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 Rider Chloé Zhao

The Beginner’s Guide to Chloé Zhao

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The indie darling is set to become a household name with Oscar buzz and an upcoming Marvel film. Here’s a guide to her early work:

cinema in the age of streaming

Where Does “Cinema” Happen in the Age of Streaming?

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The pandemic has intensified concerns that streaming poses a threat to the cinematic experience. Here’s a video essay explaining why.

Slither

The Genuinely Horrifying Horror Comedy of ‘Slither’

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James Gunn’s directorial debut is as repulsive as it is underrated.

Jidlo Food Jan Švankmajer

The Morbid Delights of Jan Švankmajer’s ‘Food’

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It’s a real gut-buster. In more ways than one. Here’s a video essay on the absurdist short film’s tonal tightrope walk.

Nate Milton Cassini Short Film

Identifying With Space Probes: The Cosmic Solitude of ‘Cassini’

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Here’s a short animated film about loneliness, unlikely company, and the quiet beauty of a solitary space probe.

Full Metal Jacket Stanley Kubrick takes

Stanley Kubrick and the Rationale Behind Incessant Takes

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Some directors say “we got it” when they do not, in fact, “got it.” Those directors are not Stanley Kubrick.

Miss Juneteenth women in film 2020

How Women Took Up Space in the Movies of 2020

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Watch a video essay about the female-led films that defined cinema last year.

X Rating

The Brief and Scandalous History of the X Rating

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What was its purpose and why was it so infamous? Let’s sneak a peek, shall we?

The Matrix Fembot Red Dress

A Brief History of the Fembot in a Red Dress

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Were you distracted by the woman in the red dress? Yeah, us too. So let’s talk about it.