Recommending…Every Frame a Painting

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Anyone with even a passing interest in film should check out Every Frame a Painting, a YouTube channel set out like a university course with sort of video lessons, but much less dull than that sounds. Each episode focuses on a different part of the film-making process, or maybe a specific director and their style, it’s all very short and simple to follow, and cut with loads of film clips to make the videos both fascinating and entertaining. Unbelievable news.

Some favourite episodes include this episode on how the best visual comedy is created (includes a cracking explanation of why British comedies rule over their American cousins), or this one about Chuck Jones, the legendary Looney Tunes artist.

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Recommending…RAM Album Club

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The concept of Ruth and Martin’s Album Club is this: each week, a famous guest listens to an iconic album they’ve never heard before, and writes a review of it.

Contributors have included the likes of JK Rowling, Chris Addison, Ian Rankin and Al Murray, listening to legendary albums from Bob Dylan, Madonna or Elvis Presley for the first time.

With contributors like that, the album reviews were already bound to be fascinating and entertaining in themselves, however what really marks the brilliance of RAM Album Club is the introductions written by the host, Martin Fitzgerald. His writing is just so good. He manages to be entertaining, very very funny, whilst also somehow managing to uncover fascinating and unique insights into the albums, the story of the artists, or how the music was made. Try out The Beatles edition for size – see link below – then go from there.

Links:

One of my favourite editions – Help! by The Beatles (guest listener Stephen Bush)

Homepage of Ruth & Martin’s Album Club with the archive of posts