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Catching Up On Cinema

Catching Up On Cinema

By Trevor Hart
A comedic film analysis podcast.
Each episode, Kyle or Trevor will select a film they'd like to spotlight, with the one major caveat being that said film must be one that their co-host has never seen, with the end goal being to help one another "Catch Up On Cinema".
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Catching Up On Blu-Ray: February 2021
It's once again time for Catching Up On Cinema's monthly Catching Up On Blu-Ray episode! This time around, Trevor is once again joined by his good friend Brad from the Cinema Speak podcast in reviewing the month's physical media releases. Check out Brad's podcast, Cinema Speak on Libsyn at Cinema Speak, or on Twitter and Instagram.
01:39:11
February 28, 2021
Catching Up On Cinema Presents: Tales From the Shelf - Super Turbo Champion Edition Plus Alpha
It's once again time for Catching Up On Cinema's monthly Tales From the Shelf episode! This time around, Trevor and his buddy Brad from Cinema Speak are joined by Harrison of the Grief Burrito podcast! Pivoting away from the usual Tales From the Shelf format of swapping stories about movie collecting, this month's episode, the Super Turbo Champion: Plus Alpha edition, sees our hosts talking about video games and their respective experiences growing up with and collecting games. Check out Brad's podcast, Cinema Speak on Libsyn at Cinema Speak, or on Twitter and Instagram. Additionally, check out Harrison's show Grief Burrito, or feel free reach out to he or any of his lovely cohosts on the Twitter. Also check out Trevor's brother Matt's show, Couch Co Op. Additionally, some of the other resources mentioned during the episode include: Noah Gervais, creator of some of the most insightful and in depth game reviews you can find on Youtube. Hazbin Hotel, the wildly popular Youtube animation that Harrison was kind enough to introduce us to. Night in the Woods, the lovely game that Harrison talked up during the episode.
01:31:18
February 26, 2021
Episode 119 - Warrior (2011)
In the final installment of Catching Up On Cinema's Sports Movie Month, Kyle and Trevor get in the cage to review Gavin O'Connor's, Warrior (2011)! Starring Joel Edgerton, Tom Hardy, and Nick Nolte in an Academy Award nominated performance, the film tells the gritty tale of a broken family that is inexplicably reunited during the events of a high-stakes mixed martial arts tournament. Possessed of some truly great acting performances, the film is nevertheless somewhat clunkily written, and not particularly well shot or edited when the action inevitably shifts from verbal to outright physical sparring. Probably the best serious movie about MMA, the film is an above-average sports drama, though far inferior to the director's earlier effort, Miracle (2004).
02:28:55
February 23, 2021
Episode 118 - Crying Fist (2005)
In this week's installment of Catching Up On Cinema's Sports Movie Month, Trevor introduces Kyle to Ryoo Seung-wan's boxing drama, Crying Fist (2005)! A hitting hitting, dual perspective narrative following the exploits of a washed up amateur boxer (Choi Min-sik) and young, hardscrabble street tough (Ryoo Seung-bum), the film is an exceptional and unconventional sports drama. Equal parts depressing and uplifting, the film is bolstered by a pair of truly outstanding performances from it's pair of lead actors, both in their ability to emote and carry the drama of the film, but also in their ability to ably perform the incredibly brutal and realistic boxing sequences. Highly recommended if you're able to find a way to watch it.
02:54:07
February 16, 2021
Episode 117 - Any Given Sunday (1999)
The Super Bowl has come and gone, but Catching Up On Cinema's Sports Movie Month continues! In this week's installment, Kyle and Trevor review Oliver Stone's, Any Given Sunday (1999)! Starring Al Pacino, Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz and host of other familiar faces, the film is an edgy and scintillating examination of (non-NFL affiliated) professional football.
02:22:30
February 9, 2021
Episode 116 - Vision Quest (1985)
February is Sports Movie Month at Catching Up On Cinema! This month we'll reviewing films that center around some of our favorite sports. First up, Kyle introduces Trevor to the sport of wrestling via Harold Becker's Vision Quest (1985)! Starring a young Matt Modine as standout varsity wrestler (from Spokane, WA!) Louden Swain, the film is a coming of age tale based on a novel by the same name. While the story is more precisely centered on the development and human drama of a young man during a pivotal moment in his life, the film is nevertheless a very effective sports drama, with much of the wrestling training and choreography having a grit and roughness to it that is rare in film, especially at the time of it's release.
02:03:08
February 2, 2021
Catching Up On Blu-Ray: January 2021
It's once again time for Catching Up On Cinema's monthly Catching Up On Blu-Ray episode! This time around, Trevor is once again joined by his good friend Brad from the Cinema Speak podcast in reviewing the month's physical media releases. Check out Brad's podcast, Cinema Speak on Libsyn at Cinema Speak, or on Twitter and Instagram.
01:57:31
January 29, 2021
Episode 115 - Mortal Kombat Annihilation (1997)
In the final installment of Catching Up On Cinema's Video Game Movie Month, Kyle and Trevor once again invite Kyle's brother Nik to assist them in reviewing John R. Leonetti's, Mortal Kombat Annihilation (1997)! Featuring Robin Shou and Talisa Soto as the only 2 returning cast members from the first film, MK Annihilation is a lackluster sequel that utterly fails to measure up to the charm and visual flair of the original. Overstuffed with lazy and inaccurate renditions of the franchises' core characters, the film is perhaps most noteworthy for it's meme worthy, cringe inducing dialogue, and absolutely horrendous (and overutilized) CGI character animation. Good for a laugh with friends, the film is otherwise without value outside of serving as an early showcase for the talents of future stunt kings Ray Park and JJ Perry.
02:27:07
January 26, 2021
Episode 114 - Super Mario Bros. (1993)
In this installment of Catching Up On Cinema's Video Game Movie Month, Kyle and Trevor are joined by SteampunkLink and Emmy Zero from the SNEScapades podcast in reviewing Super Mario Bros. (1993)! Directed by Rocky Morton and Annabel Jankel, the film is the first live-action video game feature film. A historically troubled production, resulting in most of the cast and crew having nothing but awful things to say about the directors, the film is (unsurprisingly) a grossly uneven experience from start to finish. With solid sets and production design, as well as state of the art morphing effects and animatronic puppetry, the film occasionally springs to life on a purely visual level, but ultimately fails to engage. Check out SteampunkLink and Emmy Zero on SNEScapades at HonestPirahna.com , Anchor , or reach out to Link on Twitter @SNEScapades .
02:09:35
January 19, 2021
Catching Up On Cinema Presents: Tales From the Shelf - The DVDumpster
It's once again time for Catching Up On Cinema's monthly Tales From the Shelf episode! In this installment, the first of 2021, Trevor is once again joined by Brad of the Cinema Speak podcast for a segment the latter has dubbed: The DVDumpster. Potentially Brad's least favorite physical media format, the 2 collectors spend roughly an hour and a half going back and forth sharing some of the WORST DVDs in their respective collections. Check out Brad's podcast, Cinema Speak on Libsyn at Cinema Speak, or on Twitter and Instagram.
01:39:58
January 15, 2021
Episode 113 - Street Fighter (1994)
In this week's installment of Catching Up On Cinema's Video Game Movie Month, Kyle and Trevor are once again joined by Matt in reviewing Steven E. de Souza's Street Fighter (1994)! An energetic, albeit loose; adaptation of the wildly popular Capcom fighting game series, the film often bears a stronger resemblance to Hasbro's G.I. Joe franchise rather than it's source material. A fairly handsome and surprisingly well structured film in spite of a producer's mandate requiring all 16(!) of the playable characters from the game being featured in it, the movie's legacy finds it resting securely in the "not bad" category of video game films. Starring Jean-Claude Van Damme at the height of his box office appeal (and cocaine habit), and Raul Julia, in his final performance before his untimely death, the film ultimately serves as a poor exhibition of the former's talents, and a memorable and bombastic farewell for the latter.
02:36:34
January 12, 2021
Episode 112 - Silent Hill (2006)
January 2021 is "Video Game Movie Month" at Catching Up On Cinema! First up this month, Kyle and Trevor are joined by Orion in reviewing Christophe Gans', Silent Hill (2006)! A passion project for the French director, the film is a live-action adaptation of the Konami video game series of the same name. Featuring cinematography, design elements, and even music lifted directly from many of the games, the film is a rare example of a video game movie that goes to great lengths to remain true to its source material.
01:35:04
January 5, 2021
Episode 111 - Die Hard (1988)
In this, the final installment of Catching Up On Cinema's "Kyle's Brutal Christmas" event month, Trevor and Kyle are joined by the latter's brother Nick in reviewing the gold standard of 80's action cinema, Die Hard (1988)! Directed by John McTiernan, the film is one of the most popular and well known action films in the history of the genre, such that it has received a whole host of sequels and loosely affiliated videogame adaptations, inspired countless imitators, and indeed served as the progenitor of the "Die Hard In A..." subgenre. Popular among Millenials as a sub-ironic choice for "Favorite Christmas Movie," Die Hard is a essentially a modern cultural institution, one that is perhaps rapidly approaching A Christmas Story levels of super saturation in the public consciousness. Regardless of HOW one appreciates Die Hard, at the end of the day the film is a sleek and deftly constructed thriller of the highest caliber, with no expense spared in any single area of it's production, be it writing, lensing, or structure and editing. Christmas movie or not, (it is) long after our generation inevitably over commercializes, overanalyzes and intellectualizes it into oblivion and out the public consciousness, Die Hard will endure. Die Hard is undeniable, and deserving of even more praise than I'm capable of expressing. *It's not Fritz, it's Heinrich!*
02:00:09
December 29, 2020
Catching Up On Blu-Ray: December 2020
It's once again time for Catching Up On Cinema's monthly Catching Up On Blu-Ray episode! This time around, Trevor is once again joined by his good friend Brad from the Cinema Speak podcast in reviewing the month's physical media releases. Check out Brad's podcast, Cinema Speak on Libsyn at Cinema Speak, or on Twitter and Instagram.
02:02:16
December 25, 2020
Episode 110 - The Wolf of Snow Hollow (2020)
*WARNING!* THIS EPISODE INCLUDES FULL SPOILERS FOR THE FILM! *WARNING!* In this episode of Catching Up On Cinema's "Kyle's Brutal Christmas" event month, Kyle and Trevor review Jim Cumming's thoroughly enjoyable sophomore feature film, The Wolf of Snow Hollow (2020)! Written, directed by, and starring Jim Cummings, the film is a pitch black comedy centered around a high strung sheriff's deputy grappling with the realities of adulting, and a series of gruesome serial murders in the town of Snow Hollow. Featuring stellar performances from the top to bottom, including a warm and often hilarious turn by the late, great Robert Forster, the film serves to showcase the talents of all those involved, journeyman and newcomer alike. Possessed of a unique and often disarming tone, the film is often uproariously hilarious, while at once grim and almost painfully genuine at times. A strong recommend to anyone interested, or furthermore, anyone seeking to add a new writer/director to their watchlist. Merry Christmas and happy holidays!
01:51:59
December 22, 2020
Catching Up On Cinema Presents: Tales From the Shelf - Fave Filmmakers
It's once again time for Catching Up On Cinema's monthly Tales From the Shelf episode! In this installment, "Fave Filmmakers," Trevor and his good buddy Brad from the Cinema Speak podcast spotlight a director that they have a particular affinity for. This time around, Trevor selected veteran Hong Kong filmmaker, Dante Lam. Starting out as a director of both lowbrow screwball comedies, and hardboiled cop films, Lam has in recent years ascended to the top of the Chinese film industry, crafting huge budget patriotic action films squarely targeted at mainland Chinese audiences. Not to be outdone, Brad selected the imitable David Lynch as his fave filmmaker for this month. A personal favorite of Brad's, and indeed of many film fans the world over, Lynch has long been heralded as one of the most unique and talented voices in a modern American film. Possessed of a style so simultaneously nebulous and distinct as to be best defined as simply "Lynchian" in nature, David Lynch is a fave filmmaker that has long been deserving of an episode on Catching Up On Cinema. Check out Brad's podcast, Cinema Speak on Libsyn at Cinema Speak, or on Twitter and Instagram.
01:47:08
December 18, 2020
Episode 109 - Inside (2007)
In this week's installment of Catching Up On Cinema's Kyle's Brutal Christmas event month, we hop across the Atlantic to review Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo's French horror thriller, Inside (2007)! Starring Beatrice Dalle and Alysson Paradis, the film is one of the most critically acclaimed of the "new wave" of gory French horror flicks from the late 2000's. A particularly brutal home invasion thriller featuring an isolated and very pregnant protagonist on the verge of going into labor, the film is infamous for it's gruesome, gory imagery, and unflinching attitude in regards to generally accepted taboos of the genre.
01:50:08
December 15, 2020
Episode 108 - Black Christmas (1974)
In this week's installment of Catching Up On Cinema's "Kyle's Brutal Christmas" event month, Kyle and Trevor review Bob Clark's Black Christmas (1974)! An early entry in the slasher subgenre of horror films, the movie is certainly profane at times, but is otherwise fairly quaint and subdued in terms explicit content when compared to later examples of the genre. Starring the likes of Olivia Hussey, Margot Kidder and John Saxon, the film is an exceptional production from top to bottom, with great attention to detail in the construction of the script, as well as the lighting and sound design. Criminally underappreciated, Black Christmas is a proto-slasher that all fans of the genre owe it to themselves to catch up on.
01:56:10
December 8, 2020
Episode 107 - In Bruges (2008)
This month is Kyle's BRUTAL Christmas at Catching Up On Cinema! All month long, Kyle is going to be in charge of the movie selections, and from the sound of the title for this month's theme, I have a feeling we're in for a bloody good time. First up this December is our review of Martin McDonagh's In Bruges (2008)! Starring Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson as Irish hitmen hiding out in the Belgian city of Bruges, the film is a beautifully written and acted romp that is somehow both brilliantly comedic, and darkly depressing. A first viewing for Trevor, and a welcome rewatch for Kyle, the film comes highly recommended to anyone that can appreciate pitch black comedy and a bit of gore.
01:49:18
December 1, 2020
Catching Up On Blu-Ray: November 2020
It's once again time for Catching Up On Cinema's monthly Catching Up On Blu-Ray episode! This time around, Trevor is once again joined by his good friend Brad from the Cinema Speak podcast in reviewing the month's physical media releases. Check out Brad's podcast, Cinema Speak on Libsyn at Cinema Speak, or on Twitter and Instagram.
02:00:49
November 27, 2020
Episode 106 - Death Machine (1994)
In the final installment of Catching Up On Cinema's No Theme November event month, Trevor subjects he and Kyle to Stephen Norrington's writing and directorial debut, Death Machine (1994)! A low budget, but largely competent sci-fi horror flick from the man that later helm Wesley Snipes' Blade (1998), the film serves as an enjoyable slice of cyberpunk nostalgia. Packed to the gills with veteran character actors and explicit references/homages to titans of the genre, chief among which being Aliens and Terminator, Death Machine wears it's influences on it's sleeves with childlike glee and exuberance. Hardly a brilliant directorial debut, but an enjoyable one for those that share the director's love for the many (better) films that would serve to inspire him.
01:57:34
November 24, 2020
Catching Up On Cinema Presents: Tales From the Shelf - Stupendous Scores
It's once again time for Catching Up On Cinema's monthly Tales From the Shelf episode! This month, Trevor is joined by Brad of the Cinema Speak podcast, this time to review some films from their collections featuring some "Stupendous Scores"! Movies and composers highlighted in this discussion: A Cure For Wellness (2013) - Benjamin Walfisch Signs (2002) - James Newton Howard Glory (1989) and Aliens (1986) - James Horner In Bruges (2008) - Carter Burwell Departures/Okuribito (2008) - Joe Hisaishi The Master (2012) - Johnny Greenwood Conan the Barbarian (1982) - Basil Poledouris The Social Network (2010) - Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross Tenebrae (1982) - Goblin Thief - (1981) Tangerine Dream Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack (1988) - Shigeaki Saegusa And the complete works of Kenji Kawai! Check out Brad's podcast, Cinema Speak on Libsyn at Cinema Speak, or on Twitter and Instagram.
