Silver Screen Queens

Reviewing movies and the culture that surrounds them.

  • Every Wednesday
  • Averages around 46 minutes

280: Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Published 3 October 2018 • 52 minutes, 10 seconds

If you spend a lot of time online, you will eventually see a Mr Rogers quote. If you grew up outside of the US, like us, you probably don’t know who that is. Luckily, there’s a new documentary to tell us about his life, and his incredible legacy of kindness and caring.

279: Searching

Published 26 September 2018 • 41 minutes, 31 seconds

John Cho finally gets a lead worthy of his immense talents, and filmmakers finally succeed in capturing life on the internet, in this tight thriller about a desperate dad with a missing daughter.

278: A Simple Favor

Published 19 September 2018 • 44 minutes, 47 seconds

Anna Kendrick’s small-town mommy vlogger Stephanie meets Blake Lively’s glamorous PR exec Emily through their sons. It’s going great, until Emily disappears, dragging Stephanie into a mystery she’s only too happy to explore.

277: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

Published 12 September 2018 • 47 minutes, 33 seconds

This Netflix movie based on a popular YA novel has been getting some serious buzz, and not just because it serves a multitude of underserved audiences. Cute and fun, it also launched the career of the internet’s newest boyfriend, Noah Centineo, and given the most memorable part of X-MEN: APOCALYPSE, Lana Condor, her first lead.

276: The Meg

Published 5 September 2018 • 32 minutes, 44 seconds

It’s Jason Statham vs Megashark, with a mega budget and a transparent play for the China market. If you like giant shark movies, then this is for you. If you don’t, then I don’t know what to tell you. Check the show notes for some video of Jason Statham’s diving career, as well as one of John Barrowman’s more infamous line readings.

275: Crazy Rich Asians

Published 29 August 2018 • 52 minutes, 43 seconds

One of the most anticipated films of the year, and the first since 1993 to feature a predominantly Asian/Asian-American cast helmed by an Asian-American director, this little rom-com has a lot riding on it’s couture-clad shoulders. Luckily, Michelle Yeoh and Awkwafina are on board.

274: BlacKkKlansman

Published 22 August 2018 • 56 minutes, 31 seconds

Spike Lee’s latest offering tells the true story of black detective Ron Stallworth who, in addition to being the only black detective on the Colorado Springs force, successfully infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan. Featuring Lee’s signature style, and an important lesson on the power of cinema, it stars charismatic newcomer John David Washington (son of Denzel) and the always-excellent Adam Driver.

273: Blockers

Published 15 August 2018 • 35 minutes, 45 seconds

Recorded a few months ago on its cinematic release, a series of big releases, and the likelihood of this becoming a good home watch led us to delay the release of our episode on BLOCKERS, a very 2018 take on the teen prom night sex comedy. Featuring John Cena, Leslie Mann and Ike Barinholtz as parents who find out their daughters plan to lose their virginities on prom night, this doesn’t quite go the way you think it will.

272: Mission: Impossible - Fallout

Published 8 August 2018 • 50 minutes, 20 seconds

The sixth film in a 22-year-old franchise is as good a place as any to throw everything at it. Dizzying stunts (done, for the most part, for real), stake-raising action sequences, vehicle chases in exotic locales and a few good actors to make us care. Say what you like about Tom Cruise (goodness knows we have), but he sets a high bar, and brings along some great talent for the ride. Also, Katie is REALLY into Henry Cavill in this movie.

271: The Breaker Upperers

Published 1 August 2018 • 33 minutes, 36 seconds

This New Zealand comedy from Madeleine Sami and Jackie van Been does exactly what it says on the tin: 90 solid minutes of deliciously inappropriate humour about two women who run a business breaking up with people’s partners when they are too cowardly/useless to do so in person. Featuring some of your favourite NZ comedy talent and some behind the scenes help from Taika Waititi, using his power for good, this continues 2018’s run of comedies.