Silver Screen Queens

Reviewing movies and the culture that surrounds them.

  • Every Wednesday
  • Averages around 52 minutes

24: Labyrinth

Published 24 October 2013 • 33 minutes, 57 seconds

Whiny teen Jennifer Connelly learns to be responsible with the help of some Jim Henson creatures. David Bowie prances about wearing some fabulous makeup and an infamous codpiece. It’s time to enjoy the cult classic Labyrinth.

23: Gravity

Published 17 October 2013 • 31 minutes, 41 seconds

A doctor on her first space voyage and a veteran astronaut are left floating in space after a catastrophic accident. Melissa and Katie worry that it’s going to be like 2001: A Space Odyssey. It’s not.

22: Rush

Published 10 October 2013 • 36 minutes, 20 seconds

Rush tells the true story of the 1976 Formula One racing season, and the rivalry between British driver James Hunt and Austrian Niki Lauda, who was horrifically injured part way through the season but made an astonishing comeback.

21: I Am a Girl

Published 3 October 2013 • 32 minutes, 26 seconds

In a break from the usual format, the girls interview director Rebecca Barry about her new film I Am A Girl, a documentary which tells the stories of the lives, loves and struggles of six teenage girls living very different lives around the world.

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.