01:47:16
November 20, 2020
Episode 105 - The War of the Worlds (1953)
Catching Up On Cinema's "No Theme November" event month continues, this time with a review of Byron Haskin's The War of the Worlds (1953)! Based on the H.G. Wells novel of the same name, the film is the first film version of the oft adapted sci-fi classic. Boasting Academy Award winning visual effects and masterful sound design, the film is one of the most iconic of the "invaders from outer space" subgenre of the 1950's.
01:48:28
November 17, 2020
Episode 104 - Total Recall (1990)
In this week's installment of Catching Up On Cinema's No Theme November event, Trevor is once against joined by his brother Matt in reviewing Paul Verhoeven's sci-fi action classic, Total Recall (1990)! Headlined by a prime Arnold Schwarzenegger, the film is a wildly inventive tale that pulls double duty as both a simple blood and guts action thriller, and a thought provoking study in multi-layered narrative structures. Boasting state of the art special and visual effects by ILM and Rob Bottin, as well as Verhoeven's trademark atmosphere of cerebral sleaze, the film is a truly spectacular experience that stands at or near the top of both Arnold and Verhoeven's respective filmographies.
02:00:56
November 10, 2020
Episode 103 - Whiplash (2014)
This month is "No Theme November" at Catching Up On Cinema! All throughout the month of November, we'll be reviewing anything and everything that we feel like from week to week. To kick things off, Trevor is joined by his brother Matt in reviewing Damien Chazelle's critically acclaimed drama, Whiplash (2014)! Starring Miles Teller as a drummer that will stop at nothing to achieve greatness, and the inimitable J.K. Simmons as the teacher that pushes him to the brink, the film is a modern classic that both dramatically engrossing and thought provoking.
01:26:37
November 3, 2020
Catching Up On Blu-Ray: October 2020
It's once again time for Catching Up On Cinema's monthly Catching Up On Blu-Ray episode! This time around, Trevor is once again joined by his good friend Brad from the Cinema Speak podcast in reviewing the month's physical media releases. Check out Brad's podcast, Cinema Speak on Libsyn at Cinema Speak, or on Twitter and Instagram.
01:56:57
October 30, 2020
Episode 102 - Antichrist (2009)
In the final installment of "Kyle's Killer October", Kyle serves us a heaping mound of Danish arthouse in the form of Lars Von Trier's Antichrist (2009)! Officially classified as "experimental psychological horror", the film represents a deliberate attempt on the part of the enigmatic filmmaker to create a true horror film. Starring Charlotte Gainsbourg and Willem Dafoe as a married couple that have recently lost their infant son, the film is a visceral and highly visual exploration of grief, pain and despair. An intensely personal exploration of his own anxieties and depression, the film is deeply rich and allegorical, but only truly known to the writer-director himself. CHAOS. REIGNS.
01:51:01
October 27, 2020
Episode 101 - Kill List (2011)
CAUTION: THIS PODCAST CONTAINS FULL SPOILERS FOR BEN WHEATLEY'S KILL LIST! In this week's installment of Catching Up On Cinema's "Kyle's Killer October" event month, Brad from the Cinema Speak podcast stops by to review Ben Wheatley's Kill List (2011)! A gripping and utterly unpredictable experience, the film is somehow at once a modern horror classic, and something not at all horror related as well. Featuring the likes of Neil Maskell, Michael Smiley and MyAnna Buring, all of whom are partially credited with improvising portions of the script, Kill List is an entrancing and masterful horror film that is best experienced without any prior knowledge of it's nature and content. Check out Brad's podcast, Cinema Speak on Libsyn at Cinema Speak, or on Twitter and Instagram.
01:42:35
October 20, 2020
Catching Up On Cinema Presents: Tales From the Shelf - Steelbook Showdown
It's once again time for some more Tales From the Shelf! In this month's episode, Trevor is once again joined by Brad from the Cinema Speak podcast for what the duo are calling, "The Steelbook Showdown". As the name implies, this episode of Tales From the Shelf sees Trevor and Brad sharing some stories about the steelbooks in their respective movie collections. A niche collecting practice amid a somewhat niche collecting hobby, steelbook collecting tends to be reserved for hardcore, or hardcore adjacent collectors. Check out Brad's podcast, Cinema Speak on Libsyn at Cinema Speak, or on Twitter and Instagram.
01:28:21
October 16, 2020
Episode 100 - Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
This week we celebrate the 100th episode of Catching Up On Cinema! In the past 2 years we've had a ton of fun exploring reviewing movies that were a bit off the beaten path, but to celebrate this historic milestone for the show, we've decided to give ourselves a victory lap in the form of a review of the 90's sci-fi classic, Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)! Directed by James Cameron and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, the film is one of the most solidly constructed action movies in all of film history. Boasting groundbreaking CGI effects work, and stellar performances from costar Linda Hamilton, newcomer Edward Furlong, and Robert Patrick as the menacing and iconic T-1000, the film also holds the distinction of being regarded as one of the best sequels of all time. Regardless of film's countless accolades and critical acclaim, at the end of the day, T2 (the title most true fans know the film by) is film that is personally important to both Kyle and Trevor, and one that feels more than appropriate to serve as subject for our 100th episode. Thanks for listening! Here's to 100 more!
01:58:38
October 13, 2020
Episode 99 - Under the Skin (2013)
It's once time for Catching Up On Cinema's 2nd annual "Kyle's Killer October" event month! This month, Kyle has selected a number of films that fall under the category of "unconventional horror." First up this Killer October, is Jonathan Glazer's thought provoking sci-fi horror film, Under the Skin (2013). Adapted from a novel of the same name, and starring Scarlett Johannsen as an alien hiding in plain sight in modern day Scotland, the film is a rich experience, both in terms of thematic content and aesthetic presentation. Featuring lovely shot compositions, a truly unique and detailed soundscape, and powerful, borderline non-verbal acting performances, the film is a beautiful, if unnerving piece of modern horror history.
01:46:30
October 6, 2020
Catching Up On Blu-Ray: September 2020
It's once again time for Catching Up On Cinema's monthly Catching Up On Blu-Ray episode! In this installment, the September 2020 edition of the show, Trevor and Brad of the Cinema Speak podcast sit down to review the physical media (DVD, Blu-Ray and 4k) releases for the calendar month. Fair warning, about 80% of this episode consists of Brad and Trevor talking about animal attack movies. Check out Brad's podcast, Cinema Speak on Libsyn at Cinema Speak, or on Twitter and Instagram.
01:49:44
September 30, 2020
The Batman Masterclass - The Zack Snyder Era
In the final installment of Catching Up On Cinema's Batman Masterclass, Trevor reviews the Zack Snyder Era of the Bat saga! The most recent chapter of Batman's silver screen exploits, as well as the first that has presented the character as a member of the Justice League and element of greater DC universe, this era of the Caped Crusader's silver screen exploits would prove to be turbulent, confused, and ultimately underwhelming, both critically and at the box office. Perhaps more appropriately referred to as The DCEU (DC Extended Universe) iteration of the character, this portion of the Bat's history would see the character appear in 3 films, directed by 4 different in directors, across barely 2 years. By contrast, Christopher Nolan's time with the character saw the release of 3 films over 7 years. Debuting in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), appearing briefly in Suicide Squad (2017), and most recently co-starring in Justice League (2017), this era would see Ben Affleck don the cape and cowl as Batman/Bruce Wayne. Visually and thematically inspired by Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns (1986), this iteration of the character would be presented as being older, bulkier, and straight up meaner than that of previous cinematic renditions of the character. Perhaps in part due to the largely negative reception of Zack Snyder's BvS, Batman would undergo a gradual lightening of tone in subsequent films of this era, both in terms of aesthetic and performance. This trend would culminate in Batman's borderline silly presentation in Justice League, a film which was (somewhat controversially) completed by Joss Whedon, despite Snyder's name being listed as director.
02:21:29
September 29, 2020
The Batman Masterclass - The Christopher Nolan Era, Part Two
In this installment of Catching Up On Cinema's Batman Masterclass, we review the final chapter in Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises (2012). Featuring the same cast and crew as the first two films in the series, the final chapter would see Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway and Marion Cotillard join the main cast. Despite working from a script that goes to great lengths to reference events and story threads featured in earlier chapters of the trilogy, the untimely death of Heath Ledger prior to the release of The Dark Knight (2008) resulted in a concluding chapter that is both unwilling and unable to acknowledge the most dynamic and revolutionary elements of it's predecessor. A sprawling, messy, and overly ambitious film, both in terms of scope and execution, the The Dark Knight Rises is very likely the least of Nolan's trilogy, however Tom Hardy's Bane is no less an iconic performance than Ledger's Joker, and the first half of the film is well-paced and full of terrific action set pieces. A frustrating and muddled conclusion, but one that I find myself constantly re-watching, over and over again. 
02:38:22
September 22, 2020
Catching Up On Cinema Presents: Tales From the Shelf - 4k Fandango
It's once again time for Catching Up On Cinema's monthly Tales From the Shelf episode: The 4k Fandango! In this installment, Trevor and Brad of the Cinema Speak podcast probe the depths of their movies collections to swap some stories about their 4k discs. Movies discussed in this month's episode include: Brad's Picks: Hereditary The Deer Hunter Godzilla Hannibal Bram Stoker's Dracula Prometheus Trevor's Picks: Beetlejuice Blade Runner 2049 The Accountant Alien Covenant Antman and the Wasp Resident Evil: Vendetta Glory The Quick and the Dead Jaws Ip Man 4: The Finale Logan Check out Brad's podcast, Cinema Speak on Libsyn at Cinema Speak, or on Twitter and Instagram.
01:59:21
September 18, 2020
The Batman Masterclass - The Christopher Nolan Era, Part One
In this week's installment of Catching Up On Cinema's Batman Masterclass, we review the Christopher Nolan era of the franchise! With Joel Schumacher's Batman and Robin (1997) representing a critical low point for the series (and the superhero film genre in general), any potential for Schumacher having a third at-bat with the franchise was tossed out the window, and the caped crusader would not be allowed another silver screen adventure for nearly a decade. In the absence of the caped crusader however, the late-90's, beginning with Blade (1998) and X-Men (2000), would serve as the origin point for the age of superhero films we currently find ourselves in. With the public clamoring for more costumed heroes, Warner Bros. would contract auteur filmmaker Christopher Nolan to resurrect the Bat in 2005 along with actor Christian Bale assuming the cape and cowl. Together with David S. Goyer (writer of Blade), Nathan Crowley (production designer), Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard (composers) and his brother Johnathan, Christopher Nolan would boldly set forth to begin the franchise anew, fittingly enough with a film titled Batman Begins (2005). The first of the series to explicitly detail the life's journey of Bruce Wayne from childhood to masked crimefighter, the film's stunning cinematography, lively editing, and generally more serious tone would prove to be a success that would result in an entire trilogy of films:  The brooding and mythic Batman Begins (2005), the genre redefining crime drama, The Dark Knight (2008), and the messy but wildly ambitious war epic finale, The Dark Knight Rises (2012). In this, the first of two episodes exploring Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy, we review the first 2 films in the series.
02:43:29
September 15, 2020
The Batman Masterclass - The Joel Schumacher Era
In this week's installment of Catching Up On Cinema's Batman Masterclass, we review the Joel Schumacher era of the franchise! In the wake of thee critical and public dissatisfaction with unsettling imagery and tone of Tim Burton's Batman Returns (1992), Warner Bros took steps to ensure that the mid-90's represent a kinder, gentler era in the live-action film adventures of the Bat. Explicitly ordered to produce brighter, more kid friendly Batman films, Joel Schumacher's time at the helm of the Batman franchise gave us the massively successful Batman Forever (1995), and the critically derided Batman and Robin (1997). Riddled with subtext and aesthetic and directorial flourishes, both films are undeniably products of Schumacher's creative hand and eye, however behind the scenes materials and interviews have since made it equally clear that Warner Bros and other vested parties were not prepared to offer him the same creative control that other directors of Batman would be afforded.
02:45:06
September 8, 2020
The Batman Masterclass - The Tim Burton Era
It's September, so it must be Masterclass Month at Catching Up On Cinema! This month we'll be taking a deep dive into the entirety of the live-action Batman film series, one era at a time. In the first installment of this Masterclass, we review the Tim Burton era of the franchise, consisting of the groundbreaking Batman (1989) and it's bizarre and somewhat divisive follow-up, Batman Returns (1992). Setting the tone for an entire wave of comic book films to come, and effectively crystallizing the rapidly evolving grim and gritty characterization of the character in the comics, the Tim Burton era of the franchise serves not just as a pivotal moment in Batman history, but of pop culture history in general.
02:40:25
September 1, 2020
Catching Up On Blu-Ray: August 2020
It's once again time for Catching Up On Cinema's monthly Catching Up On Blu-ray episode! In this installment, Trevor is joined by Brad from the Cinema Speak podcast as the 2 movie collectors review the physical media release for the month of August 2020. Check out Brad's podcast, Cinema Speak on Libsyn at Cinema Speak, or on Twitter and Instagram.
01:30:02
August 31, 2020
Episode 98 - Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade (1999)
In the final installment of Catching Up On Cinema's second annual Anime August event month, Kyle and Trevor take a look at Hiroyuki Okiura's Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade (1999)! Based on a sprawling multimedia franchise created by Mamoru Oshii, the film is a melancholy tale of lost souls trying to eke out a living under a brutal fascist regime in 1950's Tokyo. More of a "look and feel" experience than a straightforward narrative or character study, the film is nevertheless a technical wonder, boasting exceedingly detailed background paintings and astonishing rendered mechanical designs.
01:28:04
August 25, 2020
Episode 97 - Street Fighter 2: The Animated Movie (1994)
In this week's installment of Catching Up On Cinema's Anime August event month, Trevor and Kyle review Gisaburo Sugii's Street Fighter 2: The Animated Movie (1994)! An adaptation of the beloved Capcom fighting game, the film is a near plotless, unabashed parade of spectacularly animated fanservice. Featuring the entire roster of characters from the franchise up to the time of it's release (including a cameo by Akuma/Gouki), the film largely exists as a promotional tool for the massively popular arcade game. In spite of this however, the film is by no means a 100% cynical production, with many of the of the plot points and character design elements developed specifically for the film going on to influence subsequent games in the series.  Sluggishly paced, with repetitive and formulaic plot progression, the film sadly is only truly engaging for moments at a time, with the technical aspects of the animation being praiseworthy rather than entertaining.
01:56:27
August 18, 2020
Catching Up On Cinema Presents: Tales From the Shelf - The Backlog Boogie
In this month's edition of Catching Up On Cinema's Tales From the Shelf, Trevor and Brad of the Cinema Speak podcast break it down to The Backlog Boogie! Emotions run high as the 2 collectors explore the more neglected corners of their film collections, highlighting both oddities and films that deserve to be bumped to the fore of their respective viewing queues. As is the norm, most of Trevor's picks consist of obscure and/or foreign region movies from Asia. Highlight:  Brad shares his complete Vestron Video collection! Check out Brad's podcast, Cinema Speak on Libsyn at Cinema Speak, or on Twitter and Instagram.
02:07:44
August 14, 2020
Episode 96 - Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture (1994)
In this week's episode of Catching Up On Cinema's Anime August event month, Trevor and Kyle sit down for a casual, if not meandering review of Masami Obari's Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture (1994)! The concluding (and only feature length) chapter of a short lived anime series, the film largely serves as a promotional tool for the SNK fighting game series of the same name, as well as that of a platform for gratuitous fanservice. A treasure hunt/chase story in the same vein as Avengers: Infinity War or any of the Indiana Jones films, the film is by no means a lazy effort, boasting a gorgeous soundtrack by Toshihiko Sahashi, and ambitous cinematography on the part of first (and only) time feature director Obari.
