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Wednesday
Sep282016

Ep154: Not-So-Endless Summer Nights

Mercifully, fall is upon us and the Kicking the Seat Podcast looks back through the bloated, depressing muck that was the summer 2016 blockbuster movie season to a simpler time--to the dawn of a hopeful era in which the Russo Brothers' Captain America: Civil War promised a smart and thrilling few months. This is one of Ian's favorite movies of the year, and he's joined once again by Aaron Christensen (of the the film blog Horror 101 with Dr. A.C.), who had not seen the film before their get-together last week.

Is there more to this second Cap sequel than spectacle and universe building? Does Marvel really have an artistic edge on DC Universe films? And does anybody really care about Thanos anymore?

Listen in as the guys talk about what works, what really works, and what could use some touching up as the Marvel movies gradually converge into the singularity of a four-color mega-franchise.

If you don't listen to Episode 154, you're no better than the bad guys!

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Monday
Sep262016

Ep153: Beyond THE BEYOND w/ FABIO FRIZZI!

This week, the Kicking the Seat Podcast welcomes legendary horror composer Fabio Frizzi to discuss his upcoming appearance at Chicago's Music Box Theatre! Yes, on Thursday, October 6, Fabio will conduct a live "Composer's Cut" of Lucio Fulci's horror classic, The Beyond! What exactly is a "Composer's Cut"? Who else will be on stage for this unique experience? Will Ian ever win his ongoing battle with interview-recording technology?

The answers to these questions and more (including an exclusive bit of news regarding the future of The Beyond: Composer's Cut) await in this fun and informative chat, which took place just days before Fabio left Rome for his 2016 "Zombie Apocalypse Tour"! If you'll be in Chicago next week, head over to musicboxtheatre.com to get your tickets (the VIP level includes a meet-and-greet with the maestro, as well as a signed event poster!).

Also, Ian fills you in on the latest installment of the Critic's Classics Series, coming up at Classic Cinemas Elk Grove on Wednesday, October 12. F This Movie's Patrick Bromley will introduce Wes Craven's landmark horror film, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and host a Q&A after the show. For a measly five bucks, you can witness the birth of an icon on the big screen, and talk with one of the most entertaining and knowledgeable genre podcasters in the biz.

Episode 153 cracks open the seventh portal of Hell, and finds it to be...not so bad, really!

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Friday
Sep232016

Ep152: MagCIFFicent!

This week, the Kicking the Seat Podcast saddles up with David Fowlie of Keeping it Reel for a look at The Magnificent Seven! How does Antoine Fuqua's remake of a classic (which was also a remake of a classic) stack up to the original film? Only one of these critics is qualified to answer!

Also in this episode, they guys preview some of the films and featured programming for the 52nd Chicago International Film Festival, which returns to Chicago's AMC River East Theatre on October 13th. From musicals to mayhem, this year's CIFF promises to run the gamut of entertaining and insightful global filmmaking.

As if that's not enough, Ian talks about Olive Films' new Signature line of home videos, which debuted this week with extras-packed, 4k restorations of High Noon and Johnny Guitar. Lastly, Ian teases Monday's episode, in which he interviews legendary Italian composer Fabio Frizzi about his upcoming appearance at the Music Box Theatre. That's right, on October 6, Frizzi will conduct a live and expanded version of his score for Lucio Fulci's The Beyond right here in Chicago! For more information and tickets, visit musicboxtheatre.com.

Episode 152 is a veritable film lover's roundup. Let's ride!

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Friday
Sep162016

Ep151: Blaring WITCH

In this week's second blockbuster episode, Aaron Christensen (of the the film blog Horror 101 with Dr. A.C.) returns to talk with Ian about all things Blair Witch! Immediately following an advance screening of Adam Wingard's found-footage sequel, the guys pulled up a table in the Music Box Theatre lounge and unpacked one of the year's loudest and least necessary films. Contrary to what you might think, this conversation isn't a bash-fest. Rather, it's a great look at how two people can share similar opinions of a film, while having had very dissimilar reactions to the experience of watching it.

Also, Ian reminds listeners of the special event taking place October 6 at the Music Box: Fabio Frizzi will conduct a live "Composer's Cut" of Lucio Fulci's horror classic, The Beyond. Tickets are on sale now!

And if you're in the Chicagoland area this weekend, be sure to check out Max Rose, starring Jerry Lewis--which opens at the Landmark Renaissance Place Theatre in Highland Park. If you haven't already, listen to Ian's conversation with writer/director Daniel Noah from episode 149.

Now, join us in the foreboding wilds of film commentary as Episode 151 goes witch-huntin'!

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Monday
Sep122016

Ep150: Remade in the Shade

This week, David Fowlie of Keeping it Reel returns for a long-overdue look at everyone's favorite film genre: remakes. Yes, we're going out on a limb and applying the "G" word to reboots, re-launches and re-imaginings. But what about re-brands? And how do comic-book adaptations factor into the discussion? Listen in as the guys unravel complicated answers to a deceptively simple question, while also sharing their personal "Top 5 Remakes".*

Also, Ian offers a look at a few of this week's Shout! Factory releases, including the just-reviewed The Last Reef: Cities Beneath the Sea, Wonders of the Arctic, and the 30th anniversary Blu-ray of Transformers: The Movie!

This is a special extended episode celebrating the Kicking the Seat Podcast's 150th installment. Thanks, as always for listening, and spread the word!

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*As mentioned on the podcast, Rotten Tomatoes recently published their list of 50 best remakes--a highly dubious pantheon that includes Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

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