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Friday
May102019

Ep407: SHAWSHANK for the Memories

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast welcomes Mike Crowley from YPA Reviews to discuss Frank Darabont's The Shawshank Redemption, which turns twenty-five this year. The guys talk prison bromance, omissions from the novella, and the crazy-talented cast of this flop-turned-cult-masterpiece!

Also, Ian reviews Werner Herzog's Meeting Gorbachev (screening tonight at the Music Box Theatre, with Herzog in person!), and reminds listeners to get their tickets and passes to next week's Chicago Critics Film Festival!

Episode 407 only needs two things in life: a rock hammer and a dream!

Show Guide:

Intro Music: 0:00 - 0:15

Intro: 0:15 - 5:04

The Shawshank Redemption Trailer: 5:04 - 7:13

The Shawshank Redemption  Discussion: 7:13- 1:10:55

Outro Music: 1:10:55 - 1:11:10

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Wednesday
May082019

Ep406: Trilogy and Tribulation

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast and Keeping it Reel's David Fowlie finally talk about Rendezvous in Chicago! Last year, the guys visited the set of Michael Glover Smith's conclusion to his Chicago relationships trilogy, and caught an early screening of it a few months later.

At long last, they dive into this collection of shorts that revisits characters from Cool Apocalypse and Mercury in Retrograde in ways both traditional and experimental. The guys differ on the results, and this spoiler-ific discussion approaches the film from several angles (i.e. turn back now if you haven't yet seen Rendezvous!).

Episode 406 still believes in physical media!

Show Guide:

Intro Music: 0:00 - 0:15

Intro: 0:15 - 4:36

Rendezvous in Chicago Trailer: 4:36 - 6:59

Rendezvous in Chicago Discussion: 6:59 - 1:07:25

Outro Music: 1:07:25 - 1:07:40

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Friday
May032019

Ep405: HAIL and Hearty w/ Penny Lane

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast talks with Penny Lane about her outrageous and eye-opening new documentary, Hail Satan?, now playing in limited release!

Last month, Ian caught up with the filmmaker behind Nuts and Our Nixon during the Doc10 Festival, where Hail Satan? had its Chicago debut. In this spoiler-free conversation, Lane talk about the myths surrounding Satanism; the highs and lows of profiling members of The Satanic Temple; and the film's kick-ass but possibly controversial poster.

Also on tap this episode, Ian talks about:

  • A special Hail Satan? screening taking place this Saturday at the Music Box Theatre
  • A screening of Michael Glover Smith's Rendezvous in Chicago happening the same night at Chicago Filmmakers and featuring a Q&A with Smith and cast, moderated by Keeping it Reel's David Fowlie
  • Shout! Factory's new Blu-ray of the essential animation documentary, Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki
  • The Gene Siskel Film Center's annual Renaissance Award presentation, taking place this June, and featuring Jon Favreau in conversation with Robert Downey, Jr.!

Episode 405 is going straight to Hell!

Show Guide:

The Greatest Trick: 0:00 - 0:06

Intro Music: 0:06 - 0:21

Intro: 0:21 - 6:08

Hail Satan? Trailer: 6:08 - 8:15

Penny Lane Interview: 8:15 - 32:04

Outro Music: 32:04 - 32:19

Farewell, Peter: 32:19 - 32:21

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Friday
Apr262019

Ep404: Film Not Found

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast teams up with David Fowlie of Keeping it Reel and Don Shanahan of Every Movie Has a Lesson to bid a fond "See Ya Soon (Maybe)" to the heroes of Avengers Endgame! Joe and Anthony Russo's conclusion to Infinity War hits all the beats, and then some, giving diehard fans a lot to cheer for, cry over, and think about.

But how does Endgame stack up as a film? Is taking it seriously like expecting Car & Driver to rate the road-worthiness of a Six Flags roller coaster? The guys kick off the show with their spoiler-free reactions, and then dive in to an elaborate, secrets-spilling discussion.

'Round here we call that a spoiler warning!

Also, Ian talks to Movie Madness host Erik Childress about the seventh annual Chicago Critics Film Festival, which takes over the Music Box Theatre from May 17th through the 23rd, and talks about how Decaf Don and Avengers Endgame relate to Bret Easton Ellis's controversial new book, White. Part book review, part film criticism, part political coming-out party, you won't want to miss this hot take on current events. 

Episode 404 could do this all day!

Show Guide:

The Paradox: 0:00 - 0:15

Intro Music: 0:15 - 0:30

Intro: 0:30 - 3:29

Chicago Critics Film Festival Preview w/ Erik Childress: 3:29 - 19:20

Intro (Ct'd): 19:20 - 20:47

Avengers Endgame Trailer: 20:47 - 23:13

Avengers Endgame Discussion: 23:13 - 1:46:13

Interlude Music: 1:46:13 - 1:46:28

White Book Review/Commentary: 1:46:13 - 2:04:27

Outro Music: 2:04:27 - 2:04:57

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Monday
Apr222019

Ep403: America Runs on DECAF DON

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast looks at one of the year's most unexpected and important films, Decaf Don! Last week, Ian sat down with writer/director Nick Alonzo, cinematographer Greg Nico Garibay, and stars Dennis Episcopo and Mario Anthony to discuss the off-kilter new dramedy about an unemployed teacher whose past comes back to haunt him the night before a big job interview.

A chance encounter with a former student leads to an intense evening of revelations and heated, hot-button arguments that chillingly captures the national mood. This conversation digs into Decaf Don's origins; the challenges of dramatizing controversial viewpoints; and grocery store pitch meetings.

Also, Ian braces for Avengers: Endgame, and talks about how you can support Clare Cooney's magnificent new short film, Runner, as it winds down a spectacularly successful Seed & Spark campaign!

Episode 403 will keep you up at night!

Show Guide:

Intro Music: 0:00 - 0:15

Intro: 0:15 - 6:08

Decaf Don Trailer: 6:08 - 7:45

Decaf Don Interview: 7:45 - 1:18:37

Outro Music: 1:18:37 - 1:18:53

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