Silver Screen Queens

Reviewing movies and the culture that surrounds them.

  • Every Wednesday
  • Averages around 46 minutes

40: Galaxy Quest

Published 26 February 2014 • 33 minutes, 53 seconds

A loving tribute to sci-fi television and its fans, and something of a nerd classic, Galaxy Quest tells the story of the alumni cast of a cult space TV show have to play their roles for real when an alien race needs their help. Best watched with wine.

39: Robocop

Published 19 February 2014 • 31 minutes, 16 seconds

It’s another twofer, as Mel and Katie watch the RoboCop remake and revisit the 1987 original. They reminisce about a simpler time when an R-rating and a mad director gave us something completely off the wall, then look at the more serious remake, featuring brilliant performances from Gary Oldman and Michael Keaton in supporting roles.

38: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 1 & 2

Published 12 February 2014 • 37 minutes, 2 seconds

Katie and Mel talk about the delightful kids series from Sony Animation starring a mad scientist, his dad, a meteorologist, their town and a FLDSMDFR.

37: Philomena

Published 5 February 2014 • 33 minutes, 51 seconds

An Irish woman and a journalist work to track down the son she was forced to give up for adoption nearly 50 years earlier when she was incarcerated in one of the notorious Magdalene Laundries. Mel and Katie talk about telling womens’ stories and the way this movie has been marketed to your mum when it is an important and interesting film for everyone.

36: Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

Published 29 January 2014 • 37 minutes, 44 seconds

Jack Ryan gets a re-boot with the lovely Chris Pine in the title role. We see Jack’s beginnings as a PHD student turned Marine turned CIA analyst and enjoy a by-the-numbers action romp featuring the excellent Kiera Knightley and Kenneth ‘of course I speak Russian’ Brannagh.

35: 12 Years a Slave

Published 22 January 2014 • 32 minutes, 42 seconds

British director Steve McQueen adapts the memoir of Solomon Northrup, a middle class free man from New York kidnapped and sold into slavery in the American south.

34: Saving Mr Banks

Published 15 January 2014 • 45 minutes, 2 seconds

The story of the curmudgeonly Australian-born author of Mary Poppins, P.L. Travers and the two-decade struggle by Walt Disney to secure the rights to her story.

33: Holiday Special

Published 8 January 2014 • 1 hour, 17 minutes

Over the Christmas break, Katie and Mel saw a bunch of movies and decided to review them in one episode. In the grand tradition of the Star Wars Holiday Special, they present a feature-packed episode talking Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, American Hustle, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and Frozen.

32: Die Hard

Published 18 December 2013 • 36 minutes, 56 seconds

‘Tis the season. For our inaugural Christmas episode, we watch the ultimate Christmas movie.

31: War Games

Published 11 December 2013 • 36 minutes, 41 seconds

A young computer whiz kid (Matthew Broderick with boy band hair) accidentally connects into a top secret super-computer which has complete control over the U.S. nuclear arsenal. It challenges him to a game between America and Russia, and he innocently starts the countdown to World War 3.