I have to confess I don’t even watch many movies. Mostly because I just don’t feel like watching one thing for two or three hours (and for some reason I rarely want to watch a movie that’s shorter than that).
Instead, I watch a lot of YouTube (which is totally the biggest reason why I don’t have so much time to watch movies) and a while ago I came across the Nerdwriter. It took me a while to finally get around to watch more of his videos and then I just binged half of his channel in like a week and found a bunch of other channels that do video essays on mostly movies but also other pop culture related things.
And as those channels really grew on me I wanted to talk a bit about them.
The Nerdwriter (Evan Puschak) makes some of the best-edited videos I’ve ever seen. They just look so good and every video is so well written and executed, I’m excited whenever he uploads.
He doesn’t just make videos about movies, some are about TV and music and art and a ton of other interesting topics. I first found him through the video below, which is still my favourite of his. Other honourable mentions include Inside Out: Emotional Theory Comes to Life, Arrival: A Response to Bad Movies (I still haven’t seen Arrival, oops) and Lord Of The Rings: How Music Elevates Story but the whole channel is worth watching, I promise you.
Movies with Mikey (FilmJoy)
Those videos might be long, but they are so worth watching. I love Mikey Neumann’s style and the details they call attention to are so interesting and make me see the movies (and TV shows sometimes) in a different light. They are also super funny and I love the use of music and freaky editing so much.
There are several video formats on FilmJoy, Movies with Mikey is only one of them but so far I’ve only watched those kinds of videos. It of course always depends on if I’ve seen the movie or want to know about it if I haven’t (which is usually the case) but I think I watch most of the MWM videos.
I haven’t watched so many of Just Write‘s videos yet, but those that I’ve seen are really good. These videos focus more on the writing (you could probably guess from the name) than other parts of movies and are usually about why the writing makes the particular film so good or so bad.
Even though the creator said they don’t like those videos much anymore, I find the Why The Hobbit Sucks series absolutely hilarious. And so true. My other favourites are about Game of Thrones and Wonder Woman. You might also want to take a look at the beautiful thumbnails, I’ve rarely seen a channel with such nice ones.
Lessons from the Screenplay
Like Just Write, this channel focuses on the writing, the screenplay. Each video is so well-made and beautiful, I love watching them, no matter if I’m interested in the particular movie or TV show or not. The creator also has a super calm and relaxing voice, so that helps as well.
There aren’t so many videos on the channel yet (well, probably as many as Just Write has, but nevermind), but you should totally check out Telling A Story From The Inside Out and Rogue One vs. The Force Awakens – The Fault in our Star Wars.
This is probably the smallest channel I’m mentioning here but it’s another amazing one. Karsten‘s videos are about a bunch of movies and TV shows I’ve seen and they are kind of reviews but also showing why a certain movie did a certain thing really well. They are well made and interesting and I hope they continue working on them.
Pop Culture Detective
This one is my current favourite of all the video essay channels. The videos are so feminist and are calling out Hollywood in so many ways and I love, love, love them. Two weeks or so ago I shared some of these videos everywhere and I think everyone should watch them and agree with me that they are brilliant.
Of course the editing and choice of movies/TV shows is nice as well, but my favourite thing is definitely how thoroughly Jonathan McIntosh destroys certain aspects of the film industry. AND every video is super interesting and I’m definitely learning more from them.
If you have any similar channels you think I might enjoy please hit me up. I’m always looking for ways to make my YouTube subscription list even longer!
(I literally just found Like Stories of Old while looking for the videos I linked so this is going to be the next channel I get obsessed with, probably)
See you soon ❤