Silver Screen Queens

Reviewing movies and the culture that surrounds them.

  • Every Wednesday
  • Averages around 46 minutes

20: The Empire Strikes Back

Published 26 September 2013 • 31 minutes, 42 seconds

The second episode in our ‘Mel learns some culture’ series takes us to the ice planet Hoth, with the Tauntaun sleeping bag and AT-ATs. We also meet Yoda in the swamp, Han Solo is encased in carbonite and Luke and his dad do some bonding.

19: Predator

Published 19 September 2013 • 32 minutes, 24 seconds

It’s time for some classic Arnold Schwarzenegger in Silver Screen Queens-land this week, with the oft-quoted Predator. Ahnuld and his enormous biceps lead an intrepid team of commandos through the central American jungle, where they soon discover that their enemy is not guerrilla fighters but something far more dangerous.

18: Rear Window

Published 12 September 2013 • 27 minutes, 51 seconds

Mel and Katie caught a rare big screen showing of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1954 classic (and Mel’s all-time favourite movie) on the weekend. They talk about why it’s considered a classic and gain a real appreciation of the talent and work that went into being Grace Kelly.

17: Stoker

Published 5 September 2013 • 33 minutes, 1 second

After India Stoker’s father dies on her 18th birthday, a mysterious uncle, Charlie, appears in her life. As India and her mother learn to cope with one another and their grief, the family’s dark secrets come to the surface.

16: The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

Published 29 August 2013 • 31 minutes, 17 seconds

Twilight clone, Harry Potter rip-off, glorified fan fiction… The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones has had some bad press thrown its way. Mel and Katie went to investigate.

15: Kick-Ass 2

Published 22 August 2013 • 32 minutes, 37 seconds

Kick-Ass and Hit Girl are back to deal with the consequences of their last outing. Katie and Mel deal with the consequences of watching all this violence and vengeance and wonder about the point of it all.

14: Star Wars

Published 15 August 2013 • 28 minutes, 12 seconds

Mel has never been big on the Star Wars franchise. Katie loves the original movies and doesn’t understand such heresy. They go back to basics by watching (the 1997 re-released version of) the original 1977 Star Wars.

13: The World’s End

Published 8 August 2013 • 33 minutes, 9 seconds

Over the weekend, Mel and Katie binge-watched Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz in preparation for the finale of Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg’s Cornetto trilogy. In The World’s End, five blokes on the cusp of 40 try to recapture their youth with a legendary pub crawl called the Golden Mile. They return to their small, sleepy home town, where things seem a little too smooth, maybe even…robotic.

12: The Wolverine

Published 1 August 2013 • 32 minutes, 39 seconds

After the showdown of X-Men: The Last Stand (A.K.A X-Men 3), Wolverine is all messed up about Jean Grey and stuff. It’s emotional you guys, so when a man he saved in Nagasaki during World War II invites him to Japan to say goodbye, he’s happy for the distraction provided by a wealthy family mob war and a viperous mutant villain. With an awesome lady sidekick and an insipid heiress by his side, Logan fights his demons living, dead and something in between.

11: The Fountain

Published 25 July 2013 • 34 minutes, 41 seconds

Darren Aronofsky spent more than five years trying to get this film made, a personal meditation on life, death, nature and religion. It stars Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz playing multiple characters in three different timelines. So is it a work of art or pretentious prettiness?