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Friday
Jun152018

Ep322: Incredibility Gap

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast and David Fowlie of Keeping it Reel slap on some spandex and dive head-first into one of this summer's most highly anticipated sequels, Incredibles 2! Brad Bird's long, long, long-awaited sequel to the 2004 Pixar sensation is a different movie from what the guys expected--in ways both welcome and not-so-welcome.

It's a spoilerific discussion, for sure, covering character motivations, social-justice plot overlays, and the future of the super-heroic Parr family.

Also, the Music Box Theatre will be ground zero for Cinepocalypse next week, and Ian has info on special screenings, guests, and tickets!

Episode 322 still believes that capes are dangerous!

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Wednesday
Jun132018

Ep321: Alden Times


Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast and David Fowlie of Keeping it Reel talk about Alexandre Moors' The Yellow Birds, which opens in ultra-limited release this Friday. The Iraq War drama stars Alden Ehrenreich and Tye Sheridan as soldiers whose involvement in an overseas incident leads to a soul-shattering mystery back home.

The film is a puzzlement to Ian and David. Why is a beautifully shot film with across-the-board-excellent performances (including supporting turns from Toni Collette, Jennifer Aniston, and Jack Huston) and an engrossing PTSD story being dismissed by critics and buried in the single-theatre wasteland? This show might not contain all the answers, but the guys provide a hearty defense of this gritty, if uneven, entry in a well-tread sub-genre.

Episode 321 didn't come back the same!

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Friday
Jun082018

Ep320: 23 and Meh

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast and David Fowlie of Keeping it Reel talk about Ari Aster's highly anticipated horror movie, Hereditary! What happens when an enigmatic matriarch dies, leaving behind clues to sinister family secrets? Lots of melodrama and creepy-kid shenanigans, it turns out.

The guys dive deep into their issues with a film that could have been a real genre-bending spectacle, but which, in their not-so-humble opinions, fails to live up to the pre-release hype. They agree that Toni Collette is an acting deity, though--one who's slumming it in an uneven, often hilarious, and oh-so-frustrating examination of headless closet skeletons.

Episode 320 burnt its family tree to fend off them witches!

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Monday
Jun042018

Ep319: Dark Knight of the Solstice: BATMAN BEGINS

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast and HollywoodChicago.com's Pat “The Über Critic” McDonald kick off a summer mini-series examining Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy! Years before Samuel L. Jackson popped up in Iron Man's post-credits stinger, the comic-book-movie landscape was a poorly sketched landscape of disparate licenses whose flop-to-phenomenon ratio was predictable only in its lack of overall vision. Along came Christopher Nolan, David Goyer, and Christian Bale, who ripped Batman away from the era of Burton/Schumacher camp and plopped him into a heightened-reality drama about the nature of fear.

In this first installment of "Dark Knight of the Solstice", Ian and Pat talk about Batman's long, weird road to big-screen redemption; how Batman Begins looks in hindsight, when compared to the present-day, over-strategized comics-movie machine; and--oh, yeah, the film itself.

Also, Ian rips into film-critic critics, and plugs his recent appearance on the 90 Under 90 Podcast in which he discusses 2012's found-footage superhero flick, Chronicle, with Dan and Jeremy Eden.

Episode 319 clearly has issues!

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Friday
Jun012018

Ep318: Crowbocop

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast and Keeping it Reel's David Fowlie seek digital justice with their look at writer/director Leigh Whannell's new ultra-violent black-comedy techno-thriller, Upgrade! What happens when a Luddite auto mechanic loses his wife and the use of his limbs in a tragic car accident--only to be given the chance to enact revenge against the criminal conspiracy behind said accident, thanks to an ass-kicking cybernetic enhancement? Well, you get one of the summer's weirdest, darkest, would-be blockbusters, and a film that Ian and David struggle to agree on.

Speaking of enhancements, you'll also get to hear Ian's interview with Whannell about Upgrade's origins, themes, and budget-stretching special effects magic!

Lastly, Ian talks about another techno-fueled action film, 1989's Cyborg--which is now available in an extras-packed Special Edition Blu-ray from Shout! Factory. Have the years been kind to this Jean-Claude Van Damme futuristic-wasteland flick? Or is the new Shout! edition more special than the movie itself?

Episode 318 says, "Snitches get glitches!"

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