Mary Shelley

2018 Director: Haifaa al-Mansour Starring: Elle Fanning, Maisie Williams, Douglas Booth, Joanne Froggatt, Tom Sturridge, Bel Powley Words – Carly Stevenson Not unlike the sorry creature of Mary Shelley’s visionary novel, director Haifaa al-Mansour’s biopic is a flawed creation that was conceived with good intentions: Elle Fanning gives a sincere performance as the eponymous author,…

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

2000 Director: Ang Lee Starring: Zhang Ziyi, Chow Yun-Fat, Michelle Yeoh Words – Daniel McMonagle It took a Taiwanese-born director who had previously helmed an adaptation of Sense and Sensibility and the overlooked Civil War Western Ride with the Devil, to bring wuxia to a mainstream audience at the turn of the millennium. Ang Lee…

No Country For Old Men

2007 Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen Starring: Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson, Kelly Macdonald Words – Nathan Scatcherd In a filmography which – it could comfortably be argued – boasts several absolutely essential films, The Coen Brothers’ 2007 adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s novel No Country for Old Men stands as one…

Cult Corner: Friday The 13th

1980 – 2009 Words: Oliver Innocent Comprising eight films between 1980 and 1989 (and a further four entries in the decades that followed), Friday the 13th is one of the defining franchises of the ‘80s. Rivalled in popularity only by the Nightmare on Elm Street series, the Friday movies perfectly encapsulate ‘80s horror with teen-friendly…

Cult Corner: Friday The 13th (2)

1980 – 2009 Words: Oliver Innocent Released the year following Friday the 13th, Part 2 is the movie where Jason Voorhees takes centre stage as the killer in question. He’s not, however, the same Jason we would come to know and love. Part 2 sees Jason finding his feet as the series’ central icon. In…

Cult Corner: Friday The 13th (3)

1980 – 2009 Words: Oliver Innocent Often seen as the nadir of the series, Friday the 13th Part V enraged long time fans as – Spoiler alert – Jason isn’t actually the one doing the killing this time round. In one of the most disappointing denouements in horror movie history, it turns out the guy…

Must See Movies: August

At Reel Steel we want to make sure you’re getting the most of your cinematic enthusiasm, so each month we put together our short list of some of the best new releases, from popcorn munching explosion fests to the often weird and wonderful. Take a look at the trailers below and see this month’s recommendations……

A Prayer Before Dawn

2018 Director: Jean-Stephane Sauvaire Starring: Joe Cole, Panya Yimmumphai, Pornchanok Mabklang, Vithaya Pansringarm Words – Joe H Based on the international bestselling memoir of the same name, A Prayer Before Dawn tells the true story of Billy Moore, a young boxer from Liverpool who is imprisoned in Thailand for drug offences. We are introduced to…

Back To The Future Trilogy

1985 – 1990 Director: Robert Zemeckis Starring: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd Words – Christian Abbott There are few films to reach the ‘must-see’ status of the Hollywood canon, far fewer for an entire series – Back To The Future is one of those few. Released in 1985, it was an overnight instant classic, beloved…

Must See Movies: July

At Reel Steel we want to make sure you’re getting the most of your cinematic enthusiasm, so each month we put together our short list of some of the best new releases, from popcorn munching explosion fests to the often weird and wonderful. Take a look at the trailers below and see this month’s recommendations……