I find “Movies with Mikey” one of the better film analysis channel on YouTube. From his FilmJoy channel, he just riffs on movies, bad and good, and gets into the heart of what cinema is as an art form. Like this episode from three years ago on the Martin Scorsese film “Hugo.”
And yes, Thomas Edison was a flailing bag of dicks. Just consider how much art never came into existence because the guy from Jersey was a flat out thief who destroyed an artistic genius.
And if you haven’t seen Georges Méliès’s “A Trip to the Moon,” spend some time with this:
This is what Méliès created 116 years ago. This is like traveling in a time machine and witnessing the world the way your ancestors did. “A Trip to the Moon” blew people’s minds when it came out. It influenced cinema from the beginning.
And Tom Edison made it so we didn’t get to see more great art Méliès could have created.