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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The Wolf House Horror

How ‘The Wolf House’ Uses Fantasy to Confront the Horrors of History


Warren Zevon be like “awoooo wolf houses of historical trauma.”

Cinema A To Zeotrope Hugo

From A to Zoetrope: A Look at the Ancestors of Cinema


Before the moving image, there was … the slightly slower moving image.

One Cut Of The Dead Group Shot

Why ‘One Cut of the Dead’ Is a Bloody Love Letter to Low Budget Cinema



Alana Haim Cooper Hoffman Licorice Pizza

The Cinematic Ingredients of ‘Licorice Pizza’


More like West San Fernando Valley Graffiti.

Sean Baker Color Theory

A Tangerine Dream: Colors in the Films of Sean Baker


Pretty cool when they make movies in color, huh?

Food Movies

Coffee and Arepas: How Food Defined the Oscar Movies of 2022


Okay, but why do the ‘Nightmare Alley’ eggs look so darn good?

Movie Camera Sensor Size

Bigger Isn’t Always Better: An Introduction to Movie Camera Sensor Size


Put on your “tech-talk” pants, it’s time to talk sensor size.

Twin Peaks Explained Screaming

Emotional Sense, TV Reflexivity, and Divining Sense Out of ‘Twin Peaks’


The owls are not what they seem.

Cube Automated

We All Live in the ‘Cube’ Now: The Algorithmic Hell of Automated Dystopias


The Venn Diagram between a murderous Rubik’s Cube and the YouTube algorithm is a circle.