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Friday
Jun142019

Ep415: The Scum of the Universe

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast suits up to take down Men in Black International! Join Ian, Emmanuel Noisette of Eman's Movie Reviews, and Don Shanahan of Every Movie Has a Lesson as they investigate just went wrong with F. Gary Gray's unrequested fourth installment of the once-proud sci-fi/comedy franchise. Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth star as two alien investigators tasked with saving the planet from energy-sucking space monsters and convincing audiences that Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones were not integral to the series' success.

Also, Ian reviews Jim Jarmusch's The Dead Don't Die and recommends Criterion's blu-ray of his debut feature, Night on Earth. Plus, Cole Rush joins Ian for a special "Shout! Out" for Shout! Factory's just-released blu-ray of Sinatra in Palm Springs (and be sure to read Cole's latest piece on The Quill to Live, about discovering 2001: A Space Odyssey)!

Episode 415 wishes desperately for an alien invasion!

Show Guide:

Intro Music: 0:00 - 0:14

Intro: 0:14 - 10:17

Men in Black International Trailer: 10:17 - 12:44

Men in Black International Discussion: 12:44 - 49:51

Transition Music: 49:51 - 50:06

"Shout! Out": Sinatra in Palm Springs Discussion: 50:06 - 1:08:47

Outro Music: 1:08:47 - 1:09:11

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Wednesday
Jun122019

Ep414: Running Commentary: PREFONTAINE

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast and Keeping it Reel's David Fowlie lace up for a good cause, with the launch of a new miniseries, "Running Commentary"!

David will run the Chicago Marathon in October, and is raising money to support the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless. Each month leading up to the big event, he and Ian will discuss a movie dealing with running and/or homelessness--and their inaugural installment centers on Steve James' 1997 biopic, Prefontaine.

Jared Leto stars as Steve Prefontaine, a hotshot runner who lit up the early 70s by setting records and hurting feelings. The guys dive into James' (Hoop Dreams, Life Itself) approach, and why Prefontaine's story is so compelling.

Plus, listen to find out how YOU can support David in his journey AND win a chance to have the guys talk about a movie of your choice on the final "Running Commentary" episode!

Episode 414 has got a long way to run!

Show Guide:

Intro Music: 0:00 - 0:14

Intro: 0:14 - 3:11

Prefontaine Trailer: 3:11 - 4:46

Prefontaine Discussion: 4:46 - 58:25

Outro Music: 58:25 - 58:40

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Friday
Jun072019

Ep413: Solve for X

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast assembles Earth's Mightiest Critics for a look at the 90th comic-book movie of the summer, Dark Phoenix! Simon Kinberg's somnambular remake of X-Men 3: The Last Stand is so head-scratchingly bone-headed that nobody on the round table could fathom how it got made.

Listen in as David Fowlie of Keeping it Reel, Emmanuel Noisette of Eman's Movie Reviews, and Don Shanahan of Every Movie Has a Lesson talk about all the bad motivations, fake feminism, and sloppy staging that makes Fox's last official X-movie a prime candidate for Disney-Marvel's evolutionary experiments!

As a bonus, Ian and David also talk about Ron Howard's phenomenal new documentary, Pavarotti, which opens to day in limited release. Lastly, listen in for details on a special screening of Woman at War this Monday, and find out how you can follow Ian (@kickseat) on an epic 20-hour movie critic adventure!

Episode 413 reeeeeally misses Brett Ratner's directorial finesse!

Show Guide:

Intro Music: 0:00 - 0:14

Intro: 0:14 - 4:52

Dark Phoenix Trailer: 4:52 - 6:45

Dark Phoenix Discussion: 6:45 - 1:08:43

Transition Music: 1:08:43 - 1:08:58

Pavarotti Trailer: 1:08:58 - 1:11:20

Pavarotti Discussion: 1:11:20 - 1:40:43

Outro Music: 1:40:43 - 1:41:18

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Wednesday
Jun052019

Ep412: Late Screening: The REAL King of the Monsters!

Today, The Kicking the Seat Podcast and Cole Rush of ColeTries.com and The Quill to Live return with another installment of "Late Screening"! In the 40 years since Alien's release, Cole has somehow managed to avoid all the face-hugging, airlock-blowing excitement (yet he saw Prometheus;* go figure).

In this spoilerific, trivia-packed conversation, the guys talk about what makes Ridley Scott's sci-fi horror masterpiece so endearing and enduring, and why it succeeds where many of its imitators and sequels failed.

Also, Ian has controversial thoughts on a controversial issue, as portrayed in Saint Frances, which took home the Audience Award at this year's Chicago Critics Film Festial.

Episode 412 can hear you scream!

Show Guide:

Intro Music: 0:00 - 0:15

Intro: 0:15 - 3:07

Alien Trailer: 3:07 - 3:57

Alien Discussion: 3:57 - 49:39

Transition Music: 49:39 - 49:54

A Tale of Two Franceses (Essay): 49:54 - 1:04:47

Outro Music: 1:04:47 - 1:05:19

*Luckily, he forgot just enough about it to enjoy Alien--a psychic defense mechanism employed by many people who saw Prometheus, from my understanding.

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Monday
Jun032019

Ep411: Page2Screen: DIRT Poor

Today, Ian welcomes back Nick Allen of RogerEbert.com for a new "Page2Screen" look at The Dirt! Mötley Crüe owned the 80s with big hair, bigger personalities, and antics both comical and criminal. Earlier this year, Netfilx turned their massively popular, decades-spanning 2001 book (co-written with Neil Strauss) into a dramatized Greatest Hits compilation.

Yeah, there's plenty of drugs, debauchery, and ant-snorting in Jeff Tremaine's small-screen adaptation, but the rich characters and cultural context have been acid-washed out--along with the relationships that helped turned these out-of-control L.A. rebels into (sorta) adults.

Ian and Nick dive into the differences, and also talk about how Nick wrote the Vulture article that inspired this conversation!

Episode 411 has a thing about needles!

Show Guide:

Intro Music: 0:00 - 0:15

Intro: 0:15 - 3:13

The Dirt Trailer: 3:13 - 5:43

The Dirt Discussion: 5:43 - 1:06:24

Outro Music: 1:06:24 - 1:06:40

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