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Friday
Jun222018

Ep325: Ballin' KINGDOM

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast and David Fowlie of Keeping it Reel pack their bags for Isla Nublar and journey to Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom! Joining them on this perilous and surprising journey is David's daughter, Grace--who kicked off her summer this week with a giant dinosaur movie (as all kids should)!

Long-time listeners may still get the shivers thinking about Ian's epic dust-up over Colin Trevorrow's Jurassic World three years ago. This time, the mood is markedly different, as director J.A. Bayona takes the reins to deliver an exciting summer blockbuster with a lot on its mind. Not everything works in this fifth Jurassic flick, but Ian, David, and Grace agree that there's way more to chew on here than anyone had a right to expect.

Also, Ian drops some reminders about Cinepocalypse (going on now at Chicago's Music Box Theatre) and David's Monday-night hosting gig at the Tivoli Theatre in Downers Grove. He'll be on-hand to present one of his favorite films of the year, The Rider, and host a Q&A afterwards on behalf of the After Hours Film Society.

Episode 325 finds a way...again!

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Wednesday
Jun202018

Ep324: Bizarre Exploits

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast and David Fowlie of Keeping it Reel enter the mouth of madness with a preview of Cinepocalypse! The sci-fi/horror/cult/crazy film festival will demolish the Music Box Theatre starting tomorrow,* and the guys look at three films that underscore just how hard it is to categorize this week-long experience.

Between the Indonesian fright flick, Satan's Slaves (which David says is better than Hereditary); the Russian body-swap family film, The Cop Baby; and a local documentary about Bill Murray fandom, Cinepocalypse has something for literally everyone!

Also, the guys talk about some of the festival's anniversary screenings and guests, as well as a few of their most anticipated screenings!

Episode 325 says there's no reason that the end times can't be fun times!

*That's June 21st through June 28th for anyone tuning in later.

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Monday
Jun182018

Ep323: Can't Help Falling in Love

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast and HollywoodChicago.com's Pat “The Über Critic” McDonald fry up some banana sandwiches and talk Elvis! In anticipation of Eugene Jarecki's new documentary, The King,* the guys look at one pre-Army picture, 1958's King Creole, and one post-Army pitcure, 1960's G.I. Blues.

How did Elvis's military service affect the kinds of films he starred in? How do the movies hold up after more than a half-century of social change, technological advances, and the upending of the way in which audiences consume media? And just what is Elvis Presley's appeal, anyway?

Some of these questions (and more) will be asked, answered, and possibly discarded in this hour-long riff on America's preeminant pop culture titan. Also, Ian reminds listeners that Cinepocalypse will overtake the Music Box Theatre this Thursday, and that the theatre is showcasing the works of director Michael Curtiz (who made King Creole in addition to films like Robin Hood and Casablanca) all summer.

Episode 323 will never die!

*In case you missed it, check out our April discussion of The King for Chicago Film News!

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Friday
Jun152018

Ep322: Incredibility Gap

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast and David Fowlie of Keeping it Reel slap on some spandex and dive head-first into one of this summer's most highly anticipated sequels, Incredibles 2! Brad Bird's long, long, long-awaited sequel to the 2004 Pixar sensation is a different movie from what the guys expected--in ways both welcome and not-so-welcome.

It's a spoilerific discussion, for sure, covering character motivations, social-justice plot overlays, and the future of the super-heroic Parr family.

Also, the Music Box Theatre will be ground zero for Cinepocalypse next week, and Ian has info on special screenings, guests, and tickets!

Episode 322 still believes that capes are dangerous!

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Wednesday
Jun132018

Ep321: Alden Times


Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast and David Fowlie of Keeping it Reel talk about Alexandre Moors' The Yellow Birds, which opens in ultra-limited release this Friday. The Iraq War drama stars Alden Ehrenreich and Tye Sheridan as soldiers whose involvement in an overseas incident leads to a soul-shattering mystery back home.

The film is a puzzlement to Ian and David. Why is a beautifully shot film with across-the-board-excellent performances (including supporting turns from Toni Collette, Jennifer Aniston, and Jack Huston) and an engrossing PTSD story being dismissed by critics and buried in the single-theatre wasteland? This show might not contain all the answers, but the guys provide a hearty defense of this gritty, if uneven, entry in a well-tread sub-genre.

Episode 321 didn't come back the same!

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