Silver Screen Queens

Silver Screen Queens

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A weekly podcast reviewing movies and the culture that goes along with them.
239: The Disaster Artist
Dec 12 • 60 min
14 years ago, Tommy Wiseau wrote, directed, produced and starred in THE ROOM, widely regarded as the worst film ever made. Now, the multi-talented James Franco directs, produces and stars in the movie about the movie, based on the memoir of Wiseau’s best…
238: The Man Who Invented Christmas
Dec 5 • 40 min
A few months back we were attracted by a trailer for a quirky little movie about the writing of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol starring Dan Stevens as the renowned author. We weren’t quite sure what we were getting ourselves in for, but we’re glad we…
237: The Killing of a Sacred Deer
Nov 28 • 39 min
One of the early Oscar contenders, this film has been doing the festival rounds for a while and garnered decent critical buzz. We were slightly concerned about its ostensible themes of abuse, and it’s experimental Brechtian vibe, but were intrigued…
236: Justice League
Nov 21 • 38 min
After the success of WONDER WOMAN, DC brings together its biggest heroes in one picture. After a troubled genesis, the film has been getting bad reviews from critics, but an okay response from audiences. We were looking forward to Wonder Woman and Ezra…
235: Murder on the Orient Express
Nov 14 • 37 min
For Katie’s birthday we enjoyed a screening of Kenneth Branagh’s take on the classic Agatha Christie novel about a mysterious group of travellers stranded on a luxurious train journey. Please enjoy our cucumber sandwich- and champagne-fuelled review.
234: Suburbicon
Nov 7 • 41 min
George Clooney’s latest directorial effort dropped with barely a lick of publicity, but it has Oscar Isaac in it, so we decided to see what it was about.
233: Thor: Ragnarok
Oct 31 • 60 min
We’ve only been waiting all year for Taika Waititi’s quirky entrée into the Marvel Cinematic Universe and it’s finally here! Also, tickets are now on sale for our screening of STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI.
232: Geostorm
Oct 24 • 39 min
Ahead of THOR: RAGNAROK, cinematic pickings are pretty slim. Our choices were THE SNOWMAN, or this B-grade disaster flick by screenwriter and showrunner Dean Devlin, starring Gerard Butler as an engineering genius trying to save the world from the climate…
231: Happy Death Day
Oct 17 • 34 min
This micro-budget horror comedy re-working of GROUNDHOG DAY appears to be the sleeper hit of Halloween 2017. A college student must live the last day of her life over and over again until she finds her killer.
230: Blade Runner 2049
Oct 10 • 50 min
We’ve have long thought the original BLADE RUNNER was overrated and over-long, but we couldn’t miss the 35-years-later sequel, because it was getting some great reviews and it was helmed by Denis Villeneuve, director of the excellent ARRIVAL. We went in…
229: Battle of the Sexes
Oct 3 • 46 min
In 1973, women’s number one Billie Jean King played former Wimbledon men’s champion Bobby Riggs in a highly publicised tennis match. At a time of surging overt bigotry, it’s a pertinent reminder of the battles that have been fought before, and need to be…
228: American Assassin
Sep 26 • 36 min
One of the Silver Screen Queens is a Teen Wolf fan, so naturally we watched this Dylan O’Brien starrer about a boy with a tragic past (you’ll never guess who has to die in service of this tragic back story!) recruited to carry out super-secret CIA…
227: mother!
Sep 19 • 33 min
We haven’t always liked Darren Aronofsky, but his latest collaboration with Jennifer Lawrence has been drip-feeding us intriguing trailers and spooky posters for months, so we wanted to give it a go.
226: It
Sep 12 • 48 min
Stephen King’s 1986 novel about a killer clown gets the big screen treatment (following the cult 1990 TV mini-series). One of us was eagerly awaiting this, the other braced herself, gritted her teeth and made it through.
225: Girls Trip
Sep 5 • 47 min
A sleeper hit of the American summer, GIRLS TRIP features an all star cast and a fun HANGOVER meets BAD MOMS vibe. Of course, as the all-star cast was black, in Australia, we had to wait two months to see it in cinemas.
224: Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Aug 29 • 44 min
Luc Besson is back with another sci-fi epic based on a series of comics and featuring a world where the International Space Station has morphed into the Interplanetary Melting Pot. It stars hipster darlings Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne, and features a…
223: Logan Lucky
Aug 22 • 43 min
Steven Soderbergh’s latest film had an insidious marketing campaign that meant we saw the trailer every time we went to the cinema in the last few months. Unlike many films, however, each time we saw the trailer, we liked it more. It hits a number of our…
222: The Big Sick
Aug 15 • 41 min
A sleeper hit of the summer, this film has had great word of mouth, so we had to check it out. Real life couple Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon collaborated on the script, based on a crisis they dealt with early in their relationship. When Emily is…
220: Dunkirk
Aug 1 • 45 min
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…
219: The Beguiled
Jul 25 • 42 min
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…
218: Baby Driver
Jul 18 • 33 min
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
Jul 11 • 45 min
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…
216: The Promise
Jul 4 • 42 min
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…
215: Transformers: The Last Knight
Jun 27 • 75 min
We watch the fifth Transformers movie so you don’t have to!
214: Cars 3
Jun 20 • 39 min
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…
213: The Mummy (2017)
Jun 13 • 45 min
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
Jun 6 • 54 min
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
May 30 • 47 min
A few weeks back we saw LIFE, an ALIEN ahem tribute, starring Ryan Reynolds and Jake Gyllenhaal. While the movie itself was unoriginal and clichéd, we had a LOT of fun talking about it.
210: John Wick: Chapter 2
May 23 • 32 min
John Wick was a sleeper hit in 2014, so the team has scrambled to put together a sequel that’s longer, louder and freer of dog violence. If you liked the first one, this offers more of the same, without trying to get clever about it. The fight…
209: Alien: Covenant
May 16 • 49 min
Ridley Scott returns to the Alien universe, with a sequel to the 2012 prequel PROMETHEUS. It features good performances from Michael Fassbender and Katherine Waterston, but it doesn’t add anything to the legacy of the early films.
