Silver Screen Queens

Reviewing movies and the culture that surrounds them.

  • Every Wednesday
  • Averages around 51 minutes

112: Magic Mike XXL

Published 15 July 2015 • 42 minutes, 35 seconds

Look, it’s two hours of attractive shirtless men who treat women really well. Plot and character development do not feature heavily, but with that premise, who cares? A wonderful way to spend a couple of hours, especially when enhanced by good company and good booze.

111: Terminator Genisys

Published 8 July 2015 • 37 minutes, 57 seconds

Post-politics Arnie makes his comeback in his best known role. JK Simmons and a bunch of others help him out.

110: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Published 1 July 2015 • 34 minutes, 36 seconds

We finally get to see the Iranian Spaghetti Western Vampire flick everyone is talking about. Ana Lily Amirpour’s gorgeous debut feature is attention-grabbing, intelligent and subversive, and a welcome departure from the more formulaic fare we are used to.

109: Inside Out

Published 24 June 2015 • 33 minutes, 47 seconds

Pixar has a new film about the emotions inside a girl’s head as she moves through a tumultuous time in her life. It’s…fine. Charming as always but perhaps a little ambitious. We fire up our control panels to generate some thoughts, trying not to be distracted by Brazilian helicopter pilots along the way.

108: Jurassic World

Published 17 June 2015 • 42 minutes, 57 seconds

Because there are no new ideas in Hollywood, someone decided that Jurassic Park needed another sequel. Melissa thought it was pacy and fun, Katie hated it, both had a few issues with its terrible writing. We talk Dr. Ian Malcolm, the Triplett test and Spielberg signatures.

107: The Book of Life

Published 10 June 2015 • 34 minutes, 11 seconds

This beautifully animated movie about the Day of the Dead came out a few months ago, but we’ve only just found time to schedule it. A fairly pedestrian love triangle is livened up by some interfering deities and Channing Tatum as a character he was born to play.

106: San Andreas

Published 3 June 2015 • 42 minutes, 11 seconds

You guys know how we feel about The Rock. He’s back playing a rescue chopper pilot in LA as a series of unprecedented earthquakes rock the San Andreas fault and threaten his family. Daddy’s got to go to work. Again.

105: Spy

Published 27 May 2015 • 33 minutes, 49 seconds

Paul Feig and Melissa McCarthy join up with some hilarious folk including SSQ favourite Miranda Hart, everyone’s favourite Allison Janney, and comic revelation Jason Statham to make a spy movie. It’s a sharp, funny take on a genre ripe for parody and much the better for this cliché-smashing effort.

104: Mad Max: Fury Road

Published 20 May 2015 • 37 minutes, 16 seconds

Unless you’ve been stranded in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, you’ve probably heard that MAD MAX: FURY ROAD is a badass feminist action movie. It is that, and so much more. Strap yourselves in, and watch out for flame-throwing guitars.

103: Pitch Perfect 2

Published 13 May 2015 • 32 minutes, 10 seconds

The Barden Bellas are back, and it’s aca-awkward as they fall from greatness after a mishap on live TV. Beca is about to graduate, so acapella isn’t her first priority, while Chloe just can’t let go. Still, there’s the world championships to win, against the finely tuned Teutonic magnificence of Das Sound Machine.