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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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Thursday
Dec142017

Ep282: Late Screening: Programmed Comedy Robot

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast and ColeTries.com make the jump to light speed with a special Star Wars edition of "Late Screening"! No, we're not talking about The Last Jedi (you'll have to come back tomorrow for that chat). At hand is Gareth Edwards' 2016 stand-alone adventure, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

As you'll recall, Ian and David Fowlie discussed the movie upon release, but today's conversation fills in the lone gap in Cole's Star Wars education. Was it worth filling in? And how much did the guys actually talk about Rogue One in their weird and winding expedition into all things pop culture?

Also, Cole continues his unhealthy obsession with 2001: A Space Odyssey by describing the experience of reading Arthur C. Clarke's novel recently. Could this page-to-screen comparison be a stargate for a future show? You'll have to listen in and find out!

Episode 282 doesn't like you, either!

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Friday
Dec082017

Ep281: Guillermo Del Snyder

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast welcomes back Emmanuel Noisette of EMan's Movie Reviews for a deep dive into Guillermo Del Toro's The Shape of Water! The weird and whimsical Cold War fantasy wasn't Ian's kettle of fish, and he was reluctant to float his opinions on the show. Fortunately, Eman's take aligned almost beat for beat--making this a not-so-laudatory conversation that you won't find anywhere else!

How does The Shape of Water stack up to Del Toro's other dark fairy tales, like Pan's Labyrinth and Crimson Peak? Are the writer/director's signature geek sensibilities becoming cliche? And just how many parallels between Guillermo Del Toro and Zack Snyder can be mused upon in one podcast?

The answer to these questions--plus a ton more that you'd never think to ask--await in this bouyantly blasphemous installment!

Episode 281 is certifiably mer-mad!

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Wednesday
Dec062017

Ep280: Sign Language

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast and Keeping it Reel's David Fowlie venture to a cabin in the woods (okay, a condo on Chicago's North Side) for an in-depth look at writer/director Michael Glover Smith's Mercury in Retrograde! Smith and star Najarra Townsend talk the guys through the genesis, production, and thematic intricacies of this drama about three couples working through their issues while ostensibly getting away from it all.

From the horror-inspired elements that inform Smith's too-real depictions of modern relationships; to Townsend's taking creative ownership of her character for a crucial scene; to the ups and downs of micro-budget filmmaking, this episode will inspire, entertain, and put Mercury in Retrograde at the top of your "To Look Out For" list as the 2018 festival season ramps up.

Episode 280 just knew you were a Virgo!

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