CinemaJaw 251, ICON SHOWPLACE – Best Movie Theater Scenes

Reviewed This Episode: The Intern
I for and I: The Martian
Trivia: Ridley Scott Movie Trivia
CinemaWAR: Dinner before the movie or after?

Sponsored by:  AB Mobile AppsMoviePass, Cards Against Humanity

If you listen to CinemaJaw, even if this is your first time listening, then you like the movies. A big part of why we like the movies is going out to the theater. The smell of popcorn wafts through the air, and tacky carpet lines the lobby. Years of spilled sodas have left the theater floor just a little sticky. Perhaps you held hands with a romantic interest for the first time in a movie theater, perhaps it was a favorite date option for you, perhaps you love to just go by yourself and escape for a bit… Whatever your reason for going, we’re with you. We love the movies too! Going to the movies especially. That is why this week we are  covering our favorite Movie Theater Scenes.


So this episode we visit one of the most posh theaters in Chicago, the famous ICON Showplace. The VIP lounge was a place you might see Roger Ebert, and still see many of Chicago’s top critics attend a screening. This night in particular, we were there to host a Q&A for the priemere of the second season of Black the webseries by Frank T. Ziede. It was an honor to do so, and a pleasure to do so in such a fine film house.


We encourage you to cherish your old local theater. Chains like ICON can be amazing, but you cant replace those beautiful old theaters… they are a dying breed.




CinemaJaw 250! Patrick O’Rourke – Best Workplace Movies

Reviewed This Episode: Black Mass
I for and I: The Intern
CinemaWAR: Is Johnny Depp done with the silly roles?
Trivia: Anne Hathaway/Jake Gyllenhaal Movie Trivia
Sponsored by:  Basecamp, Blu Collar Glomeration, AB Mobile AppsMoviePass


It is a momentous occasion here at CinemaJaw. 250 episodes in the can! Wow.

As we enter our 7th year of podcasting its high time to bring back the wonderful podcast expert Patrick O’Rourke! Pat is the founder and site admin of Peaches and Hot Sauce, a podcast network and comedy collective. He likes to make comedy at places in his life. Especially his house. He is the host of “Making New Friends with Pat O’Rourke” and has performed comedy in front of people a modest amount of time. To boot, Pat is a good friend of ours! Who better to celebrate with?


In honor of the new film The Intern, we take a look at the best Workplace Movies with Pat, play a bunch of games and drink some coffee (!??!). Yes… Coffee. Enjoy this milestone ‘Jaw!



CinemaJaw LIVE at Geekbar, Hackers 20th Anniversary – Best Movie Hackers

This episode is dedicated to Shawn King owner of Evil Squirrel Comics, and a good friend. 

Reviewed This Episode: Mistress America
Trivia: Johnny Depp Movie Trivia
Sponsored by: Jackbox Games, MoviePass , Immortal Fear, Children of Haiti

We’ll do it LIVE!

This week on CinemaJaw we take a trip over to our friends at Geekbar here in Chicago, as we celebrate Angelina Jolie’s screen debut and the 20th anniversary of the film Hackers.


We take the opportunity to get interactive with the geeks on hand as we discuss the film and play some trivia live with the audience.


All that and —————– sYsTemm CCraSH…. <3 aCid bUrN…….. just kidding.

CinemaJaw 249, Donny Rodriguez – Fall Movie Preview

Reviewed This Episode: Straight Outta Compton
I for and I: Time Out of Mind
CinemaWAR: Is Richard Gere a legendary actor?
Trivia: Fall Movie Trivia
Sponsored by: Cards Against Humanity, MoviePass , Sentient Chronicles,  Immortal Fear, The Bob and Katie Show

Fall Movies. This is when the heavy hitters start to drop. Oscar bait. Ry the Movie Guy awaits with pursed lips… Matt K. is waiting for next summer. This week on CinemaJaw we are taking a look at the season ahead in our Fall Movie Preview

Joining us on the phone is a man you may recognize by our handy little “What Is CinemaJaw” video at the top of our website. Comedy writer, actor, improv performer, sketch creator, one third of The Wood Sugars, Eliaz’s Brother… Donny Rodriguez.


