sort of ordinary video game, as none based on “Gladiator” ever gained popularity. The Betfair platform hosts the game, which is simply called Gladiator and uses cartoon renderings of the cinematic characters to enhance a slot machine. This is perhaps the most popular homage to “Gladiator” in modern culture, unless you count the undeniable influence the film has had on numerous sword-and-sandals films and shows since its release.

The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King (2003)

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Because it was the third part of a trilogy, and frankly not the sort of film that tends to dominate the Oscars, “The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King” is rather forgettable as an awards show titan. Yet at the 2004 Academy Awards, this film was nominated for a staggering 11 awards. And that’s not even the crazy part! The film won all 11 awards for which it was nominated, including Best Picture and Best Director for Peter Jackson. It even tied the record previously held by “Ben Hur” and “Titanic” for the most wins.

Few could have guessed, at the time, that the Middle Earth saga was far from finished in pop culture. Like “Gladiator,” the “Lord Of The Rings” trilogy lived on in various gaming titles, including the recently released Middle Earth: Shadow Of Mordor by Warner Bros. However, even in film, Peter Jackson was far from finished after “The Return Of The King” brought him a bundle of Oscars. As we all know, he went on to film “The Hobbit” and turned it into a somewhat-overblown trilogy. And now, the third film of this second trilogy, “The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies,” has received a 2015 Academy Award Nomination for Best Sound Editing. It’s a far cry from the 11 nominations of the original trilogy’s finale, but it’s a nice honor for the film.

Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

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Many may be surprised to recall that 2008’s “Slumdog Millionaire” is second only to “The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King” among 21st-century Oscar winners, with eight wins. Its triumphs include Best Picture, Best Director (Danny Boyle), and Best Adapted Screenplay (Simon Beaufoy).

Perhaps the greatest achievement of “Slumdog Millionaire,” however, was in bringing some extraordinarily talented people to the attention of film fans around the world. Most notable in this regard was A.R. Rahman, known previously in Indian culture and among Bollywood fans as a brilliant songwriter and composer. Rahman won Oscars for Best Original Score and Best Original Song for this film, gaining the international renown he deserved. Likewise, the film marked the loud announcement of young actors Dev Patel and Freida Pinto to the world, and both are now in the early stages of promising careers.

The King’s Speech (2010)

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At the 2011 Oscars, “The King’s Speech” managed just four wins, decidedly fewer than the other films on this list. However, they were what many would consider four of the five most prestigious awards (the fifth being Best Actress in a Leading Role): Best Picture, Best Director (Tom Hooper), Best Actor in a Leading Role (Colin Firth), and Best Original Screenplay (David Seidler). Furthermore, the film secured 12 total nominations, essentially spreading its reach over the entire evening in 2011.

“The King’s Speech” was a rare film in modern times, in refreshing ways. It wasn’t a remake or reboot, it didn’t lend itself to a sequel or to video game adaptations, and it relied quite minimally on special effects and enhancements. It was simply a marvelous take on a true story presented by a formidable group of veteran filmmakers and actors. But if there was a lasting accomplishment by this film, it may have been propelling Firth to the level of respect of which he is deserving. Now viewed by many as one of the truly elite Hollywood actors, Firth is as much of a box office draw as a critical sure thing. In fact, according to Forbes, his new film, “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” netted a $10.5 million opening Friday, even with “50 Shades Of Grey” (a sure box office giant) sharing its release date!

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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).

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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!

Enjoy!

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