208: Colossal
May 9 • 38 min
Otherwise known as ‘that Anne Hathaway movie where she discovers she is controlling a giant kaiju with her mind’, Colossal lured us in with its fantastic poster, and gave us plenty to think about with its interesting take on what seemed like a silly…
207: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
May 2 • 64 min
Marvel’s fun space franchise is back. We liked the first one, but not enough to be over-excited about its sequel. Pleasingly, it addresses some of what we thought were weakness in the first movie, with a stronger story and less mean humour. While it isn’t…
206: Get Out
Apr 25 • 45 min
Due to Australia’s interesting (cough racist cough) film distribution system, we didn’t get GET OUT for nearly two months after it became the sleeper hit of 2017. We finally watch it, and see whether it lives up to they hype. See it (at a cinema,…
205: The Fate of the Furious
Apr 18 • 61 min
We generally enjoy The Fast and the Furious movies, and after the emotional high of Furious 7 there was no way were missing the eighth instalment. Unfortunately, the pudding has now been over-egged, and the result is this over-long outing that struggles…
204: The Lego Batman Movie
Apr 11 • 32 min
Will Arnett’s Lego Batman was one of the highlights of 2014’s THE LEGO MOVIE, and thanks to a thousand internet memes, now he has a solo spinoff film. Unfortunately, what was a great gag in service of a larger movie, loses something when it has to carry…
203: Beauty and the Beast
Apr 4 • 36 min
Tale as old as time…song as old as rhyme…you know the rest. For our generation, the 1991 animated Beauty and the Beast is a classic. Not just ‘good for an kids movie’, it was wildly successful at the box office, became the first animated film to be…
202: Iron Fist Season One
Mar 28 • 90 min
The latest instalment of Marvel’s Netflix ‘Defenders’ shows is out, and it’s the most controversial. Since its announcement, Iron Fist has provoked a strong reaction; even more so after it cast a non-Asian lead. Friend of the show Jamie joins us to review…
201: Loving
Mar 21 • 47 min
The film commemorating the story of Richard and Mildred Loving has finally reached Australia (only three months after its domestic release…). Unfortunately, it doesn’t pay quite the tribute these trailblazers deserve. While the film seems to have an…
200: Kong: Skull Island
Mar 14 • 42 min
Podcast patron saint Tom Hiddleston has a new movie out, so obviously we were there for it. A B-grade King Kong flick with an A-grade cast and production values, Kong: Skull Island lives up to the awesome Apocalypse Now-inspired trailer that got us…
199: Logan
Mar 7 • 44 min
Hugh Jackman’s last outing as Wolverine promised a gritty, adult movie about the end of the world, and with good support from Patrick Stewart and director James Mangold, it does what it says on the tin. Is it the saviour of the superhero genre it’s been…
198: 13th / Oscars Post-mortem
Feb 28 • 46 min
We review Ava DuVernay’s Oscar-nominated Netflix documentary, and find that it’s worth seeing, if a little fast and furious. It presents some very serious information in an accessible and palatable way, is beautifully shot and made, and will help you show…
197: Oscar Week 2017
Feb 21 • 58 min
We’re huge Oscar fans, so ahead of the 2017 Academy Awards we talk through the nominees, speculating about likely winners and nerding out over the technical categories.
196: Manchester by the Sea
Feb 14 • 41 min
We went to see this feeling a little conflicted, not wanting to support Casey Affleck or his alleged treatment of some of his female co-workers, but we didn’t feel like our Oscar preparation would be complete without it. It’s pretty good, if a little…
195: Hidden Figures
Feb 7 • 31 min
This already-beloved film tells the story of three black women mathematicians, Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughn, all of whom contributed to the US space program in significant ways. It is a sweet, fun historical picture with broad…
194: A United Kingdom
Jan 31 • 39 min
After a promising debut with Belle, Amma Assante is back with another little-told piece of black history. The real-life story of Seretse Khama, a prince and ruler of Botswana, and his white English wife Ruth Williams, it features the excellent David…
193: Jackie
Jan 24 • 51 min
Natalie Portman’s second Oscar campaign is afoot, for this portrayal of former US First Lady Jackie Kennedy in the minutes and days following her husband’s assassination. The acting is top notch, and some moments in the film are extremely effective in…
192: Moonlight
Jan 17 • 36 min
This gentle, beautiful film has been generating a lot of buzz, and it’s absolutely justified. It’s the story of a boy, Chiron, dealing with some pretty tough circumstances and overwhelming feelings as a child, a teenager and as a young adult. Born to an…
191: La La Land
Jan 10 • 33 min
The early awards season favourite LA LA LAND arrived in Australia on Boxing Day, and being big musical fans, we were there for it. While it isn’t the masterpiece some people seem to think, it does have its moments. It is helmed by the technically dazzling…
190: Moana
Jan 3 • 30 min
Disney’s latest animated adventure finally arrived in Australia on Boxing Day 2016, and we were first in line to see it. It turns out, however, that we kind of disagree on this one, apart from the magnificence of The Rock, who puts in a star turn as the…
189: Lion
Dec 27, 2016 • 41 min
We caught an early screening of Nicole Kidman’s latest Oscar bait. This movie has some good elements (the acting is excellent, and it’s not only Kidman who should be in contention), but is let down by un-engaging storytelling. It’s notable for its focus…
188: Live Episode: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Dec 20, 2016 • 33 min
The long-awaited Star Wars spin-off film has arrived, so we decided to watch it with an audience. This gritty film really focuses in on the ‘war’ part of Star Wars, following a band of rebels as they steal the plans to the original Death Star in the days…
187: Queen of Katwe
Dec 13, 2016 • 45 min
Disney Princess Lupita N’yongo uses her power for good, teaming up with the legendary Mira Nair to tell the story of Ugandan chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi’s rise from the slum of Katwe to chess master. It’s an inspirational kids sports movie with a twist,…
186: Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life
Dec 6, 2016 • 84 min
Another of our occasional ventures into television as we cover the Gilmore Girls reunion show. There’s something nice and comfortable about hanging out in Stars Hollow, with all your quirky faves. It may be problematic, but at least it’s a problematic…
185: Arrival
Nov 29, 2016 • 39 min
This Amy Adams/Jeremy Renner sci-fi has been getting great word of mouth, so we check it out. If you haven’t seen it yet, we recommend you do so before listening to this episode, because it really is best enjoyed unspoiled.
