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Friday
May252018

Ep316: Soycott THIS!

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast and David Fowlie of Keeping it Reel head to the Wild West of deep space with a look at Solo: A Star Wars Story! Ron Howard's film has been plagued by bad press from the get-go. Between the hiring and firing of the original directing team; rumors of an on-set acting coach for star Alden Ehrenreich; and an increasing backlash from Internet fandom regarding Disney's handling of the Star Wars franchise, the odd are definitely stacked against this prequel adventure.

As you'll soon hear, Ian and David (who brought a good degree of skepticism into the screening they attended two weeks ago), were quickly won over by the film--despite their checks from Disney having not yet cleared [WINKY FACE EMOJI]. Before the chat, Ian talks about the controversies surrounding the film, including the alleged "Soycott" designed to hurt Solo's box office and jeopardize Lusasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy's job.

Whether or not Solo conquers or conks out, the dueling narratives surrounding the film are about as satisfying as any epic clashes you'll see at the movies this summer.

Episode 316 rhymes. It's like poetry!

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Tuesday
May222018

Ep315: Premium Cable

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast and David Fowlie of Keeping it Reel pull off what may be a podcasting first: recording a movie-review show from the set of an entirely different movie! Yes, the guys pulled up a booth in Hackney's bar last week to talk about the bawdy blockbuster sensation, Deadpool 2--just as the cast and crew of Michael Glover Smith's latest film, Rendezvous in Chicago, was setting up for a long night of shooting!

This jam-packed installment begins with a special message, continues with a spoiler-ific (we're talking right out of the gate) analysis of why Deadpool succeeds where the original fell short; and concludes with a sneak preview of several interviews Ian and David conducted with Rendezvous in Chicago writer/director Smith and stars Clare Cooney* and Kevin Wehby!

Also, Ian gives a heads-up regarding next month's sci-fi/horror genre festival, Cinepocalypse, which returns to Chicago's Music Box Theatre for another year of big-screen chills, spills, and kills!

For the love of God, don't bring your children to Episode 315!

*Read David's interview with Clare about her spectacular short film, Runner, which shared the Audience Award at this year's Chicago Critics Film Festival!

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Wednesday
May162018

Ep314: Disaster Relief

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast and HollywoodChicago.com's Pat “The Über Critic” McDonald fan the flames of cinema epics past with a look at 1974's The Towering Inferno! What happens when a state-of-the-art luxury skyscraper falls victim to shoddy wiring? You guessed it: fleeing snobs, elevators to Hell, and Paul Newman dangling from half-melted railing. Ian and Pat came at the movie from different perspectives, and the resulting conversation offers a rich contrast in how one's familiarity with a film can deeply affect their enjoyment of it.

Also, Ian talks about the new Jim Carrey movie, Dark Crimes, and delivers a fun post-chat surprise, courtesy of "The Über Critic”!

Episode 314's actions scenes were directed by Irwin Allen!

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Friday
May112018

Ep313: Late Screening: Bowman for You (Son of Borat [Part 2])

Today, The Kicking the Seat Podcast and Cole Rush of ColeTries.com conclude their two-part look at Comedy Central's docu-series, Nathan for You, with a discussion of the feature-length Season Four finale, Finding Frances. When host Nathan Fielder invited professional Bill Gates impersonator Bill Heath to record an audio commentary for the episode in which he'd appeared, he could not have predicted the months long journey to reconcile a decades-old lost love that would ensue. The film pushes the boundaries of cringe-comedy-as-social-critique even further than the show that inspired it, and Ian and Cole dig into the significance of Fielder's artistic accomplishment.

Also, Ian talks about the Chicago openings of the delightful animated adventure, Lu Over the Wall, and the not-so-delightful neo-noir, Terminal. Lastly, you'll hear a tease of a interview Ian conducted with producer/director Marc Turtletaub, whose must-see drama, Puzzle, hits theatres in July!

Episode 313 wanders, but is not lost!

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Wednesday
May022018

Ep312: A Tale of Two Movies

Today, The Kicking the Seat Podcast reconnects with nature and talks to writer/director Nick Alonzo, cinematographer Nicholas Daniel Sledge, and Assistant Director Greg Nico Garibay about their new film, The Art of Sitting Quietly and Doing Nothing (which debuts this Friday at Chicago's Nightingale Cinema*).

The movie centers on Carl (Alex Serrato), a despondent twenty-something who ventures deep into the woods following a bad break-up. Leaving convenience and human interaction behind, Carl must face the inescapable and unflattering internal conflicts that called him to the wilderness.

Sticking with the theme, Ian gets into the thick of it with Nick, Sledge, and Greg, who open up about The Art of Sitting Quietly's inspiration and execution; the pros and cons of film school; overrated directors; and much, much more--including the amazing story of why they had to shoot the film twice!

If you're thinking about making your own damn movie (as Mr. Kaufman might say), this conversation will give you several jolts of reality, encouragement, and inspiration.

Also, Ian talks about Shout! Factory's recent Blu-ray release of Dr. Detroit, and reminds listeners that the sixth annual Chicago Critics Film Festival invades the Music Box Theatre this Friday!

Episode 312 leads a life of quiet desperation!

*If you're thinking, "Didn't this movie premiere a few weeks ago?" It was supposed to, and the untold story of that ill-fated Friday the 13th is just one click away!

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