YouTube is fabulous for many things – idle viewing, fact finding, reminiscing, but also for its educational values. There’s a huge amount of film debate on the video sharing site, so I’ve compiled a selection of my favourites. Hopefully these will inspire you to subscribe to some of them, or to create your own channel and to start vlogging.
For your reading awareness, this post is suitable for 18+ only due to some foul language and disturbing concepts discussed.
The Kermode and Mayo Film Review Show
This radio show (affectionately known as the Church of Wittertainment) is a feast for the ears.
It airs weekly on Friday afternoon with all the latest major, and independent, film reviews. Dr. Kermode is the UK’s leading film critic – he’s renowned for his opinionated, ranting style (Kermodian rant, as his particularly savage verbal assaults are known – Sex and the City 2 above is a notorious example).
The podcast is highly recommended for all film fans and students, as his knowledge will send you toward many films you’ve never heard of.
Oliver Harper’s Retrospectives & Reviews
Harper’s highly detailed film retrospectives are almost unmatchable! His channel typically focuses on top-flight Hollywood films from the 1980s and 1990s, as well as forgotten films of yesteryear.
If you weren’t from this era, then it’s a great way to get thoroughly detailed analysis of the top films during the period. He has a major focus on action films, so if this is your thing you’re in for a treat.
The famous Wired magazine offers some exceptional content. Take, for example, dialect coach Erik Singer’s analysis of actors – he deconstructs a batch of accents and explains how the actor in question got it right, or wrong.
Wired produces a lot more film and TV related content such as this, but I found Singer’s feedback particularly riveting.
Although offering analysis of varying subjects, in 2018 the enigmatic Rockall-Schmidt has focussed almost entirely on cinema. This includes film reviews, Hollywood critique, genre analysis, and much more.
His videos are delivered in sardonic fashion (he’s turned self-deprecation into an art-form), with the presenter often appearing disheveled. This element of humour complements his reviews perfectly, as he refuses to take himself too seriously, despite his intelligence and knowledge on the subject.
Obviously, the emphasis here is on history. Nick Hodges takes a film depicting a historical event and critiques its levels of accuracy.
There are some highly entertaining reviews. It’s a fascinating mix of educational value, plus Hodges’ lively and passionate analysis. He often gets quite worked up if a film messes and creates a historical inaccuracy! Consequently, Braveheart takes an utter battering.
This American channel became famous for its brutally caustic attack on Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. It’s also invented the depraved character Mr. Plinkett (voiced by channel co-created Mike Stoklasa) – Plinkett is responsible for an innovative take on traditional film criticism.
Despite the silliness of the reviews, there’s also a great deal of intelligence involved. I particularly like the Titanic review, which impartially looks at the many fantastic elements in James Cameron’s smash hit (the iceberg scene is stunning), with the many negative parts.
I Hate Everything
The enigmatic IHE (he’s called Alex and lives in England – no, it isn’t me), has conducted a search for the worst movie of all time. He’s scoured through the lowest rankings on IMDb and selected the lowest performers, which he watches, and then reviews in crushingly sarcastic fashion.
It’s a great way of learning about terrible filmmaking without having to watch terrible films.
And finally… Screen Junkies
This channel became famous for its Honest Trailers, which offer a satirical look at big blockbuster Hollywood films. They’ve done going on 200 of them and they’re great fun, a tongue in cheek account of films with enormous budgets. The excellent narrator is Jon Bailey.