01:40:29
August 11, 2020
Episode 95 - Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust (2000)
It's once again time for Anime August here at Catching Up On Cinema! This week, Trevor forces Kyle to sit through Yoshiaki Kawajiri's Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust (2000)! With character designs by Yoshitaka Amano, and featuring fluid, gorgeously rendered animation and background paintings, the film is a Gothic sci-fi actioner that unfortunately suffers from poor pacing and a bloated runtime. Undeniably stunning in terms of production design and action choreography, the film's technical brilliance is unfortunately only allowed to be appreciated in fits and spurts, making for a frustrating, and somewhat tepid experience.
02:20:03
August 4, 2020
Episode 94 - Cape Fear (1962)
In the final episode of Catching Up On Cinema's Catching Up On Black & White month, Kyle and Trevor review J. Lee Thompson's, Cape Fear (1962)! Starring Gregory Peck and Robert Mitchum, the film is a gripping thriller with sharp writing and expertly crafted tension and atmosphere. Over the course of the review, both Kyle and Trevor make numerous references to the Martin Scorsese remake, to the point that this episode effectively doubles as a compare and contrast of the 2 films.
02:14:32
July 28, 2020
Episode 93 - The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
In this week's installment of Catching Up On Cinema's, Catching Up On Black & White event, Kyle and Trevor review James Whales', The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)! Often heralded as Whales' masterpiece, and a standout among the first cycle of Universal horror films, the movie is a lively and campy classic of horror cinema. Starring Boris Karloff as the monster, and Elsa Lanchester as the titular bride, the films' true MVP is Ernest Thesiger as the conniving and reptilian Dr. Pretorious. Wonderfully shot and lit, with lavish production design and sets, the film deserves special note as being not a only a sequel that betters it's predecessor, but a sequel that represents a massive leap forward in nearly every regard.
02:12:06
July 21, 2020
Catching Up On Blu-Ray: July 2020
It's once again time for Catching Up On Cinema's monthly event, Catching Up On Blu-Ray: July 2020 edition! This month is a little all over the place in terms of quality of blu-ray releases. Opening strong with War of the Worlds (1953) from Criterion, the majority of the releases on the calendar unfortunately fail to live up to that standard.
01:33:13
July 17, 2020
Episode 92 - Clerks (1994)
In this week's installment of Catching Up On Cinema's Catching Up On Black & White event, Kyle has Trevor sit down to review Kevin Smith 90's indie classic, Clerks (1994)! Written, directed, and edited by Smith (who is also featured in the cast as Silent Bob), the film is an American cultural artifact of the young adult culture and existential angst of the 1990's. Shot on a shoestring budget, and able performed by an energetic cast of pseudo actors, the film is by no means high art, but is nevertheless quite valuable as a piece of indie film history.
02:09:05
July 14, 2020
Catching Up On Cinema Presents: Tales From the Shelf - Top Shelf Treasures
In this month's Tales From the Shelf, Catching Up On Cinema once again welcomes Brad from The Cinema Speak podcast to join in as we share some more movie collecting stories! This month's theme, Top Shelf Treasures, is intended to serve as an opportunity for Trevor and Brad to spotlight some of the movies that they are most proud to have in their collection. While some flexing is certain to occur (it's hard not show off A LITTLE when it comes to talking about collectibles), the true purpose of the episode is for both hosts to really dig deep and talk about some of the movies that mean the most to them, regardless of their monetary value. Check out Brad's podcast, Cinema Speak on Libsyn at Cinema Speak, or on Twitter and Instagram.
02:07:49
July 10, 2020
Episode 91 - Captain Blood (1935)
July is Catching Up On Black & White month here at Catching Up On Cinema! First up this month, Kyle and Trevor review Michael Curtiz' swashbuckling classic, Captain Blood (1935)! The first major starring role of superstar Errol Flynn and his frequent co-star Olivia de Havilland, the film is a snappy and energetic adventure that continues to entertain in spite of it's age. Boasting ambitious effects work and handsome production design, the film serves as a rare example of a classic Hollywood film that really does have a little something for everyone.
02:22:12
July 7, 2020
Catching Up On Blu-Ray: June 2020
It's once again time for Catching Up On Cinema's monthly Catching Up On Blu-Ray episode! Unfortunately sans Kyle, these are some of the highlights of the blu-ray releases reviewed by Trevor this month: Jaws (4k, 1975) Parasite (4k, 2019) Watchmen: An HBO Limited Series (2019) Glengarry Glen Ross (Shout Select, 1992) Tokyo Godfathers (2003) Al Adamson: The Masterpiece Collection (1960 - 2019) One Cut of the Dead (2017) Creepshow: Season 1 (2019) The Hunt (2019) We Summon the Darkness (2019) Brian's Song (1971) Princess Caraboo (Shout Select, 1994) Once Upon a Time in China 2 - 6 (1992 - 1997) Columbia Classics Collection (1939 - 1996) Gladiator (4k, 2000) Braveheart (4k, 1995) The Cameraman (Criterion, 1928) The Giant Spider Invasion (1975) Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Criterion, 2019) Dream Demon (Arrow, 1988) Tokyo Olympiad (Criterion, 1965) Come and See (Criterion, 1985) Orca: The Killer Whale (Shout, 1977) Force of Nature (2020) Crusher Joe: The Move (1983) And many more!
01:01:18
June 30, 2020
Episode 90 - Naked Lunch (1991)
In the final episode of Catching Up On Cinema's 'Preciating Peter Weller month, Kyle and Trevor sit down to review David Cronenberg's bizarre masterpiece, Naked Lunch (1991)! Adapted from the literary works and life of Beat Generation author William S. Burroughs, the film is a strange and occasionally barely comprehensible journey into the drug addled fever dreams of a troubled man in troubled times. Confidently directed by Cronenberg (who also wrote the film), the movie contains many of the images and set pieces one would expect from the master of "body horror", however the film's challenging and dreamlike editing style may it's most noteworthy characteristic. Fearlessly acted by a cast of notables including the likes of Judy Davis, Ian Holm, and Roy Scheider, the film is certainly not everyone's cup of tea, however it very much earns it's place among the Criterion collection.
02:31:55
June 30, 2020
Episode 89 - Of Unknown Origin (1983)
In this week's installment of Catching Up On Cinema's 'Preciating Peter Weller event month, Kyle and Trevor review "that rat movie", George P. Cosmatos' Of Unknown Origin (1983)! Featuring Peter Weller in his first starring role, the film is a lean and energetic man vs. beast film in the tradition of Moby Dick or Jaws. Often ridiculous in the best of ways, the film is buoyed by clever editing and a winning performance from Mr. Weller.
02:22:54
June 23, 2020
Episode 88 - The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984)
In this week's episode of Catching Up On Cinema's 'Preciating Peter Weller event month, Kyle and Trevor take a look at W.D. Richter's 80's cult classic(?), The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984)! Starring Peter Weller as the titular Banzai, and featuring a charming of notables such as Jeff Goldblum, Ellen Barkin, Clancy Brown, John Lithgow, and Christopher Lloyd, the movie is an obscure cult film that in some ways bears a closer resemblance to an absurdist art project. Presented in a format similar to Star Wars Episode IV, or perhaps more appropriately, Leonard Part 6, Buckaroo Banzai comes at you hard and fast with references to previous adventures and concepts have not, nor ever will come to pass. Possessed of an surplus of creativity and an deficit of energy, the film threatens to be wholly unapproachable at times, but is just barely saved by the charisma and relative gameness of it's cast.
02:08:16
June 16, 2020
Catching Up On Cinema Presents: Tales From the Shelf - The Nifty Name Stack
It's once again time for Catching Up On Cinema's monthly "Tales From the Shelf" episode! In this month's installment, Trevor is once again joined by Brad of the Cinema Speak podcast, as the 2 share their picks for their respective "Nifty Name Stacks". For the unintiated, a Name Stack is simply a stack of movies that, when you take the first letter of their respective titles and arrange them in order, comprises the name of the owner. Example: T - Titanic R - The Road Warrior E - E.T. the Extraterrestrial, etc. You can find Brad's stuff on Libsyn at Cinema Speak, or on Twitter and Instagram.
02:07:46
June 12, 2020
Episode 87 - Screamers (1995)
In this week's installment of Catching Up On Cinema's 'Preciating Peter Weller month, Kyle and Trevor take a look at Christian Duguay's Screamers (1995)! Based on a story by Philip K. Dick, the film is an impressively shot, but sluggishly paced sci-fi slog that features some stellar matte painting and foundational story elements, but ultimately fails to engage.
02:14:21
June 9, 2020
Episode 86 - Robocop 2 (1990)
June is 'Preciating Peter Weller month at Catching Up On Cinema! This month we'll take taking a look at the filmography of Peter Weller, a prominent leading man from the 80's and 90's that holds the proud distinction of not only portraying Robocop, but also serving as the voice of Batman in the animated adaptation of The Dark Knight Returns! This week, we're jumping smack into the middle of Mr. Weller's filmography with a review of Irvin Kershner's Robocop 2 (1990)! Lighter in tone than it's predecessor, but nearly as clever and violent, the film is a worthy sequel that is often overlooked. Featuring some of Phil Tippet's best stop-motion animation, the movie is a splashy and colorful special effects showcase that is definitely worth a look for any fans of the original film.
02:39:59
June 2, 2020
Catching Up On Blu-Ray: May 2020
It's that time of the month again, as Catching Up On Cinema once again takes a look at the release calendar for the May 2020 edition of "Catching Up On Blu-Ray"! Some of the physical media highlights from this month: The Mask of Zorro (4k, 1998) Bloodshot (4k, 2020) The Lodge (2019) Gretel & Hansel (2020) Tigers Are Not Afraid (2017) Six Moral Tales (Criterion, 1963 - 1972) The Jesus Rolls (2020) White Fire (Arrow, 2020) Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn (4k, 2020) The Great Escape (Criterion, 1963) Fantasy Island (2020) Vivarium (2019) The Call of the Wild (4k, 2020) WWE: Wrestlemania 36 (2020) American Rickshaw (1989) Redcon-1 (2018) Top Gun (4k, 1986) War of the Worlds (4k, 2005) Days of Thunder (4k, 1990) The Blues Brothers (4k, 1980) Sonic the Hedgehog (4k, 2020) Onward (4k, 2020) Justice League: Apokolips War (4k, 2020) The Evil of Frankenstein (Scream Factory, 1964) The Way Back (2020) Brahms: The Boy II (2020) Lone Wolf McQuade (1983) Dance, Girl, Dance (Criterion, 1940) The Woman (Arrow, 2011) Downhill (2020) Rad (4k, 1986) The Invisible Man (4k, 2020) The Deer Hunter (Shout Select, 4k, 1978) Zombie (4k, 1979) Solid Metal Nightmares: The Films by Shinya Tsukamoto (Arrow, 1987 - 2018) Scorsese Shorts (Criterion, 1963 - 1978) Blood Tide (Arrow, 1982) Ultraman Ace (1972 - 1973) The Man Standing Next (2020) And many more!
01:33:42
May 29, 2020
Episode 85 - Jeepers Creepers (2001)
In the final episode of Catching Up On Cinema's "May is For Monsters" event, Kyle and Trevor revisit Victor Salva's, Jeepers Creepers (2001)! Starring Gina Philips and Justin Long, the film is a surprisingly well shot and tightly constructed chase film. Featuring a memorable design for the titular Creeper, and a handful of fun scare moments, the film manages to achieve quite a bit in spite of it's modest budget.
02:04:33
May 26, 2020
Episode 84 - Monstrum (2018)
In this installment of Catching Up On Cinema's "May is For Monsters" event, we review the new Shudder exclusive, Monstrum (2018)! Directed by Heo Jong-ho, and starring Kim Myung-min, Lee Hye-ri, and Choi Woo-shik, the film is spectacle driven monster on the loose flick set during Korea's Joseon era. Equal parts blockbuster action thriller and traditional creature feature, the film is a handsome and energetic thrill ride that has something for everyone.
02:25:15
May 19, 2020
Catching Up On Cinema Presents: Tales From the Shelf - Distribution Disco
In what will (hopefully) become a monthly event on Catching Up On Cinema, Trevor is once again joined by Brad of Cinema Speak to share some more "Tales From the Shelf"! The title of this month's episode is "Distribution Disco", wherein Trevor and Brad list talk at length about (and rank!) some of their favorite disc publishers. You can find Brad's stuff on Libsyn at Cinema Speak, or on Twitter and Instagram. SPOILER BELOW: Brad's Picks 4. Kino 3. Shout/Scream Factory 2. Arrow 1. Criterion Trevor's Picks 4. Magnet 3. Animeigo 2. CJ Entertainment 1. Well Go
01:46:43
May 15, 2020
Episode 83 - From the Dark (2014)
In this week's installment of Catching Up On Cinema's "May is for Monsters" event month, Kyle has our hosts review Conor McMahon's, From the Dark (2014)! Shot on a shoestring budget in the Irish countryside, the film is one part relationship drama, one part home invasion creature feature set in an isolated farmhouse. With only a couple of standout moments throughout it's runtime, the film is not exactly a hidden gem, however the conversation that springs from our viewing of the film made it worth our time in the end. Brace yourself for a lot of references to and quotes from a lot of other, better films!
02:14:55
May 12, 2020
Episode 82 - Underwater (2020)
"May is For Monsters" at Catching Up On Cinema! This month we'll be taking a look at all manner of monster movies, ranging from good old fashioned ghost stories, to gooey sci-fi gore fests. First up this month is William Eubanks' deep sea creature feature, Underwater (2020)! Starring Kristen Stewart, Jessica Henwick, Vincent Cassel and TJ Miller, the film is a charismatic and briskly paced thriller that doesn't attempt to reinvent the wheel in any fashion, but is a fun ride for those willing to check their expectations at the door.
02:02:13
May 5, 2020
Catching Up On Blu-Ray: April 2020
It's once again time for Catching Up On Cinema's monthly "Catching Up On Blu-Ray" episode! April 2020 was a big month for physical media releases, and some of the titles covered in this episode include: Little Women (2019) Beyond the Door (Arrow, 1974) Cats (2019) Dolittle (4k, 2020) VFW (4k, 2019) Army of Shadows (Criterion, 1969) Terror Train (1980) Escape from Pretoria (2020) Police Squad!: The Complete Series (1982) Underwater (2020) V: The Final Battle (1984) Just Mercy (2019) The Golem (Kino, 1920) Eye See You (2002) Homeboy (1988) Stray Cat Rock: The Collection (Arrow, 1970 - 1971) Seijun Suzuki's The Taiso Trilogy (Arrow, 1980 - 1991) Death Kappa (2010) Bad Boys For Life (4k, 2020) The Curse of the Werewolf (1961) Ip Man 4: The Finale (4k, 2019) The Turning (2020) Alastair Sim's School for Laughter (1947 - 1960) Blood & Flesh: The Reel Life and Ghastly Death of Al Adamson (2019) The Grand Budapest Hotel (Criterion, 2014) Malabimba (1979) Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (Arrow, 1988) Guns Akimbo (2019) Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge (4k, 2020) The Rhythm Section (2020) Unstoppable (2018) Butt Boy (2019) Chasing the Dragon II: Wild Wild  Bunch (2019) And many more!
