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Friday
Dec072018

Ep366: Lord Bunnington

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast and HollywoodChicago.com's Pat “The Über Critic” McDonald hustle their way through 18th-century Europe with a look at Barry Lyndon! For decades, the guys had somehow skipped this fascinating entry in Stanley Kubrick's filmography, and they duel over the many interpretations of Ryan O'Neal's scheming Irish rogue.

Also, Pat invites listeners to join him and both his bands, The Telepaths and The Dark Room Men, for tomorrow night's Toys for Tots benefit at The Store on Halsted. And Ian cries for help amidst the Awards Season deluge, while also plugging the latest episode of the 90 Under 90 Podcast, in which he breaks down The Lonely Island's criminally underseen mockumentary Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping with Dan and Jeremy Eden!

Episode 366 looooves powdered wigs!

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Thursday
Nov292018

Ep365: RENDEZVOUS on Harms

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast and Keeping it Reel's David Fowlie travel back in time to early May, when they visited the set of Michael Glover Smith's latest film, Rendezvous in Chicago! The writer/director returns with the conclusion to his stellar Chicago Relationships Trilogy, and invited the guys to watch the second half of a two-night shoot at Hackney's on Harms in Glenview, IL.

In between filming and setups, Ian and David interviewed Smith and stars Claire Cooney and Kevin Wehby about all aspects of making an independent movie--from location scouting, to creating characters, to questioning one's calling as a performer, and getting awkwardly star-struck.

You can catch a special screening of Rendezvous in Chicago today at the fifth-annual Oakton Pop Up Film Festival (which runs through tomorrow at the Footlik theatre). The event is free to the public, and includes a Q&A with Michael, Claire, Kevin, and others involved in the production!

Episode 365 was (mostly) quiet on the set!

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Monday
Nov262018

Ep364: Scuola Argento: Inga to the Rescue!

The Kicking the Seat Podcast rings the bell on another installment of "Argento School"! Today, Ian sits down with Aaron Christensen of Horror 101 with Dr. A.C. to discuss the 1985 bloody bug thriller, Phenomena, starring Jennifer Connelly and Donald Pleasence. When a killer threatens the community around a European boarding school, the only ones capable of stopping the violence are the daughter of an American movie star who can psychically communicate with insects, a kindly old forensic pathologist who lives in the woods, and his pet ape/servant, Inga. And then things get weird...

Also, Ian and Aaron break a month-long curse in speaking briefly about Luca Guadagnino's remake of Suspiria, and Ian invites film buffs to check out Michael Glover Smith's fifth-annual Oakton Pop Up Film Festival, which runs tomorrow through Friday!

Episode 364 will never look at maggots the same way again!

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Friday
Nov232018

Ep363: Late Screening: Bleeding Gums Murphy

The Kicking the Seat Podcast returns from an unexpected hiatus with another edition of "Late Screening"! Today, Ian and Cole Rush of ColeTries.com and The Quill to Live speed through Chicago at 120 miles per hour with a look at The Blues Brothers. John Landis' iconic 1980 comedy is a mad, musical celebration of rebellion and soul, and the guys marvel at John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd's unabashed love for weird humor and awe-inspiring property damage. 

Also, Ian briefly explains his absence, and talks about Scream Factory's stunning (and not-so-stunning) new Blu-ray releases!

Episode 363 is on another mission from God!

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Friday
Nov022018

Ep362: No Time for Losers

Today, Nick Allen of RogerEbert.com and The Hollywood Reporter returns to the Kicking the Seat Podcast for a look at Bryan Singer's Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody! Is the movie a beautiful mess, or just a messy ol' mess? And how do the casting and PG-13 rating help or hurt  its chances to turn on a new generation of fans to the 70's operatic rock quartet? Ian and Nick dive into a movie that they begrudgingly disagree on, in a wide-ranging discussion that contains an ungodly amount of Third Eye Blind references.

Also, Ian talks with filmmaker Gabe Polsky about his phenomenal new sports documentary, In Search of Greatness; raves about The Criterion Collection's majestic new Princess Bride Blu-ray; and conjurs up a tease of Monday's Suspiria episode!

Episode 362 wants to ride its bicycle!

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