Silver Screen Queens

Reviewing movies and the culture that surrounds them.

  • Every Wednesday
  • Averages around 46 minutes

90: The Imitation Game

Published 11 February 2015 • 32 minutes, 30 seconds

Alan Turing was one of Britain’s greatest mathematicians, a war hero and the father of modern computing, but was driven to suicide by the government he served. The Imitation Game employs some fine actors to honour his story.

89: Birdman

Published 4 February 2015 • 39 minutes, 33 seconds

Comeback character actor Michael Keaton stars in a movie about actors. Academy loses its shit.

88: Foxcatcher

Published 28 January 2015 • 44 minutes, 57 seconds

Foxcatcher is nominated for five Oscars. We disagree with the Academy. Vehemently.

87: Paddington

Published 21 January 2015 • 33 minutes, 10 seconds

It’s a children’s movie, so Mel and Katie ask the important questions: is this meant to be the 70s? do bears s%#t in the woods? is marmalade still a thing? Paddington is charming and aggressively whimsical, and that’s probably a good thing.

86: Into the Woods

Published 14 January 2015 • 42 minutes, 39 seconds

Disney and Rob Marshall adapt the dark Sondheim musical, with Chris Pine, Anna Kendrick and Meryl Streep and a talented cast. The Brothers Grimm fairy tales Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel intertwine with the story of a childless baker and his wife and the witch who cursed them.

85: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Published 7 January 2015 • 48 minutes, 17 seconds

Katie and Mel do what they were born to: talk for nearly 50 minutes about the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. No distractions, no going off-topic, very little pausing for breath. Some pausing for wine.

84: Movies of 2014

Published 31 December 2014 • 1 hour, 12 minutes

A bumper final episode of the year, in which we look back over the movies we’ve reviewed (and seen) in 2014.

83: Bad Santa

Published 24 December 2014 • 29 minutes, 33 seconds

So this is Christmas, and what have we done? Watched an R-rated Santa movie that’s all about the redemption of a terrible person through a weird kid and a Santa-fetishising Lauren Graham.

82: Horrible Bosses & Horrible Bosses 2

Published 17 December 2014 • 33 minutes, 45 seconds

Over one weekend, we watched the original Horrible Bosses and its sequel. Our reactions surprised us. The first film is the story of three men who decide to kill their bosses. The second finds the same three men self-employed, but similarly screwed over by someone in power, so more revenge is in order.

81: Nightcrawler

Published 10 December 2014 • 35 minutes, 21 seconds

Jake Gyllenhaal plays a merciless LA hustler breaking into the voyeuristic world of crime scene paparazzi. To say any more would be to spoil this intense and uncomfortable thriller, so wait ‘til you’ve seen it before listening to this episode.