01:20:01
May 1, 2020
Episode 81 - Dawn of the Dead (1978)
In the grand finale of Catching Up On Cinema's "Stay the F*ck Inside" event month, we're joined by Brad from Cinema Speak as we take a deep dive into George Romero's apocalyptic zombie epic, Dawn of the Dead (1978)! A pillar of the genre, the film is equal parts entertaining and horrific, with memorable characters, and a core concept that spawned endless imitators over the years. You can find Brad's podcast, Cinema Speak, on Stitcher or wherever you get your podcasts. You can also find him on Twitter @thecinemaspeak, and on Instagram @cinemaspeakpodcast
02:43:59
April 28, 2020
Episode 80 - Doomsday (2008)
Catching Up On Cinema continues to "Stay the F@ck Inside", as Kyle and Trevor sit down for a review of Neil Marshall's gory post-apocalyptic action flick, Doomsday (2008)! Starring Rhona Mitra, Bob Hoskins, and Malcolm MacDowell, the film is essentially "Mad Max in Scotland"... with knights. Heavily inspired by classic films such as Escape from New York, The Road Warrior, and Aliens, the film is a bloody good time that stands as far from the best, but likely the director's most ambitious project.
01:54:15
April 21, 2020
Episode 79 - Free Fire (2016)
In this week's installment of Catching Up On Cinema's "Stay the F@ck Inside" event month, Trevor and Kyle keep their heads down as they take a deep dive into Ben Wheatley's Free Fire (2016)! Starring Cillian Murphy, Armie Hammer, Jack Reynor, Sharlto Copely and Brie Larson, the film takes place in a single location and is essentially a 90 minute gunfight. Featuring stylish gunplay and sharp lensing, the film is a simple and entertaining  actioner with a touch of dark comedy.
01:51:31
April 14, 2020
Catching Up On Cinema Presents: Tales From the Shelf - Blu-Ray Blunders
In what is hopefully the first of many collaborative efforts, Trevor invites Brad of the Cinema Speak podcast to join him in talking about movies. In another first for Catching Up On Cinema, this episode is part of a new series we're calling "Tales From the Shelf", i.e. episodes centered around talking about the host's personal collections of films. The theme for the inaugural episode in this series is movies that we're not especially proud to own copies of, or "Blu-Ray Blunders" as we've taken to calling it. Thanks again to Brad for joining us on the show. Check him out on Cinema Speak, or on Twitter and Instagram
01:37:36
April 10, 2020
Episode 78 - Flu (2013)
In response to the current predicament we're all in worldwide, April is hereby officially dubbed "Stay the F*ck Inside" month at Catching Up On Cinema. Being as we're all doing our best to stay indoors these days, this month's programming will revolve around the theme of isolation, both thematically and in terms of filmmaking and premise. Our first pick this month is Kim Sung-su's South Korean blockbuster, Flu (2013)! Taking place in the city of Bundang during a martial law enforced lockdown brought on by a deadly flu outbreak, the film impresses with it's imagery and brutality, but is often confusing in tone.
02:21:35
April 7, 2020
Catching Up On Blu-Ray: March 2020
It's time once again for Catching Up On Cinema's monthly "Catching Up On Blu-Ray" episode! Some of the major physical media releases spotlighted in the March 2020 episode include: Dark Water (2019) Queen & Slim (4k, 2019) Ne Zha (4k, 2019) Verotika (2019) Radioflash (2019) Superdome (1978) The Sonata (2018) I Am Fear (2020) My Hindu Friend (2015) Go Back to China (2019) Uncut Gems (2019) Beauty and the Beast (4k, 1991 and 2017) Spies in Disguise (4k, 2019) Charlie's Angels (4k, 2019) The Ten Commandments (1923 - 1956) Inseminoid (1981) The Witch: Subversion (2018) Salesman (Criterion, 1968) Luz (2018) Jumanji: The Next Level (4k, 2019) Richard Jewell (2019) Superman: Red Son (4k, 2019) Cannibal Apocalypse (1980) A Hidden Life (2019) Bamboozled (Criterion, 2000) Black Christmas (2019) One Piece: Stampede (2019) Sudden Death (1995) 1917 (4k, 2019) April Fool's Day (Shout Factory, 1986) The Wizard (1989) Leave Her to Heaven (Criterion, 1945) The Cranes Are Flying (Criterion, 1957) The Grudge (2020) Frankenstein: The True Story (1973) Come to Daddy (2019) Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker (4k, 2019) VFW (4k, 2019) The Captain (2019) And many more!
01:41:22
March 31, 2020
Episode 77 - Enter the Dragon (1973)
In the final episode of Catching Up On Cinema's "Moving On March" event month, Trevor has Kyle sit down to watch his FIRST Bruce Lee movie ever, Enter the Dragon (1973)! Directed by Robert Clouse, the film is the last (completed) and most culturally significant film in the career of the Chinese-American martial arts icon, Bruce Lee. Co-starring John Saxon and featuring the debut performance of Jim Kelly, as well as featuring cameos from Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao, Enter the Dragon is one of most influential films to come out of the martial arts subgenre.
02:38:13
March 31, 2020
Episode 76 - The Fisher King (1991)
"Moving On March" continues at Catching Up On Cinema, as dip our toes into the illustrious filmography of the late Robin Williams in a form of a review of The Fisher King (1991)! In addition to stellar cast consisting of the likes of Jeff Bridges and Mercedes Ruehl, the film is directed by Terry Gilliam and is possessed of all the whimsical and aesthetic flair that has long been his trademark. While far from a career defining role, Robin Williams gives a multilayered and heart filled performance in the film that demonstrates his tremendous versatility as an actor.
02:34:55
March 24, 2020
Episode 75 - 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)
Catching Up On Cinema's "Moving On March" event month continues with a celebration the life and career of the late Kirk Douglas via a review of Walt Disney's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)! Starring the aforementioned Kirk Douglas, James Mason, and Peter Lorre, the film is a colorful and charming adaptation of Jules Verne's classic adventure novel. A favorite of Trevor's early childhood, the movie features Academy Award winning special effects, as well as several iconic performances and sequences that should be seen by any film connoisseur.
02:07:02
March 17, 2020
Episode 74 - Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007)
Catching Up On Cinema's "Moving On March" event continues with a look at Sidney Lumet's brutal family drama, Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007)! Directed by Sidney Lumet, and starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ethan Hawke, and Albert Finney, the film is a detailed and skillfully constructed look at the utter destruction of a family. The film carries an off-kilter, Coen-esque atmosphere that gives the proceedings a feeling of grim, inevitable, weight, that is not for the faint of heart. An excellent film, crafted by an expert director working with some of the best actors of their respective generations.
02:34:17
March 10, 2020
Episode 73 - Thoroughbreds (2017)
It's a new month, which means it's time for a new event here at Catching Up On Cinema! This month is "Moving On March," an event wherein the guys will be taking a look at films starring actors and/or directors that have recently, and unfortunately, passed away. This week we reviewed Cory Finley's darkly comedic directorial debut, Thoroughbreds (2017). A uniquely twisted tale of teenage sociopaths, the film stars Anya Taylor-Joy and Olivia Cooke, as well as features the final performance of the late Anton Yelchin.
02:12:43
March 3, 2020
Catching Up On Blu-Ray: February 2020
It's once again time for Catching Up On Cinema's monthly "Catching Up On Blu-Ray" special! In this edition, we take a look at the physical media releases for the month of February 2020. Some highlights among this months releases include: Doctor Sleep (4k, Director's Cut, 2019) Waves (2019) The Nightingale (Director of The Babadook, 2018) Boyz in the Hood (4k, 1991) The House that Jack Built (2018) Rabid (2019) FLCL: Progressive/Alternative (2018) Grand Isle (Nic Cage and Kelsey Grammar! 2019) Brain Damage (Arrow, 1988) My Bloody Valentine (Shout Factory, 1981) Ford v Ferrari (4k, 2019) First Love (2019) Transylvania 6-5000 (1985) Robocop (Arrow, 1987) In Fabric (2018) Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable (2017) Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound (Documentary, 2019) Jojo Rabbit (4k, 2019) A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (4k, 2019) Midway (4k, 2019) 21 Bridges (2019) Teorema (Criterion, 1968) Antonio Gaudi (Criterion, 1984) Knives Out (4k, 2019) Color Out of Space (Nic Cage! 4k, 2019) Frozen II (4k, 2019) Pet Sematary Two (Shout Factory, 1992) Three Fantastic Journeys by Karel Zeman (Criterion, 1955 - 1961) The Hunt for Red October (4k, 1990) Paris is Burning (Criterion, 1990) The Return of Ultraman (1971 - 1972) Not for Resale: A Retro Game Store Documentary (Documentary, 2019) And many more!
01:42:45
February 28, 2020
Episode 72 - St. Elmo's Fire (1985)
In the last episode of Catching Up On Cinema's "Guilty Pleasures" month, Kyle and Trevor take a deep breath and dive headfirst into Joel Schumacher's vapid and intensely wrongheaded coming-of-age drama, St. Elmo's Fire (1985)! Featuring roughly 1/3rd of the brat pack, as well as a very young, saxophone toting Rob Lowe, the film is one of those rare, special films that fits snugly into the category of "fascinatingly bad." In spite of it's flaws, St. Elmo's Fire is a cozy watch, and one that both Kyle and Trevor find immensely rewatchable in the "so bad it's good" sort of way.
02:33:38
February 25, 2020
Episode 71 - Flight (2012)
For this week's episode in Catching Up On Cinema's "Guilty Pleasures" event month, Trevor has Kyle check out Robert Zemeckis' heavy handed drama, Flight (2012)! Starring Denzel Washington as an alcoholic pilot that performs a miraculous act of heroism while drunk on the job, is a clunky and somewhat tame character study that nevertheless earned it's star a Best Actor nomination. While Trevor concedes that the film is fairly plain and not the best work of anyone involved, for whatever reason, he finds it very watchable, and thus, considers it a personal Guilty Pleasure film in his collection.
02:33:04
February 18, 2020
Episode 70 - Twister (1996)
In this week's installment of Catching Up On Cinema's "Guilty Pleasures" event month, Kyle has Trevor sit down to take a look back at Jan De Bont's computer effects showcase, Twister (1996)! Starring Bill Paxton, Helen Hunt, Philip Seymour Hoffman and a veritable who's who of 90's character actors, the film is a briskly paced natural disaster flick that boasted some of the finest and most ambitious CGI effects of it's day. Executive produced by Steven Spielberg, written by Michael Crichton and Joss Whedon, and scored by Marc Mancina, Twister was a massive event film that stands as one of the standouts of the modern disaster movie subgenre.
02:09:33
February 11, 2020
Episode 69 - Mortal Kombat (1995)
February is "Guilty Pleasures" month at Catching Up On Cinema! For the next 4 weeks, Kyle and Trevor will be reviewing movies that most people hate, but they secretly love. First up this month is Paul W.S. Anderson's video game adaptation, Mortal Kombat (1995)! Starring Robin Shou, Cary Hiroyuki Tagawa and Christopher Lambert, the film is one of the earliest (and best) video game movies. While heavily inspired by the concept and structure of Enter the Dragon (1973), the film's strongest asset is it's lighting and production design rather than it's somewhat lackluster martial arts sequences. Despite this, Mortal Kombat manages to be a fun nostalgia trip for fans of the video game series and high concept action movies of the 90's.
03:04:20
February 4, 2020
Catching Up On Blu-Ray: January 2020
It's once again time for our monthly Catching Up On Blu-Ray episode! In this edition, the first of the new year, we take a look at the major physical media releases for the month of January. Some highlights this month: Joker (4k, 2019) The Lighthouse (2019) Holiday (Criterion, 1938) Gemini Man (4k, 2019) Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (4k, 2019) The Fugitive Kind (Criterion, 1960) Running with the Devil (Nic Cage! 2019) Pirahnas (2019) Beyond the Law (Steven Seagal and DMX! 2019) Jay and Silent Bob Reboot (2019) Zombieland: Double Tap (4k, 2019) The Addams Family (2019) Pain and Glory (2019) Le Petit Soldat (Criterion, 1963) Countdown (2019) Black and Blue (2019) In Search of the Last Action Heroes (Oliver Harper, 2019) Parasite (2019) Terminator: Dark Fate (4k, 2019) Tammy and the T-Rex (4k, 1994) Fail Safe (Criterion, 1964) All About My Mother (Criterion, 1999) Body Parts (1991) Edge of the Axe (Arrow, 1988) Harriet (2019) Berserker (Vinegar Syndrom, 1987) Beyond the Door III (Vinegar Syndrome, 1989) And many more!
01:53:37
January 31, 2020
Episode 67 - Highway to Hell (1991) and Audition (1999)
This week we bring our F*cked Up Sh!t event month to a close with a double-header review of 2 dramatically different and (unfortunately) not-especially-f*cked up movies: Highway to Hell (1991) and Audition (1999)!  Directed by Ate De Jong, Highway to Hell (1991) is a fairly tame screwball adventure comedy that features some charming effects work and sadly very little else.  In stark contrast to that, Audition (1999) is an early work masterpiece from the filmography of Japanese director Takashi Miike. Brilliantly edited, and tightly scripted, the film feels a bit tame by today's standards in terms of horror content, however this does little to detract from it's status as a bonafide modern classic of Japanese cinema.
02:47:38
January 28, 2020
Episode 66 - We Are the Flesh (2016)
Catching Up On Cinema's "F*cked Up Sh!t" month continues, as Kyle and Trevor sit down to review the Emiliano Rocha Minter's challenging and indisputably f*cked up indie film, We Are the Flesh (2016)! A Mexican and French joint production, the film is equal parts horrifying and provocative, featuring themes and images that might be too much for some to bear. In spite of it's raw and brutal nature, the film is nevertheless deeply layered and rife with potential allegorical meaning, such that to call it an "art" film is not an act of pretension, but rather a statement of fact. Stay tuned immediately following our discussion for a brief follow-up segment from Kyle!
02:12:03
January 21, 2020
Episode 65 - Like Me (2017)
F*cked Up Sh!t month continues, as Trevor has Kyle sit down view the bizarre, pseudo-experimental indie film, Like Me (2017)! The only feature film credited to writer-director Robert Mockler, the movie is messy (in more ways than one) and confused in it's storytelling, but features some striking imagery and editing in some of it's trippier sequences. Starring Addison Timlin as an emotionally detached young woman seeking internet fame via the production of grotesque and occasionally destructive videos, the movie unfortunately only just barely scratches the surface of the realm of F*cked Up Sh!t in cinema. The search goes on for truly F*cked Up Sh!t in cinema!
02:02:52
January 14, 2020
Episode 64 - Green Room (2015)
This January at Catching Up On Cinema is "F*cked Up Sh!t" Month! Being as this is a show about expanding our horizons and pushing boundaries, we felt it would be appropriate to use this month to take a deep dive into the world of twisted and/or brutal cinema, AKA "F*cked Up Sh!t". Our first F*cked Up movie this month is Jeremy Saulnier's punk rock thriller, Green Room (2015)! Starring Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, and a surprise appearance by Patrick Stewart, the film is a tightly scripted and brutally violent thrill ride.
02:08:09
January 7, 2020
Catching Up On Blu-Ray: December 2019
It's once again time for our monthly Catching Up On Blu-Ray episode! Some of the physical media releases this month include: Ready or Not (2019) Big Trouble in Little China (Shout Factory, 1986) Game of Thrones, The Complete Series (2011 - 2019) Slaughterhouse-Five (Arrow, 1972) The Story of Temple Drake (Criterion, 1933) Tunes of Glory (Criterion, 1960) The Phantasm Collection (Well Go, 1979 - 2016) She (1982) The Goldfinch (2019) Waterworld (Arrow, 1995) Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (4k, 2019) It: Chapter Two (4k, 2019) The Fly Collection (Shout Factory, 1958 - 1989) Hustlers (4k, 2019) Until the End of the World (Criterion, 1991) Millennium Actress (2001) Ultraseven: The Complete Series (1967 - 1968) Aces: Iron Eagle III (1992) Ad Astra (4k, 2019) Rambo: Last Blood (4k, 2019) Silver Bullet (Shout Factory, 1985) Downton Abbey (2019) Abombinable (4k, 2019) Long Day's Journey Into Night (2018) Judy (2019) The Psyborgs (2019) Batman Beyond: The Complete Series (1999 - 2001) And many more!
