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Friday
Apr052019

Ep397: Page2Screen2Screen: The Rud Less Traveled

Today, The Kicking the Seat Podcast and Cole Rush of ColeTries.com and The Quill to Live conclude their "Page2Screen2Screen" discussion of Pet Sematary! On Monday's show, the guys compared Stehpen King's 1983 novel to Mary Lambert's 1989 film adaptation. In this installment, they include the new film by Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer (now in theatres), and examine the strengths and weaknesses of each version of this story--which centers on a doomed family whose new home in the Maine countryside sits next to a cursed Indian burial ground.

The filmmakers make significant changes to King's narrative (only some of which have been spoiled by the marketing materials) and this spoilerific conversation digs into some surprising elements that make the new Pet Sematary more than a rote cash-in.

Also: Cole reivews King's Pet Sematary novel at The Quill to Live; David Fowlie reviews the new movie at Keeping it Reel; and the Chicago Film Tour returns for its tenth blockbuster season, starting tomorrow!

Episode 397 wouldn't be caught dead wearing open-heeled slippers!

Show Guide:

Intro Music: 0:00 - 0:15

Intro: 0:15 - 4:32

Pet Sematary Trailer: 4:32 - 6:13

Pet Sematary Discussion: 6:13 - 43:54

Outro Music: 43:54 - 44:50

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Wednesday
Apr032019

Ep396: Lightning Hearted

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast and Earth's Mightiest Critics capture lightning in a podcast with their deep dive into DC's Shazam! David Fowlie of Keeping it Reel, Emmanuel Noisette of Eman's Movie Reviews, and Don Shanahan of Every Movie Has a Lesson join Ian for look at one of the most entertaining and markedly different superhero movies in years.

Zachary Levi stars as a muscle-bound do-gooder who's secretly a fourteen-year-old boy tasked with ridding the world of evil. David F. Sandberg's film is many things: a (mostly) superbly done, spiritual throwsback to the 80s; a remake of Big thinly disguised as an action film; and a touching family dramedy that makes great use of all its characters--with one glaring exception.

The round-table gets into spoilers here, along with thoughts on whether or not Shazam! is appropriate for young children (Hint: It's not), so feel free to check back after it opens wide tomorrow night.

Episode 396 will not, under any circumstances, grab your staff!

Show Guide:

Intro Music: 0:00 - 0:15

Intro: 0:15 - 2:51

Shazam! Trailer: 2:51 - 4:54

Shazam! Discussion: 4:54 - 1:12:52

Outro Music: 1:12:52 - 1:13:06

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Monday
Apr012019

Ep395: Page2Screen2Screen: Ayuh!

Today, The Kicking the Seat Podcast and The Quill to Live's Cole Rush unearth the secrets of Pet Sematary with a special two-part edition of "Page2Screen"! First up, the guys compare Stephen King's 1983 smash-hit horror novel to Mary Lambert's 1989 film.

The movie terrified Ian as a child, but watching it as an adult yielded decidedly different results. This was Cole's first experience with King on the page or the screen, and it's a testament to the author's masterful prose that Cole didn't give up after one lousy adaptation (for more on Cole's thoughts about being a first-time King reader, check out his latest essay at The Quill to Live).

Join us again on Friday as the guys dive into Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer's new film, and discuss how it stacks up against the book and the 1989 movie!

Episode 395 always comes home to ya!

Show Guide:

Road Safety Message: 0:00 - 0:10

Intro Music: 0:10 - 0:25

Intro: 0:25 - 3:45

Pet Sematary Trailer: 3:45 - 4:52

Pet Sematary Discussion: 4:52 - 55:42

Outro Music: 55:42 - 56:58

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Friday
Mar292019

Ep394: DUMBO Jumbo

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast and David Fowlie of Keeping it Reel run away from the condemned circus that is Tim Burton's Dumbo! In this free-wheeling conversation, the guys talk early Disney animation; Tim Burton's fall from creative grace; and lament the scarcity of elephants in this flying-elephant movie.

Also, Ian suggests the latest episode of 90 Under 90 as a companion piece, in which he talks about the wonders and controversies of 1941's Dumbo with Dan and Jeremy Eden.

Episode 394 ain't clowning around!

Show Guide:

Intro Music: 0:00 - 0:15

Intro: 0:15 - 3:55

Dumbo (2019) Trailer: 3:55 - 6:15

Dumbo (2019) Discussion: 6:15 - 39:59

Outro Music: 39:59 - 40:15

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Monday
Mar252019

Ep393: TRUE STORIES, Truer Confessions

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast and Nick Allen of RogerEbert.com and The Hollywood Reporter share some weird secrets and talk about True Stories! Co-writer/director David Byrne's 1986 film is hard to classify. It's not strictly a comedy; it's kind of a musical; and whether or not it's a love story about people or a love letter to America--well, that's debatable.

Whatever it is, the guys' first experience with the oddball residents of Virgil, Texas, was revelatory. In this free-wheeling discussion, Ian and Nick look at the movies that might have been inspired by Byrne's cult gem (The Talking Heads front-man's first--and so-far last--feature); wonder how it would play today; and open up about some not-so-flattering gaps in their own movie knowledge (and entertainment centers)!

Also, Ian recommends Rober Zemeckis' 1978 Beatles-fandom comedy, I Wanna Hold Your Hand, which hits Blu-ray tomorrow from The Criterion Collection (True Stories was a Criterion release last fall); and remembers the impossibly influential, criminally under-appreciated filmmaker Larry Cohen, who passed away over the weekend.

Episode 393 is real country--not that fake Hollywood country!

Show Guide:

A Word from Olivia Jade: 0:00 - 0:07

Intro Music: 0:00 - 0:15

Intro/Larry Cohen Tribute: 0:15 - 7:48

True Stories Trailer: 7:48 - 9:46

True Stories Discussion: 9:46 - 50:30

Outro Music: 50:50 - 50:45

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