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Monday
Oct012018

Ep353: Stand Up. Speak Out.

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast and Keeping it Reel's David Fowlie take a serious look at stand-up comedy with a discussion of Eva Vives' feature debut, All About Nina. Mary Elizabeth Winstead gives a career-high performance as Nina Geld, a struggling, acerbic New York comic whose big break puts her at odds with a collection of upbeat L.A. eccentrics. Rapper-turned-actor Common plays Rafe, the laid-back nice guy whom Nina can't quite wrap her head around.

The film couldn't be more timely, and Ian and David get into what makes Nina such a conflicted character; what role movies have in shaping or reflecting reality; and how All About Nina stacks up to the recent slew of similarly themed dramas.

Also: The guys have a brush with being famous; Dr. AC's "Scare-A-Thon" returns; and Ian tells you about the Actors Training Center fundraiser, "A Marvelous Evening with Mrs. Maisel", taking place in Highland Park on October 19th!

Episode 353 is in on the joke!

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Friday
Sep282018

Ep352: BLAZE of Glory

Today, The Kicking the Seat Podcast welcomes back Nick Allen of RogerEbert.com and The Hollywood Reporter for a look at Ethan Hawke's wild new film, Blaze! Ben Dickey stars as cult Austin musician Blaze Foley, whose rise to fame was cut tragically short in the late 1980s. Featuring mesmerizing performances by Dickey, Charlie Sexton, and Alia Shawkat, this off-kilter biopic gives the guys plenty to chew on!

Blaze is now playing select theatres in Chicago.

Episode 352 is a bar fight waiting to happen!

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Wednesday
Sep262018

Ep351: Page2Screen: Something Wonderful

Today, The Kicking the Seat Podcast and Cole Rush of ColeTries.com set off for parts unknown with a "Page2Screen" look at 2001: A Space Odyssey! Just over a year ago, the guys caught a screening of Stanley Kubrick's 1968 sci-fi adventure at the Music Box Theatre's 70MM Film Festival. This week, they returned for an encore presentation, having since read Arthur C. Clarke's novel. The discussion that follows is a deeper dive into the plotting, themes, and wild ideas that have delighted and bewildered fans for half a century.

Also, Ian shares some news about the Housesitters Kickstarter campaign, and talks about the films closing out the Music Box's 70MM Film Festival today and tomorrow--including an encore of 2001!

Episode 351 is mission critical!

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Friday
Sep212018

EP350: YEAR OF THE DRAGON

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast and Keeping it Reel's David Fowlie plunge headfirst into the grim-and-gritty world of racist cops, warring drug empires, and luxury-apartment decor with a look at Michael Cimino's criminally underrated Year of the Dragon!

This is one of David's favorite films, and one Ian had never seen before experiencing it this week at the Music Box Theatre's 70MM Film Festival. It stars Mickey Rourke as a New York cop who's assigned to clean up Chinatown, which has been turned inside out by a war between the triads and the Italian mob. Packed with more crazy action scenes, high drama, and inappropriate dialgoue and situations than just about any modern audience can stomach, this film has to be seen to be believed.

Also, Ian tells you about a special Monday night screening of Summer 1993, hosted by David and presented by the After Hours Film Society; puts in yet another good word for the rest of the 70MM Film Festival's lineup; and plugs his latest written review, a look at Craig William Macneill's bloody Borden brouhaha, Lizzie!

Episode 350 isn't a Mac, but it's not PC, either!

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Wednesday
Sep192018

Ep349: Page2Screen: Phoenix-washing

Today, The Kicking the Seat Podcast and ColeTries.com return with a special edition of "Page2Screen", in which Ian and Cole Rush break down Eli Roth's film adaptation of the John Bellairs novel, The House with a Clock in Its Walls!

The guys have very different opinions on the book, in which a young orphan goes to live with his strange uncle and discovers a house full of dark magic--including the eponymous clock, whose ever-present ticking could herald the apocalypse. They find some common ground when discussing the movie, which stars Jack Black and Cate Blanchett, and the wide-ranging discussion may just break new ground in Ian and Cole's ongoing collaborations.

Also, Ian congratulates the Housesitters team on their successful Kickstarter campaign; reminds listeners to head to the Music Box Theatre to bask in the 70MM Film Festival's big, big-screen glory; and prompts Cole to share two new ventures/adventures on which he's embarking!

Episode 349 is based on a beloved childhood classic!

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