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Friday
Dec082017

Ep281: Guillermo Del Snyder

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast welcomes back Emmanuel Noisette of EMan's Movie Reviews for a deep dive into Guillermo Del Toro's The Shape of Water! The weird and whimsical Cold War fantasy wasn't Ian's kettle of fish, and he was reluctant to float his opinions on the show. Fortunately, Eman's take aligned almost beat for beat--making this a not-so-laudatory conversation that you won't find anywhere else!

How does The Shape of Water stack up to Del Toro's other dark fairy tales, like Pan's Labyrinth and Crimson Peak? Are the writer/director's signature geek sensibilities becoming cliche? And just how many parallels between Guillermo Del Toro and Zack Snyder can be mused upon in one podcast?

The answer to these questions--plus a ton more that you'd never think to ask--await in this bouyantly blasphemous installment!

Episode 281 is certifiably mer-mad!

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Wednesday
Dec062017

Ep280: Sign Language

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast and Keeping it Reel's David Fowlie venture to a cabin in the woods (okay, a condo on Chicago's North Side) for an in-depth look at writer/director Michael Glover Smith's Mercury in Retrograde! Smith and star Najarra Townsend talk the guys through the genesis, production, and thematic intricacies of this drama about three couples working through their issues while ostensibly getting away from it all.

From the horror-inspired elements that inform Smith's too-real depictions of modern relationships; to Townsend's taking creative ownership of her character for a crucial scene; to the ups and downs of micro-budget filmmaking, this episode will inspire, entertain, and put Mercury in Retrograde at the top of your "To Look Out For" list as the 2018 festival season ramps up.

Episode 280 just knew you were a Virgo!

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Monday
Dec042017

Ep279: I Did Naaaaaht!

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast and Keeping it Reel's David Fowlie enter The Room, and are forever changed! The guys talk about James Franco's surprisingly touching new comedy, The Disaster Artist, and the weird cycle of art imitating life imitating art. If you haven't seen The Disaster Artist (which is now playing in Chicago, and opens wide this Friday, November 8th), feel free to check back in when you're sufficiently ready to handle spoilers.

Also, Ian dishes out some homework for Wednesday's special Mercury in Retrograde episode, including David's conversation with writer/director Michael Glover Smith, and A Movie Guy Leo Brady's fireside chat with star Najarra Townsend! Join us here in a couple days for Ian and David's in-depth conversation, in which Michael and Najarra delve into the making of one of 2017's very best films!

Episode 279 is is your future husband!

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Saturday
Dec022017

Ep278: We Could Be Heroes

Not everybody loves a sequel, and today the Kicking the Seat Podcast talks about a the franchise-killers that temporarily took out Batman and Superman! HollywoodChicago.com's Pat “The Über Critic” McDonald joins Ian to look back at Supeman IV: The Quest for Peace and Batman & Robin, along with the more successful films from DC's first era of live-action comic-book blockbusters.

Also, Ian teases an upcoming interview with David Fowlie and the creative forces behind Mercury in Retrograde, and tells you how you can support Toys for Tots tonight while enjoying some great, homegrown Chicago music!

Note: Due to circumstances beyond our control, this episode is going up a day late.

Episode 278 is the chilling sound of ya doom!

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Friday
Nov242017

Ep277: Permanent Vacation

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast celebrates Black Friday with some black magic! Yes, Ian welcomes back Aaron Christensen of Horror 101 with Dr. A.C. to talk about Wes Craven's 1978 TV thriller, Summer of Fear, out now from Doppelganger Releasing!

How does this safe-for-general-consumption story of a witch moving in with an unsuspecting suburban family stack up to the director's previous hardcore-horror work, and the iconic films he would create in the ensuing decades? Is Linda Blair actually a not-so-great actress? And how many times can Ian get a character's name wrong in one introduction?

Listen in and find out. Plus, Ian reminds you about the perfect way to spend this holiday weekend: with the Tragedy Girls!

Episode 277 is under the spell of bad 70s hair!

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