CinemaJaw 186, Star Wars Special part 3 w/guest Cris Macht

Reviewed This Episode: The Muppets Most Wanted, 20 Feet From Stardom
I for an I: Captain America: Winter Soldier
Trivia: Jennifer Connelly/Russell Crowe Movie Trivia
CinemaWAR: should the Walking Dead make a movie or stick to TV? 

Whether you use a blaster, thermal detonators, or a more elegant weapon you’ve kicked some ass on the outer rim. Perhaps you had a wookie sidekick and barely made that jump to hyperspace with an imperial star destroyer hot on your tail. Did you make the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs? If any of the above doesn’t ring a bell then feel free to skip this episode of CinemaJaw because we are going to a galaxy far far away… that’s right its time once again for The CinemaJaw Star Wars Special. Part 3! This time out we stick to the prequels as we go round Beggars Canyon and divulge our Top 5 Scenes from the Star Wars Prequels.


Returning as he does for all our Star Wars specials is documentarian filmmaker and wookiepedia like expert Cris Macht. Cris now has two Star Wars documentaries under his belt and is turning his special brand of fandom exploration toward the world of The Walking Dead with his latest film The Walkers Among Us. We highly encourage you to support his Kickstarter!

In addition to all that, we have the usual antics. Lightsabers flash as we duel on trivia and CinemaWAR. May the Force be with you.

Also JawHeads, just a reminder that we will be at C2E2 this April 25-27. We will be giving away posters designed by our own Eliaz Rodriguez. Take a gander:



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CinemaJaw 159, Best Violent Movies w/guest Mike Monti


Since the dawn of story telling, our stories have contained violence. It can be disgusting, it can be cathartic. It can carry great weight, or be completely gratuitous. One thing is for certain violence is deeply embedded in the human condition. Movies are no exception. Violent movies have been in the news since they began, many argue for and against it. It is a topic that can stir powerful emotions. That is why this week on CinemaJaw we take a look at our top 5 favorite violent movies!

Joining us is Musician, Actor and Improv-er Mike Monti. Mike is a good friend of the show, and he knows how to rough it up when necessary! He helps us choose our top 5 and also goes to-to-toe with our usual segments.


So take a listent o the latest ‘Jaw… or else… we don’t wanna have to get tough on ya!

CinemaWAR: Will Avatar be the next big series, or fail? 
I for an I: Kick-Ass 2
Trivia: Servant Movie trivia
Reviewed this episode: The Spectacular Now, 2 Guns, Spring Breakers

CinemaJaw 156, Movie Geniuses w/ guest Sean Akins of Brainstorm Comics & Movies


albert.einsteinGenius… It doesn’t take one to love movies, but that is what we are talking about today on CinemaJaw. There have been loads of remarkable movie geniuses since film history began. After all, what interesting characters these people make. With their mighty mental mastery they think through thousands of thoughts and achieve astronomical accolades, and other cool stuff (like alliteration). These are the mad scientists, the mathematicians, the musicians, the painters, the strategists, the ponderers and the poindexters that make so many films so damn interesting.

Since CinemaJaw is still on it’s Summer Tour we traveled to the legendary Chicago Flat Iron Building at the famous six corners intersection of Damen, Milwaukee and North to a hotbed of genius… Brainstorm Comics & Movies. While Ry The Movie Guy may be completely comic-booked out from the relentless rush of capes on the screen this summer, Brainstorm Comics also has MOVIES! Probably one of the last video rental houses left in the City, and perhaps the US has survived by disguising itself as a comic book store… GENIUS! (Seriously if you live in the area and you like movies, and since you are reading this you must like movies, you NEED to check out Brainstorm. The selection is amazing!)


We will need an expert, a genius of sorts if-you-will, a man who is unafraid to face Bond villians and other such evil genius. Please welcome to this episode of CinemaJaw Mr. Sean Akins of Brainstorm Comics & Movies. Sean sits in this entire episode and lends us his  list of Movie Geniuses.

Get Smart!

CinemaWAR: Should Jim Carey promote Kick-Ass 2?
I for an I: The Wolverine
Trivia: Animal Title Movie Trivia
Reviewed this episode: Fruitvale Station
CinemaJaw Chicago Summer Tour

CinemaJaw 140, Journalism Movies w/guest Jimmy Greenfield

I’m Mad As Hell and I’m Not Going To Take It Anymore!