In addition tot he above, and to elaborate: Donny Rodriguez is a freelance writer in Austin, TX via Chicago with a background in comedy and dyslexia.  He dabbles in screenplays, sketches, and TV script writing. He’s performed on national television, and has created podcasts, web series, and short films with the group Wood Sugars. We welcome Donny back to the show.

See you at the movies this Fall!

CinemaJaw 248, Darren Dean – Best Diner Scenes

Reviewed This Episode: What We Do in the Shadows, Tangerine
I for and I: Before We Go
CinemaWAR: Did Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon wait too long for it’s sequel?
Trivia: Fruit Movie Trivia
Sponsored by: Field NotesSentient Chronicles,  Immortal Fear

Diners are a great setting in film, because (as Matt K. would posit) they force the characters to be juxtaposed in a perfect place for conversation to take place. It’s a convenient and relate-able plot device that is perfect for exposition, and famous for some of the greatest diatribes, monologues and discussions in all of film. This week on CinemaJaw we take a look at a few of our favorite scenes from film that take place in the greasy spoon.

Joining us is a producer from a landmark film, that happens to have some scenes that take place in a doughnut shop / diner, Mr. Darren Dean.

Darren is the producer on a film that is remarkable in many ways, not the least of which is that it was filmed entirely using the iPhone. However, do not get hung up by that trivial fact because Tangerine stands on it’s own two feet on it’s own merit. Camera be damned.


It’s a pleasure to speak with a porducer like Darren who has so much to say about the technical and the artisitic side of filmmaking. Enjoy!

CinemaJaw 247, Maria Finitzo – Best Movie Coaches

Reviewed This Episode: In The Game, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Gift
I for and I: No Escape
CinemaWAR: Which is the better movie stoner duo – Harold & Kumar or Cheech & Chong?
Trivia: Owen Wilson Movie Trivia
Sponsored by: Utter Nonsense, Sarantos, Sentient Chronicles,  Immortal Fear

As Ringo once cleverly pointed out, we all need a little help from our friends. The teamwork and friendship that can be felt among sports teams can run especially deep, and those feelings are bolstered and nurtured by the coach. Someone who not only calls the plays but is a mentor, a leader, and a guru. This week on CinemaJaw we take a look at the coach in movies. There have been many great examples.

Who better to help us out than two time Peabody Award winner, and documentarian, Maria Finitzo? No one. Especially because her latest doc film is partially about this very subject. Maria has been producing and directing documentary films for network television, public broadcasting, cable TV and the Internet for more than 25 years. Her body of work has been honored by every major broadcast award granted to documentary films. Ms. Finitzo’s films demonstrate a depth and breadth of knowledge and expertise, tackling a wide variety of subjects including the controversial science of stem cell research, the command and control of nuclear weapons on an international level, and the complex psychology of adolescent girls.


From 1995 to the present, Ms. Finitzo has been an associate of Chicago’s own Kartemquin Films, an award-winning media arts organization with a 45-year history of producing social issue documentaries. In 2007, the company was awarded the International MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions honoring the body of work produced by all of the associates at Kartemquin Films. What a great guest! It was an honor to speak with Maria!

So go ahead and run some laps, put your earbuds in and get a good movie coaching! Listen:

CinemaJaw 246, Best Airplane Scenes

Reviewed This Episode: Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, Ex Machina
I for and I: The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
CinemaWAR: Is Guy Ritchie a Top Tier Director?
Trivia: Writers Movie Trivia
Sponsored by: Bit Bash ChicagoMoviepass, GuruSwipes

This week on CinemaJaw we fly solo (no guest this week) and in honor of Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, we cover the top 5 Greatest Airplane Scenes. See what I did there?


This is a great chance for you to get to know we three on Team ‘Jaw a little better. So please extinguish all smoking material, and make sure your tray and seat back are in their full upright position as we descend into your destination… CinemaJaw!

