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Robotic

Is it fair to say that the Plinkett Star Wars reviews were the progenitor of this genre? The Episode 1 review came out in 2009 and I remember there being absolutely nothing like it at the time. I feel like the Plinkett reviews sort of opened the door for this kind of in-depth, long-form film criticism on youtube, and it's interesting to see how much it's grown. It's just crazy how much better people have gotten at doing this kind of thing.

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Yeah, I'd say they were sort of the foundation for this style of review, where the person sits down and does their homework. I like Doug's stuff from time to time, but it basically boils down to him describing the plot of a movie while occasionally making jokes about it.

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1 hour ago, Robotic said:

Is it fair to say that the Plinkett Star Wars reviews were the progenitor of this genre? The Episode 1 review came out in 2009 and I remember there being absolutely nothing like it at the time. I feel like the Plinkett reviews sort of opened the door for this kind of in-depth, long-form film criticism on youtube, and it's interesting to see how much it's grown. It's just crazy how much better people have gotten at doing this kind of thing.

I definitely agree, and I think a lot of critics may owe their dues to RLM the same way video game reviewers may be indebted to James Rolfe. I doubt Mike invented the video essay but I think he certainly popularized it on the internet. But let me say, having recently watched the Episode 1 Plinkett review, the schtick/framing device is intolerable.

The whole reason I had to stop watching RedLetterMedia was because I couldn't bear the seven levels of irony or whatever that their content was on; the excessive rape joke from Rich Evans in the first episode of The Nerd Herd was the breaking point for me. Despite that, I still have respect for the content they put out and for all they've done, and  I still keep up with Jay and Jack on Twitter; they were my favorites as far as thoughtful discussion went. Re:View is the best part of their channel, in my opinion. 

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I dunno; I don't watch non-Plinkett content, but every single Plinkett review is still classic to me and I could watch them on repeat for FIFTY-NINE MINUTES.

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So is this thread solely limited to film-related video essays, or are other mediums such as video games allowed? If so, Matthewmatosis has always been one of my favorite game reviewers, and lately I've been starting to respect Joseph Anderson a lot more as a critic the more he goes along.

 

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I'd say it's fair game, Gman. You've reminded me of a video game-orientated YouTuber I very much enjoy who also makes long-form retrospective videos, Noah Caldwell-Gervais.

And naturally, we can't forget hbomberguy. This vid was my introduction to his work.

Mind you, I can't stand Matthewmatosis. I appreciate the level of work and detail he puts into his videos, but that droll, monotone voice of his just makes his stuff very boring and a chore to sit through.

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Both Matthew and Joseph have a monotone problem, which they obviously can't help, but I personally never really minded it. If anything it makes it funnier whenever either of them break character and crack a joke. Joseph's Cuphead video is like the perfect example of his monotonous voice actually being used to his advantage.

 

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Robotic

MatthewMatosis is my JAM, but damn you kinda wish he'd put out more than two videos a year.

 

CaptainDisillusion doesn't normally fall into this genre, but I think his two-parter on BttF counts:

 

Captain D is basically a first generation youtuber, I love this man so much for continuing to do what he does (and also for not falling into the trap so many other youtube skeptics fell into).

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I don't think the videos are online anymore, but I remember Confused Matthew made a video review of how he didn't liked 2001 a Space Odyssey, and some dude named Chase made a 9 parter review criticizing Matthew's review. And Matthew started making responses to those videos one by one, but he stopped because Chase died.

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Yea video game essays ought to be fair game! I'm on mobile so I can't be assed to link right now, but Mark Brown of Game Maker's Toolkit and Josh of The Geek Critique are my favorites in that field right now.

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I've also gravitated away from video reviewers and toward video essayists. Some of them get a little pretentious, but a lot of them do know what they're talking about. I generally like Lindsay Ellis, and I'm also a fan of Just Write. He did a really good 3-part video on the awful Last Airbender film – low-hanging fruit, I know, but he really ripped into every single aspect of it.

And then there's this guy, whose re-imagining of the plot to Passengers should've been the actual plot.

 

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On 10/27/2017 at 11:22 AM, TugCoat said:

Movies with Mikey is fantastic with highlighting the best things, implicit and explicit, about certain films.  And his style and editing are top notch.

I’ll just echo what I said in the Youtube channels thread earlier.  He’s great for positive video essays.

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I admit i'm probably too easily manipulated and influenced by other people's opinions. I just don't know what i still can believe online. I hate myself for that.

Back to topic:

 

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The Pope

It seems pretty popular to bag on MovieBob these days, but his video essay content has been pretty great.

 

 

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On 11/7/2017 at 12:40 PM, SharkhamAsylum said:

 It goes into a larger refrain of "why are there so few conservative artists," "why are there so few conservative actors," "why are there so few conservatives in the humanities," because generally conservatives devalue and just don't give a shit about those things because they're off getting "real jobs" or whatever.

More like they're actively pushed out of and blacklisted(or one might say "graylisted") from creative fields, especially in today's Hollywood.

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2 hours ago, 精武 said:

More like they're actively pushed out of and blacklisted(or one might say "graylisted") from creative fields, especially in today's Hollywood.

conservatives don't enter these fields because the second some says "hey your 'transgressive' art isn't actually anything at all but really racist and shitty" they take it as a personal attack and drop out because they'd sooner think the world is against them than think critically about their actions, in short,

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Couldn't you theoretically be an artist or actor or whatever without publicly airing your political stances? I'm sure a lot of people out there do just that.

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