Journalism: A word synonymous with freedom, integrity, and celebrity gossip. Since the invention of the printing press we have used the written word to spread our messages and let them know the news. Journalism is as important a profession as any, and at it’s best the media is an important watchdog in our society. But we like the movies section. So, we are covering our Top 5 Journalism Movies!

We need a reporter to help us. One with gumption, moxie, one who runs the entire ChicagoNow blog network for the Chicago Tribune Media Group, one who’s a regular Chicago RedEye contributor since it’s inception, One who wrote the book “100 Things Cubs Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die“, one like the incomparable Jimmy Greenfield. So it’s a good thing that his schedule was open!

Jimmy joins this entire episode as we talk media, journalism, movies, chicago, Cubs/Sox, Bruce Willis and a whole lot more. Plus all the usual segments you’ve come to love: I for an I, CinemaWAR, Trivia, and a whole slew of reviews.

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Also at the top of this episode is our interview with Ben Gleib and Angie Greenup of the Oscars Road Trip! Yes that is a REAL Oscar below! Special thanks to Angie and Ben for being gracious enough to let us hold Oscar and granting an interview. We think it turned out well!

Gonna go back in time.

The 1980s were a special time. Day-glow and cyberpunk, the 80s had a flavor of optimism and decay. Many movie genres hit a stride in the 80s such as Slasher, Sci-Fi, Action, but none more so than Comedy.

Comedies in the 80s felt effortless and genuine, and consistently hillarious. It was the beginning of the SNL films, and titans like Dangerfield, Chase, Murray and Aykroyd loomed large on the silver screen. This week on CinemaJaw we dip our toes into the 80s Comedy Exto-Cooler and pick out our favorite entries. We will need a copilot in this dilorian. Enter Martin Marrow, Chicago stand up comedian, and film major. Martin will help the boys sift through the Baby Ruths floating in the pool and unearth the real genius. Take a listen.


I for an I: Lawless
Reviewed This Episode: Beasts of the Southern Wild, Galaxy of Terror, The Flowers of War
CinemaWAR: Zach Galifinakis Vs. Bradley Cooper

Some people call me a space cowboy…

Space… The Final Frontier. These are the voyages of the podcast, CinemaJaw. It’s weekly mission: to explore strange new genres, to seek out new releases and new-to-us classics… To boldly go where no movies podcast has gone before! (cue theme song)

Who among us was not fascinated with space at some point in childhood? To gaze up in wide wonder at the glorious heavens and imagine oneself “up there” is truly a universal experience, if you’ll excuse the pun.  It’s no surprise to us that Space Movies is such a popular genre with so many great entries, and this week on CinemaJaw we will dish up, freeze dried, a few of our favorites with a glass of Tang. Joining us on this intrepid sojourn is none other than Chicago taste-maker, epic mustache sporter and Do312 General Manager, Jeremy Scheuch!

In addition to the top 5 space movies of our three explorers, you will also be treated to Trivia, Hollywood Headlines, Interested or Ignore, and a whole lot more great stuff! So please take your protein pills and put your helmet on.


I for an I: The Expendables 2
Reviewed This Episode: Margaret
CinemaWAR: Which Hollywood breakup was more important?

Happy 4th of July!

Every Summer lately it seems that we movie-goers are treated (or subjected) to a glut of sequels, prequels, remakes and reboots. This summer is no different. So we here on CinemaJaw decided that it can’t be all bad (can it?), and this week we are taking a look at our favorite reboots, both real and imaginary. Some series of film begin strong but fizzle out and are in need of a fresh start. On the flip side, many, MANY series are rebooted just for the sake of a cash grab or an script option that would otherwise expire. It’s up to our boys in orange to sort through this mess and decide not only which ones are worth watching, but which ones Hollywood should make that they haven’t.

Joining us is Dynasty Podcasts creator,  Q101 alum, and current JBTV contributor: Jaime Black! Jaime is an experienced and storied radio personality and he knows a thing or two about about current movies and horror (thus a perfect expert in reboots). He will join the boys as they go round robin on the topic. Also ever present are our usual segments, I for an I, CinemaWAR, Trivia, and a whole lot more. So light the fuse on this CinemaJaw for the 4th of July and watch it streak across the sky in your mind and burst into a million colors on your eardrums. And the Home of the Brave!

