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Friday
Feb222019

Ep382: No Small Parts

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast and Keeping it Reel's David Fowlie look at some little movies that are big on variety: the 2019 Oscar-nominated Shorts! The guys watched all fifteen films from three categories (Animation, Live-Action, and Documentary), and discuss the themes, social commentary, and odd connective tissue that make these short-form marvels noteworthy.

From dementia dramas to broken-home cartoons to proof that the Academy actively hates children--Ian and David confront one of the most unique celluloid grab bags in recent memory.

Also, Ian directs listeners to the latest episode of YouTube's You'll Probably Agree, in which he breaks down the Best Picture nominees with Mike Crowley!

Episode 382 will accept its award during the commercial break!

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Monday
Feb112019

Ep381: Saulnier School: Don't RUIN My PARTY!

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast signs up for "Saulnier School" with Aaron Christensen of Horror 101 with Dr. A.C.! The guys take a semester off from talking about Dario Argento in order to study one of the most talented and under-appreciated filmmakers working today.

Saulnier's 2007 debut, Murder Party, and his 2013 follow-up, Blue Ruin, couldn't be more different, thematically--but they share a daring, unpredictable voice that places pitch-black comedy, dynamite characterization, and jaw-dropping violence above tired genre trappings. Whether dropping in on the world's worst Halloween party or riding along with a damaged, semi-competent homeless man's quest for revenge, Saulnier gives audiences more ideas and images to chew on than any six movies.

Ian and Aaron take their first steps in understanding how he does it.

Also, Ian gives listeners a heads-up about this year's F! This Movie Fest, taking place on Twitter March 9th! The theme is "The Films of 1986", and it might just be Patrick Bromley's most geek-tastic lineup yet!

Episode 381 is going for extra credit!

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Friday
Feb082019

Ep380: Everything is Okay

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast and Keeping it Reel's David Fowlie play around with The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part! Mike Mitchell's follow-up to Lord & Miller's 2014 smash hit finds Emmett, Wyldstyle, and friends confronted with an apocalyptic menace that is far from "awesome". They embark on a perilous journey through time, space, and glittery princess castles to learn the truth about the hordes of cutesy-yet-destructive toys threatening their very reality.

How does the sequel stack up to the other three Lego Movie movies?* Is Warner Brothers in danger of hitting Brick Fatigue? And how deep to the messages go in this ostensibly light bit of family escapism? The guys stick their hands deep in the Lego bucket for this one!

Also, Ian talks about a couple of exciting Chicago premiere events happening this weekend: the Bosnian biker doc Among Wolves opens at The Music Box Theatre, with exciting guests, panels, and screenings taking place throughout next week. And Michael Glover Smith's Rendezvous in Chicago premieres at the Gene Siskel Film Center, with Smith and select members of the cast and crew participating in audience Q&As after each screening!

Episode 380 build this city with Lego bricks!

*Everyone forgets Ninjago!

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Wednesday
Feb062019

Ep379: Mads World

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast and Keeping it Reel's David Fowlie embark on a movie expedition unlike any other, with a look at two new Mads Mikkelsen films, Arctic and Polar! The former opens in Chicago this weekend, and centers on a pilot stranded in a frozen wasteland, who must help a wounded stranger get to safety. It's a beautiful journey of physical and spiritual perseverance from first-time feature director Joe Penna.

Then there's Polar, an ugly, bloody, live-action hitman cartoon from Netflix that will make you doubt the existence of God, reason, and decency.

For the record, that's not an endorsement.

Also, Ian tells you about Shout! Factory's new Special Edition Blu-ray of Cobra, and invites you to read his revelatory review!

Episode 379 is frost-bitten, twice shy!

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Monday
Jan282019

Ep378: Détente

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast and Keeping it Reel's David Fowlie find themselves at odds over Pawel Pawlikowski's Academy Award-nominated drama, Cold War! This post-World War II Polish love story challenged both the guys, but only one of them came away from it with their sanity intact. Ian and David eased the tensions (a bit) with some Oscar-nominations talk--a warm-up to a larger discussion that will follow next month's awards show.

Also, Ian reminds you about this Thursdays "An Evening Jawing with Richard Dreyfuss", at the Tivoli Theatre in Downers Grove; invites you to read (and listen to!) David's interview with Mr. Dreyfuss; and asks you to check out a recent 90 Under 90 Podcast, in which he talks The Station Agent with Jeremy and Dan Eden!

Episode 378 is in love with love!

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