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Friday
Feb232018

Ep295: BLACK PANTHER Party

This week, the Kicking the Seat Podcast heads to Wakanda for an extended look at Marvel's records-shattering blockbuster phenomenon, Black Panther! Joining Ian on this wild comics odyssey are David Fowlie of Keeping it Reel, Emmanuel Noisette of Eman's Movie Reviews, and Don Shanahan of Every Movie Has a Lesson. The guys talk about the film's cultural significance, its place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and how co-writer/director Ryan Coogler and actor Michael B. Jordan team up to solve the MCU's long-standing villain problem!

Also, Ian points listeners to the trailer for Jason Coffman's upcoming horror comedy, Housesitters; shares his experiences from Wednesday night's Mercury in Retrograde screening at the Gene Siskel Film Center; and wishes a very happy birthday to a very special someone.

Episode 295 believes the hype!

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Tuesday
Feb202018

Ep294: Drinking Baby Tears and Throwing Up

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast and F This Movie!'s Patrick Bromley explore the further reaches of experience with a look at 1988's Hellbound: Hellraiser 2 and last week's Hellraiser: Judgment! How do these sequels stack up to one of the most innovative horror movies ever made? What is it about Clive Barker's  macabre universe of lust, betrayal, and puzzle-solving demons that resonates more than thirty years after its release? And which is scarier: facing down the high priest of Hell, or combating Skype and a shoddy audio cable?

You'll be downright terrified by the answer.

Also, Ian reminds you to catch the last talent-packed Q&A with the cast and crew of Michael Glover Smith's Mercury in Retrograde! Come on out to the Gene Siskel Film Center tomorrow night to see Ian moderate a conversation between the audience and writer/director Smith; producer/star Shane Simmons; star Jack C. Newell; editor Frank V. Ross; and producer Kevin W. Wright!

Mercury has received some highly deserved buzz in the last week (thanks in large part to Richard Roeper's wonderful review), so get your tickets before they sell out!

Note: Due to circumstances (mostly) beyond anyone's control, this episode is posting a day late--so any references in the show to things happening "tonight" actually happened last night, and "Wednesday" is tomorrow!

Episode 294: You opened it. We came.

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Friday
Feb092018

Ep293: The Paraquel PARADOX

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast and Keeping it Reel's David Fowlie open up a portal into an alien dimension in which the world appreciates the minor masterpiece that is The Cloverfield Paradox! This direct-to-Netflix prequel to Matt Reeves' smash 2008 found-footage monster movie is not the catastrophe you've heard it is--and the guys break down the backlash piece by snarky piece.

Also, this packed installment sees coffee-fueled commentary on the new trailers for Solo: A Star Wars Story and Deadpool 2; a few words about Kathleen Turner's 1991 Chicago-style, deep-dish disaster V.I. Warshawski (which hits Blu-ray next Tuesday, courtesy of Kino Lorber); a tribute to character actor extraordinaire John Mahoney; and our penultimate plug for next week's Chi-town premiere of Michael Smith's marvelous Mercury in Retrograde!

Episode 293 doesn't need acting lessons, we swear!

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Monday
Feb052018

Ep292: Age and Perfection

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast and HollywoodChicago.com's Pat “The Über Critic” McDonald talk about the movies that came out when they did: 1977's Pumping Iron and 1960's Never on Sunday! If you've never seen (or heard of) these films, you're in good company--both were delightful discoveries for the guys, who vow to dive into their birth-year vaults as an annual tradition.

What does a documentary about Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno competing for the 1975 "Mr. Olympia" title have in common with a Greek comedy about an American tourist trying to force culture onto a middle-aged, life-loving prostitute?

More than you might think.

Also, Ian reminds you to get tickets for next week's Mercury in Retrograde Chicago premiere screenings at the Gene Siskel Film Center (he'll be moderating the cast/crew Q&A on 2/21!), and has info on a special sneak-preview event for the 2018 DOC10 Film Festival!

Episode 292 hears you now and will believe you later!

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Monday
Jan292018

Ep291: OPERAtunity Knocks

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast puts on its ballet slippers and heads to the opera with Aaron Christensen of Horror 101 with Dr. A.C. and special guest Jason Coffman of Daily Grindhouse! In 2017, Dario Argento's horror films Suspiria and Opera turned forty and thirty years old, respectively. Aaron and Jason walk Ian through his burgeoning appreciation for Argento's brand of Italian horror with a look back at both movies--along with recommendations for continuing his education (turns out even super-fans acknowledge some stinkers in the maestro's filmography).

Also, the guys talk about Jason's massive (and massively entertaining) new book, The Unrepentant Cinephile, which collects decades of online film criticism into one easy-to-reference, hard-to-put-down tome (Aaron wrote the book's intro, as well).

And Ian continues his quest to unseat Howard Stern as the "King of All Media", thanks to guest appearances on the Fresh Perspective Podcast (in which he talks There Will Be Blood with Rebecca Martin and David Fowlie), and YouTube's You'll Probably Agree (where he breaks down the recently announced "Best Picture" Oscar contenders with Mike Crowley and Pat McDonald)!

Episode 291 can't look away!

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