The Nostalgia Chick "Dune, yo" (found episode of online video review series; 2010)
Lindsay Ellis, aka "The Nostalgia Chick".
Date found: 23 Sept 2014
Found by: kurtdenter
Lindsay Ellis, formerly known as "The Nostalgia Chick", is a famous internet film critic who reviews miscellaneous movies and TV shows with a dry sense of humor and analysis.
She came to the spotlight when Doug Walker, of comedy-review website That Guy With The Glasses (now known as Channel Awesome), decided he needed a female reviewer to review female-oriented retro "nostalgic" media and set up a contest. Ellis won and became "The Nostalgia Chick", making videos for the website from late 2008 until early 2015. Despite first starting as specializing in "girl media", she gradually turned into reviewing a different array of movies and other types of shows.
Notably, since leaving the site on January 10th, 2015, she has retired the character and has transitioned from movie reviews to video essays about popular culture.
The Lost Review
In 2010, The Nostalgia Chick uploaded a video review of the 1984 film Dune, under the title "Dune, yo".
The review received overwhelmingly negative reactions from viewers and commentators, many criticizing Ellis' unfair biases and attitude against the movie.
The review's negative reception was apparently so bad that she deleted the video and apologized by saying that her attitude was caused by getting drunk when she shot it.
In an interview with website The Mary Sue, she said:
"The worst thing that happened was I did a review of Dune, which in fairness to my detractors was not well-researched. It did lead to a lot of fake-geek-girling, like, "You don’t know s— about Frank Herbert", and I’m like, "No, I do. I just f—ing hate this movie". But they were right. I didn’t research, [...] that was kind of the worst that I’ve got."
What was staggering at the time she decided to delete the video is that there was no mirror of the video available anywhere, on YouTube or otherwise. The Nostalgia Chick was one of the most popular reviewers of the TGWTG website, and usually, mirrors of her videos popped up on YouTube or alternate video-sharing websites. Despite this apparent presence of Nostalgia Chick fans that mirror her videos, "Dune, yo" still remained unavailable in any form. Ellis was later asked if she had personally taken action to have any subsequent mirrors of the video deleted, though she has denied doing so.
On a somewhat related note, the Nostalgia Chick had uploaded other videos that she later decided to delete, such as "Nostalgia Chick - The Fifth Element" (a review of the 1997 film) and "TLC and the 90's" (a retrospective of the girl R&B music band TLC). These reviews have since been mirrored by fans.
However, as Lindsay Ellis decided to distance herself from her Channel Awesome days, a lot of her reuploaded older "Nostalgia Chick" content has been flagged/taken down, leading to many of those videos becoming even harder to come by.
On September 23rd, 2014, the video was found, resurfacing thanks to contributor "kurtdenter".
- Angry Joe Plays Mario Kart 8 (lost YouTube live stream recording; 2014)
- Benzaie Interviews Doug (found TGWTG interview online video; 2008)
- Cancelled Sitcoms (lost Brad Jones "The Cinema Snob" film; 2000)
- Cup of Idiocy (partially lost Doug Walker home movie; late 1991-1994)
- Diamanda Hagan Reviews (partially lost online video review series; 2009-2016)
- Election Cycle (partially found Kyle Kallgren short film; 2013)
- Midnight Screenings - Thor (lost episode from The Cinema Snob; 2011)
- Brad Jones' "Midnight Screenings" (lost "Irving jokes" footage of online video series; 2010s)
- Nostalgia Critic "Face/Off" (lost Rachel farewell scene of online video review; 2014)
- Sadistic Bitch (lost Brad "The Cinema Snob" Jones film; 2002)
- Shameful Sequels (found YouTube review series; 2009-2018)
- Shut Up and Talk "Allison Pregler" (lost footage of unreleased episode of online talk show; 2013-2014)
- That Dude in the Suede's missing rant (lost internet video; 2008)
- ↑ The Mary Sue interview where she talks about the Dune episode controversy. Retrieved 17 Aug '18