The Cinephile Hissy Fit Podcast Joins Ian Simmons of Kicking the Seat for Spider-Man 3

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Chicago-based “Kicking the Seat” podcast and YouTube creator Ian Simmons is currently working on a year-long moratorium from new comic book movies and TV shows. It’s a bold and ambitious undertaking that the hosts of the Cinephile Hissy Fit podcast, sponsored and supported by the Ruminations Radio Network, are quick to admire. Ian’s one caveat is the descriptor of “new.” Revisiting older titles is on the table. That’s where he dug into the dumpster to find everyone’s favorite emo Peter Parker and two willing podcast collaborator guests.

For their 76th episode, our two web-slinging film critics, police chief dads, and eye-rolling school teachers Will Johnson and Don Shanahan welcome a collaboration episode with Ian Simmons of the “Kicking the Seat” podcast. Bost of our hosts have been frequent guests on Ian’s YouTube livestreams. Recently, he welcomed Will and Don for a retrospective talk on Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3. Ian asked us to watch the movie with new eyes. Listen to hear if any of the three needed to change the prescription of their rose-colored glasses or have their eyeballs washed out with inky black symbiote goo.



Ian Simmons launched Kicking the Seat in 2009, one week after seeing Nora Ephron’s Julie & Julia. His wife proposed blogging as a healthier outlet for his anger than red-faced, twenty-minute tirades (Ian is no longer allowed to drive home from the movies).

The Kicking the Seat Podcast followed three years later and, despite its “undiscovered gem” status, Ian thoroughly enjoys hosting film critic discussions, creating themed shows, and interviewing such luminaries as Gaspar NoéRachel BrosnahanAmy Seimetz, and Richard Dreyfuss.

Ian is a member of the Chicago Film Critics Association. He also has a family, a day job, and conflicted feelings about referring to himself in the third person.

Cinephile Hissy Fits is a 25YL media podcast, brought to you by Please visit, rate, review and subscribe. If you enjoyed this show, we have more where that came from, with interesting hosts, and wonderful guests. All available on iTunesSpotify, and anywhere you find your favorite shows. Follow the show on Twitter at @CinephileFit and on Facebook. Also, find both Will Johnson and Don Shanahan on Letterboxd as the accumulate their viewings and build their ranks and lists.

As Will and Don love to say, come for the shared challenge and tirade and stay for the mutual love and respect for the fun movies encapsulate. Thank you so much for your captive audience and social media participation! Enjoy our new podcast episode!

Written by Don Shanahan

DON SHANAHAN is a Chicago-based Rotten Tomatoes-approved film critic writing here on Film Obsessive as the Editor-in-Chief and Content Supervisor for the film department. He also writes for his own website, Every Movie Has a Lesson. Don is one of the hosts of the Cinephile Hissy Fit Podcast on the Ruminations Radio Network and sponsored by Film Obsessive. As a school teacher by day, Don writes his movie reviews with life lessons in mind, from the serious to the farcical. He is a proud director and one of the founders of the Chicago Indie Critics and a voting member of the nationally-recognized Critics Choice Association, Online Film Critics Society, North American Film Critics Association, International Film Society Critics Association, Internet Film Critics Society, Online Film and TV Association, and the Celebrity Movie Awards.

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