CinemJaw 245, Franklin Leonard – Best Screenplays of the Past 25 Years

Reviewed This Episode: The Wolfpack
I for and I: Straight Outta Compton
CinemaWAR: Is there hope for the Fantastic Four franchise or is it dead in the water?
Trivia: Charlize Theron Movie Trivia
Sponsored by: Cards Against HumanityMoviepass, GuruSwipes, Three Link Directory

A movie is like a tree, go with me here. Many constituent parts make up the tree, the trunk is the photography, the bark is set, the branches are the actors, and the leaves are the crew. When we back up and observe it for the whole we can say “there is a tree”, and can appriciate it on its overall quality. If you’ll allow the analogy one more step, then the screenplay is the seed, the tiny acorn from which the mighty oak of a film will grow. It all begins with a script.

When considering the Best Screenplays of the Past 25 Years you need to get yourself an expert. Perhaps someone who created the industries hippest arbiter of unproduced script gems. Perhaps someone who hosts a podcast wherein popular actors record a live table read of said hidden gems. Perhaps you get yourself Franklin Leonard, and that is exactly what we did. It began as a survey. In 2005, Franklin Leonard surveyed almost 100 film industry development executives about their favorite scripts from that year that had not been made as feature films. That first list – many of which have been made since – can be viewed here.


As alluded to earlier, Franklin is also the host of new, and very popular (for good reason) podcast The Blacklist Table Reads on which the best screenplays Hollywood hasn’t yet made are turned into movies… for your ears. It has been included on Entertainment Weekly’s “Must List” and described by podcast review website The Timbre as “positively groundbreaking.”  Featuring performances by actors including Paul Scheer (“The League”), Lauren Lapkus (“Orange is the New Black”), Matt Walsh (“Veep”), Jerry Adler (“The Sopranos”), Darren Criss (“Glee”), and Emmy winner and two time Tony nominee Tammy Blanchard, it’s the perfect way to spend a commute or a Saturday evening at home… Aside from CinemaJaw of course.

So please take a listen, lots to be learned!

CinemaJaw 244, Chuck Bryant – Movies You Should Know… But Don’t

Reviewed This Episode: Pixels, End of the Tour, Irrational Man
I for and I: Fantastic Four
CinemaWAR: Since 1996 which is the better spy series: Mission Impossible or Bond?
Trivia: Vacation Movie Series Trivia
Sponsored by: Jackbox GamesMoviepass, GuruSwipesBoom Boom Girls of Wrestling

There are movies that you know, and movies that you don’t know, then there are movies that you should know but don’t.  These could be hidden gems, obscure treasures, or stuff that has been forgotten over time. This week we are recalling these films in grand fashion. Joining us is a man who we consider podcasting royalty! One half of the on-mic talent behind one of the best podcasts in the world (consistently ranked among iTunes Top 10 Podcasts) Stuff You Should Know. Hence our topic du jour.


If you listen to Stuff You Should Know, chances are good that you have heard Chuck mention his love of movies. Though they have explored the topic on his show in various ways, we thought it was high time that he let his film flag fly and get to have an unbridled discussion about his favorite flicks! And, oh did we!

It was a genuine treat to talk to Chuck Bryant. We hope you enjoy our chat!

CinemaJaw 243, Wish Come True Movies w/guest Brian Babylon

Reviewed This Episode: Ex Machina, Amy
I for and I: Southpaw
CinemaWAR: Who is the second best boxer from the Rocky franchise?
Trivia: Boxing Movie Trivia
Sponsored by: Moviepass, Basecamp, Tom Slatin, Sofa King Podcast

When you wish upon a star. Makes no difference who you are. Anything your heart desires. Will come to you. Or so Jiminy Cricket had led us to believe. There is no doubt that the silver screen is a magical window into a world were anything is possible. Talking teddy bears can smoke pot, genies appear from magic lamps, and little wooden boys have noses that grow when they lie. Wishes can come true, jut be careful what you wish for… unless you wish for guest Brian Babylon. Then you are in the clear!


Multi talented, chicago native, Brian babylon is a stand-up comic, radio host and self-proclaimed “Prince of Bronzeville,” and eight-year veteran of Chicago Public Media, Babylon hosted and produced “The Morning AMp” from its inception in 2011 until last month and has been named social media producer for “Why? With Hannibal Buress,” a new weekly series on Comedy Central, to be produced in Los Angeles and set to debut in July. Not to mention that he is an alum of popular show Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me! This guy is awesome, and we were stoked to talk movies with him.

Have a listen!