01:00:30
December 31, 2019
Catching Up On Cinema: Theatrical Edition - Hydra (2019)
Special thanks to Film Combat Syndicate, who were kind enough to grant us access to the film for review! In this very special bonus episode of Catching Up On Cinema, Trevor reviews Kensuke Sonomura's indie martial arts flick, Hydra (2019)! Starring veteran stuntman Masanori Mimoto, the film is a small, but ambitious production that punches far above it's budget's weight in the realm of action and martial arts choreography. With a likable cast and truly fantastic and unique fight sequences, the film is a treat for martial arts connoisseurs on the lookout for a new flavor of action to add to their palette. Happy New Year!
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December 31, 2019
Episode 63 - Trapped in Paradise (1994)
Merry Christmas, happy holidays, and an even happier New Year from us here at Catching Up On Cinema! In this, the last of our holiday/winter themed episodes for the year, Trevor has Kyle sit down to watch writer/director George Gallo's brilliantly cast, but intensely flawed Christmas comedy, Trapped in Paradise (1994)! Starring Nicolas Cage, Jon Lovitz and Dana Carvey as a trio of bank robber brothers that find themselves stranded in a idyllic Pennsylvania town, the film is rarely as entertaining as it ought to be, but far from a waste of time if you're a fan of any of the leads.
01:44:05
December 24, 2019
Episode 62 - The Frozen Ground (2013)
In this episode of the podcast, John Cusack makes his second consecutive appearance on the show (sans Oliver Platt) as Kyle takes the show into the realm of true crime with a review of the Alaskan serial killer flick, The Frozen Ground (2013)! The only film directed by writer Scott Walker, the film is largely a vehicle for the then up and coming Vanessa Hudgens, despite Nicolas Cage's name getting the marquee treatment on the poster and DVD cover. A dreary, depressing slog, the film nevertheless manages to shed light on the most high profile serial killer case of Alaska's recent history.
01:50:14
December 17, 2019
Episode 61 - The Ice Harvest (2005)
In this episode of the podcast, Kyle has Trevor sit down to watch Harold Ramis' underrated Christmas themed black comedy, The Ice Harvest (2005)! Featuring John Cusack, Billy Bob Thornton, and Connie Nielsen, the film is a breezy and slick caper that is perfect for a rainy or snowy night in. Bonus: The film features a drunk Oliver Platt at steady intervals, so if ever you're bored while viewing the film, just keep that in the back of your mind ;)
01:29:41
December 10, 2019
Episode 60 - Gamera 2: The Advent of Legion (1996)
It's the first week of December, which means it's time to review some wintery and vaguely holiday related films! First up this month is the 2nd in Shusuke Kaneko's Heisei era trilogy, Gamera 2: The Advent of Legion (1996)! Briskly paced and cleverly shot and edited, the film is among the very best of the daikaiju subgenre of Japanese sci-fi. Okay, so maybe the first movie this month has essentially nothing to do with the holidays, but at the very least the film contains a handful of scenes shot in the snow.
02:19:09
December 3, 2019
Episode 59 - The Beach (2000)
In this episode, Kyle has Trevor watch Danny Boyle's beautiful and intense coming-of-age tale, The Beach (2000)! Featuring an attractive and charismatic cast of internationals, including the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert Carlyle, and Tilda Swinton, the film is a mature take on the familiar tale of a boy discovering paradise... and the complications that result from said discovery.
02:20:29
November 26, 2019
Catching Up On Blu-Ray: November 2019
It's one again time for our monthly Catching Up On Blu-Ray episode! Some of the major blu-ray and 4k releases coming out this November are: Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (4k, 2019) Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Universal Soldier (4k, 1992) The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) The Three Flavour Cornetto Trilogy (4k, Directed by Edgar Wright) Cats (1998) Undercover Brother 2 (2019) The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Good Boys (2019) The Farewell (2019) Daytrippers (Criterion, 2006) Flowers in the Attic (Arrow, 1987) The Phantom Creeps (1939) Bliss (2019) C.H.U.D. (Arrow, 1984) The Stuff (Arrow, 1985) Suspiria (4k, 1977) Cold War (Criterion, 2018) Betty Blue (Criterion, 1986) Dora the Explorer and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Memory: The Origins of Alien (2019) Ultraman Orb and Geed (2016 - 2018) The Divine Fury (2019) Robocop (Arrow, 1987) Dracula (1979) All About Eve (Criterion, 1950) Now, Voyager (Criterion, 1942) Angel Has Fallen (4k, 2019) Tammy and the T-Rex (4k, Newly Restored "Gore Cut", 1994) And many more!
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November 22, 2019
Episode 58 - The Man in the Iron Mask (1998)
In this episode, Kyle has Trevor pay another visit to the literary works of Alexandre Dumas in form of Randall Wallace's take on the 3 Musketeers, The Man in the Iron Mask (1998)! Starring Jeremy Irons, John Malkovich, Gerard Depardieu and Gabriel Byrne as the musketeers, as well as Leonardo DiCaprio in dual roles, the film is a somewhat tepid costume drama that was unfortunately marketed as an action-adventure film. The best elements of the film are Jeremy Irons' magnificent wig, and Gerard Depardieu's greasy French ass.
02:17:12
November 19, 2019
Episode 57 - Flash Point (2007)
In this episode of the podcast, Trevor and Kyle review another Donnie Yen and Wilson collaboration, the cop drama/martial arts actioner, Flash Point (2007)! A prequel to last week's SPL: Sha Po Lang (2005), the film is a briskly paced and largely succeeds in upping the ante in terms of spectacle in it's fight choreography, and ridiculousness in terms of good old fashioned Hong Kong melodrama.
02:23:44
November 12, 2019
Episode 56 - SPL: Sha Po Lang (2005)
*WARNING* Kyle drops some minor spoilers for Game of Thrones season 8 in this episode *WARNING* In this episode, Trevor takes the show back into the world of Hong Kong cinema to review Wilson Yip and Donnie Yen's first film collaboration, SPL: Sha Po Lang (2005)! Serving as a massive turning point in the career of director and star alike, the film is a stylish cops and robbers flick that just so happens to include some of the most thrilling and innovative fight choreography of the 2000's.
02:17:14
November 5, 2019
Triple Threat - Cinematic Deaths
In this very special Triple Threat edition of Catching Up On Cinema, Trevor invites his brother Matt to join he and Kyle in celebrating the Halloween season with a discussion regarding the subject of DEATH in cinema. Ranging from the hilarious, the spectacular, and the emotionally devastating, the boys manages to cover no less than 50 different cinematic deaths in this episode, with about a half dozen coming from Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan.
02:23:39
October 31, 2019
Episode 55 - Cannibal Holocaust (1980)
*WARNING* The film reviewed in this episode contains explicit scenes of real life animal cruelty. Proceed at your own risk. *WARNING* In the final installment of "Kyle's Killer October," Kyle decides to go for broke and have he and Trevor mutually catch up on one of more infamous horror films in the annals of film history, Ruggerio Deodato's massively controversial Cannibal Holocaust (1980)! Banned in several countries due to it's graphic content, most notably the onscreen killings of multiple animals and several murder and rape scenes that were, for a time, thought to have been genuine, the film has a storied reputation in the horror community for pushing the boundaries of the medium. Despite the stomach churning qualities of the subject matter and content, the film is nevertheless a technically sound film with a wholly unique narrative structure.
01:57:48
October 29, 2019
Episode 54 - The Void (2016)
In this weeks installment of "Kyle's Killer October," the Catching Up On Cinema boys venture to the Great White North to check out Steve Kostanki and Jeremy Gillespie's gory cosmic horror experience, The Void (2016)! Featuring lovingly crafted (and gooey) animatronic and makeup effects, the film is a trippy and intense thrill ride that is worth a watch for practical effect enthusiasts.
01:57:47
October 22, 2019
Catching Up On Blu-Ray: October 2019
It's a new month, which means it's time for our monthly "Catching Up On Blu-Ray" episode! Some of the highlights among the physical media releases this October include: Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019, 4k) The Shining (1980, 4k) Pan's Labyrinth (2006, 4k) Zombieland (2009, 4k) Chernobyl (2019) Gremlins (1984, 4k) Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket (1989) Driven (2018) Ator, the Fighting Eagle (1982) Toy Story 4 (2019, 4k) Midsommar (2019, Extended Edition) Annabelle Comes Home (2019) The Killer Dolls (1975) Scarface (1983, 4k) Crawl (2019) Haxan (1922, Criterion) 3 From Hell (2019, 4k) Ultraman: The Complete Series (1966 - 1967) Ultra Q: The Complete Series (1966) Stuber (2019, 4k) Killer Nun (1975, Arrow) The Lion King (2019, 4k) When We Were Kings (1996, Criterion) Godzilla: The Showa Era (1954 - 1975, Criterion) An American Werewolf in London (1981, Arrow) The Blob (1988, Shout Factory) It's A Wonderful Life (1946, 4k) The Wizard of Oz (1939, 4k) Night Beast (1982) And many more!
01:31:25
October 18, 2019
Episode 53 - Sinister (2012)
In this week's episode in "Kyle's Killer October," the Catching Up On Cinema crew take a close look at Scott Derrickson's ghostly thriller, Sinister (2012)! Made on the cheap and featuring a winning performance by star Ethan Hawke, as well as generally exceptional production values, the film was one of the more memorable of the late 2000's resurgence of no frills spectral horror flicks. Fair warning, a decent chunk of this episode is just us yelling about Spider-Man and talking up the awesomeness of Vincent D'Onofrio.
01:45:17
October 15, 2019
Episode 52 - The Babadook (2014)
"Kyle's Killer October" heads to the land downunder, as he and Trevor sit down to Catch Up On Jennifer Kent's psychological horror masterpiece, The Babadook (2014)! A challenging film with stunning production design and cinematography, the film is deeply layered and bold in subject matter and execution. The feature directorial debut of Jennifer Kent, the film boasts a stellar reputation among horror fans, and is strong recommend to anyone with an interest in exploring the darker side of human psychology.
01:40:44
October 8, 2019
Episode 51 - Insidious (2010)
It's October, which means it's time for us to take a deep dive into the world of horror! This month, Kyle is going to be in charge of all of the movie selections for a special Halloween themed event we're calling "Kyle's Killer October". The general theme this year is that of "modern" horror, meaning mostly stuff from the 2000's and onward. First up is James Wan's game changing spectral possession flick, Insidious (2010)! Starring Patrick Wilson (how could anyone not like him?) and Rose Byrne, and featuring a special appearance by Lin Shaye, the film is essenially an ultra low budget, spooky rollercoaster ride. Together with Paranormal Activity, it revitalized the ghost/haunted house subgenre of horror in the late 2000's and beyond.
02:08:21
October 1, 2019
Catching Up On Blu-Ray: September 2019
Once more, it's time for our monthly Catching Up On Blu-Ray, September 2019 edition! Some highlights of the physical media releases from this month: Rambo (4k, 2008) Booksmart (2019) Men In Black: International (4k, 2019) Ma (2019) Nightmare Cinema (2018) Fists in the Pocket (Criterion, 1965) Darlin' (2019) John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (4k, 2019) Casino (4k, 1995) Aladdin (4k, 1992 and 2019) The Dead Don't Die (2019) Lockup (4k, 1989) X-Men: Dark Phoenix (4k, 2019) Polyester (Criterion, 1981) The VelociPastor (2018) Kung Fu League (2018) To Hell and Back: The Kane Hodder Story (2017) Gunsmith Cats (1995) Stephen King's The Stand (1994) Child's Play (4k, 2019) Anna (4k, 2019) The Circus (Criterion, 1928) The Vineyard (WRITTEN, DIRECTED BY, AND STARRING JAMES HONG, 1989) Hellraiser and Hellraiser II: Hellbound (Arrow, 1987 and 1988) A Score to Settle (Nic Cage! 2019) And many more!
01:06:14
September 30, 2019
The Alien Masterclass - Part 4: Alien Resurrection (1997)
In the 4th installment in The Alien Masterclass, Kyle and Trevor tackle Jean-Pierre Jeunet's 1997 oddity, Alien Resurrection (1997)! Written by Joss Whedon, and starring a menagerie of stellar character actors, the film is a tonal mess that is best described as the black sheep of the franchise. Sporting sumptuous visuals and satisfying action and gore, the film is nevertheless a fun ride that (somehow) manages to stand out among it's contemporaries.
02:26:29
September 27, 2019
The Alien Masterclass - Part 3: Alien 3 (1992)
This week in Catching Up On Cinema's "Alien Masterclass," Kyle and Trevor take a good long look at David Fincher's divisive and thoroughly unloved entry in the series, Alien 3 (1992)! Effectively disowned by it's director, the film's troubled production history is easily more interesting than the gloomy, confused mess that made it's way to theaters.
02:03:51
September 24, 2019
The Alien Masterclass - Part 2: Aliens (1986)
In part 2 of our Alien Masterclass series, we review James Cameron's action/sci-fi game changer, Aliens (1986)! Trevor's personal favorite in the franchise, the film is regarded as a classic among classics in it's genre, holding the reputation as being one of the rare sequels that manages to equal or surpass the original. Starring a who's who of James Cameron regulars, and some of Stan Winston and James Horner's finest work, the movie is a masterpiece of cinema that deserves every minute of the 2 and a half hours that Kyle and Trevor dedicate to discussing it.
02:39:27
September 17, 2019
The Alien Masterclass - Part 1: Alien (1979)
In celebration of Catching Up On Cinema's 1st year anniversary of programming, Kyle and Trevor take it upon themselves to revisit the show format that kicked off the entire series: The Masterclass! Seeing as the Predator franchise served as the inaugural Masterclass episode, it only seems fitting that we follow things up with a deep dive into the closely related Alien franchise! Throughout the month of September, we'll be doing a comprehensive review of all of the movies starring 20th Century Fox's iconic chest bursting, acid bleeding, extraterrestrial menace! In this first episode in the Masterclass, we review i.e. gush about/jerk off to the movie that started it all, Ridley Scott's Alien (1979)!
01:39:40
September 10, 2019
Episode 50 - The Mummy Returns (2001)
It's the 50th episode of Catching Up On Cinema! In celebration of this major milestone, Kyle and Trevor decide to revisit a film franchise that was important to both of them in their respective youths, Stephen Sommer's The Mummy Returns (2001)! While not "good" in the traditional sense, the film is very much a product of it's time and has the distinction of being a very cozy and immensely rewatchable experience. Check out our The Mummy '99 vs. The Mummy 2017 episode for our thoughts on the first film in the series: https://anchor.fm/catchinguponcinema/episodes/The-Mummy-1999-Vs--The-Mummy-2017-e2at9a
02:41:34
September 3, 2019
Episode 49 - Perfect Blue (1997)
In the final episode of "Anime August," Trevor reviews the critically acclaimed psychological thriller, Perfect Blue (1997)! The directorial debut of famed animator Satoshi Kon, the film is notable for it's elaborate editing and rich thematic content. Please note, the original recording of this episode, featuring both Trevor and Kyle in the standard conversational format, was unfortunately lost due to a hard drive error. As a result, Trevor was forced to re-record the episode without Kyle, making this the first (and hopefully last) instance of a "solo" episode in the show's history. Make sure to check back next week for the 50th episode of Catching Up On Cinema!
