- His cameo appearance at the end of The Nostalgia Chick's Les MisÚrables. He'd hinted at his capacity as singer in "Perfume," but here, we see him showing what he can really do.
- His summary of Henry V, Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet, Love's Labour's Lost and As You Like It, all in thirty seconds to the tune of the William Tell Overture in his episode on Kenneth Branagh's Shakespeare adaptations really needs to be heard to be believed. His little bow at the end is well-deserved.
The king of all England's Henry Five
And from all the French he got some jive
And after that burn he did contrive
For all of their lands from them deprive.
Benedick and Beatrice bitch a lot
But all of their friends decide to plot
To get them together and tie the knot
Don John screws it up, but he gets caught.
Hamlet's dad is dead!
The son starts seeing red
So he tries to kill his uncle but the whole thing gets all bungled
And he ends up killing everybody else instead.
Four couples all get crossed
But there's an awful cost
When a war it comes-a-knockin' and the world starts a rockin' and so all their hard earned
loves labor's lost.
A duke he usurps his bro and then
They flee to the forest of Arden.
Two girls go and dress up just like men,
And I think this bit will come to an end.
- Reciting AM's speech at the end of Roberto Benigni's Pinocchio.
- Oancitizen's utter evisceration of Exterminating Angels
Narrator: "Why does sex lead to such violence and hypocrisy over matters that are no more than a tempest in a teapot?"
Oancitizen: "Because sex, for human beings, is a high risk, high stakes game that provides not only the problems of physical satisfaction and emotional security, but also the promise that your DNA will be passed on to another generation. It is because of these high stakes that it has become such a competitive enterprise, and the reason society has so many taboos, regulations and passions surrounding it. There, I solved your movie you insensitive asshat."
- The crowning moment, though, comes at the end.
"Jean-Claude Brisseau makes an erotic thriller by asking women to masturbate on camera for him. He gets punished for it. So he decides to make a film exploring his feelings about it. Okay, makes sense, tough time in his life, probably wanted to think it through for a while. But then he makes a movie, full of male fantasy porn for which he definitely harassed even more actresses
, to answer questions about why this situation arose. And after all that soft-core soul searching
, the answer Brisseau gives boils down to 'It's not my
fault they love me so much. I just exude this warm charm
that makes them open up and get all emotional and'...gah!
You know, I don't know if anyone in this film is meant to be sympathetic, but it's certainly not this man
who took his very real and very valid accusations of sexual harassment and turned them into a masturbatory fantasy. Jean-Claude Brisseau...fuck you.
"Wait. Stop. Do you see that? See that guy? See him?" (circles a fat, homely man in his mid-50s)
"That's the director. Not the suave, sophisticated, handsome man with the Anthony Stewart Head
thing going on - that
guy. THIS guy cast THIS guy [the actor playing Francoise] to play him
. Now... do you understand... my anger?!?
- The entirety of his The Man Who Fell to Earth review. The whole thing is sung as different David Bowie songs. Put best by Coldguy:
Coldguy: Guys, I think we've just been served.
- "Dance Magic, Dance."
- Extra points for every shot of Kyle in that sequence matching exactly to every angle & pose Jareth had in the original.
- In his review of The Doom Generation, Oancitizen managed to get 90's Kid to shut up/leave by saying THIS:
- His opening speech to his review of 9 Songs. While also a Crowning Moment of Funny, it is all recited so fast and so nonchalantly, it's impressive. Shocking, but very VERY impressive.
- A somewhat meta example, but it was quite impressive when he managed to make an analytical and even pretty fair review of A Serbian Film, despite said movie being infamous for its horrific, disturbing content that previous reviewers have understandably deemed, as Kyle himself put it, "unsavory". Granted, it doesn't last, but still! (For comparison's sake, A Serbian Film reduced Phelous to Unstoppable Rage, and Brad Jones' out-of-character review was one of bemused, horrified disgust, urging people not to see it at all.)
- One particular moment: describing and explaining the context for the "NEWBORN! PORN!" moment. He actually makes that scene sound necessary.
- Another meta moment comes at the end with the NATO head, deconstructing Oancitizen's (and by extension the audience's) rage by pointing out that he lost his mind after watching a horror movie... that actually horrified him.
- This FormSpring Response.
- In a meta sense, when he reviewed Slacker, he did it in the best way possible: phoning it in.
- Angels in America. A serious review done with complete sincerity, only two or three minor jokes thrown in to lighten the mood, all in an effort to honor the victims of AIDS. His closing remarks alone are enough to make you tear up a little:
"For World's AIDS Day, we have to remember those who have fallen. The world only spins forward, and they will be citizens. The time has come. Bye, now. You are fabulous each and every one of you and I bless you. More life. The great work begins."
