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Friday
Jan182019

Ep375: In Case of Emergency, Break GLASS

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast and Keeping it Reel's David Fowlie throw M. Night Shyamalan back into Movie Jail, with their unpolished look at Glass! The conclusion to the writer/director's not-so-secret superhero trilogy is a parade of his worst tendencies, and the guys talk about the bizarre downward trajectory from Unbreakable to Split to this latest anvil of unpleasantness.

As a bonus, Harry Egbo and Emmanuel Noisette drop by for some quick takes!

Also, Ian talks about the Tivoli Theatre's upcoming "An Evening Jawing with Richard Dreyfuss". On Thursday, January 31st, fans can meet the Academy Award-winning actor and participate in a Q&A ahead of a special screening of Steven Spielberg's Jaws!

Episode 375 is quite the happening!

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Friday
Jan112019

Ep374: UPSIDE Downer

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast and Keeping it Reel's David Fowlie ring in the New Year with a look at one of its worst movies (yeah, we're calling it this early). Neil Burger's The Upside is a remake of the 2011 French film*, The Intouchables, which centers on the real-life friendship of a quadriplegic multi-millionaire and the ex-con who becomes his caregiver. Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart take over for François Cluzet and Omar Sy, respectively, resulting in the worst kind of broad-comedy art murder.

The guys compare and contrast (mostly contrast) both films, and wrestle with the intellectual ethics of pitting remakes against the movies that inspired them.

Also, Ian talks about Shout! Factory's brand-new Blu-ray release of Joel Schumacher's 1999 thriller, 8MM, starring Nicolas Cage and Joaquin Phoenix!

Episode 374 is just about done with Hollywood!

*Astute listeners will notice that we get the release date wrong in at least two instnaces!

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Monday
Dec312018

Ep373: Don't Take the Bait!

 

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast and Keeping it Reel's David Fowlie bid adieu to 2018 with a look at two recent films, Karyn Kusama's Destroyer and Adam McKay's Vice! One is about a hard-boiled detective (Nicole Kidman) whose past catches up with her; the other is about former Vice President, Dick Cheney (Christian Bale). Both are about an hour too long, and filled with more issues than one episode can contain--but that's never stopped us before!

Also, the guys talk about their biggest surprises of 2018, and look forward to another 365 days of movies!

Episode 373 spends time in the shadows!

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Friday
Dec282018

Ep372: Do You Feel Lucky, Skunk?

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast and Mark Krawczyk of Special Mark Productions sneak in one last tradition for 2018 with a look at Evil Bong 777! Yes, Charles Band's perennial pot production soldiers on, with the titular supernatural smokestress hiding out in Las Vegas with her gang of hell-dodging misfits. If you think the premise is weird, wait 'til you hear about the graphic puppet burlesque show!

Ian and Mark go all in with their honest assessment of elements that actually work in this installment, despite myriad forces conspiring to make it unwatchable. They also talk about what Evil Bong represents in terms of changing attitudes about sexual exploitation, politically incorrect humor, and the role of micro-budget filmmaking in the wide and wonderful movie landscape!

For the record, no drugs were consumed in the crafting of this analysis.

Episode 372 is still illegal in most states!

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Monday
Dec242018

Ep371: Dinner at Dawn?

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast and HollywoodChicago.com's Pat “The Über Critic” McDonald celebrate the spirit of the season with a look at one of cinema's little-seen gems: the colorized 1935 Scrooge, starring Seymour Hicks! Why would they choose color over black-and-white? And why not talk about one of the more popular adaptations of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol? Because both are streaming on Amazon Prime, of course!

Besides that, there's a lot to dig into here, between Henry Edwards' eerie, impressionistic visuals; Hicks' truly monstrous portrayal of Ebenezer Scrooge; and a remarkable focus on class division that underscores Dickens' themes of greed and redemption.

Also, Ian explains why you won't see any more KtS Facebook ads.

Episode 371 believes every day is a gift (that's why they call it "the present")!

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