Silver Screen Queens

Reviewing movies and the culture that surrounds them.

  • Every Wednesday
  • Averages around 38 minutes

301: Alita: Battle Angel

Published 27 February 2019 • 42 minutes, 48 seconds

Based on a well-known anime, Alita is a cyborg trying to find her way in a dystopian future. Directed by Robert Rodriguez and produced and written by James Cameron, it’s a little different from what either of those two normally do.

300: Roma & Oscars Preview

Published 20 February 2019 • 1 hour, 22 minutes

It’s Oscar week, and our 300th episode, so we review Best Picture favourite ROMA, and do a little bonus preview of the big show, which, this year, has lost a little of its lustre.

299: On the Basis of Sex

Published 13 February 2019 • 42 minutes, 12 seconds

The notorious RBG finally gets the biopic treatment. Focusing on a famous gender equality case argued by a young Ruth Bader Ginsburg, ON THE BASIS OF SEX treats us to some of the life story of everyone’s favourite Supreme Court justice.

298: Green Book

Published 6 February 2019 • 40 minutes, 31 seconds

We knew we’d have to see it eventually.

297: Mary Queen of Scots

Published 30 January 2019 • 43 minutes, 20 seconds

Saoirse Ronan takes on the role of Mary Stuart, the wilful and vindictive 16th century queen of Scotland, and is aided by Margot Robbie as Mary’s cousin and rival, Elizabeth I. British theatre director Josie Rourke takes on her first feature, and Katie takes on yet another period piece.

296: Mary Poppins Returns

Published 23 January 2019 • 57 minutes, 44 seconds

Being musical theatre nerds, we’ve been waiting for Mary to return. The magical nanny is given a sequel with the best possible combination of a delightful cast and competent director, and we…had different experiences of it…

295: Boy Erased

Published 16 January 2019 • 43 minutes

Also known as the Lucas Hedges gay conversion film, this had some early Oscar buzz around its (mostly Australian) cast and crew. We are always here for Lucas Hedges, and we are always here for gay teens, so it seemed like it might be a good fit for us.

294: The Favourite

Published 9 January 2019 • 47 minutes, 2 seconds

We haven’t had the greatest experiences with Yorgos Lanthimos’s work (see our episode from last year on The Killing of a Sacred Deer), but THE FAVOURITE opened to near-universal acclaim, has more traditional subject matter, and features some of our favourite actresses really going for it, so we dove in.

293: Aquaman

Published 2 January 2019 • 43 minutes, 31 seconds

The latest addition to the DC film universe tackles one of the perpetual laughingstocks of the comic book world and makes him hot and charismatic in the form of Jason Momoa. Directed by action master James Wan, AQUAMAN also features Nicole Kidman demonstrating her range, the delightful Temuera Morrison, Willem Dafoe playing against type, and…Dolph Lundgren, enjoying a late career Lundgrenaissance.

292: Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse

Published 26 December 2018 • 42 minutes, 50 seconds

Miles Morales finally gets his own movie (animated, but still), and it turns out to be one of the most innovative animated films in years, melding comic book and cutting edge computer animation (as long as you aren’t epileptic - this film is NOT accessible). Dropping in the week before Christmas, it’s quite the gift.