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.
A Mind Sang

Want to Break Your Brain? Watch ‘A Mind Sang’

By Meg Shields 

An experiment in perspective and parallel storytelling, ‘A Mind Sang’ is a hypnotic visual journey that blurs the boundaries between life and death.

Ozu Vase

What A Vase Can Teach Us About The Filmography of Yasujiro Ozu

By Meg Shields 

What we’re watching: a video essay that breaks down the enigma of the vase shot from Yasujiro Ozu’s ‘Late Spring.’

Totoro Cas Van De Pol

More Cartoon Recaps and Fewer “Live-Action” Remakes, Please

By Meg Shields 

Why watch a redundant photorealistic remake when you can watch a charmingly irreverent recap video that’s under five minutes?

Wendy Carlos Composer

How Wendy Carlos Created Iconic Scores With The Moog Synthesizer

By Meg Shields 

Here’s an interview clip where Wendy Carlos—the pioneering synth composer behind the scores for ‘A Clockwork Orange,’ ‘The Shining,’ and ‘Tron’—demos an original Moog Synthesizer.

Prince Of Egypt

The Movie-Making Miracle of ‘The Prince of Egypt’

By Meg Shields 

What we’re watching: a behind the scenes featurette on the making of DreamWorks Animation’s masterpiece: ‘The Prince of Egypt.’

Rango Close Up

Animating Ugly: The Wonderful Weirdness of ‘Rango’

By Meg Shields 

Here’s a video essay celebrating the bizarre imagination of ‘Rango’.

Do The Right Thing Dance

A Brief History of Dance in Film

By Meg Shields 

Here’s a montage celebrating 125 years of one of the greatest artistic team-ups of all time: dance and film.

West Side Story Cops

Revisiting the Police Presence in ‘West Side Story’

By Meg Shields 

Almost sixty years later, ‘West Side Story’ is as vital and relevant as the day it was released.

The King Of Staten Island Pete and Kids

“An Improv for Cameras”: How Robert Elswit Shot ‘The King of Staten Island’

By Meg Shields 

Here’s an interview with cinematographer Robert Elswit on the joys and challenges of blending comedy and naturalism in ‘The King of Staten Island.’