Here’s your weekly German media recommendation from Monoglot Anxiety. This time, it’s the YouTube channel Cinema Strikes Back.
Cinema Strikes Back is a German YouTube channel run by 3 guys (and a dog) who make videos about pop culture—specifically movies, television, and comics. Their content runs the spectrum from top 5 lists to reviews and video essays. There’s a podcast associated with the channel, too. The channel can be pretty Buzzfeed-y in the “10 reasons why XYZ!!!!” sort of way at times, but hey, I’ve made list posts. None of us are pure.
I think Cinema Strikes Back is alright, the real reason I decided to recommend them this week is that I think the subject matter of the channel could be a good fit for certain German learners. If you like pop culture, a pop culture channel could be a good way to dip your feet into “real” German—it’s just easier to follow along in a new language if the discussion centers on characters, brands, and stories you’re already familiar with. Movies and comics are an accessible topic and you’ll recognize a lot of English names and words sprinkled in thanks to the global popularity of English-language media. And, bonus: the videos have German subtitles that weren’t written by a robot.
That’s all for this week. Until next Friday,
Elise from Monoglot Anxiety