I for an I: The Amazing Spider-Man
Reviewed This Episode: Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, 21 Jump Street, Project Nim
CinemaWAR: Which Spider-Man love interest is more interesting: Emma Stone or Kirsten Dunst?

We’re on a mission from God.

CinemaJaw likes to think of itself as a worldly podcast. We watch plenty of foreign film, and even stuff from L.A., yet there is something special about watching a movie (a really really cool movie) that was filmed right in your own backyard. Of course for us that  is Sweet Home Chicago.

Chicago has been the scene for a number of very important films from the silent era straight up to last Summer, with no end in sight. Filmmakers are drawn to its beauty, grit, infrastructure and a host of other amenities that make this a great city to make a movie in. So this week on CinemaJaw we take a look at our Favorite Chicago Scenes. Mind you NOT just Chicago Movies as we discussed over 100 episodes ago with Kathy Byrne. The films we are talking about do not HAVE to be filmed completely in Chicago, though many are, they just have to use the city and it’s character in a pivotal and memorable scene.

We will need a tour guide on this mission. Someone who can navigate this bus through the many many famous landmarks of Chicago Scenes and give us some wisdom on the way… Who better than Patrick McDonald of the Chicago Film Tour? No one. He is the best. Patrick is also a writer at the wonderful movies blog and has had some amazing experience in the film industry. What a great guest.

In addition to that we will make the usual stops on this tour, I for an I, CinemaWAR, Trivia, and a whole lot more. It’s my kind of town!

I for an I: Ted
Reviewed This Episode: Madagascar 3, The Skin I live In, The Artist
CinemaWAR: Is Adam Sandler’s careers washed up?

Poster boys.

This week on CinemaJaw the boys take on an art project. Before we see the trailer, and long before we see the film, we see the infamous Movie Poster! It is the first image and first impression that gets us riled up to see those popcorn killers. As you can guess, getting the movie poster right is absolutely critical and lots of time and money go into these works of art. Many poster are just recycled crap design, but this week on CinemaJaw we highlight the BEST OF THE BEST! So many of us take these “marketing materials” as ephemeral junk, to be discarded and replaced by the next, not respecting the connection they have not only to art and cinema but also history. Sadly many are lost.

Enter this weeks guest: rescuer of history, and owner of one of the most valuable movie poster collections in the world, Mr. Dwight M. Cleveland. A man who has literally saved historical (and highly collectible) movie posters from the scrap heap. Dwight tells us all about his museum worthy collection, finding posters in strange places and his ultimate goal of finding a new and worthy home for his archive. In addition to that we have our placard gallery of segments: I for an I, Reviews, News, Trivia, CinemaWAR and a whole lot more.

Matt K. & Ry The Movie Guy’s poster picks are all readily available to view online, but Dwight’s are understandably a little more esoteric. So As promised in the episode, here they are: (NOTE – These are in NO PARTICULAR ORDER! You will have to listen to the episode to find out which is Dwight’s favorite!)

Put this episode in a frame and display it with pride!

Reviewed This Episode: Prometheus, Moonrise Kingdom, Coriolanus
Special Thanks to: Eliaz Rodriguez of Wood Sugars for Guest Producing this episode!


We have to admit it, we are a little out of our element when discussing the great John Woo. A beloved filmmaker from the East with legions of fans… two of which do not host this podcast. DON’T GET US WRONG! We do enjoy Mr. Woo’s films and we respect his work, but we are no experts on the topic. Good thing we have an ace in the hole to help us.

Enter Mr. Collin A. Bullock. Chicago Stand-up Comedian and Podcaster extraordinaire! Collin is a HUGE fan of the Woo! In fact, it was he that suggested the topic, and since we love to get out of our comfort zone here on CinemaJaw… we bit. As has become tradition on our “In Depth” episodes, we go round robin on Woo’s Best, Worst, and Most Underrated films. As well as discussing the man in general. We also talk to Collin about his podcast, play some trivia, read some headlines and debate a CinemaWAR! Its jam packed with Wooey goodness! Take a listen, will ya?

I for an I: Mirror Mirror, Wrath of the Titans
Reviewed This Episode: 13 Assassins, Puss In Boots
CinemaWAR: Is Jonah Hill an A-List actor or not?