Silver Screen Queens

Reviewing movies and the culture that surrounds them.

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114: Paper Towns

Published 29 July 2015 • 39 minutes, 59 seconds

The movie adaptation of one of John Green’s less famous young adult novels, Paper Towns starts out like a million other coming-of-age stories about an 18 year old boy in love with a manic pixie dream girl, but mid-way through takes a turn for the interesting. We meander through our favourite teen movies while mulling over the movie’s big themes.

113: Ant-Man

Published 22 July 2015 • 44 minutes, 54 seconds

Because there aren’t enough charming white guys with their own superhero franchise, Marvel has once again mined their archives for Scott Lang, played by long-time SSQ favourite Paul Rudd. Ex-con Lang is recruited by reclusive millionaire scientist Dr. Hank Pam to steal technology from Pym’s former company.

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.