Meg Shields

Based in the Pacific North West, Meg enjoys long scrambles on cliff faces and cozying up with a good piece of 1960s eurotrash. As a senior contributor at FSR, Meg's objective is to spread the good word about the best of sleaze, genre, and practical effects.
The Shining Maze

How Stanley Kubrick Hypnotizes You

By Meg Shields 

Here’s a video essay on why watching a Stanley Kubrick film can be a trance-like experience.

Avatar The Desert

‘Avatar: the Last Airbender’ Shows Us What Can Be Done With a Bottle Episode

By Meg Shields 

Here’s a video essay on why two episodes of ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ are shining examples of a show using the bottle episode to its advantage.

Grand Budapest Drinks On Train

‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ and the Importance of a Script Breakdown

By Meg Shields 

Here’s a video essay that clarifies the importance of a script breakdown with a look at Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Roger Moore Octopussy

James Bond the Clown: Reflections on the Roger Moore Era

By Meg Shields, and Anna Swanson 

Moore, Moore, Moore! How do you like it, how do you like it?

Star Wars The Force Awakens Queer Coding

The Difference Between Queer Coding and Queerbaiting

By Meg Shields 

Here’s a video essay about the difference between queer coding and queerbaiting and what that difference can teach us about the history censorship and queer representation in Hollywood.

The Shining Carpet

The Scariest Movie of 2020 is the Walt Disney World Re-Opening Trailer

By Meg Shields 

Heeeeeeere’s Mickey!

Horrorscope July

All the Horror New to Streaming in July 2020, and What’s Leaving

By Meg Shields 

Here’s our monthly rundown of all the horror flicks dropping and departing from your favorite streaming services in July 2020.

Gone With The Wind Vivien Hattie

‘Gone With the Wind’ and the Difference Between Censorship and Context

By Meg Shields 

Watch the introduction that now precedes ‘Gone With the Wind’ on HBO Max denouncing the film’s portrayal of slavery and situating the film in the context in which it was created.

This Is The End

Low Stakes, High Reward: The Appeal of a Seth Rogen Comedy

By Meg Shields 

They say it’s much easier to make people cry than to make them laugh. Here’s a video essay on why Seth Rogen’s goofiness is worth some serious praise.