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Wednesday
Jun052019

Ep412: Late Screening: The REAL King of the Monsters!

Today, The Kicking the Seat Podcast and Cole Rush of ColeTries.com and The Quill to Live return with another installment of "Late Screening"! In the 40 years since Alien's release, Cole has somehow managed to avoid all the face-hugging, airlock-blowing excitement (yet he saw Prometheus;* go figure).

In this spoilerific, trivia-packed conversation, the guys talk about what makes Ridley Scott's sci-fi horror masterpiece so endearing and enduring, and why it succeeds where many of its imitators and sequels failed.

Also, Ian has controversial thoughts on a controversial issue, as portrayed in Saint Frances, which took home the Audience Award at this year's Chicago Critics Film Festial.

Episode 412 can hear you scream!

Show Guide:

Intro Music: 0:00 - 0:15

Intro: 0:15 - 3:07

Alien Trailer: 3:07 - 3:57

Alien Discussion: 3:57 - 49:39

Transition Music: 49:39 - 49:54

A Tale of Two Franceses (Essay): 49:54 - 1:04:47

Outro Music: 1:04:47 - 1:05:19

*Luckily, he forgot just enough about it to enjoy Alien--a psychic defense mechanism employed by many people who saw Prometheus, from my understanding.

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Monday
Jun032019

Ep411: Page2Screen: DIRT Poor

Today, Ian welcomes back Nick Allen of RogerEbert.com for a new "Page2Screen" look at The Dirt! Mötley Crüe owned the 80s with big hair, bigger personalities, and antics both comical and criminal. Earlier this year, Netfilx turned their massively popular, decades-spanning 2001 book (co-written with Neil Strauss) into a dramatized Greatest Hits compilation.

Yeah, there's plenty of drugs, debauchery, and ant-snorting in Jeff Tremaine's small-screen adaptation, but the rich characters and cultural context have been acid-washed out--along with the relationships that helped turned these out-of-control L.A. rebels into (sorta) adults.

Ian and Nick dive into the differences, and also talk about how Nick wrote the Vulture article that inspired this conversation!

Episode 411 has a thing about needles!

Show Guide:

Intro Music: 0:00 - 0:15

Intro: 0:15 - 3:13

The Dirt Trailer: 3:13 - 5:43

The Dirt Discussion: 5:43 - 1:06:24

Outro Music: 1:06:24 - 1:06:40

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Friday
May242019

Ep410: Rub & Tug

Today, The Kicking the Seat Podcast welcomes Jon Espino of HollywoodChicago.com and The Young Folks to clean the carpet of Disney's new live-action take on Aladdin! The guys compare the classic 2D animated film with Guy Ritchie's unnecessary head-scratcher of a lame musical in this spoilerific chat that includes detours into identity, a defense of Will Smith's jolly blue Genie, and utter confusion regarding Ritchie's filmography!

Also, Ian talks about Bob Byington's latest film, Frances Ferguson, which screens this weekend at the Seattle International Film Fest, and plugs his latest appearance on the 90 Under 90 Podcast where he breathes new life into Mannequin with Dan and Jeremy Eden!

You ain't never had a friend like Episode 410!

Show Guide:

Intro Music: 0:00 - 0:15

Intro: 0:15 - 4:49

Aladdin Trailer: 4:49 - 7:01

Aladdin Discussion: 7:01 - 1:04:18

Outro Music: 1:04:18 - 1:04:33

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Friday
May172019

Ep409: Dip Your WICK

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast convenes the High Table of Chicago film critics to discuss John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum! Join Ian, David Fowlie of Keeping it Reel, Emmanuel Noisette of Eman's Movie Reviews, and Don Shanahan of Every Movie Has a Lesson as they rave (and rant, a bit) about one of the craziest, most entertaining action movies in recent memory.

Believe it or not, the guys spend a disproportionate amount of time looking at the characters in this reluctant-hitman saga, instead of just fawning over the guns, stunts, and mayhem.

Also, Ian reminds listeners to camp out at the Music Box Theatre, starting tonight, for the seventh annual Chicago Critics Film Festival! You won't want to miss this year's record-breaking number of premieres, guests, and soon-to-be-discovered gems.

Episode 409 has had a rough couple of weeks!

Show Guide:

Intro Music: 0:00 - 0:15

Intro: 0:15 - 3:52

John Wick 3 Trailer: 3:52 - 6:14

John Wick 3 Discussion: 6:14 - 1:22:13

Outro Music: 1:22:13 - 1:22:29

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Wednesday
May152019

Ep408: Scuola Argento: Remedial Musicology

Following the longest semseter break in recorded history, The Kicking the Seat Podcast resumes its "Scuola Argento" series! Aaron Christensen of Horror 101 with Dr. A.C. sits down with Ian to discuss the theatricality and mediocrity of 1980's Inferno, the middle entry in Dario Argento's "Three Mothers" Trilogy. It's a real roller coaster, as the guys marvel at one of horror's most ambitious opening scenes, and then struggle to stay awake during an interminable number of walk-and-stalk set pieces.

Also, Ian shares info on Varèse Sarabande's new limited edition double-LP of the Gremlins 2 soundtrack and points readers to Kicking the Seat's spiffy new "About" page!

Episode 408 doesn't know who that girl with the cat is, either!

Show Guide:

Intro Music: 0:00 - 0:15

Intro: 0:15 - 3:20

Inferno Trailer: 3:20 - 6:35

Inferno Discussion: 6:35 - 40:52

Outro Music: 40:52 - 41:08

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