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.
TED Talks and TEDx Talks
Many interesting lectures and topics. For example author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie talks about why We should all be feminists
Mastermind, University Challenge, and others
Amazing channel with tons of painters at your finger tips.
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)
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)
Comedy: 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)
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)
Tarkovsky masterpieces are available with English subtitles, Stalker (1979), The Mirror (1975), Ivan’s Childhood (1962), Nostalgia (1983)
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)
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.
EVERYTHING IS TERRIBLE!: THE MOVIE (Video 2009)
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.
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.