Lindsay Ellis
Lindsay Ellis
Lindsay Ellis

Lindsay Ellis is creating video essays and other nondescript content. You can find her latest miniseries “It’s Lit!” at PBS.org. Visit VintageChezLindsay on JPreporter for her previous work. Enjoy these hottest of takes on Disney, Transformers, and Musicals. All hail the Algorithm.

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    David Levi4 時間 前

    Justice for Monkey Island!

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    Krista Star5 時間 前

    Lilo and Stitch ftw

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    Paxton Ghandi5 時間 前

    honestly i am thoroughly enjoying your takedown of my favorite musical/broadway show. however, i don't think you're analyzing it on terms it ever implicitly or intentionally sets for itself. firstly, i think you should have separated criticism of the movie entirely, since it clearly set out to do something else--like a reunion episode, it was made with sentimentality, nostalgia, a sort of homage to the work of art rather than a reproduction of the work itself--as well, of course, as a cash grab and way to expand the audience of rent a hundred fold (or thousand fold? I dont know). but back to the og work--even as an 11? 13? year old seeing the show, i understood the revolution to be a personal one--analogous to, say, the beats of the '50s, like in on the road, defying convention in a selfish but still revolutionary way--revolutionary simply because it was disobedient; childish too, but it opened a path for other people. i understood that this was primarily a story about young people dealing with their parents, their passions, growing into adulthood and the challenges both just and unjust, and, at the limit, potentially fatal. i understood that mark represented a bourgeois son 'rebelling' against his parents with mediocre art, but that he also provided a vehicle, as the 'straight man' (literally in every sense as well, sober, hetero, etc.) for showing the stories of the rest of the characters. his camera was a sort of ironized mirror of the show's lens. all of the characters are ironized heavily, (the debate between roger and mimi, for instance (stay isolated vs. do drugs) was meant to undermine both characters' viewpoints), as well as celebrated for their exuberance in the midst of aids and lack of money (and, while yes, this is a mostly bourgeois story, i do think the homeless plot is there to show the distinction, that some poverty is not chosen, and some is chosen as an alternative to obedience, and that the level of hardship drastically differs). anyway, la vie boheme is about personal, emotional revolution, which it seems you don't see as anything but whiny b.s., which i guess is why you don't like it. but i don't think it ever sets out to portray the kind of revolution you want out of it. i sometimes think of rent as 'friends,' the t.v. show, with music, aids, and a coupld of poc and lgbt characters thrown in. it's about young people figuring things out, making connections, with a realist, and in rent's case, a boldly socially progressive portrayal of the society and times in which they live. it captures the ache and exuberance of youth, while sneaking in (front and center, mind you) the reality of aids, drugs, sex, lgbt-ness, class, the tension between self-expression and economic obligations, and it's message, unsubtly, explicitly, is that shared love is ultimately the measure of our time on earth, long or short (which yeah, errs a bit on the side of cheesy, absurdly impractical idealism) ...ok, still have 15 minutes to go of your vid... adding on--totally agree with the race and gentrification thing, this is so common (how about the way netflix movies are always about insecure white kids and p.o.c. bullies haa) that i don't discount works on this basis. why does mimi's character die in la boheme but not rent? because rent it a comedy, and la boheme is a tragedy. it's about conventions of the genre, conventions which also let us know it's purpose, which is to mock the system but not necessarily provide a deep challenge, this is not a drama. it does not totally reinforce the world order, but it's job is escapism as much as it is criticism, and, yes, from a bourgeois-heir perspective (tho, i would point out, 'theatre of the oppressed' is bourgeois but i didn't hear exactly what you said on that) i guess i would just have to finally disagree with your fundamental criticism, which is that fearless self-expression (of which angel is probably the best example) and raw disobedience is not a political act, not an important act, not a socially significant act (as an lgbt kid, for one, it was important to me). i agree it's not enough, but i think the conventions of angels in america are just as world order-reinforcing, voice-of-the-powerful as rent... it's art, it gives a small window, and also adheres to conventions of its form for a particular effect, in rent's case, i think, exuberance. anyway, thank you for your thought-provoking video. oh and lastly-- i love the cleverness of the last juxtaposition, but i don't think it's fair--you must have life and love and passion even while you fight politically, or it will all turn gray, almost any work of art of resistance has love and even partying in it... life is a cabaret and all that... i guess what i'm trying to say is, i think challenging the social order--through the simple act of following passion and forming true human connection, being human--is just as important and challenging the political order. shows like this are just as important in the history of gay and trans rights, destigmatization of hiv +aids (if not actual policy change), and marijuana legalization, e.g., as the political fighters, plus social disruption and free expression prevent a socially regressive/ oppressive state, policing action and behavior

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    Paxton Ghandi5 時間 前

    (implies not infers)

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    Same Raiza6 時間 前

    The government is the problem, we dont have true capitalism until the market is free

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    Jollyful6 時間 前

    This was so confusing to watch 😂

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    Melora Carabas6 時間 前

    "Detrimental Dickwagging" is so to the point! I like it and I'll steal it.

