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    Share literary/film analysis

    I find that I rather enjoy film/literary analysis on YouTube precisely because I'm not very good at it.

    I mean, sure. When the Laughing Man logo in Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex became a mere logo for fashion statements, this was an obvious reference to Baudrillard's decay of meaning, but I never actually read Baudrillard, so I don't really know what that means. Essays and video essays help me with that.

    So share your interesting ones.


    Analysis by Nerdwriter on the use of space in Ghost in the Shell, what this says about the character, about cities, and humanity.


    General broad overview of the most basic themes in Ghost in the Shell about identity, humanity, sentience, etc, with a bit more discussion about the meaning behind reflection imagery in the movie.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRXI...VMaSYZDNG3xeZ7

    Playlist rather than a video. She (Lindsay Ellis) is not done, but 7 videos so far with more planned about… the Transformer movies? Uhm, yeah, the movies suck, and she doesn't disagree there, but she uses the movies as a way to explain a lot of basic concepts about film analysis that I never understood before.


    Half hour discussion of Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 2, and the video that got me hooked on Lindsay Ellis.


    Nerdwriter uses Logan to talk about what happens to genres as they get old. Basically, comic book movies will ultimately become a series of themes that get referenced by future movies.

    Anyway, share the ones you like.

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    Those were great. I saw them when they came out.

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    Lindsay Ellis is becoming one of my favorites. Here she talks about humor that covers offensive topics.

    Trigger warning: much of the discussion involves criticism of Nazis, which could trigger more delicate conservative and libertarian viewers. Discretion is advised. And no, criticizing Nazis does not make someone worse than Nazis, I don't care what they told you to think on FOX News.

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    For anyone who likes MovieBob's Really That Good series of film analysis, he's decided to do one episode talking about why a movie is bad. This is a "preview" in which he lays out his justification for violating the basic premise of the series:


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    The Art of Flashbacks, as especially exhibited in Machester By The Sea


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    Not quite analysis, but I didn't know where else to put this video.



    The second Aliens movie was actually about Vietnam.

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    Part 1 of Moviebob's analysis of Batman v. Superman is out:



    Just a reminder. The Really That Good series exists because Bob Chipman got depressed about the fact that movie criticism focuses so much on negative comments, so he wanted to do a series that involved mostly positive discussion about past movies so that his reviews of modern movies didn't bother him so much.

    As spelled out in the above preview, he was so upset about Batman v Superman that he decided to violate the premise of his series and discuss why a past movie is bad. I just finished watching this, and there was some really good observations in here. What is so frustrating is that it is not relentlessly bad. A lot of very talented people worked on this movie and used iconic source material There was just no reason for it to be as bad as it was, yet it was. It did have parts that were good, and that made the bad that much more bothersome.

    PS -- there's a brief shoutout to Lindsay Ellis in here.

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    As has been discussed and bemoaned elsewhere, the orange and teal color scheme has come to dominate blockbuster movies, including Marvel movies. A guest host for Nerdsync discusses how Spider-Man Homecoming violates the standard color scheme to make things stand out.

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    Warning: spoilers about the movie Thor: Ragnarok



    Short but interesting analysis of the themes behind Thor: Ragnarok. It's about confronting your own past and the lies cultures tell themselves about the past. Appropriate for Veterans' Day.

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