Independence 43: Lessons Learned in 2018

Published 1 January 2019 • 34 minutes, 8 seconds

While they ring in the new year, Alice, Curtis and Jelly look back at 2018, with all its highlights, failures, lessons… and how it differed from everything they’d expected back when it began.

Silver Screen Queens 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.

Silver Screen Queens 291: Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Published 19 December 2018 • 37 minutes, 9 seconds

Based on the memoir of Lee Israel, a talented writer who turned to literary forgery when she fell on hard times, this gem of a movie celebrates an unapologetically queer, cranky woman trying to make it in an inhospitable world. Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant star as the eccentric leads, lightly moving through an impeccably-rendered 1990s New York.

Independence 42: Freemium

Published 18 December 2018 • 37 minutes, 11 seconds

If you’re selling apps, odds are you’re going to go down the freemium route: offering the app for free, but charging for something within the app itself. Of course, this business model comes with a whole bunch of ins and outs that you have to navigate if you want to succeed, so Alice, Curtis and Jelly look at how they’ve managed their apps, what’s worked for them, and what’s failed miserably.

Silver Screen Queens 290: Mortal Engines

Published 12 December 2018 • 49 minutes, 53 seconds

This is one set of YA novels that had passed us by, but they didn’t pass by Peter Jackson, who handed it over to his long-time storyboarder and special effects guy Christian Rivers to direct. The plucky heroine of this series is Hester Shaw, a scarred young woman hell-bent on avenging her mother’s murder. She’s joined by a blue-eyed angel in the form of Robert Sheehan as Tom, and Anna Fang, played by K-Pop star Jihae, who is worth the price of admission alone.

Silver Screen Queens 289: Creed II

Published 5 December 2018 • 35 minutes, 10 seconds

CREED was the best film of 2015 that hardly anyone saw (although clearly enough people saw it to make Michael B Jordan, Tessa Thomson and Ryan Coogler into stars). The sequel loses Coogler, but we are still here for it.

Independence 41: Learning from Startups

Published 4 December 2018 • 27 minutes, 7 seconds

Startups and independents have a lot in common, but they differ in a lot of ways too, and the approach one takes to creating a product doesn’t necessarily serve the other particularly well. Alice, Curtis and Jelly compare their approaches to the typical startup, and figure out what they could potentially apply to their own businesses, and what to avoid at all costs.

Silver Screen Queens 288: Widows

Published 28 November 2018 • 37 minutes, 44 seconds

Steve McQueen made a heist movie starring Viola Davis, Cynthia Erivo, Elizabeth Debicki and Michelle Rodriguez and we were There For It. Packed with stars, both in front of and behind the camera, WIDOWS is also a smart, socially conscious take on an old genre.

Silver Screen Queens 287: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Published 21 November 2018 • 53 minutes, 10 seconds

Even though we enjoyed the first fantastic Beasts film in 2016, this sequel has been surrounded by trouble since its inception, something that has continued into the reviews, which are universally terrible. Still, we are die hard Harry Potter fans, maybe there will be something for us in there?

Independence 40: Community

Published 20 November 2018 • 35 minutes, 11 seconds

We all need connections with other people, and so much about creating a product involves being in touch with the community of people who love it. Alice, Curtis and Jelly look at how fostering a community around their products could be beneficial… and a lot of work.