Silver Screen Queens

Reviewing movies and the culture that surrounds them.

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134: The (Existing) Star Wars Movies

Published 16 December 2015 • 1 hour, 57 minutes

Only a few days ahead of the release of STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, we rewatch the prequels (I KNOW!) and the beloved original trilogy. There’s nothing like embracing the hype around a new Star Wars movie; join us!

133: Home Alone

Published 9 December 2015 • 32 minutes, 28 seconds

This year, we’re celebrating Christmas a little early (there’s a small, indie sci-fi coming out on 17 December, don’t know if you’ve heard?) with a look at a family Christmas classic that has just celebrated its 25th birthday. Home Alone manages to capture lightning in a bottle, featuring an astonishing script from John Hughes, one of the best directors of children in the business, Chris Columbus, and a perfect score from the master John Williams, not to mention wonderful performances from some brilliant comedic performers and a 10 year-old Macaulay Culkin at his impish best.

132: Creed

Published 2 December 2015 • 32 minutes, 57 seconds

The seventh movie in the ROCKY franchise, CREED follows Adonis Johnson, the youngest son of Apollo Creed, as he recovers from a difficult childhood and moves to Philadelphia to train with Rocky Balboa. Despite almost no hype ahead of its release, we found a subtle, well-made action film inhabited by authentic characters.

131: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2

Published 25 November 2015 • 42 minutes, 37 seconds

The thrilling (and satisfying) conclusion to The Hunger Games films has arrived. We talk whiny Gale, lovely Peeta and Katniss’s poker face.

130: Spectre

Published 18 November 2015 • 39 minutes

Daniel Craig and Sam Mendes re-team after the spectacular SKYFALL with mixed results. James is adequately brutal, Q is adorable, and there are as many enemies within Her Majesty’s government as without. In following on from more modern and successful franchises with more palatable heroes, the Bond series, like its protagonist, struggles to reconcile its history with the modern world.

129: Bridge of Spies

Published 11 November 2015 • 42 minutes, 32 seconds

Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg team up again to tell the Cold War-era story of an American lawyer recruited to defend an alleged Soviet spy in court, and then help the CIA facilitate a prisoner exchange for an American captured by the Russians. Mark Rylance is a standout in his supporting role, and it looks amazing, but the talent involved isn’t quite enough to make a compelling film.

128: Listener Requests II

Published 4 November 2015 • 1 hour, 8 minutes

We asked for requests via iTunes reviews and you delivered! This week we watch another three: EX MACHINA, ELECTRICK CHILDREN and CLUELESS.

127: Crimson Peak

Published 28 October 2015 • 40 minutes, 26 seconds

Happy Halloween Queens! Guillermo del Toro and Tom Hiddleston (among others) teamed up to make a scary movie about a creepy castle, and we had no choice but to watch it. Filled with del Toro’s trademark creatures, bloody violence and luscious production design, it also features a couple of his less-strong trademarks, but is an enjoyable enough experience all the same.

126: The Back to the Future Trilogy

Published 21 October 2015 • 51 minutes, 35 seconds

Today is 21 October 2015, the date to which Marty McFly, Doc Brown and Jennifer Parker travelled in Back to the Future Part II. In honour of this, the ladies review the entire trilogy. Katie would like a flying car, and for the youth to wear their jeans inside out, while Melissa is definitely supporting the Cubs in the World Series and would like to unlock her front door with a fingerprint.

125: Listener Requests I

Published 14 October 2015 • 1 hour, 3 minutes

We put the call out for you to review us on iTunes and promised we’d review anything (yep, anything) you suggested. This week we review the first three: Samurai Cop, Pride, and 2001: A Space Odyssey.