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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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Monday
Mar112019

Ep388: Rendezvous with Destiny

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast and Keeping it Reel's David Fowlie turn tragedy into...something less tragic with an extended "Shout! Out" for Someone to Watch Over Me, which hits Blu-ray tomorrow! The guys were slated to finally talk about Michael Glover Smith's Rendezvous in Chicago, but Skype died midway through the chat. You'll hear that full conversation soon, but in the meantime here's a quick look at Ridley Scott's 1987 "romantic thriller", starring Tom Berenger, Lorraine Bracco, and Mimi Rogers.

Someone to Watch Over Me follows a New York cop-turned-detective as he moves up the ranks and between the sheets of a wealthy Manhattan socialite who witnessed a brutal murder. His wife and son aren't too pleased with this development, and the bizarre love square turns out to be one of Scott's most unique and engrossing films (up to a point). Believe it or not, you can see Alien and Blade Runner all over this ostensibly drab compromised-cop thriller--which only adds to the thrill of discovering a hidden movie gem.

And speaking of Rendezvous in Chicago, you can catch a special screening of it Wednesday night at Chicago's Beverly Arts Center, followed by a Q&A with writer/director Michael Glover Smith and moderated by film critic Daniel Nava. Tickets and more info are available here.

Episode 388 must go on!

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Friday
Mar082019

Ep387: Toxicity and The Avenger

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast re-unites Earth's Mightiest Critics for a look at one of the year's most anticipated and controversial films, Captain Marvel! David Fowlie of Keeping it Reel, Emmanuel Noisette of Eman's Movie Reviews, and Don Shanahan of Every Movie Has a Lesson join Ian for an in-depth look at the character's problematic four-color origins; the online battleground surrounding the film's marketing and star Brie Larson's remarks to the press; and how Marvel's first female-driven comic-book blockbuster stacks up in the decade-long mega-franchise.

Warning: Spoilers and out-there assertions ahead!

Also, Ian reminds listeners that the 2019 F This Movie! Fest kicks off tomorrow at 10am CST. Cinephiles the world over are invited to join Patrick Bromley and his merry crew for the only Twitter-exclusive film festival, whose theme this year is "The Movies of 1986". Use the hashtag "#FThisMovieFest" to share laughs and insights throughout the day.

Lastly, the latest episode of 90 Under 90 is live right now! Ian and Jeremy and Dan Eden break down one of the weirdest, greatest documentaries of all time, The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters. Subscribe and tune in for spot-on Billy Mitchell impressions, sequel speculation, and a pitch to re-cast the movie with actors from Christopher Guest movies!

Episode 387 is not qualified to talk about Captain Marvel!

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