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!


CinemaJaw 242, Best Terminator Scenes w/guest Kenny Johnson

Reviewed This Episode: Terminator Genisys, Ted 2
I for and I: Minions
Trivia: Stripper Movie Trivia

CinemaWAR: Which movie has the better motorcycle chase: T2 or Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade?
Sponsored by: Moviepass,, Ultimate Discount Services

He said he’d be back. Arnold Schwarzenegger is at it again, time travelin’ with a bunch of machines in the latest entry into the Terminator series. So this week we are choosing our favorite scenes from the entire series.


Joining us is a guest with a most impressive resume. Kenny Johnson is well known for his portrayal of Detective Curtis Lemansky on The Shield, Joseph Shaw on Cold Case, Detective Hamilton “Ham” Dewey on Saving Grace, Herman Kozik on Sons of Anarchy, Matt Webb on Prime Suspect, Tyler Gray on Burn Notice, and U.S. Marshal Max Clayton on Dexter. Not to mention being the human victim in the iconic opening of the first Blade movie! Kenny is everywhere!

And now he is on CinemaJaw to boot.


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.


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 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!


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.


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


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.


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.


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!


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…