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Monday
Apr302018

Ep311: Late Screening: Son of Borat (Part 1)

Today, The Kicking the Seat Podcast and ColeTries.com are back with another installment of "Late Screening"! This time, Cole turns the tables on Ian, introducing him to Comedy Central's bizarre docu-series, Nathan for You. The show finds host Nathan Fielder proposing outrageous marketing schemes to struggling small businesses and, along the way, providing savage critiques of everything from celebrity worship to capitalism to reality television.

In Part 1 of this very special edition, Ian reviews his "homework" with Cole, discussing the seven-and-a-half Nathan for You episodes he watched ahead of the feature-length Season Four finale, Finding Frances (which will be the centerpiece of Part 2). The guys talk about "cringe-worthy" entertainment; some of the episodes' left-field intricacies; and Fielder as the custodian of Sacha Baron Cohen's comedic legacy.

Also, Ian reminds listeners of this Friday's Chicago Critics Film Festival, and talks about another bit of catching up he did over the weekend.

Episode 311 is an art installation!

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Friday
Apr272018

Ep310: 50 Million Reasons

This week, the Kicking the Seat Podcast re-teams with Earth's Mightiest Critics to discuss Marvel's summer-movie megalith, Avengers: Infinity War! Ian caught an early screening this week with David Fowlie of Keeping it Reel, Emmanuel Noisette of Eman's Movie Reviews, and Don Shanahan of Every Movie Has a Lesson, and the guys pulled up seats at the AMC River East bar immediately afterwards to discuss the good, the bad, and the "meh".

Presented here is an evenly divided round table of opinions and, yes, we move into spoiler territory after giving some high-level recommendations. So be warned: If you plan to see Avengers 3 fresh, check back here after your screening!

Also, Ian reminds listeners that Jason Coffman's Housesitters premieres tomorrow at the Davis Theatre as part of Windy City Horrorama, going on right now. He also talks with Erik Childress of EFilmCritic (and host of the indispensable Movie Madness with Erik Childress podcast) about the sixth annual Chicago Critics Film Festival, which takes over the Music Box Theatre May 4-10!

Episode 310 has a Hulk!

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Monday
Apr232018

Ep309: Hell Wanted

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast welcomes back film critic-turned-filmmaker Jason Coffman, whose debut feature, Housesitters, premieres this weekend at Windy City Horrorama! The film centers on Angie and Izzy, two best friends whose ostensibly easy housesitting gig turns into a comic nightmare of mayhem, monsters, and marijuana. Ian asks Jason about making the leap to filmmaking; the intricacies of a micro-budget production; and how he conceived one particular stretch of the movie that makes Housesitters required viewing for fans of breath-gasping comedy.

Also, Ian congratulates the Rendezvous in Chicago team for blowing past their Seed & Spark goal, and talks about some releases hitting home video from Olive Films tomorrow!

Episode 309 wouldn't give you the keys to its place, either!

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Friday
Apr202018

Ep308: TRAFFIK Jam

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast welcomes writer/director Deon Taylor and actor Laz Alonso (Avatar, Detroit) for a discussion of their new thriller, Traffik. Centering on a young couple (Paula Patton and Omar Epps) whose romantic weekend getaway turns into a nightmare of international conspiracy, the film uses drama and horror-movie conventions to draw audiences into thinking about the real-world dangers of human sex trafficking.

During this unexpectedly uplifting conversation, Taylor and Alonso talk about the inspiration for the story and characters; how their unique backgrounds prepared them for navigating Hollywood; the importance of work/life balance in an industry that shuns it; and the scientific magnetism of "Star Power".

Also, Ian makes a final push for Michael Glover Smith's Rendezvous in Chicago campaign on Seed & Spark; directs you to some reliable Super Troopers 2 coverage; and announces the outcome of the Truth or Dare Contest!

Episode 308 has been officially "Deon'd"!

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Friday
Apr132018

Ep307: Jar Jar Ape Friend

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast and David Fowlie of Keeping it Reel take on the super-sized pre-summer blockbuster Rampage! Is the latest Dwayne Johnson action flick worthy of the IMAX upgrade, or should you wait to watch it on your phone--and maybe not at all? The guys' answers may have you wondering if they're 8 bits short of a classic arcade game!

Also, brace yourself for an extra-large serving of updates, including:

Plus, Ian shares a few words on the tumbleweeds rolling past kickseat.com's main page.

Episode 307 doesn't go by "The Rock" anymore, but it still kicks a Windy City's worth of ass!

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