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Wednesday
Aug212019

Ep441: Thriller for Beginners

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast and Emmanuel Noisette of Eman's Movie Reviews play around with the horror/comedy Ready or Not! Samara Weaving stars as a young woman whose initiation into a wealthy family involves an elaborate game of "Hide and Seek", which has deadly twists and supernatural consequences.

The guys debate the movie's effectiveness, recommend some alternatives, and get into audience expectations (while critiquing auditorium etiquette). Will Fox Searchlight's foray into Blumhouse territory be a match made in heaven, or grounds for divorce? Listen in and find out!

Episode 441 is counting very slowly to one hundred!

Show Guide:

Intro Music: 0:00 - 0:14

Intro: 0:14 - 2:45

Ready or Not Trailer: 2:45 - 5:08

Ready or Not Discussion: 5:08 - 36:55

Outro Music: 36:55 - 37:10

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Monday
Aug192019

Ep440: Late Screening: Oliver Scott's NATURAL BORN KILLERS

In this edition of "Late Screening", Ian and Cole Rush of The Quill to Live look back on Oliver Stone's 1994 social satire Natural Born Killers, starring Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis as a couple whose cross-country murder spree garners them attention from law enforcement, the media, and legions of eerily obsessed fans.

The guys talk about the film's continued relevance, how it lines up with writer Quentin Tarantino's other films, and whether or not it contains Robert Downey Jr.'s career-best performance.

Also, Cole shares a couple of recent Quill to Live contributions centering on the greatest "Buts" and "Butts" in sci-fi/fantasy, and blows Ian's mind with the Adult Swim sketch "Too Many Cooks"!

Episode 440 is an acquired taste!

Show Guide:

Intro Music: 0:02 - 0:14

Intro: 0:14 - 3:16

Natural Born Killers Trailer: 3:16 - 4:56

Natural Born Killers Discussion: 4:56 - 50:39

Outro Music: 50:24 - 48:01

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Friday
Aug162019

Ep439: Dawn of the NIGHTINGALE w/ Aisling Franciosi!

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast and Keeping it Reel's David Fowlie talk about one of their favorite films of the year, Jennifer Kent's The Nightingale! Set in 1820's Tasmania, the movie follows Clare (Game of Thrones star Aisling Franciosi), an Irish ex-con who navigates dangerous terrain with a tracker named Billy (Baykali Ganambarr) on a quest to take revenge on a band of corrupt British soldiers.

The guys debate The Nightingale's genre roots, marvel at Franciosi's destined-to-be-iconic performance, and wonder about the film's prospects. This controversial work has been the subject of outcries and walk-outs, and is the poster child for trigger warnings. But it's also a moving and memorable tale of survival, conscience, and hope.

As a bonus, Ian talks with Aisling Franciosi about preparing for the role and developing trust with actors who portray the worst kinds of monsters. Also, David got a chance to speak with Ms. Franciosi in May, during The Nightingale's Midwes premiere at the Chicago Critics Film Festival. You can read his interview now at Keeping it Reel!

Lastly, Ian offers a hearty recommendation for Criterion's recently released 1984 Blu-ray. You can watch his breakdown of the special features now on YouTube!

Episode 439 is a podcast best served cold!

Show Guide:

Intro Music: 0:00 - 0:14

Intro: 0:14 - 3:30

Aisling Franciosi Interview: 3:30 - 14:51

Intro Ct'd: 14:51 - 17:36

The Nightingale Trailer: 17:36 - 19:46

The Nightingale Discussion: 19:46 - 1:05:58

Outro Music: 1:05:58 - 1:06:14

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Wednesday
Aug142019

Ep438: Brilliant Disguise w/ VIVEIK KALRA!

Today, The Kicking the Seat Podcast welcomes back Nick Allen of RogerEbert.com for a look at one of the year's very best films, Gurinder Chadha's Blinded by the Light. The film centers on a teen named Javed (Viveik Kalra) living in South East London during the 1980s.

He struggles with his traditional Pakistani family while having no success with girls and trying to figure out what he wants to do with his life. When a classmate slips him a Bruce Springsteen tape, Javed's life turns upside down. Blinded by the Light is a funny, uplifting, and emotional coming-of-age story that might just save this sorry, sorry summer.

Ian and Nick get into the film's highs and lows, and talk about the vast gulf between Chadha's "based on a true story" adaptation and author Sarfraz Manzoor's equally excellent autobiography, Greetings from Bury Park, which inspired the film.

But before this spoilerific chat, you can enjoy Ian's interview with star Viveik Kalra, conducted back in May right before the brilliant young actor appeared at the Music Box Theatre for the Chicago Critics Festival!

Episode 438 is needs a love reaction. C'mon, now, baby, give it just one look!

Show Guide:

Intro Music: 0:00 - 0:14

Intro: 0:14 - 2:14

Viveik Kalra Interview: 2:14 - 25:22

Intro Ct'd: 25:22 - 27:16

Blinded by the Light Trailer: 27:16 - 29:39

Blinded by the Light Discussion: 29:39 - 1:08:51

Outro Music: 1:08:51 - 1:09:25

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Monday
Aug122019

Ep437: Life, The Universe, and Everything Movies

Today, The Kicking the Seat Podcast gets filmosophical with Sujewa Ekanayake! This audio-only version of Ian's recent YouTube chat with the creator of Werewolf Ninja Philosopher* dives into the writer/director's origins, the attraction of Slow Cinema, and theories about mankind's place in the universe.

There's so much more to talk about that the guys have decided to make this a regular feature, so listen in and get excited!

Episode 437 is a simulation!

*Now available to rent on Vimeo!

Show Guide:

Intro Music: 0:00 - 0:14

Intro: 0:14 - 2:10

Transition Music: 2:10 - 2:26

Sujewa Ekanayake Interview: 2:26 - 1:14:28

Outro Music: 1:14:28 - 1:14:43

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