Catching Up On Cinema

The Mummy (1999) Vs. The Mummy (2017)

An episode of 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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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)!
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:
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!
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!
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.
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.
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*
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!
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.
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:
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?
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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."
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!?
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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."
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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)!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!!!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!*
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!!!
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!?
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!?)
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!?
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!
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!
October 16, 2018
The Predator (2018) Review
Following up on their very first collaboration together, The Predator Master Class, ( 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!*
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!?
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!
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!
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)!
September 22, 2018
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