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    Greg Fitzgerald6 時間 前

    This whole video is mystifying to me. Disney cannot be responsible for the problematic elements in their past work; the creators of those past projects would be the responsible parties. Using remakes to undo those errors is all they can do. I think it's unreasonable to expect that they will address these problems, or even lampshade them. This is not a constructive line of criticism, in my opinion. Judge these movies on their merits, I say.

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    Webb Merriam6 時間 前

    6:12 2000 YEARS AGO?! That's ridiculously long. Assuming Orcs have a lifespan comparable to that of Humans, and assuming the general measure of a generation being 30 years, that would mean that even the modern Orc's Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Grandfather had been two CENTURIES separated from any relative who was even remotely involved with the war. And they're *still* blaming Orc's for this shit? Methinks the writers (or lack thereof) wanted the war to be a long time ago but didn't even consider the fact that 2 millennia is a stupid long time. But who knows, maybe it's a Jesus situation and the people of "BRIGHT" are just so inundated with references to the dark lord and the war that it feels to them like it happened 200 years ago as opposed to 10x that long ago. Or maybe Elves are immortal and they're just still salty about it.

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    A. Rosemore6 時間 前

    Thanks for sharing this Lindsay. It is good to see other people suffer with ethical quandaries of their professions. I am happy to see that I was not alone.

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    urh sušnik vrečič6 時間 前

    Disney just makes remakes, so they can keep making profits by renewing the old franchises, which causes them to stay out of the public domain, in the sense of copyright laws. If they stopped doing them, Disney would lose to ownership to most of its elder works years ago, but they just overstretch the copy right law by making films with CGI and moderner, slightly less reactionary themes. I never liked Diseny films/catroons (im a guy), but I consider Mickey Mouse a near 100 years old cultural icon, which should be freely used in public domain.

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    Tommy Lellan6 時間 前

    The second half of War of the Worlds changes when the viewer realises Ogilvie is not real... Btw the first attack scene in the theatres was one of the scariest moments of my life! They should’ve had warnings for people with heart conditions.

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    GoingRampant076 時間 前

    HE'S NOT NAMELESS! HIS NAME WAS MARSOV, WITNESS!

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    Counkai7 時間 前

    Most of what you say is true however despite you saying you was going to go through without any bias towards the film however you still watched it as a lotr prequel which it wasn't completely

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    nihil est enim7 時間 前

    I find American's obsession with cultural appropriation and with labeling everything as such to be quite wild. I'm not American and I've never met any non American who agreed or related to that sort of sentiment. This is just racist.

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    MrNickPresley7 時間 前

    Except it's usually uppity, privileged white women telling people that they can't wear X, or eat Y, or do the Z dance. On twitter. To defend people who either don't care, or have more pressing issues to deal with than whether or not someone outside of Japan is wearing a Kimono, or eating sashimi. This notion that "X belongs to [group], and you can't have it!" is ridiculous, and runs entirely contrary to how both the open marketplace of ideas, and society at large, work. Those who collaborate grow and learn from others as ideas are exchanged, while the insular stagnate, and then fade from memory. Very simple, right? Cajun culture is the result of a confluence of french, native american, and afro-carribean cultures intersecting and exchanging ideas. By that logic, Cajun culture, something that is a large part of my own mother's heritage, and mine by extension, has no right to exist. And if that's what is being said, you can shut up. The reality is that people trying to get into other cultures is not a sign of disrespect, though it may be a tad ignorant at times. It's a sign of.. *gasp*.. Acceptance! I know, absolutely shocking! It's someone saying "Hey, I think your food, art, and music kick all the ass, and. your language sounds cool. Do you mind if I practice it with you?" which, and I'll tell you this, I'd take as a compliment. And beyond that, it is also a gateway into greater mutual understanding, which promotes healthy coexistence between various groups within a given society.

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    DaiKam847 時間 前

    I love your knowledge, critique and analysis. I would love to become as critical and intelligent in my future viewings and studies. You are amazing :)

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    Silver Dragon7 時間 前

    so it's more propaganda from american cinema. nothing new under the sun. down with the capitalism!

