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 Shining

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


“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


“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.”

Castle Freak and Lovecraft

H.P. Lovecraft, ‘Castle Freak,’ and the Pathology of a Preeminent Outsider


In a way….we’re ALL castle freaks.

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How Misreading ‘Lolita’ Results in the 1990s Erotic Thriller Nymphet


Put on your hazmat suits everybody, this is some toxic stuff.

Dune Worm

How Hans Zimmer’s Score Hints at the Interconnectedness of ‘Dune’


Let’s talk about those bagpipes y’all.

The Darjeeling Limited Wes Anderson

Big Feels and Flat Affect: Why Wes Anderson Represses Emotion


Ever wondered why the director of ‘The Royal Tenenbaums,’ ‘The Darjeeling Limited,’ and ‘The French Dispatch’ flattens emotion? We’ve got a video essay for that.

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Why it Always Rains in David Fincher Movies


Simply put, you cannot rain on Fincher’s parade.

The Adventures Of Tintin

The (Many) Cinematic Adventures of Tintin


Time to praise one of the few fully mocap animated films to clear the uncanny valley.

Zodiac Yellow Collage

Yellow, Stranger: The Color Theory of Zodiac


Because nothing says “obsession with an elusive killer” quite like the color of bile.