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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Grand Illusion Criterion

The Miraculous Survival of ‘La Grande Illusion’: Jean Renoir vs. The Nazis

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If Joseph Goebbels declares your movie “Cinematic Public Enemy No. 1,” then you’re doing something right.

Home Alone

How John Williams Made ‘Home Alone’ Sound Like Christmas

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There’s a lot more to composing a banger Christmas soundtrack than sleigh bells.

Toyko Godfathers

What Makes ‘Tokyo Godfathers’ Such a Modern Christmas Classic

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“I always wanted to die drunk in a nice, old house. I’m halfway there.”

Triplets Of Belleville

Bizarre and Brilliant: The Absurd Optimism of ‘The Triplets of Belleville’

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Why be wholesome or disturbing when you can be both?

Rewind Best Video Essays

The 15 Best Video Essays of 2021

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Here’s to another year of being edu-tained.

Dog Day Afternoon movie sweat

All That Glistens: The Many Purposes of Movie Sweat

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Get all hot and bothered with this look at the meaningful potential of sweat in movies.

Lawrence Of Arabia film transition

And, Scene: The Ultimate Guide to Editing Transitions

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There are a ton of ways to transition from one scene to the next. Here are nine of the most common.

The Shining

The Old School Animation Technique that Makes ‘The Shining’ So Scary

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“Mickey Mousing” doesn’t sound like it should be terrifying, and yet here we are.

Kikis Delivery Service

‘Kiki’s Delivery Service’ and How to Survive Creative Burnout

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“Without even thinking about it, I used to be able to fly. Now I’m trying to look inside myself and find out how I did it.”