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Wednesday
Jan112017

Ep185: Reclaimed Wood

If a tree falls in the woods, does anyone hear it? If Ian doesn't like J.A. Bayona's A Monster Calls, does anyone care? Well, yes, as you'll hear in this short but sweet discussion with Keeping it Reel's David Fowlie. The new family film about a young boy who learns to deal with loss, thanks to the help of a fantastical friend, is a visual wonder in the tradition of movies like The NeverEnding Story and The Iron Giant. But is being like other movies enough to earn a pass? The answer may surprise you.

Also, provides a zero-hour reminder of tonight's 40th anniversary screening of Saturday Night Fever at Classic Cinemas Elk Grove, hosted by Pat "The Uber Critic" McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com!

You wood-n't want to miss our tree-mendous 185th episode!*

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*Sorry. I'm so, so sorry.

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Saturday
Jan072017

Ep184: Missionary Lizards

We Believe in Dinosaurs, a documentary about the Creation Museum's controversial Ark Encounter attraction, is in the home stretch of its highly successful IndieGoGo campaign. This afternoon, Ian and Keeping it Reel's David Fowlie sat down with the film's producer Amy Ellison and co-director Monica Long Ross to discuss the offshoot of Kentucky's Creation Museum, a life-sized replica of Noah's Ark.

R-L: Amy Ellison, Monica Long Ross, David Fowlie, Ian Simmons

Devotees, skeptics, and agnostics alike are sure to enjoy this fun and enlightening hour-plus chat that explores the chasms between church and state; faith and science; and faith-science versus science-science. You'll also get an update on the campaign; more details on just how every dollar is being put to work; and a few teasers regarding Ian's long-promised Creation Museum road-trip story--which he'll share in full, once We Believe in Dinosaurs has been fully funded (Hint, Hint!).

And if you're in the Windy City this week, be sure to hit up Google Chicago on Tuesday, January 10th at 5pm for a live Q&A with Monica and co-director Clayton Brown. They'll also debut the brand-new We Believe in Dinosaurs trailer. The event is free, but you must register at EventBrite.

 

Believe it or not, Episode 184 represents an evolutionary leap for the Kicking the Seat Podcast!

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Friday
Jan062017

Ep183: [Insert Joke About SILENCE Being Golden]

On our first episode of 2017, Keeping it Reel's David Fowlie joins the Kicking the Seat Podcast to make some noise for Martin Scorsese's Silence! David and Ian saw the film just over a month ago, and can finally reveal their thoughts about this challenging 17th century odyssey starring Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson, and Tadanobu Asano. The guys discuss big themes with bigger spoilers, so be sure to listen in after you've experienced one of 2016's best films.

Also, Ian offers a reminder of the soon-to-close "Catch a Comet" contest, and clues you in on a special screening of Saturday Night Fever, coming up this Wednesday at Classic Cinemas Elk Grove (hosted by friend of the show and all-around awesome entertainer, Pat "The Uber Critic" McDonald)!

Episode 183 rings in the New Year with a film that left us speechless, and which we're finally able to talk about!

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Saturday
Dec312016

Ep182: Twenty-Sixteen: The Final Chapter (Part 2)

The end is near! Yes, the Kicking the Seat Podcast closes out 2016 with a look back at the top ten episodes of this banner, fifty-five-episode year. From filmmaker interviews to round tables both revelatory and ridiculous (and always riveting), Ian shares some highlights from the show that should not have even existed, let alone become a weekly staple of unique film commentary.

Also, Ian shares some more news about We Believe in Dinosaurs, and reveals his top sixteen movies of the year!

Episode 182 ain't your average clips show, but then again 2016 wasn't your average year!

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Friday
Dec302016

Ep181: Twenty-Sixteen: The Final Chapter (Part 1)

2016 is a killer year, and the Kicking the Seat Podcast has assembled a round table of its finest guest critics to tackle the biggest (and weirdest) movie questions. Which film helped everyone get through the tumultuous and bizarre presidential election? Which movie reignited the group's faith in the art form? These answers, and more, await as Ian welcomes back David Fowlie of Keeping it Reel, Emmanuel Noisette of Eman's Movie Reviews, Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com, and Don Shanahan of Every Movie Has a Lesson (with special appearance by Harry Egbo)!

Also, Ian reminds listeners of two great movie projects they can contribute to; announces the first Kicking the Seat Contest in quite awhile; and hops on a mausoleum-sized soapbox to talk about the language of celebrity grieving (or, as Lionel calls it, "auto-mourn"). Be sure to check back on New Year's Eve for the epic conclusion to our year-in-review, as Ian recounts his ten favorite KtS Podcast moments and reveals his top sixteen films of the year!

Recorded in close proximity to the world's squeakiest cinema escalator, Episode 181 captures all the exhilarating ups and excruciating downs of 2016!

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