02:01:59
August 27, 2019
Catching Up On Blu-Ray: August 2019
Once again, it's time for our monthly "Catching Up On Blu-Ray" episode of the podcast! Physical media releases are pretty varied this time around, with some of the biggest of the big blockbusters dropping at various point throughout the month, as well as some funky looking indie flicks. A small preview of what's covered in the episode: Alice, Sweet Alice (Arrow, 1976) Detective Pikachu (4k, 2019) Batman: Hush (4k, 2019) What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (Documentary, 2018) Tiger Milk (2017) Attrition (Steven Seagal! 2018) A Bitter Legacy (Documentary, 2016) Avengers: Endgame (4k, 2019) Shadow (4k, 2018) The Inland Sea (Criterion, 1991) Another Stakeout (1993) Brightburn (4k, 2019) Cruising (Arrow, 1980) The Witches (1990) Magnificent Obsession (Criterion, 1954) I Trapped the Devil (2019) The Brink (2017) Apocalypse Now: 40th Anniversary Edition (4k, 1979) Stand By Me (4k, 1986) Godzilla: King of the Monsters (4k, 2019) Rocketman (4k, 2019) The Koker Trilogy (Criterion, 1987 - 1994) Aspen Extreme (1993) And many more!
01:28:52
August 23, 2019
Episode 48 - Princess Mononoke (1997)
In this, the third installment in Catching Up On Cinema's "Anime August," Trevor has Kyle view the critically acclaimed Princess Mononoke (1997)! Animated by Studio Ghibli and directed by one of the most famous and influential of anime directors, Hayao Miyazaki, the film represents one of the earlier success stories in the realm of mainstream success for the medium worldwide. Set in the Muromachi era of feudal Japan, the film is an aesthetic wonder, featuring luscious background paintings and lovingly detailed, hand-drawn animation throughout the entirety of it's (considerable) 134 minute run time.
02:38:49
August 20, 2019
Episode 47 - Ghost in the Shell (1995)
In the second installment of "Anime August", Trevor and Kyle sit down to talk about Mamoru Oshii's 1995 cyberpunk classic, Ghost in the Shell! Featuring technically astounding animation and uniquely introspective and philosophical themes, the film is beloved by many and heralded as a major source of inspiration for many subsequent sci-fi properties.
02:10:16
August 13, 2019
Episode 46 - Otaku No Video (1991)
This month is Anime August here at Catching Up On Cinema! For the next 4 weeks, Trevor is going to be taking Kyle on a journey through the colorful and varied world of Japanese animation, beginning with Gainax and Takeshi Mori's Otaku No Video (1991)! A farcical tale about 2 young men striving to make it big in the anime industry, the 2-part OVA (original video animation) is a unique, multi-layered meta commentary on the medium and culture. Featuring live-action documentary interviews with a variety of "otaku" (broad definition: nerdy fanatics) the anime is a strong introduction to and examination of the world of anime and manga. *Please note, the live-action interview/documentary segments in this OVA are in fact staged sequences performed by actors*
02:30:50
August 6, 2019
Episode 45 - The Shark is Still Working (2012)
In this final installment of Catching Up On Cinema's "Movies About Making Movies" month, Kyle and Trevor take a look at The Shark is Still Working (2012), Erik Hollander's heartfelt documentary about the making and legacy of Steven Spielberg's legendary blockbuster film, Jaws (1975). While the documentary is a little fluffy, and perhaps more of a tribute to rather than a true documentary of the making of Jaws, Kyle and Trevor manage to get a good conversation out of it, often going on random tangents and sharing anecdotes that are largely unrelated to the film. Happy Shark Week everyone!
01:38:43
July 30, 2019
Episode 44 - The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? (2015)
In this very special episode in our "Movies About Making Movies" month, Kyle and Trevor review Jon Schepp's terrific documentary about the Tim Burton Superman film that never was, The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened (2015)! Comprised of interviews with the producers and pre-production that tirelessly worked on Superman Lives prior to it's abrupt cancellation, and featuring a wealth of behind the scenes test footage and concept art, the documentary serves as the definitive look at what could have been a truly unique superhero film.
02:17:50
July 23, 2019
Episode 43 - Kung Fu Elliot (2014)
In this installment of our "Catching Up On Movies About Making Movies" month, Trevor introduces Kyle to the delightfully shocking Canadian documentary, Kung Fu Elliot (2014)! Following the exploits of one Elliot "White Lightning" Scott and his attempts to make no budget action films and become "Canada's first action star", the documentary begins as a story about a wide-eyed dreamer, only to become something much darker and more compelling than most would expect. Directed by Matthew Bauckman and Jaret Belliveau, Kung Fu Elliot is one of Trevor's favorite documentaries, and one we here at Catching Up On Cinema feel is criminally overlooked. Do yourself and look it up on Amazon Prime if you haven't already: https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B07BLM27YP/ref=cm_sw_tw_r_pv_wb_6oHjtcRr4v3z7
02:35:58
July 16, 2019
Episode 42 - American Movie (1999)
In second installment of our "Catching Up On Movies About Movies" month, Trevor has Kyle watch one of his favorite documentaries of all time, Chris Smith's intimate portrait of a struggling filmmaker, American Movie (1999)! Following the exploits of wannabe filmmaker Mark Borchardt, the film is an intimate portrait of a frustrated and struggling artist and his efforts to eke out a living, ply his craft, and grapple with his own personal demons. Shot between 1995 and 1997, the film is a precious time capsule of the human condition in middle America. Serious question: Is peppermint schnapps with Sprite a good drink?
02:22:20
July 9, 2019
Catching Up On Blu-Ray: July 2019
It's that time of the month again, as Kyle and Trevor sit down for the July 2019 edition of "Catching Up On Blu-Ray". Some highlights of this month's physical media releases: Putney Swope (1969) Escape Plan: The Extractors (2019) Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin - Chronicle of the Loum Battlefield (2015 - 2018) Mothra (1961) Hulk (4k, 2003) Waterworld (4k, 1995) Pet Sematary (4k, 2019) High Life (2018) The BRD Trilogy (Criterion, 1978 - 1982) Europa Europa (Criterion, 1990) Peter Pan (Kino, 1924) Transit (2018) Shazam! (4k, 2019 Klute (Criterion, 1971) Moon (4k, 2009) The Baker's Wife (Criterion, 1938) Fast Color (2019) Breakthrough (4k, 2019) Abduction (Scott Adkins!, 2018) Alita: Battle Angel (4k, 3D, 2019) Weird Science (Arrow, 1985) Do the Right Thing (Criterion, 1989) 1984 (Criterion, 1984) The Doors (4k, 1991) Hellboy (4k, 2019) Missing Link (2019) The Loveless (Arrow, 1981) Critters Attack! (2019) Master Z: The Ip Man Legacy (2018) Glory (4k, 1989) Long Shot (2019) The Big-O: Complete Collection (1999 - 2003) El Chicano (2018) And many more!
01:04:42
July 5, 2019
Episode 41 - Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (1991)
This July is "Movies About Making Movies" month at Catching Up On Cinema! Kyle's first pick for this month is the critically acclaimed documentary, Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (1991)! Telling the tale of Francis Ford Coppola's infamously troubled production of Apocalypse Now (1979), the documentary is often cited as an example of a behind-the-scenes tale that may potentially eclipse the film it's based around in terms of entertainment value. Featuring interviews with most of the major players involved in the production of the film, including Coppola and his wife, Martin Sheen, and Dennis Hopper, the documentary is easily one of the best movies about the making of a movie that you'll ever see.
02:01:08
July 2, 2019
Episode 40 - Alien: Covenant (2017)
In the last episode of our very loose, "Most Recent Entry in a Long-Lived Franchise" series of episodes, Kyle has Trevor sit down with him to discuss Ridley Scott's 2017 return to the Alien franchise proper, Alien: Covenant (2017)! Building on the themes and characters first introduced in the director's earlier film, Prometheus, Alien: Covenant is a beautiful, but often misguided and silly entry in the series. Michael Fassbender, committing to the role and delivering a stellar performance despite the "fingering" scene! Katherine Waterston, bearing one of the worst hairdos in recent memory and developing a potty mouth in the closing act! Billy Crudup REALLY believes in Jesus, and he needs to remind you of that in every scene he's in! Danny McBride, stuck in space with 2 hot young people, and somehow he's upset about it! And guest starring James Franco as a burning CGI corpse!
02:17:24
June 25, 2019
Catching Up On Blu-Ray: June 2019
We're a bit late this month, but it's time for Catching Up On Cinema's monthly Catching Up On Blu-Ray episode for the month of June 2019! Notable releases this month: Viy (1967) Batman (1989) - Batman and Robin (1997), now on 4k! Toy Story (1995) - Toy Story 3 (2010), now on 4k! Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2019) The Andromeda Strain (1971, Arrow) The Man Who Laughs (1928) The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018) The Kid (2019) Captain Marvel (2019, 4k) Leprechaun Returns (2018) The Entity (1982) Swing Time (1936, Criterion) Captive State (2019) Five Feet Apart (2019) T-34 (2018) Us (2019, 4k) Under the Silver Lake (2018) Beach Bum (2018)  L'humanité (1999, Criterion)  La vie de Jésus (1997, Criterion) Lost Highway (1997) Night of the Creeps (1986) Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001, Criterion) Dumbo (2019, 4k) Night Killer (1990) Double Face (1969, Arrow) Robowar (1988) Furie (2019) And many more!
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June 21, 2019
Catching Up On Cinema: Theatrical Edition - Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019)
*WARNING!* Total spoilers for Godzilla: King of the Monsters! *WARNING!* In this special Theatrical Edition of Catching Up On Cinema, Kyle and Trevor head out to the theater to check out the 3rd entry in Legendary's "Monsterverse" franchise, Michael Dougherty's Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019)! Featuring the heaviest of heavy hitters in the long lived Godzilla franchise, the movie is an unapologetic love letter to the older generation Godzilla films. While the human aspect of the story and plot is both problematic and unintentionally silly, the monster action is solid, and as Trevor mentions early on in the episode, most of the film's weaker aspects can actually be interpreted as the filmmaker's remaining true to the source material. Kyle Chandler, beating off to the sounds of wolves eating! Vera Farmiga as perhaps the most unstable and unforgivable character in recent film history! Millie Bobby Brown as the "Kenny" of the film! Ken Watanabe, sacrificing himself for to enhance the film's Chinese box office earnings!  Zhang Ziyi as 2 different characters! How the Hell did I miss that!? Charles Dance, somehow failing to go "full evil" over the course of a 2 hour+ movie! And Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan and King Ghidorah, delivering the goods on the few occasions the editor sees fit to let them!
02:23:27
June 18, 2019
Episode 39 - Spectre (2015)
In the 2nd installment in Catching Up On Cinema's "Franchise Month," Trevor forces Kyle to subject himself to Sam Mendes' 2nd go 'round at the James Bond franchise: Spectre (2015)! Boasting a strong cast and truly magnificent cinematography, the film is dragged down by a clumsy, lackluster script, and is regarded by many as one of the lesser Bond films of the modern era. It needs to be said upfront, Trevor is an avid Bond fan, while Kyle is a casual viewer at best. Daniel Craig, looking for a way out of the franchise since 2008! Lea Seydoux, not nearly as hot if you take away the accent! Christoph Waltz, as "Totally Not Blofeld"! Dave Bautista, denied a speaking role, but here to save the movie anyway! Special guest appearance by Gary Busey!
02:02:05
June 11, 2019
Episode 38 - Halloween (2018)
It's the first week of June, so naturally the boys are reviewing... David Gordon Green's Halloween (2018)? This month's reviews will be part of something we're casually referring to as "Franchise Month."  Essentially, the idea this month is to tackle the most recent films in long lived franchises.  Streamlining the franchise canon by disregarding the events of all the Halloween films aside from the 1978 original, Halloween 2018 is a slick and pleasantly restrained entry in the series that pulls double duty as both a satisfying capstone to the series, as well as (very likely) the kickoff point for a future films. Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode, badass grannie! Judy Greer as a mom! Of course! John Carpenter, returning as composer and truly fuckin' bringing it! Michael Meyers, finding time for arts and crafts in between murdering folks! "It's not a cage... It's a trey-ahp."
02:30:57
June 4, 2019
Episode 37 - 47 Ronin (2013)
Catching Up On Keanu month draws to a close as Kyle has Trevor sit down to watch Carl Rinsch's universally reviled pseudo-Japanese fantasy action flick, 47 Ronin (2013)! A troubled production that saw the woefully inexperienced director removed from the project in it's post-production stages, the film represents the perfect storm of a bad script, given to painfully untalented director gifted with far too generous a budget. Keanu as a hapa samurai that is generally kind of a dick and has the superpower of being able to move at slightly above average speeds! Hiroyuki Sanada as the coolest person in the movie that gets far too little screentime! Tadanobu Asano and Rinko Kikuchi as the 2nd and 3rd coolest people in the movie with nothing to do! Cary Hiroyuki Tagawa as a lord presiding over a tournament, and he DOESN'T yell "YOUR SOUL, IS MINE!"??? Silver Samurai! Tattoo Man that ALL OVER the marketing and appears in one scene! Gedde "Long Duk Dong" Watanabe!?
01:29:47
May 31, 2019
Catching Up On Cinema: Theatrical Edition - John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019)
*WARNING!* Total spoilers for John Wick 3! *WARNING!* In a special Theatrical Edition of Catching Up On Cinema, Kyle and Trevor sit down to review the Keanu Reeves action flick, John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019)! The centerpiece of Catching Up On Keanu month, the film is a wholly satisfying action extravaganza packed to the gills with extraordinary choreography, violence, and who's who of notables from the stunt world. Books, guns, knives, horses!? Tiger Chen fighting with and killed by his good friend Keanu! Crotches being shot and bitten with alarming frequency! Keanu getting thrown through all of the glass in New York city!
01:50:47
May 28, 2019
Episode 36 - Man of Tai Chi (2013)
For the third installment in our "Catching Up On Keanu" month, Trevor has Kyle sit down to watch the only film ever directed by Keanu Reeves, Man of Tai Chi (2013)! Starring longtime collaborator and friend of Keanu's, Tiger Chen, the film is a quaint, but technically sound action film that was seemingly built from the ground up to be a showcase of the at the time largely unknown Chen's martial arts ability. Featuring token appearance by several noteworthy martial arts actors, including Iko Uwais and Silvio Simac, the movie is a love letter to the genre that fails to break any new ground, but proudly justifies it's existence with the obvious signs of care and and commitment put forth by the lead actors and director. Tiger Chen, failing to emote but wowing with his tai chi prowess! Keanu Reeves, lookin' kind of stiff and making "ghost face" into the camera at random! Iko Uwais, in his least satisfying role this side of The Force Awakens!
02:09:27
May 21, 2019
Episode 35 - Chain Reaction (1996)
In this 2nd installment in our "Catching Up On Keanu" month, Kyle selects the 1996 action-thriller, Chain Reaction (1996)! Directed by prolific action director Andrew Davis, the film is a rather conventional thriller in the tradition of films such as The Fugitive (which was also directed by Davis) and The Net. Starring Keanu Reeves as a physicist/machinist/musician, Rachel Weisz as his main squeeze, and Morgan Freeman as the friendliest morally dubious bad guy(?) in cinema history, the movie is largely average, but very nostalgic for those us who were young during this particular era in action movie history. A boring plot bookended by 2 giant explosions! Morgan Freeman, making cigars look sexy! Baby Rachel Weisz as the most delightful drunk in cinema history! Brian Cox, flaunting his impeccable Southern accent and giving Steven Seagal a run for his money in the "Worst Run in Cinema History" competition! And a welcome cameo from a very young and spindly Michael Shannon as a flower delivery man!
