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Wednesday
Sep182019

Ep450: Phantoms and Fragility

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast celebrates 450 episodes with two eye-opening interviews! Last week, Ian sat down with director Brian Rose, following the Siskel Center premiere of his astonishing documentary, When I Last Saw Jesse. The guys talked about the inspiration for the film; getting to know the family of a missing person; and what it takes to get a grass-roots indie seen in the ultra-competitive film festival landscape.

But first, comedian Jim Gaffigan returns to talk about his revelatory dark-side turn in Derrick Borte's thriller, American Dreamer. What happens when a rideshare driver decides to rip off the drug dealer who's hired him for the evening? Find out when the film hits VOD this Friday. In the meantime, enjoy a quick chat in which Mr. Gaffigan talks about auditioning, playing against type, and what keeps him motivated through his crazy showbiz life!

Episode 450 is just getting started!

Show Guide:

Intro Music: 0:00 - 0:14

Intro: 0:14 - 3:26

Jim Gaffigan Interview (American Dreamer): 3:26 - 18:43

Intro Ct'd: 18:43 - 20:42

Transition Music: 20:42 - 21:40

Brian Rose Interview: 21:40 - 1:26:36

Outro Music: 1:26:36 - 1:26:52

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Friday
Sep132019

Ep449: Nothing Gold Can Stay

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast and Keeping it Reel's David Fowlie discuss one of the year's worst-reviewed prestige films, The Goldfinch! John Crowley's adaptation of Donna Tartt's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is getting savaged by the press, but you're about to hear a vigorous defense of the terrorism-aftermath drama (by one of these critics, anyway).

Also, Ian talks about a few upcoming events at the Music Box Theatre, including tonight's Q&A with the filmmakers behind Give Me Liberty; Monday's one-night engagement of American Dreamer (featuring a Q&A with star Jim Gaffigan and director Derrick Borte); and the Chicago premiere of the Mexican dark fantasy, Tigers Are Not Afraid. As a bonus, Ian shares an interview he did last month with Tigers writer/director Issa López!

Episode 449 isn't superstitious at all!

Show Guide:

Intro Music: 0:00 - 0:14

Intro: 0:14 - 3:40

Issa López Interview (Tigers Are Not Afraid): 3:40 - 18:25

Intro Ct'd: 18:25 - 19:06

The Goldfinch Trailer: 19:06 - 21:23

The Goldfinch Discussion: 21:23 - 1:30:22

Outro Music: 1:30:22 - 1:30:38

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Wednesday
Sep112019

Ep448: Hammerland: A Brief Tour

Today, The Kicking the Seat Podcast embarks on another horror-themed miniseries with Aaron Christensen of Horror 101 with Dr. A.C.! With Scream Factory's recent release of Scars of Dracula on Blu-ray, Ian realized he'd never actually watched a Hammer Horror film.

The guys talk about Scars, Roy Ward Baker's oddball 1970 screwball love-triangle dramedy masquerading as a vampire movie, and also get into some of Hammer's rich history--which is destined to become part of the podcast's future!

Also, Ian reminds you to head to the Siskel Center tonight for the last screening of the excellent missing-person doc, When I Last Saw Jesse. Director Brian Rose will be on hand for a post-screening Q&A, and you should definitely put his film toward the top of your "Must See" list.

Episode 448 is undead and loving it!

Show Guide:

Intro Music: 0:00 - 0:14

Intro: 0:14 - 3:18

Scars of Dracula Trailer: 3:18 - 5:34

Scars of Dracula Discussion: 5:34 - 40:27

Outro Music: 40:27 - 40:42

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Tuesday
Sep102019

Ep447: Budding ROMANCE w/ Sujewa Ekanayake

Today, The Kicking the Seat Podcast catches up with writer/director Sujewa Ekanayake on his latest project, Slow Romance! The indie film is set to film this fall, and Sujewa talks about writing, casting, and shooting some gorgeous-looking test footage.

Also, the guys speculate about the future of independent film criticism, and how critics and filmmakers might team up to create stability in a landscape of dwindling corporate reviewer revenue.

You can check out the YouTube version of this chat to see Ian and Sujewa's in-progress studios, and their struggles to find the perfect camera setup! Be sure to subscribe, like, and comment while you're there!

Episode 447 is indie to the core!

Show Guide:

Intro Music: 0:00 - 0:14

Intro: 0:14 - 1:36

Transition Music: 1:36 - 1:55

Sujewa Ekanayake Interview: 1:55 - 1:06:49

Outro Music: 1:06:49 - 1:07:04

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Friday
Sep062019

Ep446: 99 Dead Balloons

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast floats down to Derry, Maine with David Fowlie of Keeping it Reel and Emmanuel Noisette of Eman's Movie Reviews for look at It Chapter Two! The conclusion to 2017's smash horror hit is very different, and the guys get into all the spoilerific ups, downs, and in-betweens.

Also, Ian reminds you to check out Brian Rose's terrific new documentary, When I Last Saw Jesse, which premieres on Saturday at the Gene Siskel Film Center; and urges you to check out the latest episode of 90 Under 90,* in which he looks back at Cloverfield with Dan and Jeremy Eden!

Lastly, if you want to see this episode instead of just listen, head over to YouTube for a special simulpost! 

Episode 446 believes in space turtles!

Show Guide:

Intro Music: 0:00 - 0:14

Intro: 0:14 - 3:12

It Chapter Two Trailer: 3:12 - 5:37

It Chapter Two Discussion: 5:37 - 1:30:12

Outro Music: 1:30:12 - 1:30:43

*As a correction to the intro, the best place to find 90 Under 90 is on iTunes.

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