Silver Screen Queens

Reviewing movies and the culture that surrounds them.

  • Every Wednesday
  • Averages around 51 minutes

102: Girlhood

Published 6 May 2015 • 32 minutes, 12 seconds

And now for something completely different, we talk GIRLHOOD (BANDE DE FILLES), which recently screened as part of the French Film Festival. It’s a gritty, slice-of-life drama centred on a 16 year-old girl called Marieme, who lives in the tough outer suburbs of Paris.

101: Avengers: Age of Ultron

Published 29 April 2015 • 32 minutes, 57 seconds

Our big damn heroes return with more ‘splosions, longer tracking shots and shiny new characters in a movie that is peak Joss. It’s frenetic and constantly moving, but is it any good?

100: The Avengers

Published 22 April 2015 • 31 minutes, 3 seconds

Joss Whedon’s 2012 superhero team-up became an instant nerd classic upon its release, but we didn’t have a podcast back then. In celebration of our 100th episode, and the imminent release of Avengers: Age of Ultron, we revisit one of our favourites to talk science bros, doritos and cognitive recalibration.

99: Big Eyes

Published 15 April 2015 • 32 minutes, 49 seconds

Margaret Keane was a talented artist with the misfortune to marry a con-man who took credit for her paintings. In Big Eyes, her story gets a loving and satisfying telling from Tim Burton in more subdued form.

98: Furious 7

Published 8 April 2015 • 33 minutes, 14 seconds

The fast-driving, ‘splosion-loving gang are back for a seventh outing. It’s all fun and games and scientific improbabilities right up until it hits you in the feels. Universal’s superhero franchise is doing just fine.

97: Insurgent

Published 1 April 2015 • 35 minutes, 39 seconds

It’s the second instalment of the Divergent series, and things don’t get better. It’s a cynical cash-grab movie adaptation of a cynical cash-grab book series, and not even a mostly great cast can overcome the dodgy source material.

96: Kingsman: The Secret Service

Published 25 March 2015 • 26 minutes, 38 seconds

Mark Millar and Matthew Vaughn, the team behind Kick-Ass, re-team for this hyper-violent, mean-spirited homage to spy movies featuring image conscious secret agents shaken up by the introduction of a working class boy called Eggs.

95: The Theory of Everything

Published 18 March 2015 • 30 minutes, 14 seconds

Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne act their hearts out in this biopic based on Jane Hawking’s not-so-flattering portrait of her former husband Stephen Hawking. While the movie is thinly-veiled Oscar bait (congratulations Eddie; we love you!), we think it’s lacking something.

94: Big Hero 6

Published 11 March 2015 • 31 minutes, 54 seconds

When a devastating event kills his brother Tadashi and lands his robot technology in the hands of a villain, Hiro Hamada upgrades his brother’s health companion robot Baymax and works with his talented friends to transform into a team of superheroes and save the city.

93: Jupiter Ascending

Published 4 March 2015 • 41 minutes, 31 seconds

The Wachowskis have made one of the most original movies in ages, a melodramatic space opera, about a (female!) chosen one who discovers she’s a queen. Also, something about bees.