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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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!!!

 

CinemaJaw 223, Best Kevin Costner Scenes w/guest Barry and Jairo of True Bromance Film Podcast

Reviewed This Episode: Still Alice 
Trivia: Black & White Movie Trivia
Interested or Ignore: Black or White
CinemaWAR: which was the bigger Oscar snub? Lego Movie for Animated Feature or Ava DuVernay
Sponsored by: Blue Collar GlomerationSarantos, PajamaShoppe

This is what it sounds like when PODCASTS COLLIDE!

This week, we are happy to be joined by members of our growing film podcast community, the always vocal on twitter, and good buddies of ours Barry and Jairo from True Bromance Film Podcast.

DC, Chicago and Tampa in the house this week!

I will let this episode speak for itself!

CinemaJaw 220, Best Depictions of the Future w/guest Ken “Al Roker Jr.” Smith

Reviewed This Episode: The Interview, Into The Woods, Unbreakable
Trivia: 2014 Sequel Movie Trivia
CinemaWAR: Which film is the most anticipated of 2015 Star Wars or Avengers?
Sponsored by: Onscribe, Ken’s Anglers, premierboxbreaks.compennamek.blogspot.commycomuniti.com

Great Scott Marty!

In Back to the Future 2, Doc and Marty travel to the year 2015. What did the producers of the film get right,and what was far fetched? In honor of our favorite time travelers we take a look at our favorite Depictions of the Future.

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Joining us in the DeLorean is none other that Chicago radio personality Ken “Al Roker Jr.” Smith, giving us his picks for the future.

You wont need 1.21 Gigawatts to take this trip!

CinemaJaw 219, Controversial Films w/guest Tim Barnes

Reviewed This Episode: The Imitation Game
I for an I: The Interview
Trivia: Into The Woods Cast Movie Trivia
CinemaWAR: Which Holiday movie  is required viewing, Christmas Vacation or It’s a Wonderful Life?
Sponsored by: premierboxbreaks.com, Overflowcafe.compsdkennels.comaimkts.com

An unprecedented defeat has befallen the US. Our most important ideal, the Freedom of Speech has been compromised by a decision by theater chain and studio owners. This, perhaps more than anything else I have seen from my time in US history, has scared me to my very core. No one could have guessed that Seth Rogen and James Franco would be the catalyst to a thought war, and yet, here we are. Though, to be fair, this conflict has been brewing for decades.

CinemaJaw won’t be able to solve this national issue, but we can help advance to conversation! Let’s do so by taking a look at our Top 5 Controversial Films. These are the films that sparked outrage, ruffled feathers, and caused a kerfuffle. Perhaps why we can learn why people are so damn sensitive for goodness sake! (But, probably not.)


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Joining us in our exploration of controversy is comedian, fellow podcaster Tim Barnes. Tim’s show It’s All True can be found on the monolithic podcast juggernaut WBEZ. We talk to him about his favorite controversial films as well as how he got started in comedy and podcasting, right down to his favorite podcast apps.

Another jam packed ‘Jaw… nothing controversial about it!

CinemaJaw 217, Best Movie Trailers w/guest Mark Cantu

Reviewed This Episode: Foxcatcher, A Most Wanted Man
I for an I: Inherent Vice
Trivia: Paul Thomas Anderson Movie Trivia
Sponsored by: The Blu Collar Conglomeration, lushescurtains.com, Regression Inc., VenomCPM, OrthoGeeks.com

In honor of the latest thing to hit the internet… The Star Wars episode 7 Trailer, We take a look at our Top 5 Movie Trailers!

Joining us is writer/director of Superhero Comedy, Now Hiring, Mr. Mark Cantu. Here is the trailer to his film:

Mark is with us this entire episode! Coming soon to a set of headphones near you!

Note: Here are some of the trailers we talk about in this episode, Scroll down to the bottom for the episode!

Cheers!

 

The Star Wars Trailer:

Ry’s Picks




Matt’s Picks




Mark’s Picks



Bonus Pick