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Monday
Jul292019

Ep431: Scuola Argento: Hello, TENEBRAE, My Old Friend

Today, The Kicking the Seat Podcast enjoys a summer school edition of "Scuola Argento" as Ian and guests Aaron Christensen of Horror 101 with Dr. A.C. and Bryan Martinez of the YouTube series The Giallo Room talk about 1982's giallo masterpiece, Tenebrae!

The guys spare a lot of the gory details, focusing instead on the themes that put this slasher/mystery so far ahead of its time. From its treatment of gender identities on- and off-screen to explorations of the artist's responsibility to his or her audience, there's a lot more to gape at here than blood-splattered breasts.

As a bonus, Ian interviews horror devotee Jon Kitley about his brand-new book, Discover the Horror, in which he talks about his lifelong devotion to the genre, and shares his thoughts on its varied films and fandom.

Episode 431 looks absolutely killer in red high heels!

Show Guide:

Intro Music: 0:00 - 0:14

Intro: 0:14 - 1:23

Jon Kitley Interview: 1:23 - 17:40

Intro (Ct'd): 17:40 - 19:41

Tenebrae Trailer: 19:41 - 22:53

Tenebrae Discussion: 22:53 - 1:20:51

Outro Music: 1:20:51 - 1:21:06

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Friday
Jul262019

Ep430: The Royale Treatment: Rejecting Hypotheses

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast gathers the coolest critics this side of Jack Rabbit Slim's to discuss Quentin Tarantino's 9th film, Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood! Joining Ian are David Fowlie of Keeping it Reel, Emmanuel Noisette of Eman's Movie Reviews, and Don Shanahan of Every Movie Has a Lesson--and since the group is evenly divided on the film's greatness, you can bet there'll be a Mexican stand-off at the end!

The guys delve into the big controversies surrounding Tarantino's alternate history of the notorious Manson Family murders, including Margot Robbie's screen time and the tastefulness of turning a real-life tragedy into pop-reference-heavy entertainment. Questions about fan service come up, as do concerns with how this film compares to the writer/director's earlier, more momentum-heavy narratives.

And, of course, Ian has to crap all over 70mm film...again.

Episode 430 is Rick Fuckin' Dalton--and don't you forget it!

Show Guide:

Intro Music: 0:00 - 0:14

Intro: 0:14 - 2:56

Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood Trailer: 2:56 - 5:21

Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood Discussion: 5:21 - 1:39:44

Outro Music: 1:39:44 - 1:39:59

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Wednesday
Jul242019

Ep429: #MeowToo

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast welcomes back Mike Crowley of YPA Reviews for a weird and frightening look at Tim Burton's weird and frightening sequel, Batman Returns! The 1992 blockbuster finds the writer/director exploring the gross innards of iconic comic book characters in ways that audiences may not have been ready for. Does the film's prescience as a parable about today's socio-political climate redeem it somehow, or is it still just an oily fetishist's wet dream?

Also, the guys talk about Happy Meal toys, the complicated feelings engendered by Michelle Pfeiffer's Catwoman costume, and Hollywood's renewed focus on representation in film.

Episode 429 feels all...dirty!

Show Guide:

Intro Music: 0:00 - 0:14

Intro: 0:14 - 2:49

Batman Returns Trailer: 2:49 - 5:12

Batman Returns Discussion: 5:12- 1:06:25

Outro Music: 1:06:25 - 1:06:40

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Monday
Jul222019

Ep428: Philosophy of the Werewolf Ninja

Today, The Kicking the Seat Podcast gets wild with the Werewolf Ninja Philosopher! Ian talks to writer/director Sujewa Ekanayake and star Art Shrian Tiwari about bringing this "Slow Cinema" gem to life. Due to a series of transportation misadventures, the interview took place in two parts during Friday's Chicago premiere at Facets Cinematheque.

First up, Tiwari talks about leaving behind a Wall Street career to become an actor, and the journey to finding this unique character. Next, Ekanayake gives Ian a lesson in non-narrative filmmaking by partially breaking down Paul Schrader's diagram* from "The Transcendental Style in Film". These unconventional conversations opened the door to some follow-up discussions that you can look forward to soon.

And if you want to catch Werewolf Ninja Philosopher during its Chicago run, head to Facets now through Thursday, July 25th. As a bonus, Sujewa Ekanayake will be on hand for audience Q&As following tonight's 7pm and 9pm screenings! Tickets available here.

Episode 428 only watches Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives!

Show Guide:

Intro Music: 0:00 - 0:14

Intro: 0:14 - 4:48

Werewolf Ninja Philosopher Trailer: 4:48 - 7:09

Art Shrian Tiwari Interview: 7:09 - 55:00

Transition Music: 55:00 - 55:15

Sujewa Ekanayake Interview: 55:15 - 1:10:07

Outro Music: 1:10:07 - 1:10:29

*Included here so you can play along!

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Friday
Jul192019

Ep427: Paws for Effect

Today, The Kicking the Seat Podcast welcomes back Jon Espino of HollywoodChicago.com and The Young Folks to talk about Disney's latest live-action (sorry, "photo-realistic") remake of a beloved 2D classic. Jon Favreau's The Lion King is in theatres now, and has drawn a concerning amount of ire from critics. Well, these two reviewers are here to offer some positivity (as well as some jabs) for this nearly-shot-for-shot re-telling.

Also, Ian talks about Lynn Shelton's Sword of Trust, starring Marc Maron, which opens today at the Music Box Theatre.

And...Tonight's the night! Join Ian at Facets Cinematheque  for the Chicago premiere of Werewolf Ninja Philosopher, where he'll introduce the 7pm screening and conduct a Q&A with writer/director Sujewa Ekanayake and star Art Shrian Tiwari!

You ain't never had a friend like Episode 427!

Show Guide:

Intro Music: 0:00 - 0:14

Intro: 0:14 - 4:19

The Lion King Trailer: 4:19 - 6:06

The Lion King Discussion: 6:06 - 49:22

Outro Music: 49:22 - 49:38

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