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    Glühfunke7 時間 前

    I’ve always been fascinated by incorrect, stereotypical depictions of white people within Asian and African cultures. Especially from before the inventions of photography and mass media. In Ancient China, Tocharian people (most westerners would consider them to be “white”) were all depicted as having pale blue eyes, bright red hair, big beards, and pointy, gnarled features

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    Loco with Rosas8 時間 前

    So Starscream is basically the Waluigi of the franchise

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    Silver Dragon9 時間 前

    people shit on seasons after 5 but battle of the bastards is the best battle of the show and one of the best scenes

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    Rebekah Nunes9 時間 前

    I knew Hans was gonna be bad from the moment Elsa said sandwiches and he said "that's what I was gonna say" I can't be the only one who saw that "twist" coming from a mile away.

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    Lydia I.9 時間 前

    2:22 is that an all-percussion cover of the chicken dance

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    chodeshadar189 時間 前

    Wow! This was a beautiful analysis of where man of steel fell flat! No alliteration intended. ..!

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    My Funhouse9 時間 前

    I’m losing to a bird!

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    Djed Vartanes9 時間 前

    It's Feb 2020, where is "Directly Beneath The Enemy's Scrotum"?

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    My Funhouse10 時間 前

    Who’s watching this in 2021.

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    Kellerica10 時間 前

    I've watched this about ten times now, but that "There's no I in team" bit still absolutely murders me every single time.

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    Eliza GC10 時間 前

    So, Julie Andrews revived movie musicals? Sounds about right.

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    Carlos Moreno10 時間 前

    wow i really dodged a racist bullet by not watching these movies in english

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    LoveTails10 時間 前

    "Look at how long this video is" Me: What? Oh, I think I'm in for something..

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    Maseofbass11 時間 前

    There to Adulthood and Stay There by Lindsay Ellis

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    Silver Dragon11 時間 前

    the first pirates of the carribean is brilliant BRILLIANT

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    Michal Genesove11 時間 前

    Oh wow, I want to watch that video about charecters revealed to be white.

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    Indie Geek12 時間 前

    As an autistic straight, white man, I don't necessarily relate to seeing yourself in the monster. However I experience something that I think is similar: seeing myself in robotic or otherwise socially isolated characters. For instance, Data in Star Trek: TNG, Frankenstein's monster and his isolation from society, etc.

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    Blanded Gear12 時間 前

    You do realise, mythological Hades named his dog SPOT(ted)-that is what Cerberus means in Greek... Daw

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    Anestashe Kelly12 時間 前

    Fern Gully is bomb and my childhood would suck more without it....as would my son's now.

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    Same Raiza13 時間 前

    Orientalism and empirial foreign policy are mutually exclusive. The middle east was colonized to secure trade routes to China. Also I think its funny how your applying orientalism by the west to a different standard than the ottoman equivalent to Europe.

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    AmishRiot13 時間 前

    "If group A does it, its ok, if group B does it, then it isn't ok." Bullshit double standard. Stop fucking crying about colonialism. Nobody whines about non-European colonialism. It happened, it wasn't good, it has stopped. GET OVER IT.

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    The_Og_ Dirk_Diggler13 時間 前

    You jus gonna sneak that banger of a song in there?

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    The King of Nerds15 時間 前

    Good points Disney is losing their minds with all these Damn live action remakes

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    reizza15 時間 前

    Heh, Daenerys' ending is just one big metaphor for cancel culture XD =_='

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    Ross Ozarka15 時間 前

    You sure do love the word apotheosis

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    Kybele Augusta16 時間 前

    Hey.... shenzi makes sense because hyenas are matriarchal in the wild...

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    the503CreepOut16 時間 前

    "Megora deserves a better movie. Hercules deserves a better movie. Hades deserves a better movie. Phil deserves... It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia." - Nostalgic Woman

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    Jimmie Hammel16 時間 前

    I found your channel through a nit picky click bait channel, so they aren't so bad ;)

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    reizza16 時間 前

    holy shit I forgot about trogdor XD

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    Morticia Korova16 時間 前

    Dustin from stranger things: bottom middle at 12:21

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    Zack Cook16 時間 前

    YO please tell me you got more of that gundam manga on a different shelf!

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    Zack Cook17 時間 前

    Just discovered this channel. Love this channel, you're great!

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    Cerberuswaltz17 時間 前

    I think this was an elaborate excuse for Linds to show Eisner footage with Rattigan and Basil... hmmm...