184: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Nov 22, 2016 • 57 min
We weren’t really that excited to hear about another Harry Potter franchise. As long-term fans, we have been burnt before by the films, and this movie didn’t exactly generate a buzz. Luckily, this set us up to be pleasantly surprised by a charming Eddie…
183: Westworld (1973)
Nov 15, 2016 • 36 min
With the new Westworld TV show blowing up, we decided to go back to the original film, written and directed by Michael Crichton in 1973. We were pleasantly surprised by a smart sci-fi that was way ahead of its time. It was the first film to use CGI…
182: Hell or High Water
Nov 8, 2016 • 32 min
We didn’t know much about this film, other than Chris Pine Western, so obviously we had to see it. While it’s got some good points (gorgeous cinematography, interesting score, adventurous direction and good acting), the film as a whole felt a bit too…
181: Doctor Strange
Nov 1, 2016 • 43 min
We didn’t exactly go into Marvel’s latest effort with high expectations, but we were pleasantly surprised. Once you get past the whitewashing, the male-centric story and the bad accent, it’s well-made escapist fun with good actors and sterling special…
180: The Girl on the Train
Oct 25, 2016 • 45 min
Another blockbuster novel turned film, The Girl on the Train has quite a bit in common with 2014’s Gone Girl, although executed with less finesse. It has some strong points, namely the prioritising of womens’ viewpoints, a serious discussion of domestic…
179: Deepwater Horizon
Oct 18, 2016 • 44 min
SSQ favourites Dylan O’Brien and Gina Rodriguez star in this dramatisation of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster that led to the worst oil spill in US history, creating devastation in the Gulf of Mexico. We went in not expecting much, coming from the…
178: Luke Cage Season 1
Oct 11, 2016 • 125 min
Another TV interlude as the first season of Netflix’s LUKE CAGE drops. We’re joined by our friend Jamie Butlin to talk being bulletproof, series storytelling and snake-based villains. Luke Cage’s Harlem is beautifully realised, the music is off the…
177: The Magnificent Seven
Oct 4, 2016 • 32 min
Bereft of new ideas, Hollywood is re-making classic films, but with Antoine Fuqua helming, Denzel Washington in the lead and a Chris, we thought this one was worth a look. Unfortunately, it doesn’t stand up well against Seven Samurai or the 1960 Hollywood…
176: Pete’s Dragon
Sep 27, 2016 • 37 min
Disney has remade its wacky 1970s adventure about a boy and his dragon with a high-profile cast and a spectacular setting. While 2010s sensibilities may be more aesthetically pleasing, the lack of wackiness made this remake quite dull. We review it, and…
175: The Little Prince
Sep 20, 2016 • 33 min
Following a weird snafu with its distribution, this animated adaptation of the classic French children’s’ book finally found an English-speaking home on Netflix. While Mel loved it and found it both beautiful and true to the source material, Katie was not…
174: The Intern
Sep 13, 2016 • 33 min
Another in our occasional ‘there’s nothing on at the movies, what can we find on Netflix by women directors’ series, The Intern is a step out of our comfort zone, and a movie we had really hoped might be good. It has a few things going for it: Anne…
173: High-Rise
Sep 6, 2016 • 32 min
When one of our favourites does an experimental indie we must watch it, and so you have Tom Hiddleston to thank for this episode. While out of our comfort zone, High-Rise has quite a bit to offer in terms of its aesthetic and it’s metaphorical examination…
172: Kubo and the Two Strings
Aug 30, 2016 • 26 min
Laika, the studio behind CORALINE and PARANORMAN, is back with this elegiac Japanese-inspired saga. Kubo lives a sheltered life with his troubled mother, and just wants to escape. After he attempts to do so, he realises the depth of trouble his mother is…
171: Bad Moms
Aug 23, 2016 • 35 min
We’re not mums yet, but we had quite a bit of fun watching some get (kind of) bad. Kristen Bell is a comic delight, and Jada Pinkett-Smith is criminally under-used, but the six (female!!) leads give funny, fearless performances. They are not well-served…
170: Whiplash
Aug 16, 2016 • 39 min
As the end of blockbuster season looms, we catch up on this arthouse favourite from a couple of years back. It’s a good looking film, deftly edited and expertly acted by Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons (who won an Oscar for this role). While there’s plenty…
169: Suicide Squad
Aug 9, 2016 • 46 min
The most anticipated DC movie in a while, Suicide Squad is the crack team of super-villains brought together by HBIC Amanda Waller. After a great marketing campaign, the movie has received a critical battering. For good reason, it turns out. Loud, lazy…
168: Central Intelligence
Aug 2, 2016 • 38 min
This has been out for a while, but in the midst of summer blockbuster season, we had missed it until now. The Rock continues his string of feel-good flicks, this time showing his comedy chops alongside Kevin Hart. Despite the wink wink nudge nudge tone of…
167: Star Trek Beyond
Jul 26, 2016 • 41 min
The JJ Abrams Star Trek reboot turned us both into Trekkies. So does the third film in the series, this time with Fast and Furious saviour Justin Lin at the helm, live up to the lens-flared glory?
166: Ghostbusters
Jul 19, 2016 • 48 min
The Ghostbusters reboot we have been waiting for is here! SSQ fave Melissa McCarthy joins Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and breakout star Kate McKinnon in Paul Feig’s take on the classic franchise and it (oh thank goodness!) does not disappoint. Ghostbusters…
165: Everybody Wants Some!!
Jul 12, 2016 • 38 min
Richard Linklater’s latest has been billed as ‘the spiritual sequel to Dazed and Confused’. Starring former Glee-ster and Mr Supergirl, Blake Jenner, as a baseball-playing freshman, it’s a charming slice-of-life set over the weekend before the start of…
164: Warcraft
Jul 5, 2016 • 34 min
The popular and enduring strategy game finally gets a film. It’s at the hands of the always-interesting Duncan Jones (Moon), so we were intrigued. Reviews of this film have been universally terrible, except among hardcore gamers, but despite not being…
163: Finding Dory
Jun 28, 2016 • 35 min
13 years after the release of the classic Finding Nemo, Pixar has made a sequel focusing on the film’s most interesting character, the forgetful blue tang fish Dory. As expected, it’s beautiful, funny and has a great message. It doesn’t quite reach the…
162: Now You See Me 2
Jun 21, 2016 • 33 min
The surprise hit of 2013 is back, and the four horseman are recruited into the wacky schemes of an eccentric billionaire. A few new faces have come along for the ride, namely Daniel Radcliffe and Lizzy Caplan, and it’s pretty fun, if a little overlong and…
161: Money Monster
Jun 14, 2016 • 33 min
Jodie Foster is back behind the camera and Julia Roberts is back in front of it, playing, er, the woman behind the camera for George Clooney’s wacky cable money show host. Production is held up when a young man burned by the show’s financial advice takes…
160: The Nice Guys
Jun 7, 2016 • 30 min
We’ve been big fans of Shane Black for a while, so we went to see his latest film, a wannabe 70s noir about a pair of (private) dicks played by Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe. While the plot is not dissimilar to the wonderful Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, and…
159: Hunt for the Wilderpeople
May 31, 2016 • 36 min
Rising star New Zealand director Taika Waititi has been tapped to direct the next Thor movie, but he has a great body of work behind him, including this new gem. This story of a young boy from the city and his reluctant foster uncle, and the manhunt that…
158: X-Men: Apocalypse
May 24, 2016 • 36 min
The latest of the new old X-Men movies has been released and like its predecessors, it’s pretty good fun. Welcome to 1983, where no-one has aged much since 1962, but the ur-mutant has awakened from a 5,00-year sleep. Charles and Eric still love one…
157: Bastille Day
May 17, 2016 • 33 min
Idris Elba and Richard Madden headline this tight little action movie, playing a grizzled CIA agent and an ace pickpocket caught up in a terrorist manhunt in Paris. A little bit “Die Hard in Paris” and a little bit British gangster flick, Bastille Day is…
156: Allegiant
May 10, 2016 • 33 min
In the third movie of the Divergent series, Tris and her friends escape beyond the wall, only to find themselves trapped once more. We really want to like girl-led YA franchises, so we’re sticking with this one despite its many flaws. Its young cast is…
155: Captain America: Civil War
May 3, 2016 • 50 min
Marvel’s latest offering has arrived, after a publicity tour of…a year or more. The Avengers (including a few new faces) hijack Captain America’s third movie, and after the triumph of The Winter Soldier, it’s a high bar to clear. Civil War is…
154: Eddie the Eagle
Apr 26, 2016 • 38 min
Based on the true story of British skier Michael ‘Eddie’ Edwards who became a sensation as the only British ski jumper at the 1988 Winter Olympics. Starring the charm offensive of Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman, this is a classic underdog sports movie in…
153: The Jungle Book
Apr 19, 2016 • 40 min
The first of two live action (CGI-assisted) adaptations of The Jungle Book due out this year, this version is from Disney and features Neel Sethi in the lead, with vocal assistance from Idris Elba, Bill Murray and Ben Kingsley. A thoughtful adaptation…
152: Eye in the Sky
Apr 12, 2016 • 35 min
A thoughtful film that gives us the last live action performance of the great Alan Rickman, EYE IN THE SKY takes a well-researched deep-dive into the ethics of drone warfare. Helen Mirren is the bellicose British colonel in charge, Aaron Paul pilots a…
151: Fruitvale Station
Apr 5, 2016 • 29 min
We go back and look at the first film of hot young director Ryan Coogler, and his first team-up with Michael B. Jordan. Fruitvale Station tells the story of the last day of Oscar Grant, who was shot and killed by police in Oakland in the first hours of…
150: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Mar 29, 2016 • 39 min
The feel-bad flop of the summer has arrived. Zack Snyder’s follow-up to the also not-well-liked MAN OF STEEL tries to atone for that film’s mistakes, not altogether successfully. Some good actors struggle with mediocre material and uncharacteristic…
149: Daredevil Season 2
Mar 22, 2016 • 97 min
A long listen for your long weekend. We had so much fun talking Jessica Jones, that we decided to do another TV episode, this time reviewing the second season of Marvel’s Daredevil on Netflix. We invited our friend Mathew Groom from the Ranger Danger…
148: Zootopia
Mar 15, 2016 • 29 min
Disney animation studios has a new film out, and it’s surprisingly progressive, telling the story of the city’s first ever bunny cop, and the lessons she learns along the way.
