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 Power of Sound: Why a Hayao Miyazaki Film Feels Alive


Here’s a video essay explaining how Miyazaki films use sound to bring animation to life.

Parasite Sunset Boulevard Comparison

How ‘Parasite’ and ‘Sunset Boulevard’ Script Disillusionment


What we’re watching: a video essay comparing the disillusionment arcs of ‘Parasite’ and ‘Sunset Boulevard.’


Substance with Style: The Incomparable Career of Saul Bass


Saul Bass may very well be one of the most influential film artists to only have directed a single film himself. Here’s a montage celebrating his incomparable body of work.


How To Read ‘RoboCop’ as an Exploitation Film


What we’re watching: a video essay that suggests an alternative reading of ‘RoboCop’ as an exploitation revenge film

In A Nutshell

The History of Humanity Condensed: The Manic Montage of ‘In A Nutshell’


Here’s a short animated film that presents the history of the world…in a nutshell.

Avatar The Last Airbender

Deconstructing the Best Episode of ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’


Here’s a video essay that unpacks why “The Tales of Ba Sing Se” is not only the best episode of ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender,’ but the key to the whole series.


The Spiritual Significance of the Exploding Head


This video essay is…mind-blowing.

Al Pacino Serpico

A Delicate Bravado: The Duality of Al Pacino


A video celebrating the legendary career of Al Pacino? Don’t mind if we do.


The Black and White Body Horror of ‘Revenge Story’


A ballerina seeks revenge on the chiropractor who she blames for ruining her career in this marvelous short film.