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Friday
Sep142018

Ep348: Black & Dekker Cage Match

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast and Keeping it Reel's David Fowlie look at two seemingly different films that could make for one hell of a double feature: Shane Black's The Predator and Panos Cosmatos' Mandy--both of which open today!

What does an action-comedy sequel to a beloved sci-fi franchise have to do with a killer-cult revenge thriller featuring the Cage-iest Nicolas Cage performance yet? And why is the theatre-going experience crucial to understanding what both films have to offer? The answers to these and other questions you might not even have thought to ask (for good reason) await in this wide-ranging conversation.

Also, Ian reminds you to back the Housesitters "Physical Media is Dead" Blu-ray/DVD campaign on Kickstarter, and shares some info on the Music Box Theatre's 70MM Film Festival, which returns to the Windy City tonight!

Episode 348 bleeds--but you can't kill it!

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Wednesday
Sep122018

Ep347: MDMA'd in America

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast ventures into 80s ecstasy excess with writer/director Angie Wang, whose debut feature, MDMA, opens this Friday in select theatres and On Demand! The new drama from Shout! Studios centers on Wang's real-life exploits as a struggling college student who turns a small-time drug-manufacturing scheme into a full-blown, dangerous business--while also juggling class issues, family conflict, and coming face-to-face with the effects of narcotics on people all across the economic spectrum.

Ian spoke with Wang about what inspired her to tackle filmmaking after illustrious careers in Silicon Valley and helping at-risk youth. They also discuss MDMA's influences, and the tricky business of incorporating genre tropes without succumbing to them.

Episode 347 is based on a true story!

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Monday
Sep102018

Ep346: Late Screening: You're So Cool

Today, Ian and Cole Rush of ColeTries.com profess their love of True Romance, which turns twenty-five years old today! The guys talk about what makes Tony Scott's bonkers story of Hollywood, mob coke, and Elvis obsessives so durable--and how it fits into writer Quentin Tarantino's startlingly influential career.

From the performances to the music to the oh-so-taboo language and graphic violence that punctuate this oddly sweet movie, this installment of "Late Screening" finds meaning everywhere--even under the fucking bed!*

Episode 346 tastes like a peach!

*Calm down. It's a line from the movie.

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Friday
Sep072018

Ep345: Desktop Support

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast and Keeping it Reel's David Fowlie crack open the World Wide Web with a look at Aneesh Chaganty's pseudo-techno-thriller, Searching! John Cho stars in this widely praised drama about a father using technology he doesn't full understand to track down the missing teenage daughter he doesn't really know. Does Searching live up to the hype, or have Ian and David found a glitch in the Matrix?

Also, the guys discuss Ka-Wai Kam's raucous and touching action dramedy, Big Brother; Ian shares details on the Housesitters Blu-ray/DVD Kickstarter campaign; and invites you to join him today on Twitter for the live kick-off of Chicago Film News Season Three with Sarah Robinson!

Episode 345 narrowly avoids the blue screen of death!

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Monday
Sep032018

Ep344: Do I Make You Hornby?

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast looks at the latest big-screen adaptation of a Nick Hornby novel, Juliet, Naked! Joining Ian for the first time on-mic is his wife and certified Hornbyologist*, Darlena Simmons! Why did it take four screenwriters to translate this story about a music obsessive, his beleaguered spouse, and the reclusive rock star who drops into their lives unexpectedly? And how does the movie navigate the excising of some of the novel's most crucial characters and themes?

Find out as Ian and Darlena invite you into their acoustically challenged kitchen for a funny and frustrated conversation about one of their favorite authors, whose work Hollywood still can't seem to capture.

Episode 344 is a labor of love!

*Not really.

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