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    Really, I'd rather not.17 時間 前

    tbh that these videos (about films I've never watched or cared about) are so compelling feels like a bit of evidence for your degree being pretty good to have done. EDIT: I guess I mean you need to set essays??

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    Johanna {NOT a christie Fan !}18 時間 前

    What I liked about Mary Poppins' author was the fact that she loved her characters enough to fight for them. Her reasoning came from a place that (for the sake of making the point) Walt understood. And he may well have. However, given his own troubled childhood, he wanted to paint brighter than it was. Sadly, I know of an author who LOATHED a character who only did her financial good. I would have LOVED for Disney to take a certain....Belgian detective from that bitch's clutches and lock her out entirely. Hey, a girl can dream.

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    Richard Levesque19 時間 前

    Megatron ( 80s) keep starcream around him because of 2 reasons girl, first he the only one who dare challenge him in any ways and this is part of decepticon code, be treacherous over a weak leader ( well Starcream see that each time Megatron get shot of fall on the ground ). This probably amuse Megatron and he keep Starcream close to him to put him down and so at the same time can keep the uppper hand on the others decepticons and make them stay in line. Second, Starcream have ideas and manage to make them work for this good. But if this is not again Megatron in the first place and about win again the autobots he let him go by spying him.

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    M&M19 時間 前

    I think something should be said about the general public's willingness to accept a whitewashed replacement of the Persian as long as it's a white woman. It's almost like white women are a powerful, active voting block that creates a revenue stream when catered to, and they're being exploited by the white imperialist capitalists, I don't know...

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    Clinton Jones19 時間 前

    Ready Player One is a terrible book. The plot and dialog are atrocious. Yet somehow it got canonized as not only a good young adult novel, but great literature. I have no doubt this is a result of it espousing traditionally masculine points of view. Which automatically lent it some legitimacy. If you look at novels throughout history, those written by female authors are automatically derided. Compare Jane Austen to Henry David Thoreau or Ernest Hemingway. Hemingway and Thoreau are canonized while Austen is categorized as good "female literature."

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    Totally Nameless20 時間 前

    I would love to see a movie about Indigenous people wherein the protagonist is of a scientific bent. She could solve the problems unique to the landscape with her wits instead of spirit magick. Curiosity is often portrayed as a white man's thing (recall any conversation you've had with a racist about 'why didn't [marginalized group] do the science as hard as the white man?'); it would be cool if it were a Native girl who embodies scientific progress, instead.

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    westbromdude20 時間 前

    Wow, that Dr. Dolittle sounds like a nightmare. I'm sure no studio will ever attempt to make another big-budget Dolittle film ever again!

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    Тимотны Курощкаь20 時間 前

    "totally not neo nazi party AfD" lmao.

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    Aratrika Dass20 時間 前

    Wasn't expecting that clip from kal ho na ho lmaoooo

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    Beau Bowman20 時間 前

    Can we have that Robert Moses rant as a video if it isn't yet?

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    Ocek20 時間 前

    Did anyone else assume Stockholm was the name of a person rather than a city before this video?

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    JerseyFireDragon2021 時間 前

    Oh Lindsay... your Phandom is showing. Not that am I one to talk. Personally I still like Susan Kay's book, however I am not one who knows a lick about Persian culture and I never felt like anything she said would've be truthful either so I just kinda blocked most of that out of my mind. tbh. I think a better angle for that to go was to have Erik see war, idk if the civil war was happening at the point in time in the book. However, he could've learned how to be good at killing in that stance and seeing the effect war had on a country could've also fucked him up. Kay would've also been writing front a stand point she may've been more familiar. (I assume she might've been American or western descent) and as such that information more accessible. Less likely for uh-ohs on race.

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    JoJones21 時間 前

    You guys wanna get really upset? This is the closest thing we'll ever get to a Shadowrun movie. Let that sink in.

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    Fran Gorno21 時間 前

    Ummm... excuse me but I can recall every single one of the five Transformers movies by memory at any point in time if I so wish. Also, 'confusing character design'? You must think Bumblebee is a masterpiece of the ages then... jeez, even the 'What is Bayhem' video of Every Frame a Painting is better at analyzing Bay.

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    Diego Graciano21 時間 前

    I'm really happy for Mad Max. A decent trilogy with a wonderful modern installment that didn't sucked or ruined the franchise. And also a pretty tight videogame.

