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.
Rev Possum

How ‘Possum’ Uses the Uncanny as a Metaphor for Trauma

By Meg Shields 

What’s worse than doppelgangers, puppets, and spiders? A combination of all three of course.

A Hidden Life Mountain

The Philosophy of Terrence Malick

By Meg Shields 

Here’s a video essay that explains what Terrence Malick’s filmography can teach us about the work of Martin Heidegger.

Honeyboy Image

How to Read ‘Honey Boy’ as an Act of Forgiveness

By Meg Shields 

Here’s a video essay on why ‘Honey Boy’ operates on empathy.

Eli Short Film

Animating a Manic Episode: The Bold, Beautiful Sundance Short ‘Eli’

By Meg Shields 

What we’re watching: a true story that draws from the realms of high strangeness, magical thinking, and manic delusion.

Nichelle Nichols Uhura Star Trek

On Blaxploitation and Breaking Barriers: The Radical Impact of Nichelle Nichols

By Meg Shields 

Representation matters. Just ask Nichelle Nichols.

Donnie Yen Kill Zone

Choreographed Chaos: The Realistic Fighting Style of Donnie Yen

By Meg Shields 

Here’s a video essay on why Donnie Yen’s fight choreography kicks ass. Literally.

Whisper Of The Heart

How ‘Whisper of the Heart’ Captures the Rhythms of Being an Artist

By Meg Shields 

Here’s a video essay about how Yoshifumi Kondō’s ‘Whisper of the Heart’ resonates with the experience of many artists.

Paris Texas Zoom

Re-Imaging Classic Film Scenes Through the Apps of Social Distancing

By Meg Shields 

Here’s a short film that re-frames classic movie scenes in the context of the apps that have become popular in the age of social distancing.

Split Field Diopter Cover

The Beginner’s Guide to the Split Diopter Lens

By Meg Shields 

A video essay for everyone curious about the split diopter but too afraid to ask.