- He opens the Holiday Special Greetings with a One-man quartet choir in perfect harmony.
- The Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai review. Oancitizen. Rapping. While The Rap Critic facepalms in the background.
Eh. Two out of five.
- Live-Action Fanfic! The Origin of Escargoancitizen
- Making his review of Andy Warhol's "Vinyl" EXACTLY 15 minutes.
- His Between The Lines video analyzing the symbolism of Bruce Wayne taking the bat as his symbol.
- Oancitizen was able to find meaning and theme of Revolutionary Girl Utena and explain in a clear concise way. JesuOtaku was very impressed. Then the film's end pissed him off by its utter isanity and that made JO happy.
- Actually, behind the scenes reveals that JO wrote the speech for him - but that doesn't diminish it.
- His entire review for Haxan. Not just because it in itself was a silent film, complete with score, but because of how well-researched it was. He goes into great detail as to why the film was so revolutionary and what it predated or laid the groundwork for.
- And then in the commentary of the show, admits that some spots weren't as well researched as the others. Also how he had to deep throat a banana. Twice. For a joke.
- His in-depth research of cult playwright and architect Robert Wilson - for a punchline - in his review of Gerry. The man puts effort into these reviews.
- His complete thrashing of Thierry Zeno's Freudian Excuse for the pig-f**king protagonist of Vase de Noces as well as his stonefaced, barely contained rage at the fate of the piglets.
- The vlog on Anonymous, taking the movie to task for its multiple violations of the chronology of when Shakespeare's plays were released, and just common sense.
- His fiftieth episode is a work of art in general, but this line in particular was awesome.
Fan: I love your stuff.
Oancitizen: Hey, thanks man!
I just don't get why you hang out with those losers
all the time.
Oancitizen: Haha, fuck you, they're my friends.
- His ending monologue for Melancholia:
- ...which led right into the always-awesome Journey of the Sorcerer.
- For some, his well-placed Take That to Lars Von Trier that leads into said monologue, which climaxes with him dismissively calling Orson Welles "a better filmmaker". Whatever your personal feelings towards Von Trier's work, it takes guts to refuse to be disturbed or intimidated by an arthouse darling who made his name on shocking imagery and oppressive misanthropy. It's one of the most satisfying instances of Silly Rabbit, Cynicism Is for Losers! that you'll ever see from the TGWTG team.
"What else can I say? I went looking for a silver lining, and I looked in the wrong place. Von Trier set out to tell a story where a depressive mood could come in handy, and the best he could come up with was an outlandish scenario where everyone in the world is just as miserable as he is."
- Kyle's Melancholia review resonated so strongly with fans that hundreds of them started posting to Twitter, Tumblr and various other social media sites about it, praising Kyle for doing an outstanding job of reviewing and analyzing films in a genre that he loves and making the films and the reviews accessible. Almost all thanked him for speaking so openly, so realistically and with such depth about depression. Many stated that they had been struggling with depression for years and that they had never seen anyone speak so honestly about their illness. Some said that Kyle had given them hope for the first time in ages because they could see that someone out there really did understand.
- He speaks Klingon, and can actually say 'To be or not to be' in Klingon.
- After Allison Pregler briefly left the internet due to, amongst other things, death threats sent to her home, Kyle told those involved that their behaviour was unacceptable and did not want anyone who had contributed to that behaviour watching his show.
- In his Between the Lines review of Honey Boo Boo, he doesn't point out the silliness of the show or the people in it, but rather blasting the people that watch it, pointing out that more than anything else, it resembles a freakshow, marginalizing an individual and marking them as different from normal people. This culminates in him commenting on how the freakshow has more or less died out nowadays:
The sideshow is not gone, but it's unlikely to make a huge comeback, mostly due to a disposition called "political correctness", which is a florid way of saying BASIC HUMAN F**KING DECENCY.
- Oh, and that last part is delivered in a deadly cold (albeit echoed and paired with huge captions) Tranquil Fury at the fact that Honey Boo Boo is essentially a freakshow centered around a six year old.
- Kyle utterly deflating Peter Greenaway's claims of the deep satirical symbolism hidden within Rembrandt's The Night Watch (and his comment that anyone who does not recognize it as such is "visually illiterate") by constructing his own elaborate conspiracy theory about Illuminati lizard-men and Al Franken training an army of child soldiers under Graceland.
- Ven kicking Kyle off the chair in the review of Room In Rome after pointing out that he can only give a straight man's perspective of the film, and then giving an opinion of the movie that is most definitely not that of a straight cis-man.
- Kyle's Between The Lines episode on The Beatles is an incredibly well done, informative and educational look at poetry and language. It could easily be mistaken for a short film you'd see on the subject in a high school English class.
- Kyle also deserves props for reciting/singing nearly every example he uses himself, with the exception being sung in a language he doesn't speak.