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    harpybirb22 時間 前

    for a hot second i wanted to read that phantom book bc i heard the persian was in it, but now not so much lmao

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    PorkFrog23 時間 前

    paraphrase of lockerroom cop: once you go Dark Lord, you never go back

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    flbflb23 時間 前

    Stopped at 11:30, dont worry I'll be back a couple of days after my copy's in.

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    Fuck Poop23 時間 前

    If I see a move that is REALLY good and self contained I often will avoid seeing sequels of that movie ESPECIALLY if they come out like... a little too soon for them to be more than quick cash grabs

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    Patrick Murphy23 時間 前

    Lindsay Ellis a year ago: Beauty and the Beast is the apotheosis of the Disney live action remake. The Lion King remake: hold my beer

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    Kam23 時間 前

    Yes, Sherlock does have Luke Cage powers. As he himself said, he is indestructible.

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    Mitch Obrien23 時間 前

    That was genuinely the best youtube video essay ive ever seen

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    JerseyFireDragon2023 時間 前

    new disney movies give big white whale vibes

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    jakmanxyom23 時間 前

    28:05 - GIRLBOSSES RISE UP

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    Oak Clarke23 時間 前

    I mean, technically Aslan is not allegory. He is canonically, explicitly jesus christ.

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    DANIELLE PALAZZOLO日 前

    Everytime I come across a 'rent type', I come back to this video for catharsis.

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    Ronald Thompson日 前

    He wasn't "duped", he knew he was merely a decoy so the community could get away.

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    3Rayfire日 前

    I recall once Megatron asked himself why he keeps Starscream around after he always betrays him, to which he answers, "Why? Because I'm AN IDIOT that's why!"

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    Lewis Maddock日 前

    That's interesting. But I've really got a challenge for you. tackle Parasite, Joker and Bacurau.

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    Alyssa Black日 前

    And then Lord Andy decided 2019’s “Cats” was a good idea & poor Tom Hooper got onboard for that

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    Lewis Maddock日 前

    Well, that tried too hard to be impartial and ended up being biased. Great work...

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    Mia Safuto日 前

    Fun Fact: The Shape of Water was based on some drawings that Del Toro did as a child after seeing The Creature From the Black Lagoon.

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    Kam日 前

    Hades: In my town! *WAY DOWN HADESTOWN*

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    The Post-Review Review Show; Bickering Over Board Games日 前

    wait wait wait, is that Mathew Jude of This Game is Broken!?

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    Ariel Cheyenne日 前

    Michael Bay: the covert Kanye of Movie Directors Lindsay Ellis 😏👩‍🎓👸🏻

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    Hamish Glenn日 前

    Essential viewing for all New Zealanders. Well done and kia ora.

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    Brian Melendy日 前

    You made no mention of the 1990 version starring Robert England as the Phantom.

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    3Rayfire日 前

    Mikayla was the real hero. First, this video was so good I'm going to use it as reference material from now on. Second, I think that the framing in the under Bumblebee's hood scene should actually be specifically interpreted as Sam's first person view, and how *he* sees Mikayla, which of course is a bit of a problem since he's our viewpoint character. Third I was deeply sad that Megan and Mikayla were written out of the franchise because, again, Mikayla was the real hero. Frankly Mikayla staying and Sam leaving would've been the way to go. I did like Last Night implying Sam went crazy though, that's pretty funny. Mikayla having an arc where she went rogue with the Autobots after the US Government betrayed them for the umpteenth time would've been phenomenal.

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    Cerberuswaltz日 前

    Oh, no Linds watch out. The Disney nerds are going to swarm you.

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    Seriaz Sound日 前

    Your hero name shall be .......FreezerBurn!

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    Haydée Tebelin日 前

    The film is just an escapist fantasy with a happy ending. You have no depth of the themes you want to present.

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    Kije Kuyo日 前

    Wait--the pinnacle of the musical was Jesus Christ Superstar. Is there a Part 2 to this video? :-)

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    Matthew Rosenkoetter日 前

    So was that a thing of cocaine that the dude hid there lol

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    Jelle Draijer日 前

    Does somebody know where that audio fragment of "they ask you how you are and you just have to say you're fine, but you're not really fine." is from?

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    Sarah Bent日 前

    I adore this. But you forgot that people also knew about the old Hercules tv show. With the annoying fawn things.

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    UltraViolence日 前

    It was pretty cool to see Paracite win this year and not the joker.

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    kevin wehrstedt日 前

    Nice too many cooks recall

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    Evelyn Morales日 前

    do more mad max stuff anything mad max pleasssssssseeeeeee

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    thebluewitch日 前

    So did no one notice the armed military man walk behind Lindsay or...?