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  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • The first episode of the La Belle et La Bete was mostly well-received, but some disliked it for feeling it made Kyle seem like he was wiser than all his other fellow reviewers, especially Some Jerk with a Camera. This wasn't Kyle or Tony's intention (the latter who wrote much of his "immature" scenes himself), but the following two episodes thus put them on more equal footing, with introducing Kyle's flaw of being pretentious in contrast to Tony's demand for mainstream appeal.
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    • His episode on A Midsummer Night's Cream (the porn parody of A Midsummer Night's Dream) is practically a public apology for his earlier episode on The Girlfriend Experience, which is one of his Old Shames. Kyle (an outspoken progressive feminist) apparently deeply regrets his mockery of pornstar Sasha Grey's acting ability in The Girlfriend Experience, not to mention a few lines in his review that could be construed as slut-shaming. note  In the latter review, he tries (read: tries) to avoid making an Obligatory Joke about pornstars being horrible at acting, acknowledging that they work in a tough industry and deserve just as much respect as anyone else.
    • When it became clear that his political perspective on films was taking up more time in his videos than actually discussing the movies they were about, Kyle started the sub-series Cinema Antifa, specifically dedicated to analyzing movies from a political viewpoint (in this case, depictions of fascism and how they relate to real-life discussions of them) while also occasionally admitting that neither he nor the viewer needed to pretend that these subjects were fun to discuss... until he and the show ended up getting targeted by facist apologists, forcing him to cancel it and take it all down.
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  • Anvilicious: While never one to shy away from sharing his socio-political opinions and plenty capable of being unsubtle in a way that helps his point, most of Kyle's post-2016 videos ramp up his vocalizations on social injustice, feminism, bigotry and political corruption, to the point that he'll sometimes outright stop his videos to passive-aggressively state his opinions on something. YMMV on whether or not it works as a tongue-in-cheek way of showing how passionate he is about these topics or if the whole thing just comes off as White Guilt.
  • Critical Research Failure: In his video on Guy Ritchie's Revolver, he refers to Vincent Pastore at one point as "Sal from The Sopranos". While Pastore's character in The Sopranos is legally named "Salvatore Bonpensiero", nobody in the main cast calls him "Sal"; he always goes by his Mob nickname "Big Pussy", or just plain "Pussy" for short.note 
  • Crosses the Line Twice:
    • Kyle's conversation with the NATO representative at the end of his review of A Serbian Film. Hearing Kyle demand that NATO wipe out Serbia is a little uncomfortable at first... until you get to the "fictional bombs" part.
    • From the same review, his stickman representations of some of the more graphic scenes.
    • Lupa's cameo in the Melancholia review. Just... Christ... (Although it's worth noting Kyle and Lupa are good friends in real life.)
    • At the end of Mister Lonely, the Marilyn Monroe impersonator kills herself. Ven promptly pops up and starts singing 'Candle In The Wind', while Kyle is promptly horrified. The whole scene is hilarious.
    • His crossover with Diamanda in Eat the Schoolgirl features a lot of this, being more in line with Hagan's dark comedy. In particular, Hagan starting the review having castrated him, his inappropriate use of the Jem theme song, and him having a breakdown and attempting to turn Hagan into a snail because of an Insane Troll Logic rant where he condemned her for having a god-complex.
  • Ear Worm:
    • The opening theme. It's called Procession of the Nobles by Rimsky-Korsakov. Also qualifies as Awesome Music.
    • "'Cause it's French" is surprisingly catchy.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: The Vinyl review concludes its analysis by stating that the actors were probably tired, stoned, and without direction or rehearsal time. Kyle then adds: "By the way, the fourth year shoot was fun." After the public leaks in 2018 concering Channel Awesome's numerous misconducts, this sounds much less like Biting-the-Hand Humor and much more like a cry for help.
  • Genius Bonus: Many of the jokes are references to non-mainstream plays, figures, and organizations.
    • During his review of the 2006 movie The Exterminating Angels, he congratulates everyone who thought this would be a review of the Luis Bunuel movie.
    • During the Exterminating Angels review, Kyle mocks the incomprehensible radio messages by replying with what sounds like trucker slang; one of these phrases refers to "an Andalusian doggie".
    • The way he called Goldmember out in Dutch is offensive enough translated literally, but he also calls him a cancer victim. "Kanker" (the Dutch word for "cancer") is the worst expletive in the language, worse than the English "fuck."
    • In the Antichrist review, he made a reference to Farinelli, a castrato singer.
  • Growing the Beard:
    • While his early reviews did plenty of analysis, they still owed much to the TGWTG style of recapping a movie's plot while riffing jokes along the way. Melancholia marked a shift in that the analysis of the film's themes began to take priority over the recapping, which subsequent episodes have been following since. Consequently there have been less BHH episodes, only 7 in 2013, but they tend to be longer and have a lot of research put into them, while still plenty funny.