- The entirety of the review, in which a West African fantasy film serves as a springboard for an impeccably researched, intellectual discussion of Mali's culture and history, the concept of the "Hero's Journey", and how the unifying concept of nationalism can be very exclusionary in practice, the latter covering nearly a half of the review's runtime. What makes it all the more impressive is how he provides a balanced take on a topic as sensitive as nationalism (when he could have just as easily resorted to using Godwin's Law to discredit it) while also admitting that the paradox it presents offers no simple or quick answers. It's a thing of sheer beauty on par with Melancholia.
- Much like in his review of Blue (discussed below), Kyle's analysis of Yeelen is made all the more fascinating by the fact that he starts out seemingly mocking the movie for being a predictable, by-the-numbers West African retelling of the Hero's Journey (even using the soundtrack from Star Wars: A New Hope to point out each stage of the journey in turn). But as he goes on, he gradually draws on seemingly insignificant details to point out that the movie is actually a treasure trove of information on West African culture, giving Westerners a rare look at a region that is all too often flanderized, appropriated or outright ignored by the popular media. note The shift happens absolutely seamlessly, and it's mesmerizing to watch.
- His quick and informative summation of the intricate plot threads within the novel Cloud Atlas, editing in appropriate visual and musical cues to distinguish the shifts in tone and subject matter.
- His dissection of the film's use of yellowface, including rebutting the common argument from the film's defenders that the film also had plenty of whiteface. He even shares how he came up with a quite convincing argument for what the filmmakers were going for that justifies it...only for the whole thing to be invalidated when he found out Tykwer and the Wachowskis' first choice to play Sonmi-451 was the very white Natalie Portman.
- Kyle's furious rebuttal to the critics of Perfume who suggested that the mass orgy near the end is the sort-of-protagonist's way of redeeming himself, by turning a would-be execution into a place of mass love. He points out that at the time, the execution would most likely have been attended by entire families, including children, and that the people were just fucking the first person within reach, so in fact, the mass orgy is nothing short of utterly horrifying.
- His horrified summary of the ending of Spring Breakers, which comes off as very problematic in the wake of Trayvon Martin's death, and how the film itself otherizes black culture in an almost crypto-racist way, before launching into a critique on the extensive use of Male Gaze and "strong female characters" as a horny douche's conception of feminist empowerment.
Kyle: "Spring Breakers" is an STD, bred in the petri dish of American pop culture, and it infects everyone and everything... [...] He could be appropriating that culture to critique it, or to do it ironically, but... I don't see critique here. I don't see irony. [...] His arrangements of the pop items here... are indulgence. Harmony Korine wanted a Spring Break fantasy, and so he made a Spring Break fantasy."
- His Between the Lines video on Game of Thrones has been featured on Roger Ebert's website.
- His introduction to Shakespeare month, which was done entirely in iambic pentameter.
- During his Romeo + Juliet review, he demonstrates that Shakespearean verse is in fact not hard but barely different than modern English.
Middle English sounds like this:
And English, the language that I am speaking
, sounds like this:
- Kyle's recitation of Act 2, Scene 1, lines 155-169 of A Midsummer Night's Dream is absolutely beautiful.
- To close out Shakespeare Month, Kyle, once more, covers Anonymous, and reduces it to ashes in piece-by-piece detail.
- Applying the same Insane Troll Logic that an artist's work must reflect his own life to Roland Emmerich's own Independence Day.
- Neatly dissecting the Unfortunate Implications of anti-democratic thought in the hawked Anti-Stratfordian theory in the film, which states the Tudor line could have continued...due to incest. And just to drive the point home, he shows a clip of Joffrey as he sarcastically intones "All hail Prince Tudor."
- Pointing out that although many are willing to invoke Death of the Author for such luminaries as Edgar Degas (a venomously anti-Semitic, anti-Protestant bigot), John Lennon (a mercurial wife-beater), and Woody Allen (an incestuous pedophile), to accuse Shakespeare of plagiarism and fraud - simply because he was middle-class and somewhat uneducated - is monstrously elitist.
- "Our Shakespeare": taking a line originally said in a sneering tone and using it to explain just why Shakespeare's work has survived and stayed revered for so many centuries.
- He tops his Man Who Fell to Earth review with another musical review, which examines Jean Cocteau's "La Belle et La Bete." Guest starring Some Jerk with a Camera, shot on location primarily at Disneyland (with additional scenes at Universal Studios and Magfest), and featuring reviewer cameos (from Channel Awesome and beyond) who provide a lot of humor and snark. Complete with musical numbers parodying the more well-known adaptation of Beauty and the Beast.