147: Beyond the Lights
Mar 8, 2016 • 33 min
Over our summer holidays we caught up on this sweet indie starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw as a pop star trying to make her way in the difficult music world. It’s an excellent vehicle for Mbatha-Raw, if a little lacking in finesse, and it gave us something…
146: Spotlight
Mar 1, 2016 • 36 min
Less than 24 hours before it was named the year’s Best Picture by the Academy, we watched and effusively praised SPOTLIGHT, a subtle, clever, well-told look at the journalists who uncovered the story of systematic child abuse and cover-up in the Catholic…
145: Hail, Caesar!
Feb 23, 2016 • 31 min
The Coen brothers take on Hollywood with an absurdist 1950s-era tale of a guy who ‘fixes’ the messes made by his high-strung talent. When his top star is kidnapped (George Clooney, charming but not fully realised), madcap antics ensue. If you’re a Coen…
144: Deadpool
Feb 16, 2016 • 40 min
After an decade-long struggle to get this character to the screen, Ryan Reynolds and crew deliver a Deadpool movie that appeals to fans and newcomers alike. Reynolds messes up his pretty, pretty face and gives us a sweary, bloody, convention-defying twist…
143: Zoolander 2
Feb 9, 2016 • 29 min
15 years after their first walk-off, Derek and Hansel are older, but not much wiser, as they are pulled back into the world of modelling.
142: The Revenant
Feb 2, 2016 • 39 min
It’s widely tipped to take out Best Picture, and win Leonardo DiCaprio his (first) Oscar, but it’s also long, bloody, and bleak. We watch it so you don’t have to.
141: Room
Jan 26, 2016 • 36 min
Brie Larson was 2015’s breakthrough star, following on from a series of scene-stealing performances, and she’s up for an Oscar for her work on ROOM, a creepy family drama about a mother and son trying to escape their captor, and the single room that was…
140: Carol
Jan 19, 2016 • 33 min
Rooney Mara’s adorable ingenue falls in love with Cate Blanchett’s force of nature in this intense, beautiful melodrama. Todd Haynes revisits the 1950s again, creating an almost too-faithful period piece featuring wonderful performances from the ensemble…
139: Sisters
Jan 12, 2016 • 35 min
With their long-running TV series’ over, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler got together with their friends to make a movie. This gag-laden movie tells the story of a pair of sisters throwing one last party at their family home before it is sold, and it’s solid,…
138: The Good Dinosaur
Jan 5, 2016 • 31 min
Over the holidays, amidst the Star Wars hype, Pixar released their second film of the year. This simple tale of a dinosaur leaving his family home to find his courage and make new friends is unoriginal and bland by Pixar’s standards, although it’s not…
137: Suffragette
Dec 29, 2015 • 34 min
The story of a working-class Londoner Maud, who becomes a radicalised activist for women’s suffrage. We (well, Mel) had high hopes for this film, but in addition to its well-documented issues around race, it also suffers from some story issues.
136: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Dec 22, 2015 • 35 min
On a Friday night a week before Christmas, we watched STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS and recorded an episode with a live audience. Warning: contains spoilers.
135: Rewatched Crossover Episode: Jessica Jones
Dec 21, 2015 • 102 min
In this extra special episode, we join our friend Craig Moore from the Repacked Podcast to talk Jessica Jones. We meander through a long, rambly, occasionally shouty discussion on the Marvel Cinematic Universe, superheroes and the Marvel’s Netflix…
134: The (Existing) Star Wars Movies
Dec 15, 2015 • 117 min
Only a few days ahead of the release of STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, we rewatch the prequels (I KNOW!) and the beloved original trilogy. There’s nothing like embracing the hype around a new Star Wars movie; join us!
133: Home Alone
Dec 8, 2015 • 32 min
This year, we’re celebrating Christmas a little early (there’s a small, indie sci-fi coming out on 17 December, don’t know if you’ve heard?) with a look at a family Christmas classic that has just celebrated its 25th birthday. Home Alone manages to…
132: Creed
Dec 1, 2015 • 32 min
The seventh movie in the ROCKY franchise, CREED follows Adonis Johnson, the youngest son of Apollo Creed, as he recovers from a difficult childhood and moves to Philadelphia to train with Rocky Balboa. Despite almost no hype ahead of its release, we found…
131: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2
Nov 24, 2015 • 42 min
The thrilling (and satisfying) conclusion to The Hunger Games films has arrived. We talk whiny Gale, lovely Peeta and Katniss’s poker face.
130: Spectre
Nov 17, 2015 • 39 min
Daniel Craig and Sam Mendes re-team after the spectacular SKYFALL with mixed results. James is adequately brutal, Q is adorable, and there are as many enemies within Her Majesty’s government as without. In following on from more modern and successful…
129: Bridge of Spies
Nov 10, 2015 • 42 min
Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg team up again to tell the Cold War-era story of an American lawyer recruited to defend an alleged Soviet spy in court, and then help the CIA facilitate a prisoner exchange for an American captured by the Russians. Mark…
128: Listener Requests II
Nov 3, 2015 • 68 min
We asked for requests via iTunes reviews and you delivered! This week we watch another three: EX MACHINA, ELECTRICK CHILDREN and CLUELESS.
127: Crimson Peak
Oct 27, 2015 • 40 min
Happy Halloween Queens! Guillermo del Toro and Tom Hiddleston (among others) teamed up to make a scary movie about a creepy castle, and we had no choice but to watch it. Filled with del Toro’s trademark creatures, bloody violence and luscious production…
126: The Back to the Future Trilogy
Oct 20, 2015 • 51 min
Today is 21 October 2015, the date to which Marty McFly, Doc Brown and Jennifer Parker travelled in Back to the Future Part II. In honour of this, the ladies review the entire trilogy. Katie would like a flying car, and for the youth to wear their jeans…
125: Listener Requests I
Oct 13, 2015 • 63 min
We put the call out for you to review us on iTunes and promised we’d review anything (yep, anything) you suggested. This week we review the first three: Samurai Cop, Pride, and 2001: A Space Odyssey.
