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.
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.

Horrorscope June

All the Horror New to Streaming in June 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 this month.

Martin Scorsese Bbc Lockdown Culture

Lessons Under Lockdown: Martin Scorsese’s Quarantine Short

By Meg Shields 

Shot on a smartphone while sheltering in place in his home office, here’s the short film Martin Scorsese made under quarantine lockdown.

A Clockwork Orange

How ‘A Clockwork Orange’ Captured the Feel of the Future On-Location

By Meg Shields 

Here’s a video about the real futuristic locations and artwork that Stanley Kubrick used for the production design of ‘A Clockwork Orange.’

Criterion Restoration Essay

How Criterion Restores a Warped Film

By Meg Shields 

No two restoration projects are exactly the same. Here’s how the Criterion Collection restored a warped print of ‘The Man Who Knew Too Much.’

Tuca And Bertie

How Lisa Hanawalt’s Animals Teach Us About What it Means to Be Human

By Meg Shields 

Lisa Hanawalt’s characters make animals out of people. Or is it the other way around? Here’s a video essay about how her animals bring us closer to what it means to be human.


A Cautionary Tale About the COVID-19 Booty Call

By Meg Shields 

Laughing at scary things is important, so here’s an animated short film about COVID-19 that ends with a cautionary country ballad.