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!

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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!

 

CinemaJaw 241, Best Movie-going Experiences w/guest Matt Pais

Reviewed This Episode: Jurassic World, Inside Out
Interested or Ignore: Ted 2
Trivia: Talking Animal Movie Trivia 

CinemaWAR: Is Bryce Dallas Howard a leading lady now after Jurassic World?
Sponsored by: Moviepass

Magical memories are made inside the movie palaces. Perhaps your first kiss, or the first time it dawned on you that movies were more than some fleeting entertainment, “this is art”…

Most likely it was that kiss though.

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This week on CinemaJaw we are joined by movie critic and Chicago RedEye writer, Matt Pais. Matt is a very busy guy! In addition to the aforementioned, he covers movies and oversees RedEye’s music coverage, both local and national, not to mention seeing 2 films a day! Whew!

So enjoy our talk with Matt Pais. It was a very good and funny one! Listen:

CinemaJaw 240, Festival Darlings w/guest Jordon Hodges

Reviewed This Episode: Spy
Interested or Ignore: Inside Out
Trivia: Pixar Movie Trivia

CinemaWAR: Is Cameron Crowe finished?  
Sponsored by: Moviepass, SarantosBlue Collar Glomeration

Many movies come out of the festival circuit. It’s almost like our minor league, if you will. Some films get championed first by the judges at the big film festivals, and go on to collect Oscars come award season. This week on CinemaJaw we take a look at some of these break out success stories… Festival Darlings!

Joining us is a man who knows well the topic, Jordon Hodges. Jordon is the programmer at the River Bend Film Festival, Actor and Producer and is also known for his role as Noah Daly in the 2014 drama film Sand Castles. So he knows a thing or two about festival darlings!

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So sit back and relax, have another popcorn, we are going to the festival in your head!

CinemaJaw 238, Movies About Hollywood w/guest Jensen Karp

Reviewed This Episode: Tomorrowland
Interested or Ignore: Spy
Trivia: Cameron Crowe Movie Trivia

CinemaWAR: Which is the better rapper turned actor Mark Wahlberg or Will Smith?
Sponsored by: The Natter Cast, 21st Century Auto InsuranceMoviepass

Hollywood is obsessed with itself. This is a statement of fact.

Don’t get me wrong. It should be! While, it’s true, there is a seedy underbelly that eats up and spits out young hopefuls, leaving them shells of human beings, Hollywood is also a nigh magical place where dreams are made and the impossible becomes reality. But mostly the former.

One thing that cannot be argued is that Hollywood loves movies about Hollywood. They tend to do great at award shows, and with critics. We, at CinemaJaw, will admit that we tend to like them too. “The Movies” are a transcendent and enchanted thing (Obviously we think so. We do a podcast about them!), and when handled correctly the subject matter is rife with potential. What better topic this week than Movies About Hollywood?

And we have a great guest, who happens to lives near there!

Welcome to the show rapper, art dealer, podcaster, writer, polymath, Jensen Karp. You may be familiar with Jensen’s breakout run on the Roll Call freestyle competition on Los Angeles radio station Power 106, where he lasted a record 45 days on air to become the show’s all-time champion. More recently he is the host, along with Matthew Robinson, of a popular podcast about emerging trends called Get Up On This that has been on both the Smod and EarWolf networks. Jensen is an impressive guy with tons of creative energy, and we get to know his story from the Hot Karl days to art dealing, epic Twitter battles, writing and more! Happy to have him on the show.

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So sit back JawHeads and put in your earbuds. Get ready to fill up your queue with stories of Hollywood telling stories about Hollywood telling stories about Hollywood, and so on…

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 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 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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