YouTube and Movies haven’t always been the best of friends. Movies and movie clips were frequently taken down because of copyright protection. However, as time went on, content creators became wiser about using movie clips. The movie clips became used more for reviews and commentary, which is under the “fair use” part of free speech, and the fortunately the content was not taken down in most cases. I’ve talked about some other YouTube channels that focus on movie commentary and humor. So here are three more youtube channels focusing mostly on reviewing movies.
Screen Junkies is a YouTube movie channel started four years ago. The first few videos were interviews with movie stars for upcoming movies, then supercuts of things like famous last words or women in labor in movies. But when the Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace was rereleased in theaters in 3D, the youtube channel at a great idea to release an “honest trailer”, a trailer which sarcastically pointed out all the flaws of the movie instead of all the great things about it, ending with a “starring” segment with pun names based on the actor or the actor’s character. The series took off, and now Honest Trailers are the most popular series on the YouTube channel. Today, the other youtube shows that share space with Honest Trailers are Movie Fights, sports style debates between four commentators, and videos featuring Hal Rudnick, with movie reviews and other commentary. The channel has over 5 million subscribers.
CineFix is a YouTube channel that mostly contained movie trailers at its inception three years ago, and while it still does, it expanded to so much more than that. With more than 2,000 videos, the channel has gone through several different formats, so the focus this time on what is popular today. It has several popular series. The first one is Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know, which is usually 7 (sometimes more) behind the scenes facts about a particular movie. Another one is the Top Ten Lists “Of All Time,” whether it be montages, scenes, directors, movie heroes. In these top ten lists, the list usually breaks down in terms of category, for example in the Montages Top Ten, the categories are broken into passage of time in years, for a rapid succession of jokes, and for a type of training, and so forth. The channel also has its main commentary show, CineFix Now, 8-Bit Cinema, which features 8-Bit remakes of popular movies, and on Wednesdays several series share the banner CineFix High, which is all about film school type videos. The channel currently has 1.3 subsribers.
And then there’s How It Should Have Ended (HISHE). Like Movie Trailers, How It Should Have Ended is a sarcastic take on movie flaws, but this time focusing on endings, featuring flash animation showing the characters making alternate choices and pointing out the original ending’s flaws. The channel started 8 years ago, with its first film being Star Wars Episode IV. Unlike many other channels, which evolved and changed into the format it is today, HISHE has remained the same format for the past eight years; the flash animation has improved though. Now there are other series that also share space with the main HISHE series, including Five Stages of a Young Adult/Marvel/Pixar movie, where a young woman takes the type of film WAY too seriously, Super Café, where Batman, Superman and other superheroes have humorous conversations, and Lego and Minecraft parodies of popular movies. The channel has over five million subscribers.
For anyone who loves focusing on movies, making jokes about movies and movie production, check out these YouTube movie channels. They are a lot of fun and very enjoyable to watch.