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Friday
Dec282018

Ep372: Do You Feel Lucky, Skunk?

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast and Mark Krawczyk of Special Mark Productions sneak in one last tradition for 2018 with a look at Evil Bong 777! Yes, Charles Band's perennial pot production soldiers on, with the titular supernatural smokestress hiding out in Las Vegas with her gang of hell-dodging misfits. If you think the premise is weird, wait 'til you hear about the graphic puppet burlesque show!

Ian and Mark go all in with their honest assessment of elements that actually work in this installment, despite myriad forces conspiring to make it unwatchable. They also talk about what Evil Bong represents in terms of changing attitudes about sexual exploitation, politically incorrect humor, and the role of micro-budget filmmaking in the wide and wonderful movie landscape!

For the record, no drugs were consumed in the crafting of this analysis.

Episode 372 is still illegal in most states!

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Monday
Dec242018

Ep371: Dinner at Dawn?

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast and HollywoodChicago.com's Pat “The Über Critic” McDonald celebrate the spirit of the season with a look at one of cinema's little-seen gems: the colorized 1935 Scrooge, starring Seymour Hicks! Why would they choose color over black-and-white? And why not talk about one of the more popular adaptations of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol? Because both are streaming on Amazon Prime, of course!

Besides that, there's a lot to dig into here, between Henry Edwards' eerie, impressionistic visuals; Hicks' truly monstrous portrayal of Ebenezer Scrooge; and a remarkable focus on class division that underscores Dickens' themes of greed and redemption.

Also, Ian explains why you won't see any more KtS Facebook ads.

Episode 371 believes every day is a gift (that's why they call it "the present")!

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Friday
Dec212018

Ep370: Late Screening: It's SPEED on a DIE HARD!

The Kicking the Seat Podcast and Cole Rush of ColeTries.com and The Quill to Live close out the first full year of "Late Screening" with a look at the mother of all action movies, 1988's Die Hard! How does a millennial immersed in decades of tropes and pop culture call-backs to the movie that put Bruce Willis on the map react to seeing the film for the first time? The answer may surprise you--as will Ian's ideas for improving a cinema staple that's 98% perfect!

Also, Ian talks about seeing Miracle on 34th Street in Park Ridge, IL's newly renovated Pickwick Theatre! The ninety-year-old movie palace recently stepped into the twenty second century with a state-of-the-art laser-projection system that must be seen to be believed. For more info on the Pickwick's history and the recent updates, check out this segment from WGN News.

Only Episode 370 can make someone that crazy!

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Wednesday
Dec192018

Ep369: High Tide

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast welcomes back Keeping it Reel's David Fowlie and Emmanuel Noisette of EMan's Movie Reviews for a deep dive into James Wan's Aquaman! Despite a handful of problems (script issues, a second lead who barely treads water), this dazzling big-screen spectacle is a much-needed course-correction for the DC Extended Universe. Gone is the doom-and-gloom of Justice League and Suicide Squad--replaced by an adventurous spirit that owes much to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, while retaining its own voice and unique visual style.

Also, Ian asks listeners to help EMan get to 50k followers on his phenomenal YouTube channel, and recommends Don Shanahan's four-star Aquaman review at Every Movie Has a Lesson!

Episode 369 is a reluctant hero with a saltwater past!

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Friday
Dec142018

Ep368: Miles Ahead

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast and Keeping it Reel's David Fowlie get caught up in one of the year's very best films, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse! The guys dig into what makes this alternate-universe take on the web-slinging comics hero different from previous big-screen incarnations, and definitive in its understanding of the character's uniqueness.

They also unleash some opinions on Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs and combat noise pollution!

Episode 368 is a bona fide turtle-slapper!

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