Question: Best YouTube discoveries?




Everyone goes on about the amount of content on Netflix and other streaming services. Good old YouTube has a bunch of great stuff (not just cat videos) if you take a closer look. Obviously below is only the tip of the iceberg.






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TED Talks and TEDx Talks
Many interesting lectures and topics. For example author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie talks about why We should all be feminists 









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Quiz shows 

Mastermind, University Challenge, and others












Swan Lake
Can’t afford to go see the real thing? Watch Swan Lake at home performed by The Kirov Ballet, composed by Tchaikovsky. Inspired the movie Black Swan (2010).









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Amazing channel with tons of painters at your finger tips.









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Film noir from the 1940s and 1950s
There’s lots of great noirs in the public domain. Was recommended Nightmare Alley (1947), The Big Combo (1955), Detour (1945), Pickup on South Street (1953), The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946), Kiss Me Deadly (1955), Cry of the City (1948)








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1920s and 1930s cinema

Old movies can be difficult to find on Netflix, on regular TV, or in dvd stores. YouTube fills in the gap with classics such as: Hell’s Angels (1930), Metropolis (1927), Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927), Man with a Movie Camera (1929), The Lost World (1925), The Thief of Bagdad (1924), City Girl (1930), A Farewell to Arms (1932), Pandora’s Box (1929), Street Angel (1928), Seventh Heaven (1937), Gaslight (1940), The Last Laugh (1924), L’Age D’or (1930), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)











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Harold Lloyd, Charlie Chaplin, Laurel & Hardy, WC Fields, The Three Stooges
Films you can find include: Safety Last! (1923), The Great Dictator (1940), Babes in Toyland (1934), The Golf Specialist (1930), Disorder in the Court (1936)








Cult TV
Columbo (TV series), Spaced (TV series) (1999-2001), The Saint (TV series), The Prisoner (TV series), Three Men in a Boat (1975), World On A Wire/Welt am Draht (1973)











Andrei Tarkovsky

Tarkovsky masterpieces are available with English subtitles, Stalker (1979), The Mirror (1975), Ivan’s Childhood (1962), Nostalgia (1983)













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You can listen to a wide range of albums, often in vinyl quality! Such as A Love Supreme (1965) by John Coltrane, What Does Anything Mean? Basically (1985) by The Chameleons, Ice Cream Castles (1984) by The Time (Minneapolis band with a similar sound to Prince), Disraeli Gears (1967) by Cream, Blackstar by David Bowie (2016), Selected Ambient Works 85-92 by Aphex Twin,  Author! Author! by Scars (1981)
And these soundtracks:
Betty Blue 37°2 Le Matin (1986) by Gabriel Yared, 
Mandy (2016) by Jóhann Jóhannsson, Heavy Metal (1981), Dune (1984)






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What’s In My Bag? (2008-) and Diggin’ in The Crates (2017-)
For those who like making random music discoveries and don’t live near a record store. Musicians/celebrities reveal which albums are in their bag and talk about them.








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For a few laughs watch this compilation of bizarre and humorous clips found in long forgotten VHS tapes. Perfect for the YouTube age.
Discovered thanks to the documentary Rewind This! (2013) which is about the cultural and historical impact of VHS.









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Mr. Plinkett’s YouTube reviews
If you are a Star Wars fan or movie reviewer chances are you’ve heard of this guy’s videos on the prequel trilogy. Funny yet investigative approach that has proven popular and influential.Has also caused a backlash in that some feel he ruined Star Wars and has popularized the obsessive nitpicking of movies.











Which discoveries did you make on YouTube?As always, comments are welcome. I’m not linking everything above as would take me too long. These titles should appear in YouTube searches.  If not for free, then you may have to pay.

25 thoughts on “Question: Best YouTube discoveries?

  1. Some BBC documentaries on music genres or scenes including a series of documentaries on Top of the Pops from the 1970s to the 1980s so far despite the small glimpses of Jimmy Saville whom I scream in horror whenever I see him. What an evil piece of shit.

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    1. @ninvoid99: Can be a good place to find documentaries or interviews, just watched one about Queen.
      Ha, yeah scary stuff. Top of the Pops is an iconic show and a shame has been tarnished with Saville’s involvement.

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  2. I’ve been watching a lot of Youtube lately. Superficial stuff like hair and makeup tutorials but I’ve found some really great movie channels in Double Toasted, Be Kind Rewind and Lindsay Ellis’ video essays.

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    1. @Brittani: I didn’t go into the dumb stuff I watch as I didn’t think anyone would want to read about it 🙂

      Thanks for sharing. Easy to get addicted to those kind of channels lol. I will watch Be Kind Rewind’s History of How We Watch Movies


  3. I don’t get to watch a lot of you tube, but my son is a true fan. The greatest discovery on his side must be Kurtz Gesagt or In a Nutshell. Science easily explained. Myself I use it mostly to find hard to find movies, yes Lucia from 1968 or 1969 is even difficult to find on YouTube. If you know of a version with all three episodes and subtitled, do let me know.

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    1. @Thomas: I’m not familiar with Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell. Looks interesting from the footage I just googled. I guess suitable for kids and adults alike.
      I took a uni course about different philosophers and was super helpful to have each thinker explained in 10-20 min videos by Eric Dodson. His channel I ought to have shared in the blog post.

      Can buy Lucia (1968) on used dvd w/ eng subtitles. Expensive though:

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  4. Great selection Chris. 🙂 Also you may like to try Omrleto – for really great short films starring a lot of well-known and lesser known actors in HQ audio and video. This short film was nice–lVHlQ

    Also try Einzelganger, which is a philosophical channel with a lot of really interesting content

    And The Needle Drop – it’s a music review channel with older iconic albums as well as new ones by Anthony fantano – his reviews are always amusing

    Let me know what you think of these suggestions hope you have a great weekend.