124: The Martian
Oct 6, 2015 • 32 min
Matt Damon is left behind on a NASA mission to Mars and has to science his way through his unlikely survival. The girls play one of their frequent games of ‘what’s that movie?’, Katie gets to fangirl Michael Peña, and Melissa has been preparing for this…
123: Macbeth
Sep 29, 2015 • 44 min
Another decade brings another adaptation of the Scottish Play, this time with Australian Justin Kurzel at the helm and Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard playing the titular pair. Unfortunately, while this adaptation has a lot of style, it’s lacking…
122: Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
Sep 22, 2015 • 33 min
Spoiler alert for the very beginning of this episode. This is the second in a series of movies about a group of boys (and one girl) who escaped from a glade to find that they were being imprisoned by a shadowy group due to their immunity to a dangerous…
121: Gayby Baby
Sep 15, 2015 • 49 min
A couple of weeks ago a Sydney public school decided to run an event to support LGBTI kids featuring a small documentary about four Australian kids with gay parents. A disgruntled scripture teacher, a conservative newspaper columnist and a scared state…
120: Southpaw
Sep 8, 2015 • 33 min
SSQ favourite Jake Gyllenhaal plays a professional boxer who hits rock bottom and must work to earn back his career, his family, and his self-respect.
119: 9 to 5
Sep 1, 2015 • 32 min
We spotted this classic film on Netflix, and realised we’d gone our whole lives without watching it. Three women take revenge on their sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot of a boss. If you’ve ever had a job, or dealt with microaggressions,…
118: The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Aug 25, 2015 • 33 min
A few weeks ago we saw a trailer that seemed to promise a romance between Henry Cavill in a waistcoat and Armie Hammer with excellent hair, and we knew immediately that it was a must watch. Guy Ritchie does his over-stylised, super-edited 60s homage…
117: Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation
Aug 18, 2015 • 37 min
The long-lived Mission: Impossible franchise is back for a fifth outing, and its time for us plebs to enjoy our Tom Cruise Movie™ 2015 Edition. In spite of his reputation, Cruise has assembled a crack team to help deliver an enjoyable outing. Simon Pegg…
116: Fantastic Four
Aug 11, 2015 • 35 min
In order to keep the rights away from Marvel, Fox decided to make a film about the Fantastic Four, even though the most recent one was released only eight years ago. After a troubled production, and an even more troubled post-production, we go in with low…
115: Trainwreck
Aug 4, 2015 • 33 min
Amy Schumer’s big debut is a funny romantic comedy that subverts some common rom com tropes and gives a sharp social commentary. Bill Hader, LeBron James (really!) and Brie Larson provide strong support while John Cena marks himself out as another great…
114: Paper Towns
Jul 28, 2015 • 39 min
The movie adaptation of one of John Green’s less famous young adult novels, Paper Towns starts out like a million other coming-of-age stories about an 18 year old boy in love with a manic pixie dream girl, but mid-way through takes a turn for the…
113: Ant-Man
Jul 21, 2015 • 44 min
Because there aren’t enough charming white guys with their own superhero franchise, Marvel has once again mined their archives for Scott Lang, played by long-time SSQ favourite Paul Rudd. Ex-con Lang is recruited by reclusive millionaire scientist Dr.…
112: Magic Mike XXL
Jul 14, 2015 • 42 min
Look, it’s two hours of attractive shirtless men who treat women really well. Plot and character development do not feature heavily, but with that premise, who cares? A wonderful way to spend a couple of hours, especially when enhanced by good company and…
111: Terminator Genisys
Jul 7, 2015 • 37 min
Post-politics Arnie makes his comeback in his best known role. JK Simmons and a bunch of others help him out.
110: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
Jun 30, 2015 • 34 min
We finally get to see the Iranian Spaghetti Western Vampire flick everyone is talking about. Ana Lily Amirpour’s gorgeous debut feature is attention-grabbing, intelligent and subversive, and a welcome departure from the more formulaic fare we are used to.
109: Inside Out
Jun 23, 2015 • 33 min
Pixar has a new film about the emotions inside a girl’s head as she moves through a tumultuous time in her life. It’s…fine. Charming as always but perhaps a little ambitious. We fire up our control panels to generate some thoughts, trying not to be…
108: Jurassic World
Jun 16, 2015 • 42 min
Because there are no new ideas in Hollywood, someone decided that Jurassic Park needed another sequel. Melissa thought it was pacy and fun, Katie hated it, both had a few issues with its terrible writing. We talk Dr. Ian Malcolm, the Triplett test and…
107: The Book of Life
Jun 9, 2015 • 34 min
This beautifully animated movie about the Day of the Dead came out a few months ago, but we’ve only just found time to schedule it. A fairly pedestrian love triangle is livened up by some interfering deities and Channing Tatum as a character he was born…
106: San Andreas
Jun 2, 2015 • 42 min
You guys know how we feel about The Rock. He’s back playing a rescue chopper pilot in LA as a series of unprecedented earthquakes rock the San Andreas fault and threaten his family. Daddy’s got to go to work. Again.
105: Spy
May 26, 2015 • 33 min
Paul Feig and Melissa McCarthy join up with some hilarious folk including SSQ favourite Miranda Hart, everyone’s favourite Allison Janney, and comic revelation Jason Statham to make a spy movie. It’s a sharp, funny take on a genre ripe for parody and much…
104: Mad Max: Fury Road
May 19, 2015 • 37 min
Unless you’ve been stranded in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, you’ve probably heard that MAD MAX: FURY ROAD is a badass feminist action movie. It is that, and so much more. Strap yourselves in, and watch out for flame-throwing guitars.
103: Pitch Perfect 2
May 12, 2015 • 32 min
The Barden Bellas are back, and it’s aca-awkward as they fall from greatness after a mishap on live TV. Beca is about to graduate, so acapella isn’t her first priority, while Chloe just can’t let go. Still, there’s the world championships to win, against…
102: Girlhood
May 5, 2015 • 32 min
And now for something completely different, we talk GIRLHOOD (BANDE DE FILLES), which recently screened as part of the French Film Festival. It’s a gritty, slice-of-life drama centred on a 16 year-old girl called Marieme, who lives in the tough outer…
101: Avengers: Age of Ultron
Apr 28, 2015 • 32 min
Our big damn heroes return with more ‘splosions, longer tracking shots and shiny new characters in a movie that is peak Joss. It’s frenetic and constantly moving, but is it any good?
100: The Avengers
Apr 21, 2015 • 31 min
Joss Whedon’s 2012 superhero team-up became an instant nerd classic upon its release, but we didn’t have a podcast back then. In celebration of our 100th episode, and the imminent release of Avengers: Age of Ultron, we revisit one of our favourites to…
99: Big Eyes
Apr 14, 2015 • 32 min
Margaret Keane was a talented artist with the misfortune to marry a con-man who took credit for her paintings. In Big Eyes, her story gets a loving and satisfying telling from Tim Burton in more subdued form.
98: Furious 7
Apr 7, 2015 • 33 min
The fast-driving, ‘splosion-loving gang are back for a seventh outing. It’s all fun and games and scientific improbabilities right up until it hits you in the feels. Universal’s superhero franchise is doing just fine.
