Silver Screen Queens

Reviewing movies and the culture that surrounds them.

  • Every Wednesday
  • Averages around 47 minutes

Melissa Savage and Katie Molloy met in film class, and haven’t been able to stop talking movies ever since. Each week they watch a movie and review it, stopping to make plenty of nerdy references along the way.

316: X-Men: Dark Phoenix

Published 12 June 2019 • 40 minutes, 10 seconds

It’s the X-Men movie you forgot was happening! The younger generation of mutants re-tell the story of Jean Grey’s metamorphosis into Dark Phoenix. Sophie Turner, aka Sansa Stark, is in the title role, but the franchise also features the not-insignificant talents of James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Jessica Chastain and Jennifer “I would like for my contract to be done now” Lawrence. It sure is another film in the X-men franchise!

315: Rocketman

Published 5 June 2019 • 1 hour, 1 minute

Hot on the heels of the mega-hit Bohemian Rhapsody, Elton John gets the movie musical treatment from uncredited Rhapsody (co-)director Dexter Fletcher and hot Welsh double threat Taron Egerton. Unlike that film, Rocketman takes a more fantastical approach, crafting a good old fashioned musical from Elton’s wonderful back catalogue. Unusually for a biopic, it also benefits from the involvement of its subject, who is not afraid to share the less filmic aspects of his life.

314: Aladdin (2019)

Published 29 May 2019 • 43 minutes, 8 seconds

Disney continues its “let’s re-make our beloved animated properties as live action” cash grab with Guy Ritchie’s take on the 1992 classic. Will Smith takes on Genie duties, joined by sweet newcomers Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott as Aladdin and Jasmine.

313: John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

Published 22 May 2019 • 45 minutes, 48 seconds

After a surprise hit, John Wick got a sequel. Now it’s become a franchise, and you know what that means: bigger names, bigger fights and a bigger universe. We process our feelings about this.

312: Pokémon: Detective Pikachu

Published 15 May 2019 • 44 minutes, 58 seconds

Is this a cute, funny way for the Pokémon franchise to make its way to the big screen? Or wacky Ryan Reynolds vanity project? Two Pokémon newbies investigate!

311: Long Shot

Published 8 May 2019 • 50 minutes, 53 seconds

Charlize Theron continues to dominate everything she turns her hand to, starring in this romantic comedy with Seth Rogen. Theron plays a high-ranking politician planning to run for President, and Rogen is the idealistic journalist she brings on to punch up her speeches. We laugh. A lot.

310: Avengers: Endgame

Published 1 May 2019 • 1 hour, 23 minutes

It’s here! The most anticipated finale in history. Who lives, who dies, who tells the story? No spoilers for the first five minutes of the podcast (see the chapter markers), followed by 80 minutes of intense discussion, and more than a few disagreements.

309: The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

Published 24 April 2019 • 38 minutes, 16 seconds

Five years after THE LEGO MOVIE delivered a huge smash hit, a Lego-saturated audience delivered a resounding ‘meh’ as its sequel was gradually released around the world. It’s a shame, because THE LEGO MOVIE 2: THE SECOND PART is just as funny, and learned a few important lessons from the criticism of the first film. Nevertheless, it gave us a great chance to laugh at the one-liners, and get into a discussion of favourite Chrises.

308: Unicorn Store

Published 17 April 2019 • 33 minutes, 34 seconds

Captain Marvel herself, Brie Larson has directed a movie, and it just dropped on Netflix. Unicorn Store tells the story of a whimsical young artist who finds herself stuck back at her parents place and temping for a terrible boss, when the offer of a pet unicorn gives her a new purpose.

307: Shazam!

Published 10 April 2019 • 59 minutes, 35 seconds

Long-time SSQ fave Zachary Levi got a superhero movie and we couldn’t be more delighted. Shazam! tells the story of a hardscrabble foster kid given a sudden…boost.