Silver Screen Queens

Reviewing movies and the culture that surrounds them.

  • Every Wednesday
  • Averages around 51 minutes

262: Solo: A Star Wars Story

Published 30 May 2018 • 1 hour, 1 minute

SOLO arrives in cinemas after experiencing significant production issues, but early word was good, and so it is that the professionalism and experience of Disney, Lucasfilm and Ron Howard shine through in this fun heist flick. there are some not-unexpected issues with the casting, and some storytelling niggles, but after the downbeat ROGUE ONE, and the disorganised THE LAST JEDI, it’s a welcome addition to the new canon.

261: Deadpool 2

Published 23 May 2018 • 48 minutes, 22 seconds

Everyone’s favourite foul-mouthed Canadian is back! Ryan Reynolds’ 10-years-in-the-making passion project became a huge hit in 2016, and now they’re back with more money, that goes into new characters, better CGI, a killer soundtrack and more cool makeup.

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.