- The sheer volume of cameos in the opening number is astounding (though it helps that it was filmed at a convention). Aside from Jerk, there's Pushing Up Roses, Bennett the Sage, Todd in the Shadows, The Last Angry Geek, The Nostalgia Critic, Linkara, The Rap Critic, Film Brain, Nash, Obscurus Lupa, Phelous, Mikey Insanity, RL King, Diamanda Hagan, The Omega, Paw Dugan, Rantasmo, That SciFi Guy, Maven of the Eventide, Arthur Knowledge, Masqued Slaher, Horror Guru, Critical Marine, Viga, Kitty Marie, The Hardcore Kid, The Philosofan, Spazz, Il Neige, and The Wire.
- And Ven breaking out an absolutely stunning pastiche of the title song of Disney's film over the ending credits, paying tribute to all the different versions of the story.
- The first section of his review of Blue. He initially presents the idea of a movie as nothing but a single color as ridiculous and comedic. Slowly, he shows how much the color has cultural and emotional significance before the sobering reveal of why the movie was made. note He goes from comedic to insightful to sobering so smoothly, that it's mesmerizing to watch.
- Pointing out the innovative genius that led Yves Klein to develop his trademark gorgeous, rich, uniform shade of blue, in an era before digital processing made it as easy as tapping a few keys (complete with showing the hex value needed to create a perfect I.K.B.).
- In his "redux" of Gerry, Kyle once again sings a medley of different songs in rhythm to the noises of crunching gravel, this time performing over a dozen tunes without breaking his stride. The man has chops.
- Kyle's amazing and heartwarming analysis/speech about the relationship between not only Gerry and Tomb Raider, but videogames and movies. How both of the mediums compliment and have a strong influence on one another, culminating in how videogames truly are art. It really needs to be seen in full to appreciate.
- After watching his "Between the Lines" analysis of Inception—an eleven-minute crash course on the history of Surrealist film—you'll never see the movie the same way again. It ends with one of the most intelligent and unexpected answers to the infamous "Spinning Top" question that you'll ever see.
- His "Between The Lines" episode on Marvel's The Avengers. In this day and age, it's very easy to just knock the modern superhero film as an endlessly rehashed money-making formula. Kyle doesn't take the easy route; instead, he expertly dissects the ethical, philosophical and political systems behind each of the Avengers note and explores their disparate literary and pop cultural influences note to make an argument for the movie being a post-modern character study about people with conflicting philosophies reaching consensus for the greater good. In the end, he even manages to come up with a convincing defense for the superhero genre as art: of course we're flooded with superheroes today—because there can be as many superheroes as there are ways to be heroic. Superheroes aren't defined by their superpowers, they're defined by how they use them.
- His recital of an ancient Japanese legend while reviewing Throne of Blood, starting with a slow, droning style before abruptly jumping into a loud and exciting reading of the climax, complete with quite vivid imagery and sound effects. The guy's really become a master storyteller in his own right.
- His analysis of Klingon Hamlet of the play's Klingon view of it as a Dystopian drama...then leads into a pretty good discussion of how Translation Convention works with the more common languages in the world.
- The Bait and Switch in "The Lion King, or the History of King Simba I". Kyle successfully fools the audience into believing that he's going for the simple conclusion by pointing out the many famous parallels between The Lion King and Hamlet. But as fans of this series should know by now, Kyle doesn't do simple. Instead the review is a complex blow-by-blow examination of Shakespearean history plays, the Bible, the Disney animated canon, Japanese anime, and the West African epic of King Sundiata, pointing out how all of them subtly influenced the very universal story of an exiled hero growing to manhood and learning to come to terms with his past. The conclusion? A surprisingly powerful message about why it's important to become conversant in the great stories of the world, and how stories reveal the common threads that bind humanity together. Damn.
- In the same video: his masterful retelling of the Malian epic of Sundiata Keita, complete with animated effects, music, and appropriately used photographs of Malian ceremonial masks for all of the characters. Kyle already gets a lot of love from the fandom for his storytelling skills, but this one is—without a doubt—his most ambitious yet. Visual Effects of Awesome and a masterful voice-acting performance in one awesome sequence.
- Successfully condensing the basic tenets of existentialist theory in Jean Paul Sartre's Being and Nothingness with, of all things, a Skyrim analogy.
- "Star Wars Minus Star Wars" might be his greatest work of editing yet: an epic 15-minute condensation and re-telling of the original 1977 movie, using no sound, music or images from any Star Wars media whatsoever, to illustrate both the many sources that it drew from and the countless others it inspired.
- "From Caligari to Hitler", where Kyle uses the theorems of Kracauer and the Frankfurt School to postulate that — much like Weimar German cinema thematically foreshadowing the rise of Hitler — forms of modern pop culture mass entertainment ("divorced" from politics or not) can be seen to at least broadly reflect the will and desires of the masses, as well as which form of authoritarian leader can gain traction in that era.