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Ep132: Herman Yau's Ordinary Heart

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This week, the Kicking the Seat Podcast talks with renowned Hong Kong filmmaker Herman Yau about his new film, The Mobfathers! Last Friday, mere hours before accepting the first-ever Pinnacle Award from Asian Pop-Up Cinema, Mr. Yau sat down with Ian to discuss his career, his friendship with actor Anthony Wong, and the political price of artistic expression.

Also, Ian reports back from the Chicago Critics Film Festival, which continues through this Thursday (May 26). You'll hear capsule reviews of two films that are sure to make his 2016 Top Ten list, and a snippet of red carpet goodness with actor Michael Peña, who showed up to talk about his fantastic new film, War on Everyone.

Episode 132 is definitely a podcast you can't refuse!

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Ep131: Capitalism: Civil War

The Kicking the Seat Podcast goes green this week, with a look at Jodie Foster's new finance-and-hostages drama Money Monster! Emmanuel Noisette of EMan's Movie Reviews* sat down with Ian after an advance screening to talk about the film. It's a fun, informative, and spoiler-y chat that covers expectations, genre conventions, race, and how Money Monster compares to other big films about money and entertainment, such as Network and The Big Short.

Also, Ian talks about the importance of double-checking recording equipment; reminds listeners that the Chicago Critics Film Festival will take over the Music Box this weekend; and offers a few additional thoughts on Captain America: Civil War.

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Ep130: Not For Today, But For All Time

This week, the Kicking the Seat Podcast explores the Windy City with Chicago Film Tour’s Patrick McDonald! Neither the cold, nor the construction, nor the NFL Draft traffic could keep Ian and a busload of cinephiles and rained-out Cubs fans from enjoying the Chicago landmarks that made some of their favorite films even more magnificent.

Afterwards, Ian and Pat sat down to discuss the tour’s history, the city’s future, and Patrick’s second-act transformation into the “Über Critic”.*

Also, Ian touches on the upcoming Chicago Critics Film Festival (May 20-26 at the Music Box); last weekend’s conquering box office hero, Captain America: Civil War; and the new George Clooney finance-and-hostages drama, Money Monster. Strap in and get your cameras ready, ‘cause we’re headed to Sweet Home Chicago!

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*Patrick McDonald is everywhere. Need proof? Just try keeping up with all his film-tastic exploits on Twitter,, Film Autonomy, and the Lou Dickman Podcast. He's also in a comedy troupe and a band. And be sure to check out Chicago Film Tour on Twitter and Facebook, and reserve yourself a seat by calling (312) 593-4455!

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Ep129: Hey, Good Lookin'!

This week, the Kicking the Seat Podcast sidles up to Marc Abraham's new Hank Williams biopic, I Saw the Light. Artist, musician, and bona fide Hank-Head Charlie Baruffi joins Ian to talk about what the movie got right, where it fell short, and to speculate on whether or not the music legend's tumultuous life can ever really be captured on film. These pastures are full of spoilers, so watch your step.

Also, Ian teases a few titles from next month's fourth annual Chicago Critics Film Festival, which promises to be the biggest one yet!

(Psst! Passes are on sale now!)

Episode 129 has enough boozy, twangy, hard-hearted goodness to fill a jukebox--or as we call 'em around these parts, "good times"!

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Ep128: A TWISTED Talk with Director Andrew Horn!

Much like disco, sitting still really sucks! The Kicking the Seat Podcast just wants to rock, and we're going all out for our glorious return! This week, director Andrew Horn joins Ian to discuss his phenomenal documentary, We Are Twisted Fucking Sister! ahead of its exclusive one-night engagement at Chicago's Music Box Theatre on February 22. The guys talk about Andy's unconventional approach to telling the story of one of the 1980s' biggest rock bands, and how Twisted Sister's journey mirrored his own in putting the film together.* 

Also, Ian explains the podcast's brief hiatus, invites you to get involved with the show, and recommends the fun and informative YouTube channel of a young film critic who goes by "Luke Nuke 'Em"!

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*In the interview, Andy mentions a couple of scenes/clips that didn't make it into the final film or the DVD extras. The first is a clip from the director's previous documentary, during which he met Twisted Sister guitarist Jay Jay French. The second shows the band engaging the audience during a concert.

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