Silver Screen Queens

Reviewing movies and the culture that surrounds them.

  • Every Wednesday
  • Averages around 46 minutes

220: Dunkirk

Published 2 August 2017 • 45 minutes, 38 seconds

The new Christopher Nolan movie, aka the Harry Styles movie, is out and it actually looks good. Based on the evacuation of British troops from the beach of Dunkirk in 1940, the trailers show a pretty, patriotic flick featuring Tom Hardy as a Spitfire pilot and Mark Rylance as an old dad volunteering his boat for the war effort.

219: The Beguiled

Published 26 July 2017 • 42 minutes, 28 seconds

Sofia Coppola’s latest film won Best Director at the recent Cannes Film Festival (making her the first woman director to win the award), and has had some good word of mouth. We haven’t always loved Coppola’s films, but we decided to give it a go when we saw the stellar cast.

218: Baby Driver

Published 19 July 2017 • 33 minutes, 21 seconds

One of the more interesting directors working today, Edgar Wright is back with this passion project. It’s had some great reviews, and has been popular with audiences, so we were excited to watch it.

217: Spider-Man: Homecoming

Published 12 July 2017 • 45 minutes, 57 seconds

Spider-Man is having his third reboot in 15 years, but this time he is…coming home [geddit]…to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We have our reservations, mostly related to the shabby treatment of Andrew Garfield, but we went in with open minds and our faith in Marvel’s ability to entertain us.

216: The Promise

Published 5 July 2017 • 42 minutes, 45 seconds

A small film about the Armenian Genocide that dropped at Cannes in 2016, THE PROMISE attracted our attention because it stars Oscar Isaac. Shot on a tiny budget, and working around still-sensitive governments, THE PROMISE brings the story of this little-discussed piece of history to audiences through a long sweeping romance about a young man yearning to be a doctor.

214: Cars 3

Published 21 June 2017 • 39 minutes, 51 seconds

Pixar’s Cars franchise has never been a hit with critics, but kids have long enjoyed the antics of Lightning McQueen, and made him one of the biggest-selling toys on the market. When we began seeing trailers a few months back promising the kid equivalent of a “gritty reboot” to the franchise, we were intrigued. Lightning McQueen is now a veteran race car, and he’s finding it hard to keep up with the new kids on the block. When an accident puts him out of action, he must find his way back to the podium.

213: The Mummy (2017)

Published 14 June 2017 • 45 minutes, 22 seconds

Universal is attempting to make a ‘Dark Universe’ happen, and they are starting with this remake of The Mummy. Most people our age have fond memories of the 1999 movie of the same name, so how does this high-octane Tom Cruise-led remake stack up?

212: Wonder Woman

Published 7 June 2017 • 54 minutes, 39 seconds

We’ve waited a long time for this: Wonder Woman has her own live action film. The DC universe did not fill us with confidence in the lead-up to Wonder Woman’s release, but the reviews were good, so we crossed our fingers and showed up on opening night.

211: Life

Published 31 May 2017 • 47 minutes, 12 seconds

A few weeks back we saw LIFE, an ALIEN ahem tribute, starring Ryan Reynolds and Jake Gyllenhaal. While the movie itself was unoriginal and clich├ęd, we had a LOT of fun talking about it.