97: Insurgent
Mar 31, 2015 • 35 min
It’s the second instalment of the Divergent series, and things don’t get better. It’s a cynical cash-grab movie adaptation of a cynical cash-grab book series, and not even a mostly great cast can overcome the dodgy source material.
96: Kingsman: The Secret Service
Mar 24, 2015 • 26 min
Mark Millar and Matthew Vaughn, the team behind Kick-Ass, re-team for this hyper-violent, mean-spirited homage to spy movies featuring image conscious secret agents shaken up by the introduction of a working class boy called Eggs.
95: The Theory of Everything
Mar 17, 2015 • 30 min
Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne act their hearts out in this biopic based on Jane Hawking’s not-so-flattering portrait of her former husband Stephen Hawking. While the movie is thinly-veiled Oscar bait (congratulations Eddie; we love you!), we think…
94: Big Hero 6
Mar 10, 2015 • 31 min
When a devastating event kills his brother Tadashi and lands his robot technology in the hands of a villain, Hiro Hamada upgrades his brother’s health companion robot Baymax and works with his talented friends to transform into a team of superheroes and…
93: Jupiter Ascending
Mar 3, 2015 • 41 min
The Wachowskis have made one of the most original movies in ages, a melodramatic space opera, about a (female!) chosen one who discovers she’s a queen. Also, something about bees.
92: Annie
Feb 24, 2015 • 34 min
Late last year we saw a movie we’d been anticipating for some time: a remake of the musical Annie starring Quevenzhané Wallis. While Wallis is on point, the end result was something of a film by committee.
91: Selma
Feb 17, 2015 • 30 min
We finally see Selma
90: The Imitation Game
Feb 10, 2015 • 32 min
Alan Turing was one of Britain’s greatest mathematicians, a war hero and the father of modern computing, but was driven to suicide by the government he served. The Imitation Game employs some fine actors to honour his story.
89: Birdman
Feb 3, 2015 • 39 min
Comeback character actor Michael Keaton stars in a movie about actors. Academy loses its shit.
88: Foxcatcher
Jan 27, 2015 • 44 min
Foxcatcher is nominated for five Oscars. We disagree with the Academy. Vehemently.
87: Paddington
Jan 20, 2015 • 33 min
It’s a children’s movie, so Mel and Katie ask the important questions: is this meant to be the 70s? do bears s%#t in the woods? is marmalade still a thing? Paddington is charming and aggressively whimsical, and that’s probably a good thing.
86: Into the Woods
Jan 13, 2015 • 42 min
Disney and Rob Marshall adapt the dark Sondheim musical, with Chris Pine, Anna Kendrick and Meryl Streep and a talented cast. The Brothers Grimm fairy tales Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel intertwine with the story…
85: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Jan 6, 2015 • 48 min
Katie and Mel do what they were born to: talk for nearly 50 minutes about the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. No distractions, no going off-topic, very little pausing for breath. Some pausing for wine.
84: Movies of 2014
Dec 30, 2014 • 72 min
A bumper final episode of the year, in which we look back over the movies we’ve reviewed (and seen) in 2014.
83: Bad Santa
Dec 23, 2014 • 29 min
So this is Christmas, and what have we done? Watched an R-rated Santa movie that’s all about the redemption of a terrible person through a weird kid and a Santa-fetishising Lauren Graham.
82: Horrible Bosses & Horrible Bosses 2
Dec 17, 2014 • 33 min
Over one weekend, we watched the original Horrible Bosses and its sequel. Our reactions surprised us. The first film is the story of three men who decide to kill their bosses. The second finds the same three men self-employed, but similarly screwed over…
81: Nightcrawler
Dec 10, 2014 • 35 min
Jake Gyllenhaal plays a merciless LA hustler breaking into the voyeuristic world of crime scene paparazzi. To say any more would be to spoil this intense and uncomfortable thriller, so wait ‘til you’ve seen it before listening to this episode.
80: Her
Dec 3, 2014 • 31 min
A big favourite of the last Oscar season that we missed out on, we catch up on Her. We provide the useful consumer advice, probably too late for most, that this is not a film to pick for a video night with your parents.
79: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I
Nov 26, 2014 • 38 min
Katniss Everdeen survived a second hunger games (just), and now the rebellion is in open war against the Capitol. Katie is not emotionally prepared for this. Mel is over-invested in the fate of the cat. The best-named characters in literature are back for…
78: Interstellar
Nov 19, 2014 • 59 min
Christopher Nolan returns with a long, noisy, serious hard sci-fi film, Interstellar. Matthew McConaughey plays a down-home dad, NASA pilot and engineer sent on a mission to find a planet not yet ruined by humans.
77: Fury
Nov 12, 2014 • 35 min
Brad Pitt and a ragtag band of misfits have survived for most of WWII in their battered old tank, Fury. Newbie Norman, lately called up to the front from a desk job, must replace a beloved member of the team and accompany them on one last mission.
76: The Captive
Nov 5, 2014 • 36 min
In a snowy Canadian winter, a little girl goes missing from the back of her father’s car. Atom Egoyan directs an episodic and bleak film that isn’t what you expect it to be.
75: The Cabin in the Woods
Oct 29, 2014 • 46 min
Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon made a small horror film about horror films. It also happens to be one of Katie’s top five movies, so we’ve chosen it for our Halloween special!
74: Dracula Untold
Oct 22, 2014 • 39 min
Mediaeval Transylvanian prince Vlad the Impaler makes a deal with the supernatural when invading Turkish forces threaten his kingdom and his family.
73: Gone Girl
Oct 15, 2014 • 36 min
On her fifth wedding anniversary, Amy Elliott Dunne disappears from the home she shares with her husband Nick. As Nick follows the clues she left behind, he becomes the main suspect in her disappearance.
72: Step Up All In
Oct 8, 2014 • 36 min
Katie makes us watch a Step Up movie due to her obsession with So You Think You Can Dance. We enjoy some spectacularly bad acting and some spectacularly good dancing and totally make some clever intellectual points.
71: The Boxtrolls
Oct 1, 2014 • 31 min
A boy called Eggs is raised by creatures called Boxtrolls who live under the streets of Cheesebridge. Social climbing local Archibald Snatcher tries to exterminate the Boxtrolls in return for a prestigious white hat.
70: The Maze Runner
Sep 24, 2014 • 37 min
Thomas finds himself deposited in a glade full of teenage boys surrounded by a mysterious and apparently dangerous maze. Finding himself having mysterious flashbacks, his instinct is to fight the prevailing leadership structures and escape.
69: Locke
Sep 17, 2014 • 33 min
Ivan Locke, a father and construction manager, receives a phone call on the eve of the biggest job of his career that sets in motion a series of events that threaten his apparently secure and happy existence.
68: Boyhood
Sep 10, 2014 • 43 min
The story of Mason, a boy growing up in Texas between 2002 and 2013, shot in increments over that time. A languid slice of life about being a boy in America in the last decade and a half.
67: Predestination
Sep 3, 2014 • 45 min
Australian directors the Spierig brothers adapt a challenging and thought-provoking short story into an ambitious sci-fi thriller. Sarah Snook gets the breakthrough role of her career, ably assisted by Ethan Hawke.
66: Sharknado
Aug 27, 2014 • 38 min
The city of Los Angeles is overrun by shark-infested tornadoes. Chaos ensues and Ian Ziering’s Fin (geddit) must race against the fast-moving monsters of the deep to save his family and friends.
