CinemaJaw 234, Summer Movie Preview Special!

Reviewed This Episode: A Most Violent Year
Interested or Ignore: The Water Diviner
Trivia: Actors Who have directed themselves movie trivia

CinemaWAR: Which Spielberg movie should be remade Jaws or E.T.
Sponsored by: MoviePassC2E2The Content Champion PodcastThe Pajama Shoppe, Sarantos

Flyin solo this week (no guest), just Matt K. & Ry the Movie Guy looking forward to what is shaping up to be one of the hottest Summer Movie seasons ever! Plus Eliaz is BACK in the jawbox with news about his film’s fate on the film festival circuit and we are happy to have him back!

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This episode is dedicated to the loving memory of Sherbert “Ice-cream” Kubinski

 

 

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A Retrospective of Wild Card

Speaking of Las Vegas…

For many, the thrill and the decadent lifestyle epitomised by Las Vegas will hold an enduring appeal on the big screen. With many classic films such as Casino and Ocean’s Eleven paying homage to the allure of Sin City, it’s no surprise that many recent movie releases have hoped emulate such success with their own gambling-related plotlines.

So in recent months we’ve seen Mark Wahlberg’s impressive The Gambler exploring the psychological power of the poker game, and then there’s this year’s effort, Wild Card.

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The American crime thriller was released in late January of this year and was a remake of the 1986 Burt Reynolds film Heat that was based upon the successful William Goldman book of the same name.

With the award-winning director of The Expendables Simon West at the helm, it was hoped that the film would inject a great deal of action and glamour into the genre. And once Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels star Jason Statham was in place opposite the glamorous Sofia Vergara it seemed that all was set for an explosive Las Vegas thriller.

The plot focused on Statham’s character as a bodyguard who inevitably develops something of a gambling problem that lands him in trouble with the mob. With a densely woven storyline that saw Statham entering the criminal underworld and enjoying all of the fruits of the Las Vegas lifestyle. The movie even approached the excitement that can be found in online sites such as Uptown Aces, where players can enjoy the comforts of reliable deposit methods and play the Crazy Vegas slot game, amongst others.

 

Commercial failure

Despite the promise offered by the stars and the watertight script, Wild Card still suffered from critically scathing reviews. The Hollywood Reporter stated that the film was ‘an underwhelming yet slickly-helmed crime flick’, whereas The Wrap remarked that the film ‘delivered boredom when it promised mayhem’.

However, some saw a lighter side to the film with The Independent remarking that the movie offered a tongue-in-cheek version of the Las Vegas clichés, noting comic moments such as the song White Christmas being played over the film’s most violent scenes.

Despite this, the film was declared to be a commercial flop as it made only $3,200 on domestic box office compared to the estimated $30 million budget. All of which just goes to show that just like gambling, making big budget films can be a risky business!

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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!

NicCageJohnTravoltaTimeTravlingVampiresSo enjoy intrepid JawHeads and keep on bustin’ rhymes!

 

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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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