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Wednesday
Nov042015

Ep120: LOVE in the Time of NOÉ

This week, Ian chats with one of his cinematic heroes, writer/director Gaspar Noé! His new movie, Love, may be an art-house 3D porn film that sparked controversy at Cannes, but it also continues the filmmaker's tradition of pushing emotional boundaries as well as graphic ones. In this brief interview, Noé discusses the thematic connections that permeate Love, Irreversible, and Enter the Void, and explains how both the 3D technology and his casting of an American leading man were accidental but integral parts of his latest work.

Love opens this Friday at Chicago's Music Box Theatre,* along with another incredible film that Ian talks a bit about (check back in a couple days for written reviews of both).

Bust out your ecstasy and fire extinguishers, gang, 'cause Episode 120 starts now!

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*The Music Box screenings of Love will be in 2D, but, as Ian explains, those are more than enough dimensions to get what Noé's going for.

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Wednesday
Oct282015

Ep119: The Audacity of A NEW HOPE

The KtS Podcast's Star Wars marathon jumps to light-speed a roundtable look at Episode IV: A New Hope! Ian, Gari, Bill, and Charlie revisited the landmark sci-fi adventure recently (actually, the "Special Edition" of it--thanks, George Lucas) and have quite a few things to say. Is the Original Trilogy that much different from the prequels? What gives the older films their longevity? And are droids people, too? Tune in as the gang (kinda, sorta, not really) answers these questions--and more!

Also, Ian shares some unfortunate news regarding Mimi Craven's appearance at Hollywood Palms this weekend; provides a home-stretch update on Aaron Christensen and John Pata's "Scare-a-Thons"; and advises everyone to check out the last couple days of the 51st Chicago International Film Festival.

Episode 119 re-awakened our collective enthusiasm for all things Star Wars, and we hope it does the same for you!

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*If you'd like to donate to either "Scare-a-Thon", feel free to contact Aaron and John directly at drach101@gmail.com andjohn.marcus.pata@gmail.com, respectively.

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Friday
Oct232015

Ep118: WITCH's PEAK

This week, Ian conjures a cadre of critics discuss Vin Diesel's sorcerers-among-us fantasy, The Last Witch Hunter! Emmanuel Noisette of Eman's Movie Reviews returns to the podcast, along with EMR contributor Harold Egbo. While sorting out their reactions in the theatre lobby, the guys get "podbombed" by Ian's friend Chad and his group of moviegoing pals. A Crimson Peak pile-on ensues, making for one of the most raucous and surprising episodes yet!

Also, Ian issues a real rabbit-hole of a spoiler warning, touches on some creepy-cool October events,* and encourages everyone to see Lenny Abrahamson's Room, which opens in limited release this weekend.

Episode 118 contains more over-the-shoulder-smoulder than you can shake a wand at, so you'd best brush up on your invincibility spells!

As always, we invite you to comment, follow, like, subscribe to, and share Kicking the Seat on TwitterFacebookiTunes, and Stitcher! You can also follow Emmanuel on Twitter and Instagram for the latest in spoiler-free-movie-review goodness!

*1. The "Scare-a-Thons" just can't be stopped! It's not too late to help Dr. AC and John Pata raise money and awareness for some great organizations by sponsoring their Halloween-season horror-movie marathons (feel free to contact them directly at drach101@gmail.com and john.marcus.pata@gmail.com, respectively).

2. The 51st Chicago International Film Festival concludes this Thursday! There's still time to catch dozens of films, discussions, and related cool events around the Windy City.

3. Have you marked your Halloween weekend calendars yet? Join Mimi Craven at Naperville's Hollywood Palms Theatre next Friday and Saturday to experience 1984's A Nightmare on Elm Street on the big screen! She'll be on hand to meet fans, sign autographs, and participate in Q&As--including Friday's pre-movie chat, moderated by Ian!

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Monday
Oct192015

Ep117: The Enemy of the Good

Why is this episode late? If we told you, we'd have to kill you--which is appropriate 'cause this week's KtS Podcast is all about Steven Spielberg's Bridge of Spies! Ian sits down for a rare post-screening chat with fellow critics David Fowlie of Keeping it Reel and Brendan Hodges of The Metaplex. The guys unpack their feelings about Spielberg, structure, awards season, and whether Spies' omnipresent blown-out lighting is awesome or distracting.

Also, Ian checks in with Dr. AC and John Pata, as they pass the half-way mark in their October "Scare-a-Thons",* and drops another shameless plug for his upcoming Halloween-weekend appearance at Naperville’s Hollywood Palms Theatre, where he'll host A Nightmare on Elm Street Q&A with Mimi Craven!

Oh, and if you haven't gotten your tickets for the 51st Chicago International Film Festival, you should fix that right away.

It's no secret that episode 117 is packed with cinematic intrigue! Dun dunn dunnnnn!

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*If you'd like to donate to either "Scare-a-Thon", feel free to contact Aaron and John directly at drach101@gmail.com and john.marcus.pata@gmail.com, respectively.

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Saturday
Oct102015

Ep116: THE FINAL GIRLS' REVENGE: A NEW BEGINNING

In a shocking twist, The KtS Podcast returns for its second episode of the week! Nick Allen of RogerEbert.com joins Ian for a look back on two divisive horror sequels from 1985: A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge and Friday the 13th Part 5: A New Beginning! The guys also fast-forward to The Final Girls, a brand-new genre homage making its theatrical and On Demand debut this weekend.

Before that, Ian shares "Scare-a-Thon" updates from Aaron Christensen and John Pata, whose month-long quest to raise money and awareness by watching horror movies is in full swing. And don't forget to mark your calendars for Friday, October 31st, when Ian will host a Q&A with Mimi Craven prior to the 7pm showing of 1984's A Nightmare on Elm Street at Naperville's Hollywood Palms Theatre!*

Spoiler Alert: One of episode 116's participants is secretly a grief-stricken EMT with an axe to grind!

As always, we invite you to comment, follow, like, subscribe to, and share Kicking the Seat on TwitterFacebookiTunes, and Stitcher! And whaddya know? Nick is also on Twitter!

*In the episode, I erroneously referenced the Web site as "hollywoodpalmstheatre.com"; it's actually "hollywoodpalmscinema.com". The link above will get you where you need to go.

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