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Wednesday
Apr172019

Ep401: Mainstream Color with AMY SEIMETZ

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast welcomes Amy Seimetz to the show! Ian spoke with the actor, writer, director, producer, and all-around wearer of hats about her approach to creating remarkably grounded performances; finding humor in existential dread; and the art of adaptation as pertains to her latest films, Pet Sematary and Wild Nights with Emily (opening this weekend at Chicago's Landmark Century Theatre)!

Also, Ian endorses Wild Nights, Madeleine Olnek's off-beat and heartbreaking secret history of Emily Dickinson--and stands up for the new Pet Sematary one last time.

Episode 401 acts its heart out!

Show Guide:

Intro Music: 0:00 - 0:15

Intro: 0:15 - 3:36

Wild Nights with Emily Trailer: 3:36 - 5:28

Amy Seimetz Interview: 5:28 - 45:14

Outro Music: 45:14 - 45:29

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Friday
Apr122019

Ep400: They Might've Been Giants


Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast and David Fowlie of Keeping it Reel celebrate four hundred episodes with a look at a film you may never get to see! Terry Gilliam's long-awaited The Man Who Killed Don Quixote spent nearly thirty years in development, only to play as a one-night Fathom Event earlier this week.

The guys talk about the disasters that plagued not only the production (as chronicled in the superior 2002 documentary, Lost in La Mancha) but the final film as well.

Also, Ian talks about A Dark Place, the unique new drama from Shout! Factory, which opens this weekend at Facets Cinematheque and on VOD.

Episode 400 isn't a giant--it's a windmill!

Show Guide:

Intro Music: 0:00 - 0:15

Intro: 0:15 - 5:12

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote Trailer: 5:12 - 7:04

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote Discussion: 7:04 - 42:47

Outro Music: 42:27 - 42:42

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Wednesday
Apr102019

Ep399: Fire Festival

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast muscles through an eternity of regret with a look at Neil Marshall's Hellboy reboot!* Joining Ian in the pit are Keeping it Reel's David Fowlie and Emmanuel Noisette of Eman's Movie Reviews, whose spoilerific, teeth-gnashing analysis underscores their grief at a franchise left incomplete by Guillermo del Toro in 2008.

David Harbour slips into the red bodysuit as Hellboy, a paranormal investigator with the mouth of a tween-TV sidekick and the brains to match. When an ancient witch (Milla Jovovich) plots her apocalyptic return from banishment, Hellboy must decide between demonkind and the human race that sort of not really absolutely did not adopted him.

As you'll soon hear, this disjointed and puzzlingly regressive would-be blockbuster was almost too much for Earth's Mightiest Critics--who offer up this discussion as an urgent Public Service Announcement.

Episode 399 barely remembers what movie it's about!

Show Guide:

Intro Music: 0:00 - 0:15

Intro: 0:15 - 1:25

Hellboy Trailer: 1:25 - 3:47

Hellboy Discussion: 3:47 - 54:27

Outro Music: 54:27 - 54:42

*By way of correcting a line in the episode intro, Hellboy opens nationwide tomorrow in Thursday night previews.

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Monday
Apr082019

Ep398: What's Up, Doc10?

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast and David Fowlie of Keeping it Reel preview the fourth annual Doc10 Film Festival, which takes over the Davis Theatre in Chicago, this Thursday through Sunday (April 11th through the 14th). Doc10 features ten documentaries supported by filmmaker discussions, panels, creative workshop, and even an interactive VR experience.

Ian and David talk about three films making their Chicago debuts: The Infiltrators, which centers on an activist group working with undocumented immigrants in Florida; Mike Wallace is Here, a career retrospective of the dogged 60 Minutes anchor; and Hail Satan?, a surprising profile of The Satanic Temple, whose aims are quite different than what you'd expect.

This is as spoiler-free a discussion as the guys could make it, centering instead on the larger questions and ideas raised by this handful of important and wildly entertaining films. So get excited for Doc10 and get your tickets today!

Episode 398 is stranger than fiction!

Show Guide:

Intro Music: 0:00 - 0:15

Intro: 0:15 - 2:47

60 Seconds of 60 Minutes: 2:47 - 3:47

Doc10 Discussion: 3:47 - 1:26:20

Outro Music: 1:26:20 - 1:26:35

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Friday
Apr052019

Ep397: Page2Screen2Screen: The Rud Less Traveled

Today, The Kicking the Seat Podcast and Cole Rush of ColeTries.com and The Quill to Live conclude their "Page2Screen2Screen" discussion of Pet Sematary! On Monday's show, the guys compared Stehpen King's 1983 novel to Mary Lambert's 1989 film adaptation. In this installment, they include the new film by Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer (now in theatres), and examine the strengths and weaknesses of each version of this story--which centers on a doomed family whose new home in the Maine countryside sits next to a cursed Indian burial ground.

The filmmakers make significant changes to King's narrative (only some of which have been spoiled by the marketing materials) and this spoilerific conversation digs into some surprising elements that make the new Pet Sematary more than a rote cash-in.

Also: Cole reivews King's Pet Sematary novel at The Quill to Live; David Fowlie reviews the new movie at Keeping it Reel; and the Chicago Film Tour returns for its tenth blockbuster season, starting tomorrow!

Episode 397 wouldn't be caught dead wearing open-heeled slippers!

Show Guide:

Intro Music: 0:00 - 0:15

Intro: 0:15 - 4:32

Pet Sematary Trailer: 4:32 - 6:13

Pet Sematary Discussion: 6:13 - 43:54

Outro Music: 43:54 - 44:50

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