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Friday
Jun082018

Ep320: 23 and Meh

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast and David Fowlie of Keeping it Reel talk about Ari Aster's highly anticipated horror movie, Hereditary! What happens when an enigmatic matriarch dies, leaving behind clues to sinister family secrets? Lots of melodrama and creepy-kid shenanigans, it turns out.

The guys dive deep into their issues with a film that could have been a real genre-bending spectacle, but which, in their not-so-humble opinions, fails to live up to the pre-release hype. They agree that Toni Collette is an acting deity, though--one who's slumming it in an uneven, often hilarious, and oh-so-frustrating examination of headless closet skeletons.

Episode 320 burnt its family tree to fend off them witches!

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Monday
Jun042018

Ep319: Dark Knight of the Solstice: BATMAN BEGINS

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast and HollywoodChicago.com's Pat “The Über Critic” McDonald kick off a summer mini-series examining Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy! Years before Samuel L. Jackson popped up in Iron Man's post-credits stinger, the comic-book-movie landscape was a poorly sketched landscape of disparate licenses whose flop-to-phenomenon ratio was predictable only in its lack of overall vision. Along came Christopher Nolan, David Goyer, and Christian Bale, who ripped Batman away from the era of Burton/Schumacher camp and plopped him into a heightened-reality drama about the nature of fear.

In this first installment of "Dark Knight of the Solstice", Ian and Pat talk about Batman's long, weird road to big-screen redemption; how Batman Begins looks in hindsight, when compared to the present-day, over-strategized comics-movie machine; and--oh, yeah, the film itself.

Also, Ian rips into film-critic critics, and plugs his recent appearance on the 90 Under 90 Podcast in which he discusses 2012's found-footage superhero flick, Chronicle, with Dan and Jeremy Eden.

Episode 319 clearly has issues!

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Friday
Jun012018

Ep318: Crowbocop

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast and Keeping it Reel's David Fowlie seek digital justice with their look at writer/director Leigh Whannell's new ultra-violent black-comedy techno-thriller, Upgrade! What happens when a Luddite auto mechanic loses his wife and the use of his limbs in a tragic car accident--only to be given the chance to enact revenge against the criminal conspiracy behind said accident, thanks to an ass-kicking cybernetic enhancement? Well, you get one of the summer's weirdest, darkest, would-be blockbusters, and a film that Ian and David struggle to agree on.

Speaking of enhancements, you'll also get to hear Ian's interview with Whannell about Upgrade's origins, themes, and budget-stretching special effects magic!

Lastly, Ian talks about another techno-fueled action film, 1989's Cyborg--which is now available in an extras-packed Special Edition Blu-ray from Shout! Factory. Have the years been kind to this Jean-Claude Van Damme futuristic-wasteland flick? Or is the new Shout! edition more special than the movie itself?

Episode 318 says, "Snitches get glitches!"

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Wednesday
May302018

Ep317: Late Screening: The CITIZEN KANE of Podcasts

Today, The Kicking the Seat Podcast and Cole Rush of ColeTries.com return with another edition of "Late Screening", which centers on one of the most important films of all time, Orson Welles' 1941 masterpiece, Citizen Kane! Can you ever really know someone? That is the question at the heart of this story about Charles Foster Kane (Welles), an ambitious young newspaper magnate whose quest for power leaves a hollow legacy of opulence in its wake. Kane's deathbed utterance of the word "rosebud" leads to a grand puzzle comprised of interviews and time-skipping flashbacks that changed the way people made and interacted with the movies.

Ian and Cole dive into Citizen Kane's significance as a work of art and its prescience in setting the table for modern media. Also, Ian provides a bit of background on the film's troubled release and lasting legacy.

Episode 317 is a declaration of principles!

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Friday
May252018

Ep316: Soycott THIS!

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast and David Fowlie of Keeping it Reel head to the Wild West of deep space with a look at Solo: A Star Wars Story! Ron Howard's film has been plagued by bad press from the get-go. Between the hiring and firing of the original directing team; rumors of an on-set acting coach for star Alden Ehrenreich; and an increasing backlash from Internet fandom regarding Disney's handling of the Star Wars franchise, the odd are definitely stacked against this prequel adventure.

As you'll soon hear, Ian and David (who brought a good degree of skepticism into the screening they attended two weeks ago), were quickly won over by the film--despite their checks from Disney having not yet cleared [WINKY FACE EMOJI]. Before the chat, Ian talks about the controversies surrounding the film, including the alleged "Soycott" designed to hurt Solo's box office and jeopardize Lusasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy's job.

Whether or not Solo conquers or conks out, the dueling narratives surrounding the film are about as satisfying as any epic clashes you'll see at the movies this summer.

Episode 316 rhymes. It's like poetry!

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