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Monday
Oct292018

Ep361: SNATCH'd!

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast and HollywoodChicago.com's Pat “The Über Critic” McDonald implant themselves on your consciousness with a look at the 1956 and 1978 versions of Invasion of the Body Snatchers! What do these sci-fi thrillers about space seeds replacing human beings have to say about the eras in which they were spawned, and why are they still so effective today? Listen in as the guys compare and contrast these top-tier examples of a remake done right!

Also, Ian reminds listeners that it's not too late to join Aaron Christensen's 2018 "Scare-a-Thon", with all proceeds benefiting Resilience! You can follow along with Aaron's October fright-flick marathon on his blog, Horror 101 with Dr. AC!

If you'd like to do some homework before following along, Body Snatchers '56 is now available in a limited edition Blu-ray from Olive Films, and the 1978 film is streaming on Amazon Prime.

Episode 361 screams "You're next!" at anyone who'll listen!

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Friday
Oct262018

Ep360: Number Two

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast and Keeping it Reel's David Fowlie do some early trick-or-treating with a look at the sequel to John Carpenter's Halloween...David Gordon Green's Halloween! Despite the film's exceptional box office and critical praise, the guys found themselves picking more razors out of this spectacularly bone-headed cash-grab than they'd thought possible.

Also, Ian and David talk about another John Carpenter film, 1980's The Fog, which begins a limited run at the Music Box Theatre this weekend as a 4K restoration. And Ian invites you to hop aboard the Chicago Film Tour with Pat "The Uber Critic" McDonald for a cool (or is it chilling?) trek through some of the Windy City's most iconic filming locations!

Episode 360 misses Donald Pleasence...a lot!

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Monday
Oct222018

Ep359: Late Screening: The MARVELOUS Ben Arrow!

Today, The Kicking the Seat Podcast and Cole Rush of ColeTries.com and The Quill to Live return with an extra-spooky edition of "Late Screening"! That's right, the guys discuss George A. Romero's 1968 genre-defining zombie masterpiece, Night of the Living Dead. Listen in to find out why horror isn't really Cole's thing; why Ian thinks the film still holds up as an unbeatable horror staple; and what other media they both recommend to get your ambulatory-undead fix!

Plus: Ian reports back from Friday's Actors Training Center fundraiser, including an exclusive (and very brief) interview with Emmy-and-Golden Globe-winning star of Amazon Prime's The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Rachel Brosnahan--and her ATC founder/teacher/manager/friend, Carole Dibo!

Episode 359 is coming to get you!

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Wednesday
Oct172018

Ep358: INFINITY and Beyond

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast welcomes back filmmaker Bob Byington, whose latest movie, Infinity Baby, is now available on Amazon Prime! The dark comedy stars Kieran Culkin and Nick Offerman as employees of a corporation that sells genetically modified, ageless infants to people who want the joys of parenthood, minus the responsibility of raising a child.

Ian and Bob talk about the concept, casting, and launch of the film, as well as a variety of other oddball subjects ranging from film critic personas, defending unpopular opinions, and finding the perfect "moment" in a scene.

Episode 358 grows up right before your eyes!

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Friday
Oct122018

Ep357: One Small Step

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast and David Fowlie of  Keeping it Reel engage in a star war over First Man.* Damien Chazelle's semi-conventional biopic finds Ryan Gosling suiting up as astronaut Neil Armstrong, whose 1969 lunar mission marked "one giant leap for mankind".

The guys debate the merits of a film whose technical achievements are impressive, but whose story and key performances beg more questions than answers. Is First Man destined for cinematic greatness, or will it burn up on re-entry? Listen in for some Earth-shattering opinions!

Also, Ian and David talk about several films premiering at the 54th Chicago International Film Festival (happening right now at the AMC River East), including an in-depth look at the struggling-artist drama, Olympia.

Episode 357 won't Apollo-gize for its edginess!

*Okay, it's a minor skirmish at best.

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