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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Anna Karina Nana

A Tribute to Anna Sten, Anna Karina, and the Doomed Rebel of ‘Nana’


Here’s a tribute to the various iterations of ‘Nana,’ and the two Anna’s who played her best.

The Graduate Rack Focus

The Delicate Art of the Focus Pull


Focus up, with this video essay on the storytelling potential of the rack focus shot.

The Shining Maze

How Stanley Kubrick Hypnotizes You


Here’s a video essay on why watching a Stanley Kubrick film can be a trance-like experience.

Avatar The Desert

‘Avatar: the Last Airbender’ Shows Us What Can Be Done With a Bottle Episode


Here’s a video essay on why two episodes of ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ are shining examples of a show using the bottle episode to its advantage.

Grand Budapest Drinks On Train

‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ and the Importance of a Script Breakdown


Here’s a video essay that clarifies the importance of a script breakdown with a look at Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Star Wars The Force Awakens Queer Coding

The Difference Between Queer Coding and Queerbaiting


Here’s a video essay about the difference between queer coding and queerbaiting and what that difference can teach us about the history censorship and queer representation in Hollywood.

The Shining Carpet

The Scariest Movie of 2020 is the Walt Disney World Re-Opening Trailer


Heeeeeeere’s Mickey!

Gone With The Wind Vivien Hattie

‘Gone With the Wind’ and the Difference Between Censorship and Context


Watch the introduction that now precedes ‘Gone With the Wind’ on HBO Max denouncing the film’s portrayal of slavery and situating the film in the context in which it was created.

This Is The End

Low Stakes, High Reward: The Appeal of a Seth Rogen Comedy


They say it’s much easier to make people cry than to make them laugh. Here’s a video essay on why Seth Rogen’s goofiness is worth some serious praise.