Hey, Nightmare on Elm Street fans! The spooky cinephiles at Naperville’s Hollywood Palms Cinema want to enhance your Halloween with an extra-special big-screen treat! That’s right, on Friday, October 30th and Saturday, October 31st, you can experience Wes Craven’s genre-bending 1984 opus the way it was meant to be seen!

To sweeten the deal, Mimi Craven (who plays the dream clinic nurse in the film) will be on hand to meet fans, sign autographs, and introduce the movie!

Annnd if you show up to the 7pm screening on Friday, you’ll get to see li’l old me moderate a Q&A with Ms. Craven before the show! I promise not to put you to sleep!

For more information, and to purchase tickets for this fun-filled weekend of food, drinks, and dreams, please visit the Hollywood Palms website!

Special thanks to Hollywood Palms and The Chicago Film Critics Association for bringing this awesome event into reality!


Lionsgate Pays Tribute with new MOCKINGJAY PT. 2 Trailer!

Fans of montage, spinning, and flames are sure to enjoy Lionsgate's new trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2. Casual fans (and non-fans, such as yours truly*) may have forgotten that Katniss Everdeen even had a sister, but this emo-accompanied package of touching reminders offers a look to the past as well as a glimpse of November 19th's epic conclusion.

Tickets will go on sale nationally on Thursday, October 1, 2015 beginning at 12pm EST/9am PST. Buy tickets in the first 24 hours to receive a bonus digital download of Mockingjay Part 1!

And be on the lookout for special Mockingjay double features, starting Wednesday, November 18. The premium experience will include exclusive on-screen content and premium giveaways, allowing moviegoers to see Mockingjay Part 2 a full 24 hours ahead of Thursday’s advance shows!

Be sure to check out the official Hunger Games site for all the latest updates.

*You may ask why someone who vehemently dislikes these movies would constantly post advertisements for them. It's optimism, really. To paraphrase Luke Skywalker, there's goodness in this series; I can feel it. I just can't find anything to latch onto amidst all the bloat. That said, I want nothing more than for my disappointment to be disappointed come November.


Focus Features Debuts THE DANISH GIRL Trailer!

I'm really excited for this one.

Today, Focus Features released the official US trailer for Academy Award Winner Tom Hooper's The Danish Girl. World-premiering at the Venice International Film Festival and screening at the Toronto International Film Festival, the film tells a love story inspired by the lives of Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener, portrayed by Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) and Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina). Lili and Gerda's marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili's groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer.

The Danish Girl opens in select theatres on November 27th (additional cities December 2015).


Lionsgate Gives Thanks with a New MOCKINGJAY Part 2 Trailer!

"Turn your Snow!"

As trailer-worthy lines go, that one's kinda goofy. But we'll see how things shake out when Katniss Everdeen and her resilient rebels storm The Capitol in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay--Part 2!

Yep, the epic conclusion to the epic conclusion hits theatres on November 20th, 2015--just in time for Thanksgiving! And you can bet yer wishbone that Kicking the Seat will be on-hand with a blow-by-blow account of the YA carnage!

In the meantime, you can join the resistance by visiting The Hunger Games' official website!



On Saturday, June 27th, writer/director Penelope Spheeris (Wayne’s World, The Beverly Hillbillies, Black Sheep) will visit the Music Box Theatre for a special double feature of her groundbreaking rock documentaries, The Decline of Western Civilization Parts I & II. Ms. Spheeris will introduce the 9:45pm and midnight screenings, and participate in a Q&A following the 9:45 show!

The ultimate record of LA’s 80s punk subculture, The Decline of Western Civilization captured the essence of the scene, providing a front row seat to the mosh pits, violence, humor and anti-establishment view of the world, as well as unparalleled access to some of the most influential and innovative musicians and groups of all time, including X, Circle Jerks, Black Flag, Fear, and Germs. Largely unknown to the mainstream world at the time, many of the punk bands first seen here have become legendary. This time capsule of a singular moment in rock history is highly celebrated and has been in demand for decades by fans worldwide.

The Decline Of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years is a fast-paced look at the outrageous heavy metal scene of the late ‘80s. Set in Los Angeles, the film explores fascinating portraits of struggling musicians, fans and star-struck groupies. This raucous and uproarious chapter features Alice Cooper, Ozzy Osbourne, Poison, members of Aerosmith, KISS, Motorhead, and performances by Megadeth, Faster Pussycat, Lizzy Borden, London, Odin and Seduce.

The Music Box Theatre is located at 3733 North Southport Ave, Chicago IL 60613. For additional information, and to order your $12 tickets (good for one or both shows!), please visit the theatre’s website.

Can’t make it to the show? Fear not, fans! Shout! Factory will release the ultimate collector’s edition of Spheeris’ Decline of Western Civilization trilogy on DVD and Blu-ray the following Tuesday (June 30th). Featuring new 2k scans of each film, commentaries, and more, this set is sure to blow minds and speakers the world over!