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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Mercedes Mccambridge Exorcist

One Hell of a Performance: How Mercedes McCambridge Gave a Demon a Voice


What an excellent day for a celebration of Mercedes McCambridge.

Rick Morty

The Narrative Theory Behind the Metatextual Madness of “Never Ricking Morty”


The latest episode of ‘Rick and Morty’ was a showcase for Dan Harmon’s story circle. Here’s a video essay to get you up to speed.


The Cruel, Cool World of Ralph Bakshi


An introduction to the cinematic world of Ralph Bakshi: an adult animation trailblazer, Hollywood rebel, and alternative icon of 1970s counterculture.

Albatross Soup

Visualizing a Riddle: The Trippy Inquiry of “Albatross Soup”


What we’re watching: a visually trippy short film that animates an inquiry into a morbid riddle.


A Filmography Soaked in Scarlet: An Ode to the “Scorsese Red”


A supercut that highlights how the filmmaker’s corpus is a crime scene of crimson.


The Many Deaths of 3D: A History of Cinema’s Problem Child


3D is dead long live 3D.

Raymonde Or The Vertical Escape

The Sinful Stop-Motion Pleasures of ‘Raymonde or the Vertical Escape’ 


If you’ve been waiting for a meditation on sin and sexuality from a french, anthropomorphic stop motion owl…good news.


The Grindhouse Trailer That Inspired Edgar Wright’s ‘Don’t’


The elegant art of grindhouse trailer narration needs to come back. Who’s with us?

Pink Slip

The Art of the Twist: How to Do Causation-Based Comedy


What we’re watching: an expectation-subverting comedy short that’s a fantastic lesson in how to advance a scene.