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Friday
Aug262016

Ep147: Front Row WITH YOU


This week, Ian brings you into the front row of his first press conference, a star-studded panel for the wonderful new film Southside with You! Listen as writer/director Richard Tanne, stars Tika Sumpter, Parker Sawyers, Vanessa Bell Calloway, and Grammy winning executive producer John Legend talk about the pride and pitfalls of chronicling Barack and Michelle Obama's first date. No sleepy-eyed, canned, junket responses here: this event is packed with lively answers to engaging questions.

Also, Ian shares some birthday wishes, recommends a couple of podcasts and home video releases, and gives details on both the Music Box Theatre's one-night-only "Composer's Cut" orchestration of Lucio Fulci's The Beyond with Fabio Frizzi (in person!) and the 52nd Chicago International Film Festival!

Regardless of which side of the political fence you're on, Episode 147 will give you something to believe in!

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Friday
Aug192016

Ep146: KUBO and the Two Very Different Opinions

This week, Ian and David Fowlie of Keeping it Reel discuss Laika's latest animated adventure, Kubo and the Two Strings! Surprise, surprise: Ian has a lot of nits to pick with the story, and David helps walk him back from the edge of madness. But are they really nitpicks, or indicators of a larger problem with the independent film studio? And is it possible to give oneself over to a film's visual spectacle so completely that the brain shuts off--in a good way? Is Kubo guilty of whitewashing? if so, how much does that matter?

The answers to these questions and more await in this spoilerific, varied, and lively chat. That's right, if you haven't seen Kubo and the Two Strings yet, please do so before pressing "Play". Also, check out Brian Tallerico's interview with Kubo director Travis Knight over at Rogerebert.com for some additional context. It comes up during our conversation.

Episode 146 is the mythical quest for movie-truth you've been waiting for. Round up the comedy sidekicks and let's hit the path!

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Friday
Aug122016

Ep145: Tomorrow's Just Another Day & I Don't Believe in Time

Believe it or not, Kicking the Seat turned seven years old this week! For once, Ian remembers his own website's birthday, and offers up a "secret origins" episode to mark the occasion! How does a life-long visual artist transition to film criticism? Are muses real, and can they be trusted? Why does no one appreciate the mind-melting plot twist in Liam Neeson's Unknown?

The answers to these questions and more await, along with shout-outs to the Suicide Squad episodes of Erik Childress' Movie Madness Podcast and Patrick Bromley's F This Movie Podcast (which Huffington Post UK just named one of its "Top Five Essential Podcasts for Killing Time This Summer"!).

Thanks to everyone for making 948 written reviews and 145 podcast episodes possible!

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Tuesday
Aug022016

Ep144: Murdering SUICIDE

This week, Ian and returning guest critic David Fowlie bask in all the sweet, sweet Marvel money they got for hating on Suicide Squad! Seriously, though, this barn-burner of an episode not only focuses on DC's continued march toward cinematic irrelevance, but also the fan outrage and conspiracy theories plaguing Warner Bros' highly anticipated late-summer release. Ian offers a behind-the-scenes look at what makes film critics tick,* and issues a challenge to anyone who doubts the veracity of his profession's most ardent practitioners!

Also, Ian talks about two of this week's Shout! Factory releases; mentions a film opening at Chicago's Gene Siskel Film Center; and reminds listeners that David will host a 30th anniversary screening of Big Trouble in Little China next Wednesday at Classic Cinemas Elk Grove.

Bust out the marshmallows, kids, 'cause the lunatics finally burn down the asylum in Episode 144!

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*Special thanks to Erik Childress of the Movie Madness Podcast for fueling some of these insights.

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Friday
Jul292016

Ep143: Going Places with MICHEL GONDRY!

This week, the Kicking the Seat Podcast takes a quick spin with Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michel Gondry, whose new film, Microbe & Gasoline, opens today at the Music Box Theatre. Ian spoke with the director of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Be Kind Rewind, and The Green Hornet over July 4th weekend, and, as you'll hear in the intro, there was some suitably wacky drama leading up to the eight-minute phone call!

Also, Ian shares some thoughts on upcoming Shout! Factory releases and gives a heads-up on a special 30th anniversary screening of Big Trouble in Little China, hosted by friend of the show, David Fowlie.

Strap in and hit the road with the whimsical, DIY mini-masterpiece that is Episode 143!

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