January 5, 2019

The 10 Most Essential Video Essays of 2018

Our cinematic education reached new heights thanks in part to this year’s excellent video essays.

It seems as though video essays continued to grow and evolve every year, and 2018 was no different. What were, at first, individual and largely isolated studies into some of the most iconic films and filmmakers, have now multiplied and become deeply collective explorations of every corner of cinematic history, from its furthest reaches to its most popular.

This, of course, means that 2018 has seen a ridiculous number of well-written and intriguingly entertaining videos about obscure film movements, genres, and director trademarks pop up on Vimeo and YouTube and are now just floating in the darkness of the interwebs, waiting for you to hit play.

I know what you’re thinking—how do you know which ones really earned that 6-minute runtime? “I’m a very busy person and had very limited time for frivolities this past year. I’d like to catch up on all of the great video essays that 2018 had to offer, but I’m not quite sure how to find them or know which ones are worth my precious time.”

I feel you. And I gotchu.

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Source: NoFilmSchool