02:06:43
May 14, 2019
Catching Up On Blu-Ray: May 2019
It's time once again for our special monthly Catching Up On Blu-Ray episode! Physical media releases highlights for the month of May include: The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (2019, 4k) Forrest Gump (1994, 4k) Broken Flowers (2005) The Heiress (Criterion, 1949) The Grand Duel (Arrow, 1972) They Shall Not Grow Old (2018) Godzilla (1998, 4k) House of Games (Criterion, 1987) Fighting with My Family (2019) Cold Pursuit (2019, 4k) Triple Threat (2018) One Sings, The Other Doesn't (Criterion. 1977) A Record of Sweet Murder (2014) Backdraft 2 (2019) Jurassic Dead (2019) Valentine (2017) Birds of Passage (2018) How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019, 4k) Black Moon Rising (1986) Let the Sunshine In (Criterion, 2017) The Upside (2018) Blue Velvet (Criterion, 1986) Double Impact (MVD, 1991) Climax (2018) Lords of Chaos (2018) General Commander (2019) And many more!
01:24:57
May 10, 2019
Episode 34 - Freaked (1993)
In anticipation of the theatrical release of John Wick Chapter 3 - Parabellum, we've declared May 2019 to be "Catching Up On Keanu" month! Each week in May, Kyle and Trevor will take turns selecting a Keanu Reeves film that they'd like to review for the show. In this first episode of "Catching Up On Keanu" month, Trevor selects the grotesque lovechild of Ren, Stimpy, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Freaked (1993)! Cheating the system a bit, Keanu actually only appears in the film in an uncredited capacity, while his longtime friend Alex Winters stars in, co-wrote and co-directed the film along with Tom Stern and Tim Burns. Alex Winter acting like Jim Carrey in Gremlin makeup! Keanu Reeves as Ortiz the Dog Boy! Randy Quaid as an insta-tanned ringmaster! A man with a sock for a head, sentient rastafarian eyeballs, a man farting an eternal flame, and a giant pile of shit shaped like Winona Ryder!
01:51:52
May 7, 2019
Catching Up On Cinema: Theatrical Edition - Avengers: Endgame (2019)
*WARNING* Total spoilers for Avengers: Endgame! *WARNING* In this special Theatrical Edition of the podcast, Kyle and Trevor sit down to talk about the cinematic event of the decade, Avengers: Endgame (2019)! The culmination of 22 movies worth of storyline, the film a relentlessly entertaining 3 hour plus spectacle of fanservice and comic book absurdity. In more ways than one, it is the Back to the Future 2 of superhero movies. That being said, is the movie any good? Tune in to find out! BONUS:  Stick around after the sign off for Kyle and Trevor's thoughts on the upcoming Lion King remake!
02:09:57
May 3, 2019
Episode 33 - SLC Punk (1998)
In this episode, Kyle introduces Trevor to James Merendino's punk rock drama, SLC Punk! (1998) Starring the largely underappreciated Matthew Lillard, the film explores the journey into adulthood of a young wannabe punk rocker in mid-80's Salt Lake City, Utah. Michael A. Goorjian as "Heroin" Bob, who at no point in the film ever uses heroin! Christopher McDonald stealing the show as the most sensible and jaded divorced dad in cinema! Acid trips leading to young men thinking the floor is made of hot lava! Hugo Stieglitz as an East German drug dealer in Utah! Cute girls with unibrows that verbally flick you in the balls! And don't forget, "Nazis are not Satanists.... They're more like, a... gathering of people."
01:48:14
April 30, 2019
Episode 32 - Dog Soldiers (2002)
In this episode, Trevor has Kyle watch Neil Marshall's lighthearted action-horror romp, Dog Soldiers (2002)! Featuring a who's who of British/UK character actors, the film is modestly budgeted, but cleverly written entry in the long tradition of werewolf films. Soldiers vs. Werewolves AKA Aliens meet Evil Dead! Trevor and Kyle count the possible Jurassic Park references! An entire 5 minute tangent about Tom Sizemore on the set of Saving Private Ryan! And YET ANOTHER reference to Wayne's World slipped in there for good measure!
01:47:33
April 23, 2019
Episode 31 - 28 Days Later (2002)
In this episode, Kyle introduces Trevor to Danny Boyle's contemporary zombie movie classic, 28 Days Later (2002)! Starring Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris and Brendan Gleeson, the film is an exceptional entry in a very crowded sub-genre of horror and is especially noteworthy for kicking off the (brief) trend of "fast zombies." Cillian Murphy, shouting "HELLO!" and turning into Rambo in the last act! Naomie Harris, mercy killing people in the least efficient manner possible! Brendan Gleeson, as a gigantic red herring that's all about the booze! Christopher Eccleston, as the proud leader of the UK's horniest and least capable military unit!
01:55:06
April 16, 2019
Catching Up On Blu-Ray: April 2019
It's time for this month's Catching Up On Blu-Ray! For those that might be unaware, this is a special monthly feature wherein Kyle and Trevor review the month's upcoming physical media releases and review the films that catch their eye. Worth noting among this month's upcoming releases: Bumblebee (4k, 2018) The Mule (4k, 2018) Vice (2018) The Man Who Killed Hitler and then The Bigfoot (2018) A Silent Voice: The Movie (2016) Terraformars (2016) The Fantastic Mr. Fox (Criterion, 2009) The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974) Mirai (2018) Stranger Than Paradise (Criterion, 1974) Welcome to Marwen (2018) Island Zero (2018) Enigma (1982) We Die Young (2018) The Karate Kid (4k, 1984) Glass (4k, 2018) Hard Ticket to Hawaii (1987) Superstition (1982) The Manitou (1978) Dragonball Super: Broly (2018) Destroyer (2018) Hagazussa (2017) Dragged Across Concrete (2018) And many more!
01:09:38
April 12, 2019
Episode 30 - Lord of Illusions (1995)
In this episode, Trevor and Kyle Catch Up On the world of Clive Barker via the horror-noir classic, Lord of Illusions (1995)! Starring Scott Bakula, Famke Janssen, and everyone's favorite weasel, Kevin J. O'Connor, the film is an exceptional product of a rich era of high-concept, high-budget mainstream horror films. Scott Bakula, jacked and shirtless throughout! Famke Janssen, wearing some of the ugliest dresses in cinema history! Kevin J. O'Connor, barfing fire snakes and floating for no reason! Daniel von Bargen as a walking shit demon and president of Kruger Industrial Smoothing! Mr. Butterfield and his absurdly tight pants! And a mandrill for seemingly no reason whatsoever!
02:04:55
April 9, 2019
Episode 29 - The Killer (1989)
In this episode, Trevor introduces Kyle to the Hong Kong filmography of John Woo by having him watch the Chow Yun Fat bullet ballet classic, The Killer (1989)! With a bodycount in the triple digits, and squibs and stunts galore, the film is a melodramatic spectacle for the ages that ranks among Trevor's favorite films of his youth. Chow Yun Fat and Danny Lee as Mickey Mouse and Dumbo: Blood Brothers! Trevor, grappling with whether or not Dick Tracy and The Untouchables are good films! Kyle, asking the most serious of questions: Does Bruce Willis make good films? Wayne's World references too numerous to count!
02:05:44
April 2, 2019
Episode 28 - The Boondock Saints 2: All Saint's Day (2009)
"An Evening with Troy Duffy" comes to a close as Kyle and Trevor review the 2nd (and potentially final) movie in bartender/bouncer/musician/screenwriter/director Troy Duffy's filmography, The Boondock Saints 2: All Saint's Day (2009)! Starring most of the same folks from the first film, the film is largely devoid of redeeming value, and often feels painfully immature and dated. Troy Duffy has seen The Godfather Part II and it's VERY IMPORTANT to him that you know that. Rampant male nudity and childish gay panic slurs in the same film!? Several minute long tangents about Jurassic Park and other (better) films! Jerry Stiller attempting (in vain) to explain the plots of very complicated films! The most cringe-inducing, unrepentantly pro-man non sequitur in cinema history! Kyle and Trevor finding EVERY EXCUSE to NOT talk about the topic at hand!
02:27:39
March 26, 2019
Catching Up On Cinema: Theatrical Edition - Triple Threat (2019)
*WARNING! Full spoilers for Triple Threat! WARNING!* We interrupt our month of Irish films for a very special, impromptu, Theatrical Edition of the show! In this very special episode of the podcast, Trevor takes his brother to go see the one-night-only, martial arts action extravaganza, Triple Threat (2019)! Directed by Jesse V. Johnson, choreographed by Tim Man, and featuring a who's who of martial arts and action stars, the film has been at or near the top of Trevor's most anticipated films list since it's announcement a couple of years ago. While the brothers are somewhat critical of the film, it needs to be said that the critiques come from a place of love and appreciation. While not a perfect film by any means, the novelty of seeing Scott Adkins, Tony Jaa, Iko Uwais, Tiger Chen, Michael Jai White, Jeeja Yanin, Michael Bisping, Ron Smoorenburg, and Dominique Vandenberg onscreen, beating the hell out of each other, is dream come true kind of stuff for an action fan like Trevor.
02:25:16
March 22, 2019
Episode 27 - The Boondock Saints (1999)
Kyle and Trevor’s Irish themed month of Catching Up On Cinema continues with Troy Duffy’s The Boondock Saints (1999)! The first out of only 2 films in the filmography of bartender/bouncer/musician/screenwriter/director Troy Duffy, the film is regarded as somewhat of a cult hit, as well as mini-miracle given the character and (limited) capabilities of it's director. Rampant glorification of violence and extremist ideologies! Ron Jeremy's stunt double being shot through a 2-way mirror! Willem Dafoe in drag! PRIMO BOX!
02:05:43
March 19, 2019
Episode 26 - Overnight (2003)
Happy St. Patrick's Day from Catching Up On Cinema! In keeping with the Irish-ish theme we've had for all the episodes posted this month, Kyle and Trevor invite you, the listener to join them in a special 3-part event we've taken to calling "An Evening with Troy Duffy". For the uninitiated, Troy Duffy is of course the borderline talented Irish-American bartender/bouncer/screenwriter who is best known for writing and directing The Boondock Saints (1999). Once thought (for about 5 minutes) to be the next big thing in Hollywood, Mr. Duffy would go on to become the subject of a cautionary tale of sorts, one that is detailed in the documentary we'll be covering in today's episode, Overnight (2003). Look forward to follow-up episodes on both The Boondock Saints (1999) and The Boondock Saints 2: All Saint's Day (2009) AKA the entirety of Troy Duffy's theatrical filmography!
01:16:02
March 17, 2019
Episode 25 - The Hallow (2015)
Kyle introduces Trevor to the world of Irish horror cinema by having him watch Corin Hardy's, The Hallow (2015)! A fairly quaint little indie creature feature, the movie was a welcome treat for the 2 to experience. Environmentalist messages in a monster flick! Wood imps/fae/hallow beasts! Eye trauma! Trevor rambling about monster movies and really basic filmmaking stuff that everyone already knows!
01:45:34
March 12, 2019
Episode 24 - The Big Man/Crossing the Line (1990)
This March is Irish films month at Catching Up On Cinema! Trevor kicks things off our survey of the cinema of the Emerald Isle with a not-quite-Irish film (it's technically Scottish), The Big Man/Crossing the Line! Starring Liam Neeson, the film is perhaps most noteworthy for featuring a protracted and brutal bare knuckle boxing sequence at it's climax. Discussions regarding Liam Neeson's cock! A clean shaven Billy Connolly wearing some of the ugliest suits ever featured on film! Lengthy tangents involving the Lethal Weapon franchise! Billy the Dog (who farts at night)!
01:50:19
March 5, 2019
Catching Up On Blu-Ray: March 2019
It's the start of a new month, which means it must be time for another Catching Up On Blu-Ray! Highlights of the physical media releases for March of 2019: Creed II (2018, 4k) The Favorite (2018, Olivia Colman earned a Best Actress Oscar for her performance) The Craft (1996) Hellboy (2004, 4k) Burning (Korean, 2018) Vox Lux (2018) The Standoff at Sparrow Creek (2018) Kid Brother (Criterion, 1927) The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse (2018, Best Animated Feature winner at the Oscars) Columbus (2017) Aquaman (2018, 4k) If Beale Street Could Talk (Nominated for multiple Oscars) Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018, 4k) Detour (Criterion, 1945) Japon (Criterion, 2001) Green Book (2018, 4k, Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor winner at the Oscars) Man's Best Friend (1993) Perfect Blue (1997, Satoshi Kon anime) Mortal Engines (2018, 4k) Pet Sematary (1989, 4k) The Street Fighter Collection (Arrow, 1973-1974) And many more!
01:26:02
March 1, 2019
Episode 23 - Drive Angry (2011)
CATCHING UP ON CAGE finally comes to it's conclusion as Trevor and Kyle catch up on Patrick Lussier's grindhouse crap fest, Drive Angry (2011)! Escaping from the bowels of Hell in a souped up muscle car, the plot follows Nic Cage and Amber Heard as they battle a cult and match wits with a scene-stealing William Fichtner. Bullshit cinematography meant to enhance the 3D experience! Slow-motion sex gunfights! William Fichtner delivering every line with laser precision and expert comedic timing! Amber Heard throwing some of the ugliest punches ever committed to film! Billy Burke disapproving of his daughter's request to go to burning man, Vin Diesel serving as corporate spokesman for Muscle Milk, and many other, dumber tangents!
02:21:47
February 28, 2019
Marvel Cinematic Universe Rant - Part 3: Captain Marvel Etc.
Part 3 of Kyle and Trevor's extended rant regarding the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). In this final portion of the discussion, Kyle and Trevor voice their opinions on the upcoming Captain Marvel film (note: this podcast was originally recording on 2/3/2019) as well as Avengers: Endgame and other MCU films currently in production. Stay tuned for the closing minutes of the discussion, wherein Kyle and Trevor (mostly Trevor) name a few of the upcoming films they're currently most excited to see!
27:21
February 27, 2019
Marvel Cinematic Universe Rant - Part 2: The Not So Good
Part 2 of Kyle and Trevor's rant regarding the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). In this (shorter) portion of the discussion, Kyle and Trevor discuss their least favorite of the MCU films. Hint: The Ant-Man films MIGHT be part of the discussion.
23:24
February 27, 2019
Marvel Cinematic Universe Rant - Part 1: "Marvel Good"
Kyle and Trevor take a breather from CATCHING UP ON CAGE month to rant about about the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) for a couple hours! Broken up into 3 portions, this first part gives a general overview of the MCU, as well as includes Kyle and Trevor's picks for their favorite films in the series thus far.
01:10:33
February 26, 2019
Episode 22 - Season of the Witch (2011)
CATCHING UP ON CAGE month continues as Kyle and Trevor plunge headlong into Dominic Sena's borderline straight-to-video sword and sorcery flick, Season of the Witch (2011)! Full disclosure: Kyle had originally selected the Coen Brother's Raising Arizona (1991) for this week's episode, however at the last minute he decided against it. Nic Cage looking like an older, cooler Chad Kroeger! Ron Perlman sucking up all the air in the room with his gigantic head! Christopher Lee being awesome and sporting gruesome plague makeup!
01:48:53
February 19, 2019
Catching Up On Blu-Ray: February 2019
It's that time of the month again as Kyle and Trevor take a look a the upcoming DVD and Blu-Ray releases for February of 2019. Some highlights of this month's releases: Widows (4k, 2018) The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) Dr. Seuss' The Grinch (4k, 2018) The Cloverfield Paradox (2018) The Sisters Brothers (2018) The Possessed (Arrow, 1965) Lu Over the Wall (2017) Shame (Criterion, Ingemar Bergman, 1968) Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt: Bandit Flower (2017) FLCL (2000 - 2001) Popcorn (1991) Horror Express (Arrow, 1972) At Eternity's Gate (2018) Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) The Front Runner (2018) All That Heaven Allows (Criterion, 1955) Overlord (4k, 2018) A Star Is Born (4k, 2018) Robin Hood (4k, 2018) Cry-Baby (John Waters, 1990) Mazinger Z: Infinity (2017) Ralph Breaks the Internet (4k, 2018) The Little Mermaid (4k, 1989) Mary Queen of Scots (2018) And many more!
