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Friday
Jul212017

Ep243: Alien Overcoat

Today, Ian blasts off with RogerEbert.com's Peter Sobczynski for an in-depth exploration of Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets! How does writer/director Luc Besson's lifelong passion project fare in the translation from cult comic book to big-screen blockbuster? Could this earnest, space-hopping sci-fi adventure capture audiences' imaginations--or is it destined for obscurity and eventual re-discovery? This discussion covers several aspects of a film that is at once extraordinary, exhausting, and existential in its ambitions.

Also, Ian urges listeners to pick up the graphic novels on which Valerian is based, and suggests an unconventional double-feature this weekend.

Episode 243 is a podcast of a thousand ideas (and some of them are actually good!).

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Wednesday
Jul192017

Ep242: War All the Time

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast and Erik Childress of the Movie Madness Podcast bust out the champagne and trauma blankets for a look at Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk! In this (mostly) spoiler-free episode, the guys provide their immediate reactions to a film that will require multiple viewings in order to appreciate.

How does this intense and utterly immersive World War II drama compare to others of its kind? Where does it fall in the Nolan filmography? And just how badly does Ian need to revisit Inception?

The answers to all these questions, and more, await in this lively and insightful chat. Also, Ian tells you where you can see Dunkirk, as it was meant to be seen, in Chicago this week!

Episode 242 is definitely one for the history books!

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Monday
Jul172017

Ep241: Not 'Sploitation

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast seeks forgiveness from writer/director Jeff Baena! The Little Hours is one of 2017's best comedies, but the filmmaker sets Ian straight as to why it's not a "nunsploitation" movie. The guys also discuss casting, The Catholic League, and why a turtle almost walks away (slowly) with his movie!

Also, Ian shares a few words about George Romero and Martin Landau, who passed away over the weekend.

Episode 241 has some things to confess, and a lot more to answer for!

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Friday
Jul142017

Ep240: When You WISH UPON

Today, Emmanuel Noisette of Eman's Movie Reviews returns to the Kicking the Seat Podcast for a look at Wish Upon, a not-very-good horror movie (or is it a thriller?) that centers on a high schooler who gets seven wishes from a cursed Chinese music box. Is this Final Destination/Wishmaster mash-up a cynical, skippable cash grab--or is there a benefit to watching it with an opening-weekend crowd? The guys' answers may surprise you!

Also, Ian shares a cornucopia of Music Box Theatre events, including this weekend's very special debut of Jeff Baena's comedy, The Little Hours; the conclusion of the 70MM Film Festival; and a reception and screening for the new indie Person to Person.

Oh, and did you know that Eman has started a podcast? Check out the debut episode, featuring a conversation about Spider-Man: Homecoming with Don Shanahan of Every Movie Has a Lesson!

Episode 240 will leave you wishing for more wishes (and probably booze)!

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Wednesday
Jul122017

Ep239: The After Laff

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast and Keeping it Reel's David Fowlie get spiritual with a look at two films by David Lowery. Up for discussion are last summer’s remake of Pete’s Dragon, and the decidedly not-family-friendly supernatural relationship drama, A Ghost Story, which opens this weekend.

Both movies tackle nostalgia and loss through fantasy, and the guys find themselves challenged by these distinct manifestations of Lowery’s singular vision. What kept Disney’s Pete’s Dragon from finding a bigger audience? Will moviegoers embrace A Ghost Story’s endurance test of a narrative, or make it abruptly disappear from theatres? And how does Lowery’s work help provide an emotional roadmap in the face of real-life tragedy?

The answers to these questions—plus a mini-review of Shout! Factory’s recently released Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie Blu-ray—await in this very special 239th episode.

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