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Friday
Mar312017

Ep209: The Disconnect

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast unplugs and zeroes in on Chicago filmmaker Matthew Aaron, whose new movie, Landline, hits the Music Box Theatre today (and debuts on VOD next Tuesday, April 4). The writer/director/editor/producer stars in a comedy about an ad executive who ditches modern technology in favor of a simpler lifestyle. Of course, complications ensue.

Aaron's artistic journey is an unconventional one, beginning in the world of podcasting and culminating in three feature films, all slated for release this year. This episode is unconventional, too, as it ranges from politics to fame to the very real struggle of trying to make films in an everything-should-be-free media landscape. And you'll want to check back next Tuesday for the unofficial sequel (prequel?) to this installment, in which Ian speaks with another actor from the film, Parks and Recreation star Jim O'Heir.

Lastly, this may be the hardest episode Ian has put out, partially due to some of the political themes that he and Aaron get into; partially because Ian didn't actually like Landline. How does someone conduct a top-five personal favorite interview with the creator of a movie he couldn't stand?

Listen and learn.

Episode 209's heart is in the right place, though there may be no more bridges left to burn.

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Thursday
Mar302017

Ep208: A Movie Guy XSW

Today, Ian catches up with indefatigable Chicago film critic Leo Brady, who recently returned from the nine-day cinema cyclone known as South By Southwest! Leo and his wife, Christina, run A Movie Guy.com, and over the course of a very long week, they screened dozens of movies and conducted several red carpet interviews and sit-down conversations with filmmakers. Leo talks to Ian about the experience of SXSW from the perspective of an out-of-town critic, and what it takes to provide wall-to-wall coverage that's as close to live as possible without the infrastructure of a powerful media outlet.

Also, Ian recommends another SXSW-centric chat Leo did with You'll Probably Agree, which you can find on YouTube. It's more film-centric than this episode, and just as enjoyable.

Have your press passes ready: Episode 208 is going backstage!

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Wednesday
Mar292017

Ep207: The RAW, Sunken Place

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast and Aaron Christensen of Horror 101 with Dr. AC dig in to Raw, the French-Belgian body-horror sensation from writer/director Julia Ducournau. Following a screening at Chicago's Music Box Theatre, the guys sat down to discuss Raw's effect on audiences (did people really throw up during this thng?), it's place in the body-horror/cannibal canon, and whether or not it's really a horror movie.

And in a truly chilling twist, Ian brings up Get Out again, leading to a somewhat contentious second half and a real man-in-the-mirror moment for your humbled host.

Vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores alike will find a lot to chew on in Episode 207!

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Tuesday
Mar282017

Ep206: Fu Tien-Yu's Fertile Imagination

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast brings you a delightful conversation about an even more delightful film, My Egg Boy! Writer/director Fu Tien-Yu is visiting Chicago this week from Taiwan for the U.S. premiere of her brain-tickling, heart-tugging rom-com/fantasy.

Ian sat down with Fu Tien-Yu to talk about her creative process, the very personal issues that compelled her to make the movie, and how one of Taiwan's biggest director's helped her in life and on the film.

Ian interviews MY EGG BOY writer/director Fu Tien-Yu (Photo: Sophia Wong Boccio)

If you're in Chicago, you won't want to miss My Egg Boy's big night tomorrow, when Fu Tien-Yu comes to the AMC River East for a one-time-only screening and Q&A, as part of Asian Pop-Up Cinema's blockbuster fourth season. For tickets and more information, check out asianpopupcinema.org/tickets.

Also, Ian recommends Pat "The Uber Critic" McDonald's written interview on HollywoodChicago.com with the filmmaker (which is just as distinct and enjoyable as this audio conversation), and shares some info about the translators who helped make this episode possible.

Episode 206 will scramble your soul and leave you with a sunny(side) disposition!

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Monday
Mar272017

Ep205: The Key of "Yikes!"

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast kicks off a full week of film commentary and interviews, beginning with a lively and insightful look at Terrence Malick's latest journey into somnambulation, Song to Song. Ian and Pat "The Über Critic" McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com admire the scenery but get lost in the weeds of Malick's patience-shattering look at the Austin music scene.

The chat covers everything from symbolism to Warhol to film criticism-as-promotion--and, yes, even some thoughts on Song to Song! There's also a bona fide plot twist, as one of the guys changes his tune (kinda) on the film.

Our promise to you: Episode 205 contains zero-percent wistful gazes and bird imagery!

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