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Monday
Jan152018

Ep287: A Very Particular Set of Ills

The Kicking the Seat Podcast catches the late train into the New Year with a look at Jaume Collet-Serra's fourth Liam Neeson collaboration, The Commuter! Yes, after an unexpected hiatus, Ian returns to the mic with Keeping it Reel's David Fowlie for a look at not one but two Lionsgate releases--including the limited-run/On-Demand action movie, Acts of Violence (which technically stars Bruce Willis).

Is either film worth leaving the house to see? How do Neeson and Willis fare in these Sunday-afternoon actioners? And does Vera Farmiga cancel out all the tedious nonsense in The Commuter just by showing up for ten minutes?

The country's in a deep freeze, but Episode 287 is just heating up!

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Wednesday
Dec272017

Ep286: Indiana, Not Ohio

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast and Keeping it Reel's David Fowlie talk about one of their very favorite films of the year, Kogonada's Columbus!* The film stars John Cho as Jin, the son of a famous architect stranded in a small Indiana town, following his father's stroke. He meets a young girl named Casey, who hasn't worked out what she wants to do with her life. During this lovely, contemplative "walking around" movie, Kogonada takes his characters and audience on an eye-opening journey of self-examination and art analysis.

(Before joining the ranks of narrative filmmaker, Kogonada became known for creating striking video essays, a couple of which Ian recommends on the show.)

Ian and David dive into this architectural marvel of a movie, but not before sharing a few more thoughts about the backlash against Rian Johnson's falsely maligned Star Wars: The Last Jedi. And, hey, if you can't get enough of that, Ian invites you to watch (and subscribe to) Chicago Film News' two-part Season Finale, in which he discusses Episode VIII and Princess Cyd with host Sarah Robinson!

Episode 286 is wise beyond its years!

*If you missed Columbus' art-house theatres last summer, the film is now available on Hulu.

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Friday
Dec222017

Ep285: Double Letter, Zero Sum

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast and Keeping it Reel's David Fowlie fill in the blanks of Saban Films' latest puzzlement, Hangman! The studio formerly best known for introducing us to the Power Rangers has had quite the year, delivering almost-direct-to-video "thrillers" and "comedies" featuring marquee stars. Hangman stars Al Pacino, Karl Urban, and Brittany Snow in a murder mystery whose gimmick centers on one of childhood's most deceptively innocuous games.

The guys dig into what works, and spend the remaining forty or so minutes dissecting what doesn't. Also, Ian invites you to subscribe to the Chicago Film News YouTube channel, so you can be the first to see his guest appearance on the upcoming year-end holiday show (in which he and host Sarah Robinson discuss Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Princess Cyd)!

Episode 285 can't take much more of this!

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Monday
Dec182017

Ep284: The All-Pervert Edition

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast and HollywoodChicago.com's Pat “The Über Critic” McDonald bid adieu to respectability with glowing looks at the latest films from Woody Allen and Louis C.K. That's right, we're talking Wonder Wheel and the likely-to-never-be-seen I Love You, Daddy!

No other year has been so key in the debate over separating art from artist as 2017, and the guys tackle the hard-hitting meta-narratives at play in both Allen's 1950s Coney Island crime drama and C.K.'s homage to Allen's Manhattan (complete with questionable May/December romance and musings on class, creativity, and commerce). Also up for discussion are the filmmakers' alleged sexual improprieties and what role they play in evaluating their art, as well as a critique of critics whose soapboxing may muddy their analysis. 

Episode 284 finds a lot to love in the movies everyone hates!

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Friday
Dec152017

Ep283: The Power (and Peril) of Myth

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast convenes a Jedi Council of critics to discuss Rian Johnson's magnificent eighth chapter in the Star Wars saga, The Last Jedi! Joining Ian are David Fowlie of Keeping it Reel, Emmanuel Noisette of EMan's Movie Reviews, and Don Shanahan of Every Movie Has a Lesson.

This extended conversation took place mere minutes after an advance screening earlier this week, so you'll hear the guys' raw, unfiltered reactions to a movie that seeks to upend the Star Wars mythos in ways that some will undoubtedly celebrate--while others may take as a lightsaber to the heart.

By the way, do not listen to this episode until you've seen The Last Jedi. Following a few minutes of general reactions, we venture deep into spoiler territory. You have been warned.

It's also worth noting that we're honoring the Kicking the Seat Podcast's 100th episode of 2017. Yes, Ian has officially gone insane, and he has a large cast of enablers to thank.

Episode 283 knows who Snoke's father is! Or something...

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