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Wednesday
Nov302016

Ep174: MANCHESTER Divided

This week, the Kicking the Seat Podcast wades deeper into Awards Season with a look at Kenneth Lonergan's Manchester by the Sea! You'll find few dissenting voices regarding this highly praised new drama, and only David Fowlie of Keeping it Reel could talk Ian down from the critical ledge (Surprise, surprise, Ian didn't care for a movie everyone loves). During this lengthy and spoiler-filled discussion, the guys debate character, structure, and emotional consistency, while digging deep to find common ground.

Also, Ian puts out a clarion call on behalf of the Now Playing Network's Jim Laczkowski, who has teamed with Gathr to host a January 19th* screening of the new documentary, Embrace, at Chicago's AMC River East Theatre. The movie follows first-time Australian filmmaker Taryn Brumfitt as she circles the globe examining body issues and body-shaming, and their impact on different societies. Not only will your ticket enable the screening and a Q&A moderated by Jim, all proceeds will go to the Chicago Women's Health Center! This is the essence of crowd-funding, so let's build a crowd!

Love. Laughter. Truth. A Transformers: The Movie reference. Episode 174 has it all!

*Note: In the intro, I incorrectly referred to a January 13th screening. The event will take place on the 19th at 7:30pm.

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Wednesday
Nov232016

Ep173: Candyland Path of Peril

The Kicking the Seat Podcast shakes off the late-fall doldrums with a breath of fresh island air! This week, Don Shanahan of Every Movie Has a Lesson and his wife, Thanh, join Ian at the Golden Nugget to discuss all things Moana. How does Disney's latest animated marvel stack up to its catalogue of musical blockbusters? Where's the line between mythology and mumbo-jumbo? And is everything really better with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson?

Everything's on the table (right next to the bacon) in this lively late-night chat about a truly charming film. As a bonus, the gang touches on the new pre-feature short film, Inner Workings.

Episode 173 gives thanks for CGI escapism and kick-ass female heroes (not all of whom are princesses)!

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Monday
Nov212016

Ep172: Men in Black (Magic)

This week, the Kicking the Seat Podcast enters No-Maj land with a look at the first Harry Potter prequel, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them! David Fowlie of Keeping it Reel joins Ian on a spoilerific journey of high-fantasy and higher ticket prices, to examine the elements of David Yates' film that cast a spell on them, as well as the problem areas of muddled muggle mediocrity.

How does this adult-centric pocket of the Potter-verse fare, compared to the child-friendly adventures of Harry and company? Just how fantastic are these titular beasts? And do we really need four more film adaptations of a fake encyclopedia?

The answers to these questions and more await in this jam-packed 172nd installment of the Kicking the Seat Podcast!

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Friday
Nov182016

Ep171: Bleeding and Leading

Closing out our blockbuster four-episode week is an interview Ian conducted with writer/producer Craig Shilowich, whose wonderful new film Christine opens today in limited release. The movie centers on Christine Chubbuck, a Florida news reporter who shot herself on-air in 1974.

Shilowich, director Antonio Campos, and actress Rebecca Hall turn sensationalism into soulfulness with a realistic look at media, depression, and the fragility of human relationships. As you'll soon hear, the honesty comes from experience, and Shilowich describes the challenges in getting the film made, as well as the care that went into delivering as faithful a movie as possible to Christine's real life story.

If you're in the Chicagoland area tonight, you can catch Christine at the Music Box Theatre, where actor and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tracy Letts will participate in a post-screening Q&A, moderated by Steve "Capone" Prokopy of Ain't it Cool News.

Also Ian has some other moviegoing goings-on to recommend this weekend, including Raising Bertie at the Siskel Center; a double dose of Amy Adams in Arrival and Nocturnal Animals; and the first chapter of the Potter-verse prequel series, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Don't despair, folks. Episode 171 is a real upper of a downer!

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Thursday
Nov172016

Ep170: Sleep to Dream

For the second time in a week, Ian and David Fowlie of Keeping it Reel find themselves at the Golden Nugget, unpacking another brain-bending Amy Adams film! Hot off the heels of Arrival comes Tom Ford's Nocturnal Animals, a meta-meta-meta narrative about love, loss, and literature that gave the guys several avenues to explore in their chat. Does Ford push too far in making his mainstream audience uncomfortable? Is Aaron Taylor Johnson terrific in this movie, or just distractingly precious? And who can we petition to put Michael Shannon in every film from now on?

The guys get into all this and more during a spoilerific hour that's about as off the rails as the film at hand. 

Also, Ian has a reminder about Raising Bertie, which debuts at Chicago's Gene Siskel Film Center tomorrow. Each of the opening weekend's evening screenings will include a Q&A with writer/director Margaret Byrne, producer Ian Robertson Kibbe, and editor Leslie Simmer. For tickets and more information, check out the Raising Bertie page at siskelcenter.org.

Lastly, there's some great news in store for friend of the show Aaron Christensen and his Shout! Factory TV pilot, Horror Hunters! Scream Factory (Shout!'s horror label) is seeking horror-memorabilia collectors for Aaron and co-host Adam Rockoff to visit on future episodes. If you, or someone you know, want to share their scary wares with the Horror Hunters, visit Scream Factory's Facebook page for more information!

Episode 170 is the podcast equivalent of a page-turner, so cancel your plans and dive right in!

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