01:32:45
February 14, 2019
Episode 21 - Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009)
CATCHING UP ON CAGE month continues, as Trevor has Kyle sit down to watch Werner Herzog's brilliant sequel-in-name-only, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009)! Featuring some of the finest examples of Cage-ian acting ever committed to film, it's STRONGLY recommended that you, the listener, go out and watch the film before listening to this review. Nic Cage threatening elderly women with bodily harm and abusing every drug known to man! Xzibit sharing a "lucky crack pipe" with our hero! Brad Dourif as your dad's bookie! Iguanas and dancing souls! Fat Val Kilmer!
01:39:28
February 12, 2019
Episode 20 - 8MM (1999)
CATCHING UP ON CAGE continues as Kyle makes his first selection of the month, Joel Schumacher's misguided comeback film, 8MM (1999)! Peter Stormare, James Gandolfini and Anthony Heald competing to see who can be the greasiest, sleaziest bad guy in a movie full of greasy sleazy bad guys! George Costanza as the gimp masked killer! Nic Cage failing to CAGE OUT more than twice in a film!? And Kyle and Trevor amusing themselves with bad impressions throughout!
02:04:18
February 5, 2019
Episode 19 - Mandy (2018)
February is Catching Up On CAGE month at Catching Up On Cinema! Kicking off the month long exploration of Nicolas Cage's eclectic filmography, Kyle and Trevor mutually dive headlong into the beautifully brutal acid trip that is Panos Cosmatos' Mandy (2018)! A color palette that burns the eyes! A thrumming, electronic score that revs you up and freaks you out in equal measure! A chainsaw fight for the ages! Cage-ian acting at it's best!
01:22:20
February 1, 2019
Episode 18 - Green Street Hooligans (2005)
In this episode, Kyle has Trevor Catch Up On Lexi Alexander's futbol hooligan epic, Green Street Hooligans (2005)! Elijah Wood sucking at fighting! Charlie Hunnam in a bath towel! Gobs of British slang and jargon! Shitty mullets and child death! A drunken brawl every half hour to keep you interested!
01:31:47
January 29, 2019
Episode 17 - Ip Man (2008)
In this installment of Catching Up On Cinema, Trevor has Kyle catch up on the modern Hong Kong martial arts classic, Ip Man (2008)! Directed by Wilson Yip, and starring the inimitable Donnie Yen (with fight choreography by the legendary Sammo Hung) the film is a personal favorite of Trevor's. Full disclosure, this episode is less comedic than most, with Trevor mostly using it as an excuse to talk about his love for martial arts films in general.
01:47:17
January 22, 2019
Episode 16 - Turbo Kid (2015)
In this episode, Kyle and Trevor mutually Catch Up On the retro chique Canadian/New Zealand gore fest, Turbo Kid! Bicycles and Turbo Blasters in the post-apocalyptic wasteland! Michael Ironside wielding a golf club and grinding people into water! Badass Cowboy Kiwi teaching youths the value of a "personal bubble". Bad guys getting sliced into "body hats"! STAN BUSH!!!
01:10:25
January 15, 2019
Episode 15 - Black Mirror: Bandersnatch (2018)
*WARNING! This podcast contains full spoilers for Bandersnatch!* In this episode, Kyle and Trevor make their first foray into Netflix exclusives as they review the revolutionary choose-your-own-adventure episode of Black Mirror, Bandersnatch (2018)! Foreshadowing with a pinch of story! Trevor rants about old videogames! Kyle LOVES Tangerine Dream! Trevor bitches about the format! Kyle commits to making EVERY bad choice in the movie!
01:28:59
January 8, 2019
Catching Up On Blu-Ray: January 2019
It's that time of the month again as Kyle and Trevor ring in the new year by Catching Up On Blu-Rays for the month of January 2019! Some of the highlights from this month's releases: Bad Times at the El Royal (4k) Mid 90's Hell Fest Asher Halloween (2018)(4k) Notorious (Hitchock, Criterion) All that Jazz (Criterion) Cliffhanger (4k) The Uninvited (!!!) Suspiria (2018) All the Colors of Giallo (Documentary) Screamers Cobra (Collector's Edition) Waterworld (Arrow, Special Edition) First Man (4k) 12 Round Gun Speed Kills (!!!) And many more!
01:27:31
January 4, 2019
Episode 14 - Venom (2018)
"Hey, I'm sorry about Venom..." Thank you Michelle Williams, for saying exactly what I'd tell my kid after taking them to see this movie in theaters! In this special New Year's installment of Catching Up On Cinema, Kyle and Trevor review Sony/Marvel's loathsome pseudo-Spider-Man film, Venom (2018)! Tom Hardy behaving like a crackhead on acid! Venom, minus the iconic spider insignia and personality! Riz Ahmed as a villain that doesn't know what the hell he wants! Michelle Williams, there to push a button at the climax and little else!
01:28:41
January 1, 2019
Episode 13 - Krampus (2015)
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Catching Up On Cinema! In this episode, Kyle introduces Trevor to Michael Dougherty's deconstructionist modern holiday classic in the making, Krampus! Multiple child deaths in a family horror film! David Koechner fighting rabid gingerbread men! Mute, obese children chugging Mountain Dew at the dinner table! Toni Collette and Adam Scott wrasslin' with demonic toys! Krampus and his METAL AF reindeer!
01:30:53
December 25, 2018
Episode 12 - The Edge (1997)
In this installment of Catching Up On Cinema, Kyle takes Trevor on a journey into the Alaskan wilderness to experience Lee Tamahori's 1997 adventure flick, The Edge! Anthony Hopkins as the walking personification of Wikipedia! Alec Baldwin saying "Charles" 40,000 frickin' times! Bart the Bear giving the finest display of bear acting in cinema history!
01:48:07
December 18, 2018
Catching Up On Blu-Ray: December 2018
It's that time of the month again, as Kyle and Trevor Catch Up On Blu-Ray for the month of December 2018! Notable releases this month: 2001: A Space Odyssey on 4K (Cinematic classic) The Equalizer 2 (Old man punches young people... Again) Venom (Tom Hardy eats turds in the wind) The Predator (Previously reviewed) The Super (Val Kilmer lookin' baaaaaaaad) The Lion King on 4K (Just in time for the new CGI trailer) Death Kiss (Second coming of Charles Bronson) The Apartment (Criterion. 'Nuff said.) Deep Throat (!!!) And many more!
01:00:60
December 14, 2018
Episode 11 - Lifeforce (1985)
In this episode of Catching Up On Cinema, Trevor introduces Kyle to the mega-budgeted Cannon Films flop, Lifeforce! Naked space vampires! Doctors making out with zombies! Boobs! Exploding, laser shooting corpses! Patrick Stewart channeling the essence of a woman and hypnotizing astronauts with his feminine wiles! BOOOOOOOOOOBS!
01:50:03
December 11, 2018
Godzilla (1998) vs. Godzilla (2014)
In a very special edition of Catching Up On Cinema, Kyle and Trevor sit down to discuss the merits (and faults) of the two American Godzilla films... As well as the entirety of the Godzilla franchise cause Trevor is a super fanboy and can't help himself lol.
02:39:10
December 10, 2018
Creed II (2018) Review
Matt once again guest stars on the show, as both he and Trevor venture out to the theater to Catch Up On the 8th installment in Rocky franchise, Creed II! What follows is a lengthy discussion about not just the newest film in the series, but the entire Rocky series and what it means to them. *WARNING! This podcast contains spoilers for Creed II. WARNING!*
01:20:54
December 8, 2018
Triple Threat Review - Adaptations and Reboots
Matt once again joins Kyle and Trevor for a special, Triple Threat edition of Catching of Up On Cinema! In this installment, the 3 trade pitches for adaptations or reboots of media properties that they'd like to see committed to film someday. Time codes for each of the pitches are listed below, as well as divided into individual chapters for your convenience: 1:50 - Matt - The Warriors 10:00 - Kyle - Michael Wincott as The Joker 18:15 - Trevor - Batman: Ten Nights of the Beast 33:30 - Matt - Die Hard 47:00 - Kyle - Guillermo Del Toro's At the Mountains of Madness 1:00:00 - Trevor - Aliens vs. Predator: The Arcade Game 1:12:20 - Matt - Timecop 1:19:20 - Kyle - Mortal Kombaaaaaaaat!!!
01:40:41
December 4, 2018
Episode 10 - The Three Musketeers (1993)
In this episode, Kyle has Trevor Catch Up On a childhood favorite of his, Disney's swashbuckling adventure film, The Three Musketeers! Charlie Sheen and Kiefer Sutherland compete to see who can covertly abuse the most substances during the shoot! Michael Wincott smokes 2 packs between takes! Tim Curry is FULLY erect in every scene he's in! And just what the Hell is up with white dudes and rope swings!?
01:38:57
November 30, 2018
Episode 9 - The Ninth Gate (1999)
Good lord that's a lot of nines! In this episode, Kyle has Trevor Catch Up On Roman Polanski's satanic neo-noir, The Ninth Gate! Listen as Kyle explains to Trevor the concept of a "smoking movie!" Johnny Depp reading and smoking! Frank Langella self-immolating and summoning the Devil! Floating French women that like to bang outdoors! Sisqo!? And yet another death by hanging! (Seriously Kyle, what the fuck man!?)
01:45:38
November 27, 2018
Episode 8 - Versus (2000)
In this episode, Trevor introduces Kyle to the cinematic oeuvre of Ryuhei Kitamura by having him Catch Up On the Japanese indie actioner, Versus! Guns! Zombies! Swordplay! Innumerable references to other, better, American films! DEE-PACK-ITATIONS! *BONUS!* A couple of minutes of behind-the-scenes audio wherein Kyle and Trevor chat about horror films from their formative years, and the horrors of franchise films owned by multiple distribution groups!
01:45:41
November 20, 2018
Catching Up On Blu-Ray: November 2018
Kyle and Trevor Catch Up On the current and upcoming Blu-Ray releases from November of 2018. Trevor teases a potential future episodes covering Superman: The Movie and Sleepwalkers (how dare Kyle NOT see Sleepwalkers!?) Harrison Ford markets with his FACE! Is Big Trouble a complete waste of time!? What is up with the Gingerbread Man!? Trevor finally remembers the name of that Dave Bautista movie that takes place in a soccer stadium! And for some reason, the MVP of November 2018 is Lucio Fulci, who has a number of films being re-released on blu-ray this month!
01:30:06
November 16, 2018
Episode 7 - Diggstown (1992)
In this episode, Trevor has Kyle catch up on the 1992 boxing/gambling flick, Diggstown! James Woods and Bruce Dern trying to out-sleaze each other! Oliver Platt drinking 10 pitchers of beer! Jesus calling someone the "N" word! Inappropriate, 3rd act tone shifts!
02:01:39
November 13, 2018
Episode 6 - Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
In this episode, Kyle has Trevor Catch Up On his UK cinema by having him watch Guy Ritchie's directorial debut, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels! The Porn King! Juggernaut Footballers! Drunken Backflips! A Man On Fire!
01:30:58
November 6, 2018
Episode 5 - The Evil Dead (1981) and Evil Dead (2013)
Happy Halloween 2018! In keeping with the spirit of the season, Kyle has Trevor Catch Up On Sam Raimi's 1981 indie classic, The Evil Dead! As a bonus, the two also discuss the merits of the 2013 remake. Zoom lenses! 90 seconds straight of screaming! Chainsaw skull fuckings! Gwar roadies hijacking the effects department!
01:28:60
November 1, 2018
Triple Threat Review - The Thing (1982) vs. The Thing (2011)
Kyle and Trevor are once again joined in the studio by Trevor's brother Matt, as the trio discuss John Carpenter's 1982 horror classic, The Thing! The 2011 prequel of the same name is also mentioned... grudgingly.
01:24:27
October 30, 2018
Triple Threat Review - The Dark Backward (1991)
Trevor's brother Matt makes his Catching Up Cinema debut in this special "Triple Threat" review! Matt makes the most of his guest spot by having Kyle and Trevor catch up on Adam Rifkin's bizarre and largely forgotten, The Dark Backward! Judd Nelson with a 3rd arm! Necrophilia! Disappearing/reappearing mustaches! A world owned by a pork company!
55:14
October 26, 2018
Episode 4 - Deep Rising (1998)
In light of Kyle and Trevor's mutual appreciation of Stephen Sommers' The Mummy from 1999, Trevor decides to have Kyle Catch Up On an earlier film from the director's filmography, Deep Rising! Treat Williams as the chillest dad in the universe! Famke Janssen being fine as hell! The bad guy from Lethal Weapon 2 as a ship captain! Benny!? KANO!?
02:14:19
October 23, 2018
Catching Up On Blu-Ray: October 2018
Kyle and Trevor sit down to take a look at the upcoming physical media releases from 10/16/2018 through the end of October! Release dates are noted throughout, as are the pair's thoughts (if any) regarding the films released within this time frame. Trevor gushes about Buybust! Kyle talks about French crap!
01:03:26
October 19, 2018
Episode 3 - The Counselor (2013)
In this episode of Catching Up On Cinema, Kyle introduces Trevor to 2013's grim and critically panned crime-thriller, The Counselor. Directed by Ridley Scott and shot from a screenplay penned by Cormac McCarthy, the film is visually engaging and boasts a stellar ensemble cast... and yet somehow holds a 45% rating on Rotten Tomatoes(?) Day drinking! "The Car Scene"! Michael Shannon vs. The Wire Man! CHEETAH WOMEN!
01:27:19
October 16, 2018
The Predator (2018) Review
Following up on their very first collaboration together, The Predator Master Class, (https://anchor.fm/catchinguponcinema/episodes/The-Predator-Master-Class-e296jl) Kyle and Trevor bite the bullet and collectively Catch Up On Cinema by heading out to the theater to watch Shane Black's critically panned, The Predator! Somehow, the 2 manage to rant and nitpick for longer than the actual run time of the movie. *WARNING! Total spoilers for the soon-to-be-pulled-from-theaters film!*
02:15:47
October 9, 2018
The Mummy (1999) Vs. The Mummy (2017)
As fate would have it, both Kyle and Trevor recently watched 2017's ill-fated cinematic universe starter, The Mummy. Join the 2 of them as they compare and contrast the sole entry in the Dark Universe franchise to it's (superior) 1999 predecessor. Brendan Fraser Vs. Tom Cruise! Arnold Vosloo Vs. Sofia Boutella! Rachel Weisz Vs. Generic Blonde Lady! Benny!?
01:34:10
October 2, 2018
Episode 2 - Undisputed 2: Last Man Standing (2006)
In this installment of Catching Up On Cinema, Trevor tosses Kyle a sweat and testosterone soaked curve ball in the form of the direct-to-DVD martial arts sequel, Undisputed 2: Last Man Standing! WARNING: Approximately 95% of this podcast consists of Trevor talking AT Kyle about the majesty and badass-itude of Scott Adkins. Ex-Power Rangers Directors! Bad Russian Accents! Leaping Kicks! Endless, Detailed Descriptions Of The Male Physique!
01:21:03
September 26, 2018
Episode 1 - Nothing But Trouble (1991)
The very first (official) episode of Catching Up On Cinema!In this installment, Kyle helps Trevor to Catch Up On Cinema by having (read: forcing) him to watch Dan Aykroyd’s infamous screwball horror-comedy, Nothing But Trouble!Giant Babies, Brazilionaires and Penis Noses abound!
01:16:30
September 22, 2018
The Predator Master Class
Kyle and Trevor get together for their very first podcast! In this episode, the 2 discuss the entire Predator film franchise including: Predator (1987) Predator 2 (1990) Aliens vs. Predator (2004) Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007) Predators (2010) Additionally, the 2 make their predictions as to what they expect to see in Shane Black's The Predator (2018)!
02:34:46
September 22, 2018