The Queue

The Queue is an oft-recurring column in which Meg Shields provides you with a distraction of curated video content sourced from across the web.

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Decision To Leave

How “Decision to Leave” Weaponizes Misdirection


Every director gets to make a Hitchcock.

Heaven's Gate Dead Guy

The Day New Hollywood Died


New Hollywood is dead, long live New Hollywood.

Crimes Of The Future

In Profile: The Art of the Cinematic Close-Up


/Are/ you ready for your close-up, Mr. DeMille?

Best Video Essays 2022

The Best Video Essays of 2022


Sit back, relax: you might learn something.

The Last Broadcast

The Prescient Faux-Documentary Horror of ‘The Last Broadcast’


Tulpas, truthiness, and the terrifying early days of web forms … ‘The Last Broadcast’ was truly ahead of its time.

Subtle Performance Burning

Small Parts: In Praise of The Quiet Screen Performance


Sometimes the “most” acting isn’t the “best” acting.

The Last Unicorn

Remembering ‘The Last Unicorn’: Rankin/Bass’ Cult Classic


Rankin AND Bass? In THIS economy?

Diagetic Sound Design Quiet Place

The Beginner’s Guide to Diegetic and Non-Diegetic Sound Design


Hey did you hear that? If you’re a character in a movie, it’s probably diegetic.

Oliver Reed Gladiator

How Filmmakers Navigate an Actor’s Unexpected Death On-Screen


The show must go on.