Kicking the Tweets

Ep13: Old-School-High-Def "Vertigo" with Dave Lopez!

This week, I dive into Vertigo with friend and artist Dave Lopez. We caught a packed-house screening at the Music Box Theatre's 70mm Film Festival Tuesday night and sat down the next day to gush, critique, and wax psychotic about Alfred Hitchcock's classic, paranoid thriller.

Now for some housecleaning: This episode was recorded with my fancy, new Zoom H4n (a painful but necessary purchase that resulted from the Don Coscarelli debacle). The sound quality is much improved from previous episodes, but I'm still experimenting with splicing everything together in Audacity. Hopefully, you won't notice any wonkiness. Feel free to let me know if you do.

Also in this episode, I gave a shout-out to my brother's podcast, CHYEAHcast!, which is accessible via the hyperlink you just read past. It's not for the faint of heart, but you certainly won't be bored.

As always, I humbly accept ratings and reviews on iTunes and Facebook. But the very fact of your listening makes me feel all gooey inside. Catch ya next week!

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Ep12: Don Coscarelli / Kicking the Seat Dies at the End

You've probably noticed the lack of activity around here this week. Fear not, faithful seat-kickers! I've been marathon-ing the films of Don Coscarelli in preparation for this very episode!

That's right, the filmmaker behind Phantasm, Bubba Ho-Tep, and the spectacular John Dies at the End spoke with KtS about his brilliant, hard-fought career in the movie biz! Now, before you get all crazy, please note that, due to some technical difficulties, the first few minutes of the interview were lost to noise; I cover a lot of that in the intro, before launching into what turned out to be a very fun, funny, and informative conversation.

All apologies to Mr. Coscarelli for not being able to share the uncut awesomeness with his fans. On the plus-side, I've finally committed to purchasing some professional Goddamned recording equipment to ensure this never happens again!

As a friendly (if overly-excited) reminder, Don will appear at Chicago's historic Music Box Theatre this weekend to present double features of John Dies at the End with Bubba Ho-Tep (Friday 2/8) and Phantasm 2 (Saturday 2/9)! Come on out for some great flicks, a rousing Q&A, and the chance to meet one of the nicest guys to ever dream of brain-sucking, interdimensional orbs! Get tickets and additional info at the Music Box Web site.

Hope to see you there!

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Ep11: 12:30am with Neal and Dave Fischer!

Happy New Year! Like everything else on this site, that salutation is really, really late. But don't hold that against me--or against my guests: Neal Fischer, director of Once Upon a Rom-Com: The Bill Pullman Story, and his brother, Dave Fischer, creator of the video game blog Random Slice of Gaming. We sat down last week to talk about Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty, mere moments after watching the film.

A nutty schedule kept me from posting this sooner, and I get into that a bit during the intro. Feel free to skip right past that first thirty minutes and head straight into the conversation. I'm not gonna stop you from listening to my scattered thoughts on movies, which are buried under layers of personal complaints, odd plugs for Dave Ramsey's financial programs, and an off-the-cuff love letter to the iPhone. But if you press "Play" with the hope that my diatribes have gotten tighter, I humbly thank you for the faith and regretfully send it back, unwarranted.


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Ep10: Rooting out "Life of Pi" with Matt Lazar!

If I'd waited another month to roll out episode ten, I might've been able to convince you that the podcast had simply gone quarterly--instead of rattling around in my buzzing but somehow extremely lazy brain.

But, nooOOOooo! Friend, co-worker, and all-around film nut Matt Lazar had to step up and practically demand that we do a show together. Well, here's that show. We saw Ang Lee's Life of Pi last Wednesday, and recorded part of the episode then and part of it the next day, over lunch.

It's a fun discussion, if you can get past the Golden Nugget restaurant's Bon Jovi ambiance and, later, the intrusive masticating on my part as I tried to spew venom through a mouthful of fried turkey-corndog breading.

Enjoy the episode and check, whenever you want. Chances are, there won't be a new installment when you do. But stranger ships have sailed, I guess.

Thanks for listening!

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Ep09: Once Upon a Rom Com / Dredding the Master

What do you get when you cross the gifted, hilarious cast of the play Once Upon a Rom Com: The Bill Pullman Story with an interviewer whose idea of dinner is a slice of pizza and a 5-Hour Energy shot?

I don't know; I'm too afraid to listen. But that shouldn't stop you from enjoying this lively conversation with director Neal Fischer, writer Brian Work, and stars Philip Platakis, Jeremy Eden, Madalyn Mattsey, Bev Bailey, Amanda Bloom, and Bryan Schmiderer!

It's very important that I mention their names here, for reasons that will become all to0 clear once you listen to the episode--an episode, by the way, which is now available on iTunes, along with the rest of Kicking the Seat's eight-episodes-strong podcasting armada!

Enjoy this week's show, and please tell everyone you know to check out Once Upon a Rom Com at 7:30pm, every Wednesday through Halloween at Chicago's Gorilla Tango Theatre!

Catch ya!

Correction: In this episode, I mistakenly state that Bill Pullman appeared in The Ring. I meant to say The Grudge, of course. Hey, at least I got half the title right, right?

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