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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Dr Strangelove Pablo Ferro

A Beginner’s Guide to Pablo Ferro: A Titan of Movie Title Design


There are giants of movie title design…and then there’s Pablo Ferro.

Mandy Nic Cage Overacting Smile

The Art of Overacting: How Going Big Can Make a Scene Better


Sometimes overacting is good, actually.

Ghost World

What Makes ‘Ghost World’ Such a Successful Comic Book Adaptation


“Well, I have to admit that things are really starting to look up for me since my life turned to shit.”

Bad Education

Class, Color-Coding, and the Brilliant Costume Design of ‘Bad Education’


What’s red, white, and embezzled public school funds?

Soviet Animation History

From Agitprop to Artistic Rebellion: A Brief History of Soviet Animation


Art is always political. But especially when you’re an animator in the Soviet Union.

My Own Private Idaho

How ‘My Own Private Idaho’ Broke Boundaries for Queer Cinema


“I love you, and you don’t pay me.”

Water Queer Cinema

Bodies of Water: Swimming and Hydrophilia in Queer Cinema


Here’s a video essay about the metaphorical bond between water and Queer Cinema, from their shared sense of liberation to their mutability.

The Simpsons Ep Couch Gag

The Sitcom Purgatory of Don Hertzfeldt’s ‘Simpsons’ Couch Gag


There are a lot of Simpsons couch gags. But only one of them is an existential terror trip.

Welcome To The Dollhouse Dawn Table

The Hilariously Painful Pre-Teen Mirror of ‘Welcome to the Dollhouse’


“Who told you to fight back?”