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Monday
Mar252019

Ep393: TRUE STORIES, Truer Confessions

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast and Nick Allen of RogerEbert.com and The Hollywood Reporter share some weird secrets and talk about True Stories! Co-writer/director David Byrne's 1986 film is hard to classify. It's not strictly a comedy; it's kind of a musical; and whether or not it's a love story about people or a love letter to America--well, that's debatable.

Whatever it is, the guys' first experience with the oddball residents of Virgil, Texas, was revelatory. In this free-wheeling discussion, Ian and Nick look at the movies that might have been inspired by Byrne's cult gem (The Talking Heads front-man's first--and so-far last--feature); wonder how it would play today; and open up about some not-so-flattering gaps in their own movie knowledge (and entertainment centers)!

Also, Ian recommends Rober Zemeckis' 1978 Beatles-fandom comedy, I Wanna Hold Your Hand, which hits Blu-ray tomorrow from The Criterion Collection (True Stories was a Criterion release last fall); and remembers the impossibly influential, criminally under-appreciated filmmaker Larry Cohen, who passed away over the weekend.

Episode 393 is real country--not that fake Hollywood country!

Show Guide:

A Word from Olivia Jade: 0:00 - 0:07

Intro Music: 0:00 - 0:15

Intro/Larry Cohen Tribute: 0:15 - 7:48

True Stories Trailer: 7:48 - 9:46

True Stories Discussion: 9:46 - 50:30

Outro Music: 50:50 - 50:45

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Friday
Mar222019

Ep392: Continental Divide

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast and Emmanuel Noisette of EMan's Movie Reviews descend the escalator into Jordan Peele's new horror film, Us! How does the writer/director's sophomore effort stack up to his smash debut, Get Out--and is it even fair to compare the two? How has Peele matured in his storytelling craft and the themes he wants to explore with audiences? And just what is the difference between a horror movie and a thriller?

The guys explore these hot topics, as well as the joys of leftover ice cream in this enlightening, spoilerific discussion!

Also, Ian recommends Bartle Bull's outstanding boxing documentary Cradle of Champions (available now on-demand), and teases a few of the films from the upcoming Chicago Critics Film Festival--now in its seventh year!

Episode 392 isn't afraid to run with scissors!

Show Guide:

A Word from Olivia Jade: 0:00 - 0:07

Intro Music: 0:07 - 0:23

Intro: 0:23 - 5:35

Us Trailer: 5:35 - 8:03

Us Discussion: 8:03 - 1:15:28

Outro Music: 1:15:28 - 1:16:19

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Wednesday
Mar202019

Ep391: The Indispensables

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast and Keeping it Reel's David Fowlie head deep into the jungle to take on J.C. Chandor's Triple Frontier! The recently released Netflix heist flick starring Ben Affleck and Oscar Isaac isn't at all what the guys expected. In this spoiler-free discussion they get into the ways Chandor and Oscar-nominated writer Mark Boal (Zero Dark Thirty) differentiate their film from countless others they'd assumed it would mimic.

Also, Ian and David talk about the future of feature-film streaming, and how they decide whether or not they'll leave the house to see a movie.

Episode 391 is the safe!

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Monday
Mar182019

Ep390: Late Screening: Green Vegetables

Today, The Kicking the Seat Podcast and Cole Rush of ColeTries.com and The Quill to Live wake up to the harsh reality that The Matrix isn't a very good movie. On the eve of this influential sci-fi blockbuster's twentieth anniversary, the guys take a fresh look at The Wachowskis' flawed spectacle, and ask how a film with such (relatively) high aspirations could plummet, crash, and burn on the shores of bad storytelling, dead characterization, and the very action-movie clichés it initially sought to upend.

(But at least the movie still looks really cool.)

There's a little something here to offend absolutely everyone, so choose your pill wisely.

Also, Ian talks about Kicking the Seat's own breakthrough into a different reality!

Episode 390 follows itself down the rabbit hole!

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Friday
Mar152019

Ep389: Saulnier School: The Siege and The Horror

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast and Aaron Christensen of Horror 101 with Dr. A.C. conclude their two-part micro-series, "Saulnier School", with a look at 2015's Green Room and last year's Hold the Dark!

Green Room represented a big leap forward for writer/director Jeremy Saulnier, who followed up the art-house hit revenge thriller Blue Ruin with a siege movie about a punk band fighting their way out of a neo-Nazi compound. In Hold the Dark, Geoffrey Wright stars as a wolf tracker who is called upon to stalk a very different kind of prey in the wilds surrounding a superstitious Northern Alaska town.

Taken as a whole, Saulnier's filmography is a master class in evolving style and elevating genre. Ian and Aaron talk about the mixed results, and why even Saulnier's missteps are more entertaining than many mainstream filmmakers' so-called successes.

Also, Ian extends an offer to Mr. Saulnier; announces the trailer for Nick Alonzo's new film, Decaf Don; and talks about why he's just about had it with The Avengers!

Episode 389 encourages independent study!

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