65: Hercules
Aug 20, 2014 • 36 min
Legendary wrestling hero Dwayne Johnson plays legendary Greek hero Hercules in this surprisingly high quality B-movie that makes the most of the source material to deliver a genuinely empowering message with a lot of heart.
64: Lucy
Aug 13, 2014 • 30 min
Scarlett Johansson finally gets to headline her own action flick in Luc Besson’s not-as-smart-as-it-thinks-it-is LUCY. Still, she kicks butt and audiences desperate for a Black Widow solo movie flock to see it.
63: Guardians of the Galaxy
Aug 6, 2014 • 51 min
Earth child Peter Quill is kidnapped by space pirates in 1988, after tragically watching his mother get fridged. 25 years later, he steals a valuable orb coveted by the villainous Kree, Ronan, and hooks up with a ragtag band of misfits to help save the…
62: Birdemic: Shock and Terror
Jul 30, 2014 • 33 min
In 2010, James Nguyen made a Hitchcock-inspired vanity project that combined his personal biography with his environmental fervour. The result is widely regarded as the Worst Movie Ever™.
61: Snowpiercer
Jul 23, 2014 • 37 min
Bong Joon-Ho’s dystopian train film has been the controversial hit of the summer. We manage to track it down, despite its minimal release, and, in a burst of professionalism, manage to confine our Chris Evans fangirling to a few minutes at the end.
60: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Jul 16, 2014 • 45 min
The Simian virus from 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes has wreaked havoc on humans, and let apes advance. Ten years later, low on fuel, humans start to infringe on ape territory.
59: A League of Their Own
Jul 9, 2014 • 35 min
With a few quiet weeks at the cinema, Mel and Katie decided to take a look at some films directed by women. We start with this 1992 Penny Marshall-helmed classic starring Geena Davis, Madonna, Rosie O’Donnell and Tom Hanks about the women’s professional…
58: 22 Jump Street
Jul 2, 2014 • 32 min
Dynamic crime fighting duo Jenko and Schmidt return from their undercover adventure busting high school drug dealers to bust drug dealers in college. It’s so meta, it could be described as heavy meta.
57: How to Train Your Dragon 2
Jun 25, 2014 • 32 min
Set five years after the charming 2010 original, Hiccup and his dragon Toothless discover that there are more humans interacting with dragons than they ever knew.
56: Edge of Tomorrow
Jun 18, 2014 • 31 min
Somehow, Tom Cruise pitched Saving Private Ryan meets District 9 meets Groundhog Day and somehow it works. We think it has something to do with Emily Blunt’s muscles.
55: The Fault in Our Stars
Jun 11, 2014 • 42 min
It’s the weepy teen romance for this generation, a tumblr favourite featuring it-kids Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort as teenagers with cancer who meet in support group and fall in love. Laura Dern as Woodley’s mother is the hero of the movie for your…
54: Maleficent
Jun 4, 2014 • 57 min
Angelina Jolie stars as the ‘bad’ fairy from Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, now given the chance to tell her own story anew. Queen Angelina rules this film while Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley and Sam Riley bask in her glow.
53: X-Men: Days of Future Past
May 28, 2014 • 42 min
Two generations of mutants team up for time travel shenanigans and 1970s haircuts and some hardcore alternate universe retrospective continuity. Lots happens, and James McAvoy steals the show.
52: The Lego Movie
May 21, 2014 • 32 min
A surprise hit on its February release, The Lego Movie didn’t make it to Australia for two months. With the iTunes/Blu-ray/DVD release imminent, we take a look.
51: Belle
May 14, 2014 • 33 min
Belle is based on the real life story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy admiral and a slave called Maria Belle, raised by her aristocratic great uncle Lord Mansfield, best known as the Lord Chief Justice who…
50: Divergent
May 7, 2014 • 49 min
In a post-apocalyptic world based on the YA novels by Veronica Roth, the world has taken the Hogwarts Sorting Hat as a model for society. Beatrice/Tris doesn’t fit in her native Hufflepuff and is therefore a dangerous mix of character traits. She joins…
49: Mean Girls
Apr 30, 2014 • 42 min
It’s the 10th anniversary of this high school classic. Lindsay Lohan at the peak of her powers, assisted by the excellent Rachel McAdams, Lacey Chabert, Amanda Seyfried and Tina Fey. Today, we wear pink.
48: The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Apr 23, 2014 • 33 min
It’s the Rise of Electro Boogaloo, as Andrew Garfield’s charming Spidey, Emma Stone’s Gwen Stacey and a talented cast do their best with a (maybe too) faithful comic book adaptation.
47: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Apr 16, 2014 • 31 min
The most Wes Anderson-y movie starring Ralph Fiennes as the delicious Monsieur Gustave, concierge extraordinaire and old school ringmaster of the Grand Budapest Hotel. When his wealthy old amour dies, Gustave is accused of her murder and must fight to…
46: Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Apr 9, 2014 • 69 min
It’s finally here! Marvel takes us into the world of the now-defrosted Captain Steve Rogers as he watches the country and the institutions he trusts crumble around him. Chris Evans as our titular hero shares the screen with an excellent supporting cast…
45: Noah
Apr 2, 2014 • 42 min
Darren Aronofsky tries to explore his interest in life, death and creation while also bringing back the Biblical epic. Russell Crowe plays the unlikeable title character with assists from Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson and some cool rock monster fallen…
44: The Monuments Men
Mar 26, 2014 • 32 min
George Clooney gets a bunch of dudes together because he’d like to hang out with them. There’s a vague plot in there somewhere about saving important works of art from the Nazis. Bill Murray and Bob Balaban have an excellent buddy movie sub-plot.
43: Veronica Mars
Mar 19, 2014 • 31 min
Kristen Bell, Rob Thomas and 91,000 devoted Veronica Mars fans resurrected this much-loved TV series for a movie set nine years later on the eve of Veronica’s ten year high school reunion. Logan Echolls is in trouble (again) over a dead girlfriend (again)…
42: Non-Stop
Mar 12, 2014 • 33 min
Liam Neeson plays a grizzled, alcoholic air marshal faced with a hijacker toying with him on a New York to London flight. Michelle Dockery, Julianne Moore and Lupita Nyong’o are in support and the whole thing is a big fun action movie.
41: Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
Mar 5, 2014 • 39 min
Mel and Katie review this overlooked cult classic in-the-making from 2013. Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton play our titular heroes in a bloody tale of swords, sorcery and revenge. It’s fun, feminist and full of f-words (the movie that is, this is a…
40: Galaxy Quest
Feb 26, 2014 • 33 min
A loving tribute to sci-fi television and its fans, and something of a nerd classic, Galaxy Quest tells the story of the alumni cast of a cult space TV show have to play their roles for real when an alien race needs their help. Best watched with wine.
39: Robocop
Feb 19, 2014 • 31 min
It’s another twofer, as Mel and Katie watch the RoboCop remake and revisit the 1987 original. They reminisce about a simpler time when an R-rating and a mad director gave us something completely off the wall, then look at the more serious remake,…
38: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 1 & 2
Feb 12, 2014 • 37 min
Katie and Mel talk about the delightful kids series from Sony Animation starring a mad scientist, his dad, a meteorologist, their town and a FLDSMDFR.
