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Reviewed This Episode: If I Stay, Mistaken for Strangers
I for an I: The Congress
Trivia: Sin City Cast Movie Trivia
CinemaWAR: which movie drink is more iconic, Bond’s martini or The Dude’s White Russian?
Sponsored by: Taft Foodmasters Vegitarian GyrosCardRecoveryProOnscribe

This week on CinemaJaw we play ourselves in the movie of this podcast, or something like that, as we cover Top 5 Actors Who Play Themselves. Not including documentaries or simple banal cameos (otherwise Stan Lee would have for sure been at the top of Matt K’s list) we try to dig a little deeper and find the creative roles where actors play a version of themselves. It can get quite meta.


Joining us this week from your source for cinebriation, Alcohollywood podcast are Clint and Jared! These guys know many things, but no two things better than movies and cocktails. Needless to say, they are awesome!

So stop playing yourself and take a listen…


CinemaJaw 202, Best Movie Vehicles w/ Nick & Andrew of Little Cabin Films

Reviewed This Episode: Vannin, Lucy, Calvary  
Trivia: Football Coach Movie Trivia
CinemaWAR: Which sport makes for better movies, Football or Baseball?
Sponsored by: Onscribe, Taft Foodmasters Vegitarian GyrosSarantosDeals Gap by D.H.Weemes


ve·hi·cle ?(v??k?l,?v??hik?l) - nounvehicle; plural noun: vehicles 1. a thing used for transporting people or goods, especially on land, such as a car, truck, or cart.

This week on CinemaJaw we are following up with Nick Nummerdor and Andrew Morgan of Little Cabin Films who we last interviewed back in January of 2013. At that time they were just about to launch a Kickstarter for their documentary film Vannin’. Well guess what, the Kickstarter was a success and we have a finished film to review and discuss (and it did not disappoint)!

Vannin’ – A Documentary Trailer from Little Cabin Films on Vimeo.

In honor of the theme of Vannin, (which obviously is vans) we are exploring the greatest movie vehicles of all time, with the help of Nick and Andrew. Vehicles can mean a lot of things in Hollywood, as we will discover, and there is an amazing argument about just what counts as a vehicle on this episode!


In addition, we also take a moment to reflect on Robin Williams career, and we remember his best.

All of that plus our usual bits, Reviews, Interviews and Trivia. It’s a jam packed jaw.


CinemaJaw 201, Best Suburbia Movies w/guest Curtis Gilbert

Reviewed This Episode: Guardians of the Galaxy, Into The Storm
I for an I: The Giver
Trivia: Expendables Movie Trivia
CinemaWAR: Will Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles be a hit or a flop?
Sponsored by: The New 400 Theaters

SuburbiaThe Urban dictionary defines Suburbia as : “the future slums of america where all the teenagers will either grow stupid and procreate more idiots or they will turn to violence and vandalism after years of boredom.” That seems pretty accurate to us. Images of pastel colored homes and white picket fences dance in our head, yet a sinister secret lies hidden behind those well manicured lawns. Suburbia can be a happy place where bikes are being ridden for the first time and new loves bloom like the rose bushes that creep up latices to your teenage sweethearts window. However, Suburbia can be a bleak and tragic place where hunting neighborhood pets, dodging bullies who extort not only milk money, and doing every drug under the sun just to avoid the soul wringing boredom has been told to be commonplace. In the movies Suburbia has been all of that and more. Matt and Ryan are both from the burbs, which in our eyes qualifies them as experts to pick for us the Top 5 Suburban Movies.

However, why just do it by their lonesomes? Someone is throwing tiny pebbles at the CinemaJaw window at 11:45, and it is none other than P3 Mediaworks Co-Founder and Filmmaker, Curtis Gilbert. Along with his brother Corey, Curtis has spent the last five years crafting Convergence, a web series focused on the past, present, and future of renewable energy. The series has been describes as X-Files in the suburbs, hence this week’s theme. We highly encourage you to check out the Kickstarter for Convergence and lend your support to independent cinema.

Listen to this as you mow your lawn:



CinemaJaw 200! Movie Celebrations with guest Charles Klein

Reviewed This Episode: Boyhood, Magic in the Moonlight
I for an I: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Trivia: Guardians of the Galaxy Cast Movie Trivia
CinemaWAR: Which band is due for a Hollywood biopic treatment, Guns -N- Roses or Nirvana?
Sponsored by: Card Recovery Pro

200Who’d a thunk it? 200 episodes of CinemaJaw are in the can!

It’s been a long road to get to this milestone, and on this special episode of CinemaJaw we talk about how we got here. Find out how Ryan and Matt met, and who the very first guest was. Find out how Eliaz was captured and lured into the Jawbox. Long time recurring guest and friend of the show Charles Klein is on hand to guide us on our way, and turn the microphones around and ask the boys a few questions about themselves.

Since it is a celebration, we also take a look at our top 3 Celebration Scenes from film, as well as hit our usual staples. I for an I, CinemaWAR, Trivia, you name it. We did it.

