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Friday
Feb242017

Ep197: The Race Oscars

This is not your typical Oscars show. Today, Ian is joined once again by Pat "The Über Critic" McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com for a look at three awards contenders in the "Documentary Feature" category. While discussing O.J.: Made in America, I Am Not Your Negro, and 13th, the guys veer into complex and multi-faceted conversations about race, law, conspiracy, and entertainment.

Also, Ian recommends Kedi, a warm and fuzzy documentary opening today at the Music Box Theatre, and provides a heads-up on Asian Pop-Up Cinema's fourth season, which kicks off next week.

Episode 197 reaches beyond the glitz to spotlight a handful of films that artfully confront escapism.

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Thursday
Feb162017

Ep196: Dark Knight of the Soul

Today, Ian and Keeping it Reel's David Fowlie form a dynamic duo to take on The Lego Batman Movie! How can a two-hour toy commercial mine more humor and pathos from the Caped Crusader's mythology than just about any live-action Batman film? And what does the movie's success mean for future live-action incarnations of the Dark Knight? The guys get into all of this and more, and even touch on whether or not Ian's reading of the original Lego Movie is off-base.

Also, Ian shares a reminder about tomorrow's kick-off of the limited engagement of Unbroken Glass at Chicago's Gene Siskel Film Center, featuring post-screening Q&A's with director Dinesh Das Sabu and special guests. And listen up for some info regarding an exclusive IFP Chicago meet-up for the film next Wednesday (2/22).

Lastly, there's a legal battle afoot regarding the public-domain status of Manos: The Hands of Fate. Ian has news of how you can help keep Manos free for the next half-century and beyond!

This is pure speculation, but Sad Affleck might just need a trauma blanket after listening to Episode 196!

Note: The music for this episode comes courtesy of Watertower Music's The Lego Batman Movie Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, available now on CD and at major on-line music retailers!

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Monday
Feb132017

Ep195: Reflections in an UNBROKEN GLASS w/ Dinesh Das Sabu

The Kicking the Seat Podcast has featured many filmmaker interviews in its nearly two hundred episodes, but Ian was quite literally unprepared for his conversation with Dinesh Das Sabu. Today, the first-time director opens up about his spectacular new documentary, Unbroken Glass, ahead of an exclusive week-long engagement at the Gene Siskel Film Center.

Dinesh's parents died when he was very young, and Unbroken Glass chronicles his search for the truth about their troubled lives. This alternately heartfelt and shocking cinematic journey delves into schizophrenia, cultural identity; and the realization that our parents were people before we entered the picture. This episode is a companion piece to the movie, covering a wide range of topics such as Dinesh's early days at Kartemquin Films; the challenges of interviewing family members; and how people's attitudes about talking on camera have evolved (or devolved) in the last couple decades. 

This installment begins with a shout-out to Mr. Patrick Bromley, whose F This Movie! Fest 6 was a resounding success last weekend, and ends with a few words about Ian's tour of the Kartemquin Films office (photos at the end of the post).

Episode 195 finds strength in vulnerability, thanks to an exciting new voice in film!

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"Camera #1", proudly displayed in the office of Kartemquin Films' co-founder, Gordon Quinn

"Hoop Dreams" became a reality on this editing suite.

"Unbroken Glass" director Dinesh Das Sabu and Ian, standing in front of one award-winning mantle!

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Friday
Feb102017

Ep194: No Rest for the WICK

The Kicking the Seat Podcast returns with a vengeance! Ian and fellow cinema assassins David Fowlie of Keeping it Reel and Emmanuel Noisette of Eman's Movie Reviews pull a contract on John Wick: Chapter 2--but not everyone is keen on pulling the trigger!

Also, Ian implores listeners to sharpen their thumbs (?) for tomorrow's F This Movie! Fest 6! Join Patrick Bromley and a global community of movie lovers for the world's only all-Twitter film festival as we rip and revere 1987 classics like The Princess Bride, Predator, and Raising Arizona!

As if that's not enough, you'll get a tease of Monday's episode, wherein Ian talks with first-time-feature filmmaker Dinesh Das Sabu about his stirring, personal, and eye-opening documentary, Unbroken Glass--which begins a week-long limited engagement at the Gene Siskel Film Center on February 17th (with Dinesh and special guests in attendance)!

Is there anything else? Oh, yeah! The Kicking the Seat Podcast is in a movie! What's that all about? Listen and learn!

Don't take it personally, gang: Episode 194 just wants its car back!

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Friday
Feb032017

Ep193: COMEDY is King

Today, HollywoodChicago.com's Patrick "The Über Critic" McDonald returns to the Kicking the Seat Podcast for the first of what we hope to be a unique and exciting series that pairs a film from 2017 with another movie celebrating an anniversary this year. Kicking things off is a look at Martin Scorsese's 1982 prescient fame parable, The King of Comedy, and Taylor Hackford's The Comedian, which opens today. Both are Robert DeNiro films. Both are films in which DeNiro plays a struggling stand-up comic. But, as you'll soon hear, the approaches and the results could not be more different.

Also, Ian talks about his trip to Tribeca Flashpoint Academy on Wednesday with The Lens Legal Group's Elaine Wyder-Harshman, where they enjoyed a screening of Brady Corbet's The Childhood of a Leader, and the spirited audience discussion that followed. The event was hosted by IFP Chicago, and Ian shares some information about this wonderful group of people who foster independent filmmaking and appreciation in the Windy City.

Episode 193 is funny--like a clown that's s'posed to amuse you.

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