37: Philomena
Feb 5, 2014 • 33 min
An Irish woman and a journalist work to track down the son she was forced to give up for adoption nearly 50 years earlier when she was incarcerated in one of the notorious Magdalene Laundries. Mel and Katie talk about telling womens’ stories and the way…
36: Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
Jan 29, 2014 • 37 min
Jack Ryan gets a re-boot with the lovely Chris Pine in the title role. We see Jack’s beginnings as a PHD student turned Marine turned CIA analyst and enjoy a by-the-numbers action romp featuring the excellent Kiera Knightley and Kenneth ‘of course I speak…
35: 12 Years a Slave
Jan 22, 2014 • 32 min
British director Steve McQueen adapts the memoir of Solomon Northrup, a middle class free man from New York kidnapped and sold into slavery in the American south.
34: Saving Mr Banks
Jan 15, 2014 • 45 min
The story of the curmudgeonly Australian-born author of Mary Poppins, P.L. Travers and the two-decade struggle by Walt Disney to secure the rights to her story.
33: Holiday Special
Jan 8, 2014 • 77 min
Over the Christmas break, Katie and Mel saw a bunch of movies and decided to review them in one episode. In the grand tradition of the Star Wars Holiday Special, they present a feature-packed episode talking Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, American…
32: Die Hard
Dec 18, 2013 • 36 min
‘Tis the season. For our inaugural Christmas episode, we watch the ultimate Christmas movie.
31: War Games
Dec 11, 2013 • 36 min
A young computer whiz kid (Matthew Broderick with boy band hair) accidentally connects into a top secret super-computer which has complete control over the U.S. nuclear arsenal. It challenges him to a game between America and Russia, and he innocently…
30: Only Lovers Left Alive
Dec 4, 2013 • 32 min
The peaceful undeath of long-lived vampire lovers Adam and Eve is interrupted by Adam’s bout of depression and the interruption of Eve’s ┬ôsister┬ö Ava. Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton make living forever look mighty appealing.
29: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Nov 27, 2013 • 37 min
After surviving the Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen just wants to lead a normal life, but the President has other ideas for her as a revolution begins around the country.
28: The Goonies
Nov 20, 2013 • 36 min
It’s Katie’s birthday, so we watched her favourite movie on the big screen. The Goonies tells the story of the adventures of a group of kids hunting for pirate treasure and trying to save their town from developers.
27: Kill Your Darlings
Nov 13, 2013 • 32 min
A formative story of love, obsession, murder and the Beat Generation. Daniel Radcliffe plays Allen Ginsberg as he heads off to Columbia University in 1944 and meets the friends who will change his life.
26: Thor: The Dark World
Nov 6, 2013 • 35 min
Loki’s back! And, er, his brother. This week Mel and Katie have an argument about Marvel’s latest trip to Asgard.
25: The Evil Dead
Oct 30, 2013 • 33 min
It’s Halloween, so Mel swallows her distaste of horror movies to watch Sam Raimi’s 1981 indie cabin-in-the-woods classic The Evil Dead.
24: Labyrinth
Oct 23, 2013 • 33 min
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
Oct 16, 2013 • 31 min
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
Oct 9, 2013 • 36 min
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
Oct 2, 2013 • 32 min
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
Sep 25, 2013 • 31 min
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
Sep 18, 2013 • 32 min
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…
18: Rear Window
Sep 11, 2013 • 27 min
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…
17: Stoker
Sep 4, 2013 • 33 min
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
Aug 28, 2013 • 31 min
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
Aug 21, 2013 • 32 min
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.
14: Star Wars
Aug 14, 2013 • 28 min
Mel has never been big on the Star Wars franchise. Katie loves the original movies and doesn’t understand such heresy. They go back to basics by watching (the 1997 re-released version of) the original 1977 Star Wars.
13: The World’s End
Aug 7, 2013 • 33 min
Over the weekend, Mel and Katie binge-watched Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz in preparation for the finale of Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg’s Cornetto trilogy. In The World’s End, five blokes on the cusp of 40 try to recapture their youth with a legendary…
12: The Wolverine
Jul 31, 2013 • 32 min
After the showdown of X-Men: The Last Stand (A.K.A X-Men 3), Wolverine is all messed up about Jean Grey and stuff. It’s emotional you guys, so when a man he saved in Nagasaki during World War II invites him to Japan to say goodbye, he’s happy for the…
11: The Fountain
Jul 24, 2013 • 34 min
Darren Aronofsky spent more than five years trying to get this film made, a personal meditation on life, death, nature and religion. It stars Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz playing multiple characters in three different timelines. So is it a work of art or…
10: Pacific Rim
Jul 17, 2013 • 34 min
Giant alien creatures emerge from a rift in the floor of the Pacific Ocean and overwhelm humans living in surrounding countries. Humans fight back by inventing giant robots so powerful they need to be operated by at least two people. As the alien attacks…
9: Lara Croft Tomb Raider Series
Jul 10, 2013 • 37 min
Katie and Mel lead such exciting lives that they spent their Saturday night watching the Tomb Raider movies. To their own surprise as much as anything, they found them to be good fun action movies that don’t take themselves too seriously. Here’s the story…
8: Man of Steel
Jul 3, 2013 • 34 min
Superman has been rebooted once more, this time in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel. It’s big, long, loud, bombastic, action-packed and a very different and ambitious take on Superman. Does it pull off a Dark Knight? Or is it more of an Amazing Spider-man?
7: Monsters University
Jun 26, 2013 • 30 min
This week, the girls talk about Monsters University, in which Pixar mines one of its old properties for a prequel. The film tells the story of the beginning of Mike and Sully’s friendship in their college days. Thrown together with a team of ragtag…
6: Much Ado About Nothing
Jun 19, 2013 • 36 min
This week, Mel and Katie caught a preview screening of Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing. Unlike ordinary folk, when Joss Whedon takes a holiday (during a break in the production of a small comic book flick about some superheroes), he makes a film. The…
5: The Great Gatsby
Jun 12, 2013 • 38 min
A new(ish) release this week as the girls take a look at Baz Luhrmann’s glitter-filled adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. They talk up the virtues of 3D, discuss the sorry state of the Australian film industry, and Mel contemplates life…
4: The Visitation
Jun 5, 2013 • 30 min
This week Katie and Melissa talk about Christian horror film The Visitation. In a small town in rural Texas, Pastor Travis has lost his wife, his faith and his dog. All around him people are being healed, and a charismatic young man appears, giving hope…
3: Big Trouble in Little China
May 29, 2013 • 30 min
Continuing on their eclectic podcasting journey, this week Katie and Mel take on a cult classic. Directed by John Carpenter and released in 1986, Big Trouble In Little China stars Kurt Russell, his mullet, Kim Cattrall and Dennis Dun. It’s a fun, silly,…
2: Some Like It Hot
May 22, 2013 • 32 min
This week the girls go way back to look at one of their favourite movies, Some Like It Hot, released in 1959, directed by Billy Wilder and starring Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe.
1: Star Trek Into Darkness
May 15, 2013 • 39 min
This week we boldly go into darkness by reviewing the most recent Star Trek film. Spoilers abound as we talk about Chris Pine’s blue eyes, misleading trailers and decide that Shatner is definitely a verb.