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Tuesday
May222018

Ep315: Premium Cable

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast and David Fowlie of Keeping it Reel pull off what may be a podcasting first: recording a movie-review show from the set of an entirely different movie! Yes, the guys pulled up a booth in Hackney's bar last week to talk about the bawdy blockbuster sensation, Deadpool 2--just as the cast and crew of Michael Glover Smith's latest film, Rendezvous in Chicago, was setting up for a long night of shooting!

This jam-packed installment begins with a special message, continues with a spoiler-ific (we're talking right out of the gate) analysis of why Deadpool succeeds where the original fell short; and concludes with a sneak preview of several interviews Ian and David conducted with Rendezvous in Chicago writer/director Smith and stars Clare Cooney* and Kevin Wehby!

Also, Ian gives a heads-up regarding next month's sci-fi/horror genre festival, Cinepocalypse, which returns to Chicago's Music Box Theatre for another year of big-screen chills, spills, and kills!

For the love of God, don't bring your children to Episode 315!

*Read David's interview with Clare about her spectacular short film, Runner, which shared the Audience Award at this year's Chicago Critics Film Festival!

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Wednesday
May162018

Ep314: Disaster Relief

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast and HollywoodChicago.com's Pat “The Über Critic” McDonald fan the flames of cinema epics past with a look at 1974's The Towering Inferno! What happens when a state-of-the-art luxury skyscraper falls victim to shoddy wiring? You guessed it: fleeing snobs, elevators to Hell, and Paul Newman dangling from half-melted railing. Ian and Pat came at the movie from different perspectives, and the resulting conversation offers a rich contrast in how one's familiarity with a film can deeply affect their enjoyment of it.

Also, Ian talks about the new Jim Carrey movie, Dark Crimes, and delivers a fun post-chat surprise, courtesy of "The Über Critic”!

Episode 314's actions scenes were directed by Irwin Allen!

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Friday
May112018

Ep313: Late Screening: Bowman for You (Son of Borat [Part 2])

Today, The Kicking the Seat Podcast and Cole Rush of ColeTries.com conclude their two-part look at Comedy Central's docu-series, Nathan for You, with a discussion of the feature-length Season Four finale, Finding Frances. When host Nathan Fielder invited professional Bill Gates impersonator Bill Heath to record an audio commentary for the episode in which he'd appeared, he could not have predicted the months long journey to reconcile a decades-old lost love that would ensue. The film pushes the boundaries of cringe-comedy-as-social-critique even further than the show that inspired it, and Ian and Cole dig into the significance of Fielder's artistic accomplishment.

Also, Ian talks about the Chicago openings of the delightful animated adventure, Lu Over the Wall, and the not-so-delightful neo-noir, Terminal. Lastly, you'll hear a tease of a interview Ian conducted with producer/director Marc Turtletaub, whose must-see drama, Puzzle, hits theatres in July!

Episode 313 wanders, but is not lost!

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Wednesday
May022018

Ep312: A Tale of Two Movies

Today, The Kicking the Seat Podcast reconnects with nature and talks to writer/director Nick Alonzo, cinematographer Nicholas Daniel Sledge, and Assistant Director Greg Nico Garibay about their new film, The Art of Sitting Quietly and Doing Nothing (which debuts this Friday at Chicago's Nightingale Cinema*).

The movie centers on Carl (Alex Serrato), a despondent twenty-something who ventures deep into the woods following a bad break-up. Leaving convenience and human interaction behind, Carl must face the inescapable and unflattering internal conflicts that called him to the wilderness.

Sticking with the theme, Ian gets into the thick of it with Nick, Sledge, and Greg, who open up about The Art of Sitting Quietly's inspiration and execution; the pros and cons of film school; overrated directors; and much, much more--including the amazing story of why they had to shoot the film twice!

If you're thinking about making your own damn movie (as Mr. Kaufman might say), this conversation will give you several jolts of reality, encouragement, and inspiration.

Also, Ian talks about Shout! Factory's recent Blu-ray release of Dr. Detroit, and reminds listeners that the sixth annual Chicago Critics Film Festival invades the Music Box Theatre this Friday!

Episode 312 leads a life of quiet desperation!

*If you're thinking, "Didn't this movie premiere a few weeks ago?" It was supposed to, and the untold story of that ill-fated Friday the 13th is just one click away!

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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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