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Friday
Sep132019

Ep449: Nothing Gold Can Stay

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast and Keeping it Reel's David Fowlie discuss one of the year's worst-reviewed prestige films, The Goldfinch! John Crowley's adaptation of Donna Tartt's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is getting savaged by the press, but you're about to hear a vigorous defense of the terrorism-aftermath drama (by one of these critics, anyway).

Also, Ian talks about a few upcoming events at the Music Box Theatre, including tonight's Q&A with the filmmakers behind Give Me Liberty; Monday's one-night engagement of American Dreamer (featuring a Q&A with star Jim Gaffigan and director Derrick Borte); and the Chicago premiere of the Mexican dark fantasy, Tigers Are Not Afraid. As a bonus, Ian shares an interview he did last month with Tigers writer/director Issa López!

Episode 449 isn't superstitious at all!

Show Guide:

Intro Music: 0:00 - 0:14

Intro: 0:14 - 3:40

Issa López Interview (Tigers Are Not Afraid): 3:40 - 18:25

Intro Ct'd: 18:25 - 19:06

The Goldfinch Trailer: 19:06 - 21:23

The Goldfinch Discussion: 21:23 - 1:30:22

Outro Music: 1:30:22 - 1:30:38

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Wednesday
Sep112019

Ep448: Hammerland: A Brief Tour

Today, The Kicking the Seat Podcast embarks on another horror-themed miniseries with Aaron Christensen of Horror 101 with Dr. A.C.! With Scream Factory's recent release of Scars of Dracula on Blu-ray, Ian realized he'd never actually watched a Hammer Horror film.

The guys talk about Scars, Roy Ward Baker's oddball 1970 screwball love-triangle dramedy masquerading as a vampire movie, and also get into some of Hammer's rich history--which is destined to become part of the podcast's future!

Also, Ian reminds you to head to the Siskel Center tonight for the last screening of the excellent missing-person doc, When I Last Saw Jesse. Director Brian Rose will be on hand for a post-screening Q&A, and you should definitely put his film toward the top of your "Must See" list.

Episode 448 is undead and loving it!

Show Guide:

Intro Music: 0:00 - 0:14

Intro: 0:14 - 3:18

Scars of Dracula Trailer: 3:18 - 5:34

Scars of Dracula Discussion: 5:34 - 40:27

Outro Music: 40:27 - 40:42

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Tuesday
Sep102019

Ep447: Budding ROMANCE w/ Sujewa Ekanayake

Today, The Kicking the Seat Podcast catches up with writer/director Sujewa Ekanayake on his latest project, Slow Romance! The indie film is set to film this fall, and Sujewa talks about writing, casting, and shooting some gorgeous-looking test footage.

Also, the guys speculate about the future of independent film criticism, and how critics and filmmakers might team up to create stability in a landscape of dwindling corporate reviewer revenue.

You can check out the YouTube version of this chat to see Ian and Sujewa's in-progress studios, and their struggles to find the perfect camera setup! Be sure to subscribe, like, and comment while you're there!

Episode 447 is indie to the core!

Show Guide:

Intro Music: 0:00 - 0:14

Intro: 0:14 - 1:36

Transition Music: 1:36 - 1:55

Sujewa Ekanayake Interview: 1:55 - 1:06:49

Outro Music: 1:06:49 - 1:07:04

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Friday
Sep062019

Ep446: 99 Dead Balloons

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast floats down to Derry, Maine with David Fowlie of Keeping it Reel and Emmanuel Noisette of Eman's Movie Reviews for look at It Chapter Two! The conclusion to 2017's smash horror hit is very different, and the guys get into all the spoilerific ups, downs, and in-betweens.

Also, Ian reminds you to check out Brian Rose's terrific new documentary, When I Last Saw Jesse, which premieres on Saturday at the Gene Siskel Film Center; and urges you to check out the latest episode of 90 Under 90,* in which he looks back at Cloverfield with Dan and Jeremy Eden!

Lastly, if you want to see this episode instead of just listen, head over to YouTube for a special simulpost! 

Episode 446 believes in space turtles!

Show Guide:

Intro Music: 0:00 - 0:14

Intro: 0:14 - 3:12

It Chapter Two Trailer: 3:12 - 5:37

It Chapter Two Discussion: 5:37 - 1:30:12

Outro Music: 1:30:12 - 1:30:43

*As a correction to the intro, the best place to find 90 Under 90 is on iTunes.

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Wednesday
Sep042019

Ep445: Big Vegan

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast and Keeping it Reel's David Fowlie chow down on two new food docs opening soon. Yeah, it's a bit early, but we want to make sure you plan your double-feature accordingly, as these films offer very different approaches to a profoundly important topic.

First up is The Game Changers, which follows UFC champion James Wilks on a quest to understand how some of the world's most elite athletes soared past expectations after adopting a plant-based diet. Then, the guys talk about Morgan Spurlock's Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken, in which the documentarian/showman opens a fast food restaurant in order to better understand and expose insidious industry practices.

This wide-ranging talk encompasses the guys' thoughts on perspective and balance in documentary filmmaking; their own complicated relationships with food and fitness; and how the strengths and shortcomings of both movies form one compelling narrative and a unique audience experience.

Also, Ian urges you to check out Brian Rose's eerie doc, When I Last Saw Jesse, which premieres this Saturday at the Gene Siskel Film Center!

Episode 445 is an impossible whopper of entertainment!

Show Guide:

Intro Music: 0:00 - 0:14

Intro: 0:14 - 3:28

Super Size Me 2 Trailer: 3:28 - 5:11

The Game Changers / Super Size Me 2 Discussion: 5:11 - 1:28:46

Outro Music: 1:28:46 - 1:29:02

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