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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Pirates Of The Caribbean Adventure

What Makes ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl’ a Classic Adventure Film


Say what you will about the rest of the franchise, but the original is an exemplary film for its genre.

Quentin Tarantino First Film My Best Friends Birthday

How Quentin Tarantino’s Lost First Film Predicted His Whole Filmography


Before ‘Reservoir Dogs’ there was ‘My Best Friend’s Birthday.’

The Turin Horse

Destructive Complacency and the Call to Action of ‘The Turin Horse’


It’s possible to read ‘The Turin Horse’ as life-affirming. You just need to know your Nietzsche.

Full Metal Jacket Cinematic Gaze

The Eyes Have It: A Celebration of the Cinematic Gaze


Here’s looking at you…and you…and you…

Moma Film Conservation Preservation

Conservation vs. Preservation: How MoMA is Safeguarding Film Heritage


Conservation? Preservation? What’s the difference? Here’s how the Museum of Modern Art is making film — and film heritage work — more accessible.

Close Encounters Of Third Kind sequel Night Skies

The Fruitful Failure of Steven Spielberg’s ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’ Sequel


Steven Spielberg’s ‘Night Skies’ was never made, but what audiences wound up getting instead was much better.

Bigtop Burger Steve

Drop What You’re Doing and Watch ‘Bigtop Burger’


Does anyone fancy a hamburger? From an interdimensional food truck run by clowns?

Lucifer Rising magick lantern cycle Kenneth Anger

The Enigmatic Impact of the Magick Lantern Cycle


Do what thou wilt, but consider watching this video essay on Kenneth Anger’s life’s work.

Jackie Chan Police Story end credits

Every Movie Should End Like Jackie Chan’s ‘Police Story’


(Chanting) Montage! Montage! Montagae!