Silver Screen Queens

Reviewing movies and the culture that surrounds them.

  • Every Wednesday
  • Averages around 46 minutes

260: Mom and Dad

Published 16 May 2018 • 46 minutes, 36 seconds

This cult horror flick starring Nicholas Cage and Selma Blair as parents trying to murder their children has been doing the festival circuit, and we were lucky to catch it, appropriately enough, over Mother’s Day weekend. Featuring a kinetic directorial style, MOM AND DAD is both gory af and surprisingly restrained, while asking some big questions about what it means to become a parent.

259: Rampage

Published 9 May 2018 • 52 minutes, 29 seconds

“I will watch whatever nonsense Dwayne is in.” - Roxane Gay, 4 February 2018

258: Avengers: Infinity War

Published 2 May 2018 • 1 hour, 25 minutes

It’s here! The most ambitious crossover event in history. We have some spoiler free thoughts for you, followed by a discussion of the movie that is in itself almost movie length!

257: A Quiet Place

Published 25 April 2018 • 55 minutes, 52 seconds

Actor John Krasinski turns his hand to directing with this high concept thriller about a family living in a world where monsters hunt by sound.

256: Love, Simon

Published 18 April 2018 • 39 minutes, 45 seconds

When we heard there was a gay teen romance from our favourite TV superhero show runner, it created a ‘run, don’t walk’ response here at SSQ HQ. It certainly led to an interesting experience as we watched the film at an LGBTQI community screening with free booze.

255: A Wrinkle in Time

Published 11 April 2018 • 36 minutes, 17 seconds

Ava DuVernay takes on the classic children’s sci-fi novel, with an assist from Disney, New Zealand and Oprah. It’s had some bad press, and, frankly, we disagree. Charming, colourful adventures with cute kids and smart adults, and a family-friendly message that doesn’t condescend to its tween/teen audience.

254: Ready Player One

Published 4 April 2018 • 48 minutes, 51 seconds

The famous/notorious novel gets the full big-screen treatment in the experienced and talented hands of Steven Spielberg. Being curious nerdy types, we had to give it a go.

253: Professor Marston and the Wonder Women

Published 28 March 2018 • 55 minutes, 55 seconds

Despite the success of Wonder Woman, this biopic of her creator and his polyamorous family received such a limited cinematic release in Australia that we have been unable to see it until now. Touching on our longstanding interests in Wonder Woman, nerd culture, superheroes, feminism, history and queerness, this film also features the wonderful Luke Evans in the title role, and Rebecca Hall as his spectacular wife, Elizabeth. As you can imagine, it gave us plenty to talk about.

252: Tomb Raider

Published 21 March 2018 • 46 minutes, 3 seconds

A few years back we played (and enjoyed) the rebooted Tomb Raider franchise game. Now the gritty, younger version of Lara Croft has found her way to the big screen, played by Alicia Vikander. Can this film overcome the video game movie curse?

251: Annihilation

Published 14 March 2018 • 40 minutes, 4 seconds

The latest film from Alex Garland, based on the sci-fi novel by Jeff Vandermeer, has received really sh*tty distribution treatment, denied a cinematic release outside the US. Luckily, we were able to watch this strange, beautiful and philosophical female-led film on Netflix, where it will hopefully find a receptive audience among fans of esoteric indie fare.