We wouldn’t have gotten here without you, the listener. Thanks to all the JawHeads who tune in each week, and thanks to our past guests who called in some funny and heartfelt voicemails to commemorate the occasion.

Take a listen… Thanks for listening… and here’s to 200 more!

Viva La Jaw!


CinemaJaw 199, Train Movies w/guest Colt Cabana

Reviewed This Episode: Snowpiercer , Life Itself
I for an I: Lucy
Trivia: Scarlett Johansson – Morgan FreemanMovie Trivia 
CinemaWAR: Who is more believable as an action star: Scarlett Johansson o Angelina Jolie?
Sponsored by: Redbox Instant, The New 400 Theaters

TrainWhat can you say about Train Movies? … Turns out not so much. Back in the day (20s,, 30s, 40s and 50s) there was a slew of them, in fact the very first popular motion picture ever featured a train coming at the screen that was said to make movie goers jump out of their seat to get out of the way!  However in modern film the train just ain’t what it used to be. Sure there are a few exceptions, and in honor of one of the most recent examples Snowpiercer, we take a look down the tunnel and listen for that choo-choo as we cover our Top 5 Train Movies.


We need a guest who knows how to take a hit. Someone who can be told the topic is train movies and get right back up… Enter Pro Wrestler, Comedian, Podcaster and all around Chicago hero… Colt Cabana. Colt travels the world as a proud alternative & independent performer. His hybrid comedic style along with his crossover appeal has made Colt one of the most in-demand wrestlers around. He wrestles anywhere fron burlesque comedy shows like Lucha VaVoom to cult underground happenings like ICP’s Gathering of the Juggalos. He’s also taken his wit and humor to such shows as Marc Maron’s WTF & Chicago’s Second City Main Stage. This guy is a true polymath, and we are happy to have him on board for our Train Movies episode!

In addition to the bar car, the baggage car, and the passenger car, we also have the I for an I car, CinemaWAR car and a couple others.

So take a listen this week. I promise we don’t go off the rails… much.


JawHeads… CinemaJaw episode 200 is coming! We aould love for you to call in and give us your silliest thoughts and memories of the show, or just wish us well. We will play many of these voicemails on the show.  Just dial (940) 784-3529, and leave us a message! Cheers!

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.


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.


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 197, American Movies w/guest Beckie Stocchetti

Reviewed This Episode: Tammy
I for an I: Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Trivia: Prequel Movie Trivia
CinemaWAR: Should Motion Capture Actors have their own Oscars category? 
Sponsored by: EDYL – Island of Immortality – MARK CAPELL

The Red, White & Blue. The Stars & Bars. Old Glory. America… F**k yeah! In honor of our nations birthday we celebrate cinema by selecting our favorite American Movies. We left this topic purposely obtuse and open to interpretation and each of our panelists come up with their own unique way to define American Movies.


Speaking of the panel… We are delighted to be joined once again by the amazing Beckie Stocchetti. You may remember Beckie from our episode last summer at Chicago Filmmakers where she worked at the time. Well, she is now with the world famous documentary house behind such films as Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters, and this weekends Life Itself, Kartemquin Films. We are very excited to have her on again to discuss American Movies, Documentaries and a whole lot more.


So throw another brat on the grill, lather on some sun screen, and crack open a cold one. Listen to an earfull of Americana. Cheers!

Remember to participate and leave your thoughts on the CINEMAJAW MOVIE CLUB PICK: The Institute!
You can reach us at  (940) 784-3529! Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on this film.


CinemaJaw 196, Best On The Run Movies w/guest Justin Zimmerman

Reviewed This Episode: We Are The Best!
I for an I: Tammy
Trivia: Susan Sarandon / Melissa McCarthy Movie Trivia
CinemaWAR: Which director should get the next museam James Cameron or Steven Spielberg?
Sponsored by: Movies TV Shows Free, The Gospel Friends Podcast 

They’re after you… the adrenaline sweats soak your dirty shirt, your heart is pounding like the beating dished out in THX-1138. You dart around one corner, a confrontation, you turn to escape and bump into another assailant. You are boxed in…. this is it… Or is it? You spot an open window leading into some dingy basement. Like a city rat you squeeze through the opening, ripping your shirt (this garment is ruined) and you escape. Still you remain On-The-Run!

There is no denying that when done well On The Run films can be some of the most “edge-of-your-seat” cinema that there is. We are captured and held hostage by the plight of the runner and hold our breath as he/she comes close to capture but somehow manages to elude the pursuant. In order to chase down this genre we need a man with good running shoes. Welcome Justin Zimmerman of Bricker Down Productions. Yes, his running shoes are great but he has much more than that going for him. Justin is a filmmaker, professor, author and comic book creator, just to name a few. His most recent project Safe is currently holding a Kickstarter and we highly encourage the JawHeads to check it out and lend their support!


Justin Zimmerman

Once we stop running, we have I for an I, CinemaWAR and all the crazyness you’ve come to love from the ‘Jaw.

Now… RUN!

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.


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!


This episode is all kinds of awesome!