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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A Ghost Story David Lowery Long Take

David Lowery’s Guide to Interesting Long Takes

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Sustained shots are best when they’re done for a specific reason. And yes, that includes confronting the inescapable march of time.

James Bond In The Opening Scene Of Thunderball

From Fisticuffs to Spectacle: The Evolution of the James Bond Cold Open

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Never underestimate the importance of a well-timed parachute.

Its A Mad Mad Mad Mad World opening credits sequence

The Glorious (and Endangered) Art of the Opening Credits Sequence

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Every film deserves a hype man. And what better hype man can you ask for than an opening credits sequence?

First Reformed 4:3 aspect ratio

The Return of 4:3

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You know what they say: it’s hip to be square.

Jurassic Park Deus Ex Machina

How to Spot a Deus Ex Machina: The Narrative Trope Explained

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Here’s a video essay that explains the narrative device, its strengths, and its weaknesses.

Maria Candelaria golden age of mexican cinema

An Introduction to the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema

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Textbooks out, class, it’s time for some international cinema history.

The Green Knight

Time, Mossy Bones, and the Main Theme of ‘The Green Knight’ Explained

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Why is he a GREEN knight, anyway? And what was with that really slow, rotating mid-film pan?

Return Of The Living Dead

The Rebellious Existential Comedy of ‘The Return of the Living Dead’

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A horror comedy with brrrrrrrraaaaains.

Crimewave

The Movie That Almost Killed Sam Raimi’s Career

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As Bruce Campbell himself puts it: ‘Crimewave’ wasn’t released. It escaped.