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    1. @ Content Catnip: Thank you 🙂

      I watched The Power Of Walking Away video. having a direction, saying no, and avoiding unhealthy relationships is important.I doubt many can live up to that 100% of the time. We are human at the end of the day. If you don’t need anyone (as the video says) I think you won’t have true friendships and it’s like you live a numb existence despite surrounded by people. The Einzelgänger channel seems focused on solitude, I also watched How To Be A Loner, a video I prefer for its opinions on a balanced social life and meaningful experiences with friends.

      I already subscribe to Fantano. Sometimes I agree with him, other times not. But I couldn’t imagine YouTube without him! His “brother” Cal is so funny 🙂

      Thanks for the links and you too have a great weekend!

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      1. There is definitely a focus on solitude in the Einzelganger channel, but that is OK with me as I prefer a night in reading to socialising. He has a lot of good stuff but yeah sometimes it is a bit emo and depressing too. As a fellow introvert I guess it resonates more with me hehe.

        I am so glad you know of Fantano. I didn’t know who the weird random character was in the videos, but now that you have explained it’s his weirdo alter ego it all makes sense. So hillarious!

        I have actually done a list of my own related to music channels on YouTube inspired by this post, but as I have posts backed up until January it is going to come out then.

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      2. @ Content Catnip: I’m introverted too and love the quiet life 🙂 But no man is an island, and it’s a vulnerable position to be in without friends to rely on, so I decided to get out and meet people some days, as our parents won’t be able to support us forever and our siblings may not live nearby.

        Yeah, Cal is Fantano in disguise 🙂 His dim-witted roommate. For a long time I thought was supposed to be his brother because of the physical similarity but the name isn’t Fantano but Cal Chuchesta.

        Look forward to your post! Golden Eightes is one of my favorite music channels.

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      3. Golden eighties…I am going to look it up thanks for the recommendation.

        Yes it can be a bit intense being an introvert in an extroverted world but I have also found it to be a gift- introspection, being able to understand things deeply and being able to empathise with people. I cant help it being so like that LOL, today I slipped away from work when everyone announced a cake an all of the noise started…I just couldnt handle it LOL. Yes it is important to have friends around you. Luckily I have a partner who is equally as introverted as me and we have fun together and have a lot of laughs, so its OK 🙂 I hope you have a lovely night and its so nice to speak to a fellow introvert

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    2. @Content Catnip: Yeah, as an introvert it’s about figuring out the right balance of aloneness and spending time with people. For each person it varies. Sounds like a healthy relationship you have with lots of laughs 🙂 I think the key as an introvert is finding like-minded people to hang out with, who accept periods of unsociable behavior. Nice to speak to you too.

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    1. @Jeremy: You’re welcome. Tarkovsky directed slow arthouse cinema in the 60s, 70s and 80s. My personal favorite of his is Mirror (1975) while his most famous are probably Solaris (1972) and Stalker (1979). The latter two are both sci-fi


  5. What I love is rare and obscure old movies, like L’Inferno (1911), Italy’s first feature film! And the Italian versions of Quo Vadis? and The Last Days of Pompeii (all from before 1920)! And an old German movie called Anna Boleyn, directed by Ernst Lubitsch!

    And … The Canary Murder Case (with Louise Brooks)!

    And a German version of Hamlet (1921, I think) with actress Asta Nielsen as a cross-dressing Prince of Denmark.

    And Fraulein Else (1929) with Elisabeth Bergner.

    A little more recent, Pulgasari, from the 1980s. It’s a North Korean monster movies directed by a South Korean director who was kidnapped by Kim Jon-Il!

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    1. @Hoosier X: You certainly found some very old movies there. I have not heard of any of them! Really cool we can find things on YouTube from over 100 years ago.

      You’re right, Andrei Rublev is another great Tarkovsky film.


  6. Yep so true buddy. Love the public domain noirs on YT. So many gems.
    The checking of music is second to none. I buy a lot of records and it’s always nice to have a quick check first now that money is tight. Less gambling (I do miss that though).
    What’s In My Bag and Diggin In The Crates are great. I’d add (Electronic Beats TV) 5 favorite B-sides to them too.

    Red Letter Media movie reviews videos are amazing and so funny along with Plinkett. Been watching them for years. Brilliant.

    You surely can lose days/weeks/months down the rabbit hole on YT.
    The buzz is when you find vintage videos such as Roger Troutman from Zapp being interviewed and they truly make your day 🙂

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    1. @Wolfman: I spend way too much time on YouTube 🙂 I recently installed Blocksite for free from
      as I lack self control 🙂 That helped so I can block YouTube for some hours.

      The reviews on Red Letter Media are usually pretty interesting and entertaining, especially if you’ve seen the films they are talking about.

      Thanks for sharing those. I enjoyed the Electronic Beats TV B-side clip, the George Clinton and Tom Tom Club tracks were nice finds!

      I’ve got to get me one of those talkboxes 🙂

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      1. Sounds like a good idea that “time out” block though my small window to watch a film in normally snaps me out of getting too carried away on there. So I’m in and out pretty quickly.
        Yeah I tend to only watch reviews on films I’ve seen. Usually films that have been pretty bad and I can agree and smile along with on the trashing. hehe.

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  7. So many good things on YouTube especially, as you pointed out, all the movies that are available.

    But it’s also dangerous! I can spend hours on YouTube, and somehow end up watching cat videos when I should be doing something more productive. (And I can’t believe I admitted to watching cat videos…)

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    1. @Silver Screenings: Yes, a treasure trove of old movies!

      No shame in watching cat videos. impossible to be productive all the time. I watch aimless stuff as well when I’m dead tired in the evening such as news bloopers or celebrities reading mean tweets

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