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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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.

How Stanley Kubrick Pivoted To Low Budget Filmmaking After ‘2001’


Never underestimate Stanley Kubrick.

Marcy Learns Something New

The Unexpected Tenderness of ‘Marcy Learns Something New’


Get schooled with this short film about a widow who attends a dominatrix workshop.

Wes Anderson Prada Short

The Cinematic Grammar of Wes Anderson’s ‘Castello Cavalcanti’


Sometimes, actions speak louder than words. And of course by actions we mean camera pans.