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Monday
Mar062017

Ep200: OUT and About

The Kicking the Seat Podcast turns 200 today with an episode for the ages! Ian talks Get Out with Emmanuel Noisette of Eman's Movie Reviews, and the guys cover topics as varied as horror movie tropes, awkward social situations involving race, and the rumored alternate ending that would have surely changed the whole conversation surrounding the movie.

Also, Ian shares details on several cool things to do, see, and grab this week, including:

Episode 200 is so good, you'll want it to meet the family!

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Friday
Mar032017

Ep199: The LOGAN Act

The Kicking the Seat Podcast goes to war over Logan in today's bloody, action-packed episode! Ian and Keeping it Reel's David Fowlie square off with very different opinions about Hugh Jackman's "last" run at the character that put him on the map. Is Logan the comic-book masterpiece everyone says it is? Or is it simply a repackaged collection of old issues? The guys hold nothing back in this thorough examination of James Mangold's R-rated, adamantium-grade blockbuster!

Also, Ian talks about Marco Beltrami's Logan soundtrack (available now from Lakeshore Records); the Tomatometer; the 89th Oscars, and two sure-to-be amazing events taking place at the Music Box Theatre, starting next week.

Episode 199 is the best there is at what it does!

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Thursday
Mar022017

Ep198: Down the Well of WELLNESS

Never let it be said that the Kicking the Seat Podcast is not committed--or at least that it should be. Today, Ian locks himself in a cinematic asylum with AMovieGuy.com's Leo Brady to discuss two nutty works by director Gore Verbinski. A Cure for Wellness failed to make an impact in 2017, but the blue-hued institutional thriller is similar to a film celebrating its fifteenth anniversary this year: 2002's J-Horror mega-hit, The Ring.

Is there more to A Cure for Wellness than critics and audiences gave it credit for, or is there just too much madness (and too much movie) to latch onto? Is this Verbinski's last strike before a harsh movie-jail sentence? And what does a film about killer eels and incest have in common with a haunted-VHS-tapes thriller? The connections may surprise you.

Also, Ian reminds listeners about Asian Pop-Up Cinema's fourth season, which kicked off last night with the American premiere of Shinobu Yaguchi's Survival Family. You can read Mr. Yaguchi's interview with friend of the show Patrick "The Über Critic" McDonald at HollywoodChicago.com.

Episode 198 is the second in our series of anniversary-themed film pairings, which, as this installment proves, might just be crazy enough to work!

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Friday
Feb242017

Ep197: The Race Oscars

This is not your typical Oscars show. Today, Ian is joined once again by Pat "The Über Critic" McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com for a look at three awards contenders in the "Documentary Feature" category. While discussing O.J.: Made in America, I Am Not Your Negro, and 13th, the guys veer into complex and multi-faceted conversations about race, law, conspiracy, and entertainment.

Also, Ian recommends Kedi, a warm and fuzzy documentary opening today at the Music Box Theatre, and provides a heads-up on Asian Pop-Up Cinema's fourth season, which kicks off next week.

Episode 197 reaches beyond the glitz to spotlight a handful of films that artfully confront escapism.

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Thursday
Feb162017

Ep196: Dark Knight of the Soul

Today, Ian and Keeping it Reel's David Fowlie form a dynamic duo to take on The Lego Batman Movie! How can a two-hour toy commercial mine more humor and pathos from the Caped Crusader's mythology than just about any live-action Batman film? And what does the movie's success mean for future live-action incarnations of the Dark Knight? The guys get into all of this and more, and even touch on whether or not Ian's reading of the original Lego Movie is off-base.

Also, Ian shares a reminder about tomorrow's kick-off of the limited engagement of Unbroken Glass at Chicago's Gene Siskel Film Center, featuring post-screening Q&A's with director Dinesh Das Sabu and special guests. And listen up for some info regarding an exclusive IFP Chicago meet-up for the film next Wednesday (2/22).

Lastly, there's a legal battle afoot regarding the public-domain status of Manos: The Hands of Fate. Ian has news of how you can help keep Manos free for the next half-century and beyond!

This is pure speculation, but Sad Affleck might just need a trauma blanket after listening to Episode 196!

Note: The music for this episode comes courtesy of Watertower Music's The Lego Batman Movie Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, available now on CD and at major on-line music retailers!

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