Silver Screen Queens

Reviewing movies and the culture that surrounds them.

  • Every Wednesday
  • Averages around 44 minutes

298: Green Book

Published 6 February 2019 • 40 minutes, 31 seconds

We knew we’d have to see it eventually.

297: Mary Queen of Scots

Published 30 January 2019 • 43 minutes, 20 seconds

Saoirse Ronan takes on the role of Mary Stuart, the wilful and vindictive 16th century queen of Scotland, and is aided by Margot Robbie as Mary’s cousin and rival, Elizabeth I. British theatre director Josie Rourke takes on her first feature, and Katie takes on yet another period piece.

296: Mary Poppins Returns

Published 23 January 2019 • 57 minutes, 44 seconds

Being musical theatre nerds, we’ve been waiting for Mary to return. The magical nanny is given a sequel with the best possible combination of a delightful cast and competent director, and we…had different experiences of it…

295: Boy Erased

Published 16 January 2019 • 43 minutes

Also known as the Lucas Hedges gay conversion film, this had some early Oscar buzz around its (mostly Australian) cast and crew. We are always here for Lucas Hedges, and we are always here for gay teens, so it seemed like it might be a good fit for us.

294: The Favourite

Published 9 January 2019 • 47 minutes, 2 seconds

We haven’t had the greatest experiences with Yorgos Lanthimos’s work (see our episode from last year on The Killing of a Sacred Deer), but THE FAVOURITE opened to near-universal acclaim, has more traditional subject matter, and features some of our favourite actresses really going for it, so we dove in.

293: Aquaman

Published 2 January 2019 • 43 minutes, 31 seconds

The latest addition to the DC film universe tackles one of the perpetual laughingstocks of the comic book world and makes him hot and charismatic in the form of Jason Momoa. Directed by action master James Wan, AQUAMAN also features Nicole Kidman demonstrating her range, the delightful Temuera Morrison, Willem Dafoe playing against type, and…Dolph Lundgren, enjoying a late career Lundgrenaissance.

292: Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse

Published 26 December 2018 • 42 minutes, 50 seconds

Miles Morales finally gets his own movie (animated, but still), and it turns out to be one of the most innovative animated films in years, melding comic book and cutting edge computer animation (as long as you aren’t epileptic - this film is NOT accessible). Dropping in the week before Christmas, it’s quite the gift.

291: Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Published 19 December 2018 • 37 minutes, 9 seconds

Based on the memoir of Lee Israel, a talented writer who turned to literary forgery when she fell on hard times, this gem of a movie celebrates an unapologetically queer, cranky woman trying to make it in an inhospitable world. Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant star as the eccentric leads, lightly moving through an impeccably-rendered 1990s New York.

290: Mortal Engines

Published 12 December 2018 • 49 minutes, 53 seconds

This is one set of YA novels that had passed us by, but they didn’t pass by Peter Jackson, who handed it over to his long-time storyboarder and special effects guy Christian Rivers to direct. The plucky heroine of this series is Hester Shaw, a scarred young woman hell-bent on avenging her mother’s murder. She’s joined by a blue-eyed angel in the form of Robert Sheehan as Tom, and Anna Fang, played by K-Pop star Jihae, who is worth the price of admission alone.

289: Creed II

Published 5 December 2018 • 35 minutes, 10 seconds

CREED was the best film of 2015 that hardly anyone saw (although clearly enough people saw it to make Michael B Jordan, Tessa Thomson and Ryan Coogler into stars). The sequel loses Coogler, but we are still here for it.