Movies with Mikey is a movie critique show by Mikey Neumann, a Creative Director at Gearbox Software, that focuses on finding the positives in film and moviemaking. While I’m not a fan of his work in games, I am a huge fan of this youtube series, which is constantly walking tightropes effortlessly between celebratory and critical, funny and insightful, approachable and profound, absurd and the realest shit. It’s a show, for example, that will spout praise about how The Emperor’s New Groove’s diner scene is a ridiculous delight and whip back to the acknowledging how fucked up the movie is when it comes to cultural appropriation before lamenting on what we have lost with the death of traditional animation, especially from the company who continues to be synonymous with it despite only producing one in the last 13 years.
Movies with Mikey is a show that entertains, doesn’t pull punches, and has helped me enjoy movies that I love just a little more, which is about as much praise as I can give a show of its kind.
If you’re a fan of the series, discuss it below. If you’re new to it, I highly recommend watching these three episodes, which are the three that get to the heart of why I like the show so much.