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Wednesday
Oct172018

Ep358: INFINITY and Beyond

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast welcomes back filmmaker Bob Byington, whose latest movie, Infinity Baby, is now available on Amazon Prime! The dark comedy stars Kieran Culkin and Nick Offerman as employees of a corporation that sells genetically modified, ageless infants to people who want the joys of parenthood, minus the responsibility of raising a child.

Ian and Bob talk about the concept, casting, and launch of the film, as well as a variety of other oddball subjects ranging from film critic personas, defending unpopular opinions, and finding the perfect "moment" in a scene.

Episode 358 grows up right before your eyes!

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Friday
Oct122018

Ep357: One Small Step

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast and David Fowlie of  Keeping it Reel engage in a star war over First Man.* Damien Chazelle's semi-conventional biopic finds Ryan Gosling suiting up as astronaut Neil Armstrong, whose 1969 lunar mission marked "one giant leap for mankind".

The guys debate the merits of a film whose technical achievements are impressive, but whose story and key performances beg more questions than answers. Is First Man destined for cinematic greatness, or will it burn up on re-entry? Listen in for some Earth-shattering opinions!

Also, Ian and David talk about several films premiering at the 54th Chicago International Film Festival (happening right now at the AMC River East), including an in-depth look at the struggling-artist drama, Olympia.

Episode 357 won't Apollo-gize for its edginess!

*Okay, it's a minor skirmish at best.

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Wednesday
Oct102018

Ep356: Harley and Clyde


Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast and HollywoodChicago.com's Pat “The Über Critic” talk about Marvin Chomsky's larger-than-life biopic, Evel Knievel! George Hamilton stars in this wild and wacky 1971 film that traces the titular daredevil's journey from small-town spectator to Grand Canyon-leaping motorcycle superstar.

Pat and Ian separate myth from history, in this wide-ranging discussion of Knievel's significance in pop culture; the jaw-dropping cuts in his actual life story that were sacrificed in favor of breath-taking archival footage; and why this film could benefit from a TV-series reincarnation.

Note: The picture above is of the actual Evel Knievel, since there were no good stills of George Hamilton available online.

Also, Ian talks about refocusing his energies, and teases some of the spectacular episodes coming your way!

Episode 356 succumbs to the forces of Evel!

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Friday
Oct052018

Ep355: Goo's the Boss?

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast teams up with some of Chicago's most well-read comic-book devotees/film critics for a look at Ruben Fleischer's Venom! Following a sneak preview of Sony's latest (sorta) foray into the big-screen superhero genre, Ian sat down with David Fowlie of Keeping it Reel, Emmanuel Noisette of Eman's Movie Reviews, and "fresh"-ly minted Rotten Tomatoes reviewer Don Shanahan of Every Movie Has a Lesson.

Venom follows a malevolent alien life-form to Earth, where it bonds with a down-on-his-luck reporter named Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy), who uses his newfound powers to uncover a conspiracy and bite the heads off bad guys. From the characters' four-color roots; to fan expectations; to the possible strategies that led to a wildly disconnected end product, nothing is off the table in this contentious but oh-so-fun chat about a movie that (surprise, surprise) three of the guys strongly disliked and one of them thought was a rocky start to what could be a solid franchise.

Also, Ian talks a bit about the inspiring new documentary Science Fair, which begins a two-week run at the Gene Siskel Film Center today!

Episode 355 has a parasite!

Note: In the introduction, Ian mistakenly refers to Venom as having "a trio of screenwriters". There are actually four, which, sadly, further proves the point he was trying to make.

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Wednesday
Oct032018

Ep354: Such Heroic Nonsense

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast and Keeping it Reel's David Fowlie wage a battle to destroy the evil forces of nostalgia with a look at Nelson Shin's The Transformers: The Movie! Last week, the guys attended a one-night-only Fathom Event that broke something in Ian's heart. The 1986 2D epic, which has been a source of uncontrollable nerd tears for over three decades, may have finally lost a grip on one of its most ardent supporters.

Listen in as David and Ian talk about the toys, the 'toons, and the never-ending live-action remakes from Michael Bay. Part movie-review podcast, part therapy session over coffee--this one may just transform the way you look at your childhood.

When all hell's breaking loose, Episode 354 will be right in the eye of the storm!

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