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Thursday
Mar162017

Ep202: Blood in the Watercooler

The Kicking the Seat Podcast celebrates "Take a Blowtorch to Work Day" with a look at the new Blumhouse thriller, The Belko Experiment! Ian and Keeping it Reel's David Fowlie really dug Greg McLean's office-set Battle Royale, even though it was a thoroughly unpleasant experience.

Do comparisons to Office Space really go beyond the casting of John C. McGinley? What elevates James Gunn's script from other Blumhouse horror films? And should this movie be franchised? These answers (and more) await in this thoroughly researched, double-spaced, and collated report!*

Also, Ian talks about Shout! Factory's new Red Dawn Collector's Edition Blu-ray, and teases tomorrow's, um, "animated" episode.

Episode 202 is fresh out of PTO, so let's clock in!

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*Or whatever the audio equivalent of that would be.

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Friday
Mar102017

Ep201: SHARKNADO in The Asylum!

Today, The Kicking the Seat Podcast plunges chainsaw-first into the eye of a Sharknado with series writer Thunder Levin! Next Tuesday (March14th), the Music Box Theatre kicks off a new season of the Field Museum's "Field Trips: Cinema Science" series, with a screening of the original Sharknado, followed by an on-stage discussion between Thunder and Kevin Feldheim, the A. Watson III Manager of the Pritzker Laboratory for Molecular Systematics and Evolution.

Ahead of that, Ian spoke with Thunder about the Sharknado phenomenon, his own weird journey as a filmmaker, and how the infamous "mockbuster" factory The Asylum creates movies like Sharknado!

Also, Ian offers a correction about Shout Factory's Blu-ray release of Colors; remembers to provide links from Episode 200's Get Out discussion;* and shares some thoughts on three spectacular short films debuting this weekend at the Music Box's Peace on Earth Film Festival.

Episode 201 is a podcast wrapped in a sharknado, wrapped in an oil-nado, wrapped in a boulder-nado!

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*Courtesy of Eman: Read about Get Out's alternate ending; see if you can spot all the "Easter eggs"; and listen to writer/director Jordan Peele discuss the film on The Nerdist.

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Monday
Mar062017

Ep200: OUT and About

The Kicking the Seat Podcast turns 200 today with an episode for the ages! Ian talks Get Out with Emmanuel Noisette of Eman's Movie Reviews, and the guys cover topics as varied as horror movie tropes, awkward social situations involving race, and the rumored alternate ending that would have surely changed the whole conversation surrounding the movie.

Also, Ian shares details on several cool things to do, see, and grab this week, including:

Episode 200 is so good, you'll want it to meet the family!

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Friday
Mar032017

Ep199: The LOGAN Act

The Kicking the Seat Podcast goes to war over Logan in today's bloody, action-packed episode! Ian and Keeping it Reel's David Fowlie square off with very different opinions about Hugh Jackman's "last" run at the character that put him on the map. Is Logan the comic-book masterpiece everyone says it is? Or is it simply a repackaged collection of old issues? The guys hold nothing back in this thorough examination of James Mangold's R-rated, adamantium-grade blockbuster!

Also, Ian talks about Marco Beltrami's Logan soundtrack (available now from Lakeshore Records); the Tomatometer; the 89th Oscars, and two sure-to-be amazing events taking place at the Music Box Theatre, starting next week.

Episode 199 is the best there is at what it does!

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Thursday
Mar022017

Ep198: Down the Well of WELLNESS

Never let it be said that the Kicking the Seat Podcast is not committed--or at least that it should be. Today, Ian locks himself in a cinematic asylum with AMovieGuy.com's Leo Brady to discuss two nutty works by director Gore Verbinski. A Cure for Wellness failed to make an impact in 2017, but the blue-hued institutional thriller is similar to a film celebrating its fifteenth anniversary this year: 2002's J-Horror mega-hit, The Ring.

Is there more to A Cure for Wellness than critics and audiences gave it credit for, or is there just too much madness (and too much movie) to latch onto? Is this Verbinski's last strike before a harsh movie-jail sentence? And what does a film about killer eels and incest have in common with a haunted-VHS-tapes thriller? The connections may surprise you.

Also, Ian reminds listeners about Asian Pop-Up Cinema's fourth season, which kicked off last night with the American premiere of Shinobu Yaguchi's Survival Family. You can read Mr. Yaguchi's interview with friend of the show Patrick "The Über Critic" McDonald at HollywoodChicago.com.

Episode 198 is the second in our series of anniversary-themed film pairings, which, as this installment proves, might just be crazy enough to work!

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