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Tuesday
Jan172017

Ep187: 20TH CENTURY WOMEN on THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN

The Kicking the Seat Podcast shakes it up this week, as Ian welcomes back David Fowlie of Keeping it Reel, and special guest Pamela Powell of Reel Honest Reviews and Daily Journal. What does 20th Century Women, a drama about a 70s-era single mom and her misfit tenants, have to do with The Edge of Seventeen, a contemporary teen dramedy in the John Hughes tradition? Quite a bit, actually. Ian, Pam, and David examine both of these complex and very entertaining films about women, and tell you why they should not be missed!

Also, Ian kicks off the episode with an eerily prescient chunk of audio from Jimmy Carter's "Crisis of Confidence" speech (as referenced in 20th Century Women), and provides one last push for We Believe in Dinosaurs, whose IndieGoGo campaign wraps up tomorrow!

Do you seek certainty in uncertain times? Well, Episode 187 is a great place to start!*

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*This statement is neither legally binding nor demonstrably true.

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Friday
Jan132017

Ep186: Bahstin Strong

Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg are at it again, bringing their unique dramaction touch to real-life stories of terror and heroism. Patriots Day is not at all what Ian and David Fowlie of Keeping it Reel expected, and this exciting (occasionally ridiculous) account of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing made for one fascinating (and spoilerific) conversation. Does Wahlberg's alternately affecting and obnoxious Composite Cop character hurt the film's emotional impact? How does Patriots Day stack up to the filmmakers' previous collaborations, Deepwater Horizon and Lone Survivor? And why can't we stop thinking about those delicious Dunkin Donuts Coolatas, kid?

Also, Ian shares some big news about We Believe in Dinosaurs; announces a one-of-a-kind screening of Martin Scorsese's Silence this Sunday at Chicago's Music Box Theatre; and presses full-steam ahead on the non-apology train of his deep-seated disdain for movie Bostonians.

It may be Friday the 13th, but Episode 186's luck is Boston Strong!

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Wednesday
Jan112017

Ep185: Reclaimed Wood

If a tree falls in the woods, does anyone hear it? If Ian doesn't like J.A. Bayona's A Monster Calls, does anyone care? Well, yes, as you'll hear in this short but sweet discussion with Keeping it Reel's David Fowlie. The new family film about a young boy who learns to deal with loss, thanks to the help of a fantastical friend, is a visual wonder in the tradition of movies like The NeverEnding Story and The Iron Giant. But is being like other movies enough to earn a pass? The answer may surprise you.

Also, provides a zero-hour reminder of tonight's 40th anniversary screening of Saturday Night Fever at Classic Cinemas Elk Grove, hosted by Pat "The Uber Critic" McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com!

You wood-n't want to miss our tree-mendous 185th episode!*

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*Sorry. I'm so, so sorry.

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Saturday
Jan072017

Ep184: Missionary Lizards

We Believe in Dinosaurs, a documentary about the Creation Museum's controversial Ark Encounter attraction, is in the home stretch of its highly successful IndieGoGo campaign. This afternoon, Ian and Keeping it Reel's David Fowlie sat down with the film's producer Amy Ellison and co-director Monica Long Ross to discuss the offshoot of Kentucky's Creation Museum, a life-sized replica of Noah's Ark.

R-L: Amy Ellison, Monica Long Ross, David Fowlie, Ian Simmons

Devotees, skeptics, and agnostics alike are sure to enjoy this fun and enlightening hour-plus chat that explores the chasms between church and state; faith and science; and faith-science versus science-science. You'll also get an update on the campaign; more details on just how every dollar is being put to work; and a few teasers regarding Ian's long-promised Creation Museum road-trip story--which he'll share in full, once We Believe in Dinosaurs has been fully funded (Hint, Hint!).

And if you're in the Windy City this week, be sure to hit up Google Chicago on Tuesday, January 10th at 5pm for a live Q&A with Monica and co-director Clayton Brown. They'll also debut the brand-new We Believe in Dinosaurs trailer. The event is free, but you must register at EventBrite.

 

Believe it or not, Episode 184 represents an evolutionary leap for the Kicking the Seat Podcast!

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Friday
Jan062017

Ep183: [Insert Joke About SILENCE Being Golden]

On our first episode of 2017, Keeping it Reel's David Fowlie joins the Kicking the Seat Podcast to make some noise for Martin Scorsese's Silence! David and Ian saw the film just over a month ago, and can finally reveal their thoughts about this challenging 17th century odyssey starring Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson, and Tadanobu Asano. The guys discuss big themes with bigger spoilers, so be sure to listen in after you've experienced one of 2016's best films.

Also, Ian offers a reminder of the soon-to-close "Catch a Comet" contest, and clues you in on a special screening of Saturday Night Fever, coming up this Wednesday at Classic Cinemas Elk Grove (hosted by friend of the show and all-around awesome entertainer, Pat "The Uber Critic" McDonald)!

Episode 183 rings in the New Year with a film that left us speechless, and which we're finally able to talk about!

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