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Monday
Aug132018

Ep339: Oscar Bait?

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast and Keeping it Reel's David Fowlie take on the stepson of the mother of all shark movies, The Meg! Jon Turtletaub's late-summer action thriller is a throwback to over-the-top 90s blockbusters, and only one of the guys is okay with that. How does Jason Statham measure up as a different kind of leading man? What does the movie's success mean for Hollywood studios' international partnerships? And how can a film be at once too ridiculous and not ridiculous enough?

Also, the guys talk about those universally beloved new Oscar rules, and Ian belatedly celebrates nine years of Kicking the Seat!

Episode 339 is caught in a plastic garbage island!

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Thursday
Aug092018

Ep338: Scuola Argento: DEEP RED

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast enrolls full-time in "Argento School" with guests Aaron Christensen of Horror 101 with Dr. A.C. and Jason Coffman of Daily Grindhouse! Earlier this year, the guys talked about Italian horror icon Dario Argento's Suspiria and Opera, and now they're back with a look at 1975's blood-drenched giallo, Deep Red (aka Profondo Rosso!).

Where does this bizarre thriller/rom-com rank in the maestro's filmography? What separates a giallo from a slasher film? And is there good reason to be skeptical about the upcoming Suspiria remake?

The answers to these questions, along with updates on what Aaron and Jason are up to, creatively, await!

Episode 338 only has one outfit, and it's dashing!

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Friday
Aug032018

Ep337: Poohzzle

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast and Keeping it Reel's David Fowlie return with a look at Marc Forster's family-friendly (?) mid-life-crisis fantasy, Christopher Robin! Disney's latest live-action update of a beloved animation is an off-kilter drama about finding one's way out of the adult wilderness and reconnecting with childhood whimsy--aided, of course, by some magical stuffed animals.

Also, Ian shares a brief interview with filmmaker Marc Turtletaub, whose new movie, Puzzle, opens in Chicago today. The movie stars Kelly Macdonald as a beleaguered homemaker who befriends a jigsaw puzzle champion and re-discovers her own worth in the process.

Plus, learn how you can help make Dustin Wade Mills' horror comedy Slaughterhouse Slumber Party a reality, and listen out for new episodes of the 90 Under 90 Podcast, in which Ian discusses films by Alfred Hitchcock and Kevin Smith with Jeremy and Dan Eden!

Episode 337 won't grow up!

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Thursday
Aug022018

Ep336: Page2Screen: Snitches Get Stitches

Today, The Kicking the Seat Podcast and ColeTries.com return with another magical installment of "Page2Screen", in which Ian and Cole compare books to their big-screen adaptations!

Yesterday was Harry Potter's birthday, and to mark this momentous occasion, we kicked off a mini-series inside of a series inside of a podcast, with a look at Chris Columbus' 2001 fantasy, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone--based on the J.K. Rowling book of the same name.

What does Harry Potter fandom mean to Cole, and what has prevented Ian from "getting it" all these years? Is this really as faithful an adaptation as everyone says it is? And how hard is it to pronounce "Rowling" correctly? These answers await you--along with a very ambitious pact, and some life-changing news for Cole!

Episode 336 is everything that you "wand" it to be (and more)!

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Friday
Jul272018

Ep335: Great CMXpectations

Thanks to technical problems surrounding a Skype update, you won't be able to hear last night's contentious but loving discussion of Mission: Impossible: Fallout between Ian and Keeping it Reel's David Fowlie today--or probably ever.

Instead, Ian shares his thoughts about the new CMX movie theatres opening today in Skokie's Westfield Old Orchard Mall. He and his wife attended a media preview event earlier this week for the family-oriented CMX Market concept and the high-end, 21-and-over CMX CineBistro. This mini-episode talks about the pros, the cons, and the evidence that we are witnessing the resurrection of the ossified moviegoing experience. 

Episode 335 self-destructed ten seconds ago!

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