CinemaJaw Supersode 1 – Happy 35th Birthday Pac-Man, Our Top Video Game Movies and More!

This is a special episode.

In honor of Pac-Man turning 35 today, we are celebrating and stitching together our best video game related content of the past five years!

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You will hear an interview with a man who made what is arguably one of the best video game movies of all time, Tron himself, Mr. Bruce Boxleitner. His voice is like quarters plinking into coin receptacles.  At that time Bruce was making a press tour for Lantern City, which has since been launched as a comic book series.

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Then an episode from WAY BACK, Adam Fendleman of hollywood Chicago joins us to deliver out Top 5 Video Game Movies!

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Last, but you’d better believe not least, Steven Ogg (AKA Trevor from the Grand Theft Auto 5 video game) joins us on the phone to chat it up.

Get yourself a roll of quarters, cause we are going to Mortal Kombat a friendship on your eardrums.

CinemaJaw 237, Actors Who Have Reinvented Themselves w/guest Steve “Capone” Prokopy of AICN

Reviewed This Episode: Maggie, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Avengers: Age of Ultron
Interested or Ignore: Tomorrowland
Trivia: George Clooney Movie Trivia

CinemaWAR: Which is better – Practical effects or CGI?
Sponsored by: The Natter Cast, Evorath Book Series, Moviepass

Spring is the time for rebirth, and hay fever. Annually the “Summer” movie season kicks off with a glut of action and sci-fi films with vastly varying quality. A not-too-uncommon trend is seeing old mostly washed up stars reemerge to try something new.  That old action hero is suddenly crying in an indie picture, or (vice versa) yesterday’s favorite comedian is suddenly doing a horror film. Actors and actresses seem to take this opportunity to reinvent themselves. To break free of the egg shell their career has been, fairly or otherwise, stuffed into. Again results are mixed here. Some are quite successful and go on to have a much broader range in their acting arsenal. Others fail, and return tail tucked back to the genre from whence they came. This week on CinemaJaw we are taking a look at some who have made the transition both successfully and not-so-much, as  we examine Actors Who have Reinvented Themselves.

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Joining us is a man who early on reinvented himself (sort of) as a film critic back in the early days of the internet, over at Ain’t It Cool News, Mr. Steve “Capone” Prokopy. Ain’t It Cool News or simply AICN was a prototypical and early internet movie news site, and garnered lots of attention early on. That attention largely had Batman to thank. Steve has been there since nearly the beginning and continues on to this day with Harry Knowles. All you critics and would be critics who are wondering how to break into the industry will be very interested in Steve’s story.

So please, reinvent yourself as a CinemaJaw listener, or if you already are, reinvent yourself as someone who shares this on Facebook.

Cheers!

CinemaJaw 236, C2E2 Special! w/guest Gabriel Hardman, Geeks Out, and MORE!

Poll: Which director do you trust the most: J.J. Abrams – Joss Wheadon – or Christopher Nolan
Interested or Ignore: Hot Pursuit
Trivia: Women of Comic Book Movies Trivia

Sponsored by: Guinea-pixel.com, Onscribe, Mobilemunky.com

The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo – also known as C2E2 – is a convention spanning the latest and greatest from the worlds of comics, movies, television, toys, anime, manga and video games. Bringing the best of popular culture to Downtown Chicago, C2E2’s show floor is packed with hundreds of exhibitors (like CinemaJaw), panels and autograph sessions giving fans a chance to interact with their favorite creators and screening rooms featuring sneak peeks at films and television shows months before they hit either the big or small screen!

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This year marked C2E2’s sixth year and CinemaJaw was on hand to record the madness, promote the show and score some interviews.

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And Score some we did. We are joined this week by artist Gabriel Hardman who has done the storyboards for some films you may have heard of, as well as some amazing graphic novel and comic book work.

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Also stopping is Kevin Gilligan to discuss a very important non-profit called Geeks OUT. Central to the Geeks OUT mission is the free and un-cynical enjoyment of geek culture. Celebrating and promoting the LGBT fans within geek culture strengthens and enriches that culture for all. It’s a great cause!

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Last but not least… we are joined by a representative for the new horror film Insidious 3: Into the Further. There’s a cool trailer set up for it called the Into the Further 4D Experience. Featuring much-praised Oculus Rift VR technology. It’s a unique ride that’s certain to scare the heck out of you.

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We had an absolute BLAST at C2E2 this year, and we just can’t wait to do it again in 2016. It was so great to see some of our fans from around the country show up and say hi! We love seeing you all. Come and have some fun with us, and listen along.

 

CinemaJaw 235, Best Nudity by Oscar Winners w/guest Mr. Skin

Reviewed This Episode: The Water Diviner
Interested or Ignore: The Avengers: Age of Ultron
Trivia: Avengers Movie Trivia

CinemaWAR: Which Chris is luckier to be an Avenger  – Chris Evans or Chris Hemsworth
Sponsored by: MoviePassC2E2The Content Champion PodcastThe Pajama Shoppe, WompaStompaPodcast

This week on CinemaJaw Matt and Ry get naked, and talk to Mr. Skin!

If you’ve ever seen the Judd Apatow joint “Knocked Up” then you have heard of Mr. Skin. After an appearance on The Howard Stern Show in 2000, McBride became a regular guest, ultimately producing a “Mr. Skin Minute” that continues to air every Thursday as part of Stern’s Sirius Satellite Radio program. You can listen to him every other Wednesday at 9:40 am on The Rude Awakening Show on WOCM. Other radio shows that have featured Mr. Skin include Lex and TerryTom LeykisThe Adam Carolla ShowLovelineSteve DahlOpie and AnthonyKidd ChrisThe Bob & Tom ShowThe World Famous Frank ShowTodd and TylerThe Regular GuysThe Jeff O’Neil Show, “The Free Beer and Hot Wings Show” and a weekly call in to the BS on Real Radio 104.1 in Orlando, Florida. He also appeared numerous times on the The Drew and Mike Show on WRIF radio in Detroit. Mr. Skin is on every Thursday on The Playboy Morning Show TV and Web Audio and video Streaming on Playboy TV.

And now… CinemaJaw!

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When we have such an expert. We try to dive deep into the expertise on hand, and Mr. Skin’s encyclopedic knowledge of nudity is second to none!

So sit back and relax, open up your robe, let it all hang out and enjoy…

 

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

 

 

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!

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!

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!

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.

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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