    • Kyle himself claimed that his review of A Serbian Film was a major turning point in his reviewing style, as he really did his research on the history & culture of Serbia, and managed to make a review that was equal parts entertaining and educational.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • In his video on Omkara, he mentions India moving past the caste system is really nothing more than superficially burying it and that it still inspires violence, unfavorably comparing it to the idea of "postracial" America and how caste it "no longer a problem in India in the same way that race is no longer a problem in America." Eleven days later, his point was unfortunately proven beyond a shadow of a doubt when a white supremacist murdered nine black people, including the minister and a state senator, at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church after explicit declaration of wanting to kill black people.
    • Among other topics in the "Kill The Mouse" song number in the Beauty and the Beast review, he criticizes Disney for getting its hands on everything, including "even Maker Studios and Blip". Later on, he adds a plea to "let producers back on Blip". Just under a year later, Disney and Maker closed the doors on Blip forever, leaving many TGWTG and former TGWTG producers (including both Kyle and Tony) searching for a viable alternative.
      • Also, when they were talking about the upcoming Beauty and the Beast (2017), they mentioned the project with Emma Watson and Guillermo del Toro was supposed to direct, then said that Disney was "doing some bullshit." Turns out, the version with Emma Watson was Disney's. How good that one was though is up for debate.
    • His own changing opinions about racism and social injustice, as well as judging others for their taste in art and entertainment, made the title of the show awkward once he discovered that the term "highbrow" has racist origins.note 
  • He Really Can Act: Melancholia. For both Kyle and his emotional turmoil and Ven as his Foil at the end.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In the Between the Lines video on Batman, Kyle ends it by concluding that Bruce is forever doomed to be Batman or die. A clip of The Dark Knight Rises is the final shot in the video. When the film came out, Bruce actually retires as Batman without any incident (besides faking his death).
    • His review of The Devils has him test if Oliver Reed is really so enticing to women by testing it on JesuOtaku. In 2015, JO came out as a trans man.
    • His decision to review The Man Who Fell to Earth as a Musical Episode is funny in light of the play Lazarus, a sequel to the movie that's an actual David Bowie Jukebox Musical.
    • In his first take on Gerry, Kyle refers to Casey Affleck as "in a relationship to an Academy Award-winning actor". Years later, Casey would get his own Best Actor win for Manchester by the Sea.
    • In his reviews of Sebastiane he claims that the homoerotic content bores him because he doesn't feel attracted to men. Flashforward to 2018 and he came out as bisexual.
    • His video "From Caligari to Hitler: Imagining the Tyrant" ends with a lengthy montage of popular works from contemporary American pop culture, demonstrating that authoritarian themes and imagery are surprisingly common in popular American works. One of the many characters shown in the montage is Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones. After the infamous ending of the final season, it now looks like she was a more fitting choice than most fans would have imagined.
  • Memetic Mutation: Escargoancitizen. Part of a weird minific series on Tumblr, Kyle is a snail, and other people on the site are other woodland animals (or plants, or inanimate objects). Eventually he and his title card artist Ven filmed a live action version of the Origin Story of Escargoancitizen; a pastiche of Uzumaki. Escargoancitizen fanart is also popular on Tumblr.
  • Moe: The drawn title cards has his character as rather "moe"-like, particularly in the Sebastine review.
  • Never Live It Down: It's likely some will not forgive him for the "I really fucking hate Rants" comment in the Sh*t TGWTG Fans Say video.
    • In addition, his (accidentally) misogynistic review of The Girlfriend Experience will likely haunt him for a while yet. This may have subsided after Kyle revealed that he considers the video an Old Shame.
    • A lighter example is his IMDb page erroneously naming him as "Ralph Oancitizen", which Phelous, Obscurus Lupa and Sad Panda turned into a Running Gag.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • Many of the films Kyle has reviewed are immensely disturbing, even if he doesn't show most of the more graphic scenes. The fact that Kyle provides more insight and far fewer jokes in his reviews compared to other TGWTG contributors doesn't help.
    • His video From Caligari to Hitler, released within a month of the 2016 US election result, discusses how popular Weimar-era cinema may have accidentally laid the groundwork for the fascists, and ends in a venomously ironic monologue about how us modern audiences will never let it happen again... played out over clips of popular Western blockbusters and shows. The final shot is of Gozer choosing an avatar and Venkmann angrily demanding who imagined something, used to surprisingly chilling effect.
      Stantz: ... I couldn't help it! It just popped in there...
  • Special Effect Failure: The lip-syncing during the musical portions of his Beauty and the Beast reviews are done excellently. During the talking interludes? Not so much.
  • Squick: A vast majority of the films he's reviewed tend to be full of this. And he endures all of it... up to a point.


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