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Wednesday
Jun212017

Ep232: Two Films and a Controversy / Ana Lily Amirpour Pt. 1

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast begins a two-part look at the feature films of writer/director Ana Lily Amirpour, whose latest, The Bad Batch, opens this Friday at Chicago's Music Box Theatre. Ian sat down with Keeping it Reel's David Fowlie and local cinematographer Demetri Kouvalis for a discussion of the contemporary-apocalypse thriller, as well as Amirpour's 2014 debut--a black-and-white-vampire-Farsi-fantasy called A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night.

In addition to the movies themselves, the guys talk about a minor social media controversy that erupted two weeks ago, during Amirpour's Q&A at a special Music Box screening. David and Demetri witnessed the incident, in which an audience member accused Amirpour of having made a racist film, right before leaving in disgust. It's perfect fodder for a diner discussion of racism, art, and the theatrics of public outrage.

Also, Ian calls out a particularly ill-conceived Bad Batch review from the reactionary hipsters at smadamproductions.com, and shares info on a couple of local Chicago premieres for Demetri's new movie, Heavens to Betsy (which he shot for writer/director Robert Alaniz).

Join us on Friday for Part Two, which features Ian's interview with Ana Lily Amirpour about movies, comics, and social commentary in art.

Episode 232 will skin you alive (figuratively speaking)!

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Friday
Jun162017

Ep231: Back on Track

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast and Keeping it Reel's David Fowlie put the "rev" in "reverence" with a surprisingly enthusiastic look at Disney/Pixar's Cars 3! Yes, Lightning, Mater, and the Radiator Springs gang are back for a dreaded Second Sequel, and this time they've enlisted spunky, young trainer Cruz Ramirez to help save their beloved sport from a slick, new breed of unscrupulous racers!

Ian and David steer into spoiler territory, discussing the fresh elements that keep Cars 3 from flaming out; the series' stigma among Pixar fans; and the new film's not-so-secret empowerment message, which may rival that of a certain lasso-swinging superhero!

Also, Ian teases some upcoming Shout! Factory releases, and previews next week's themed series of episodes and reviews.

Episode 231 cannot and will not be measured in miles-per-hour!

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Wednesday
Jun142017

Ep230: Zoe Lister-Jones' Rock Therapy

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast welcomes writer/director/actress Zoe Lister-Jones for a brief chat about her cutting-edge (and just plain cutting) new dramedy, Band Aid! The movie follows married artists Anna (Lister-Jones) and Ben (Adam Pally) as they translate their frequent arguments into rock songs, becoming one of cinema's unlikeliest break-out bands. The filmmaker talks about where the inspiration came from; the joy of discovering dramatic chops in traditionally comic actors; and just how much work goes into making songs look totally improvised on screen.

Also, Ian gives a brief nod to Robin Swicord's Wakefield (teasing a longer discussion down the road), and talks about the trial-and-error of putting together questions for short-form interviews.

Band Aid opens at Chicago's Music Box Theatre this Friday, June 16th, and Ian gives it his highest possible recommendation.

So pump up the volume as Episode 230 turns your troubles into tunes!

 

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Friday
Jun092017

Ep229: Dying is Easy, Comedy is Hard

This week, the Kicking the Seat Podcast welcomes writer/director Ned Crowley and first-time-returning-guest Jim O'Heir to discuss their delightfully twisted new comedy-thriller, Middle Man! The film opens in select theatres today, and tells the story of an accountant-turned-wannabe-stand-up comic (O'Heir), who picks up a hitchhiker/serial killer (Andrew J. West) while driving to Vegas for a TV audition. What follows is a funny, horrific, yet tragically sweet story about fame's high cost--and body count.

In today's raucous and candid conversation, Ned and Jim talk about their thirty-year friendship; the inspiration and impetus for Ned to step into the world of feature filmmaking; and the hard realities of making an ambitious movie on a nothing budget.

Unlike Jim's previous appearance on the show, this installment is mercifully light on political conversation, but we've ratcheted up the expletives--for, you know, balance.

If you're in Chicago this weekend, Middle Man opens at the AMC River East 21 downtown, and at the AMC Showplace Cicero 14 in Cicero. Definitely check it out. Crowley has made one of the year's best films so far--no joke.

Episode 229 would kill to die on stage!

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Wednesday
Jun072017

Ep228: Duking it Out

Today, the Kicking the Seat Podcast journeys to the dark side of the American Dream with a look at Art Linson's Where the Buffalo Roam, starring Bill Murray as Dr. Hunter S. Thompson (now available on Blu-ray from Shout! Factory).

HollywoodChicago.com's Pat "The Über Critic" McDonald joins Ian on this long, strange trip, which includes detours into reality television; Thompsons' legacy of truth and journalism in the Internet age; and a drunken, sleep-deprived debate about modern politics.

Don't worry, there's a bona fide trigger warning in the intro.

Also, Ian reminds listeners that today is the last day to enter Kicking the Seat's Max 2: White House Hero contest. It's super-simple, and the field is wiiiiiide open!

Episode 228 is where the drugs begin to take hold!

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