120 BPM

Director: Robin Campillo Starring: Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Adèle Haenel, Antoine Reinartz, Arnaud Valois Words – Jessica Piette Robin Campillo’s 120 BPM is an intimate, highly charged portrait of the Act Up movement in early 90’s Paris. Following a group of young queer activists, the film depicts their battle with pharmaceutical giants and the state for…

Ghost Stories

2018 Directors: Jeremy Dyson, Andy Nyman Starring: Andy Nyman, Martin Freeman, Paul Whitehouse, Alex Lawther Words – Carly Stevenson Adapted by Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman from their popular stage play, Ghost Stories is a sharp horror anthology in three chapters presided over by Dr Goodman – a professor of Parapsychology whose scepticism of the…

Mary and the Witch’s Flower

2018 Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi Words – Joe H. The dearly loved Studio Ghibli announced it was stopping production in 2014, with Hayao Miyazaki announcing his retirement, and now with the recent passing of Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata (director of Grave of the Fireflies and The Tale of Princess Kaguya), you would be forgiven for…

A Quiet Place

2018 Director: John Krasinski Starring: John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe Words – Nathan Scatcherd A Quiet Place is an interesting film to watch at the cinema, specifically. At the screening I attended, the place was almost full, and as a steady stream of people came in I noticed a lot of popcorn,…

Must See Movies: April

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 what you think…

Isle of Dogs

2018 Director – Wes Anderson Starring – Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Bob Balaban, Kunichi Nomura, Scarlett Johansson, Liev Schreiber, Greta Gerwig Words – Rhiannon Topham Only Wes Anderson’s zany aptitude for endearing repartee could enchant an adult audience awaiting an animated film about dogs, with an opening foreword that…

Fantastic Mr Fox

2012 Director: Wes Anderson Starring: George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Michael Gambon, Willem Dafoe, Owen Wilson, Jarvis Cocker, Adrien Brody, Wes Anderson Words – Rhiannon Topham “And so it begins…” These are the prophetic words of the titular vulpine as our Fantastic Mr. Fox derails the settled life he has built for…

Annihilation

2018 – UK, USA Director: Alex Garland Starring: Natalie Portman, Oscar Isaac, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson, Gina Rodriguez, Tuva Novotny Words: Josh Senior It’s safe to say the release of Annihilation has caused some controversy, so let’s address the issue head on. Paramount’s decision to deny the film a worldwide theatrical release and dump…

Mom and Dad

Director – Brian Taylor Starring – Nicolas Cage, Selma Blair, Anne Winters, Zackary Arthur, Robert Cunningham, Olivia Crocicchia, Brionne Davis, Lance Henriksen Words: Nathan Scatcherd There are fewer things in cinema more wonderful – more at once mystifying and mesmerising – than Nicolas Cage in full-on freakout mode. Mom and Dad continues this proud tradition…

You Were Never Really Here

Director: Lynne Ramsay Starring: Joaquin Phoenix; Ekaterina Samsonov; John Doman; Judith Roberts; Frank Pando; Alex Manette; Alessandro Nivola Words – Nathan Scatcherd Based on the novella by Jonathan Ames, You Were Never Really Here is an unremittingly intense examination of a man not quite so much ‘on edge’ as ‘constantly dangling over the edge by…

Cult Corner: The Ship of Monsters

1960 Director: Rogelio A. González Starring: Eulalio González; Ana Bertha Lepe; Lorena Velázquez; Heberto Dávila Jr.; Manuel Alvarado Words – Nathan Scatcherd La Nave de los Monstruos (or ‘The Ship of Monsters‘) is a rare breed; a sci-fi comedy Western romance hybrid (with musical interludes!), displaying contemporary US genre tropes filtered through gonzo Mexican sensibilities…

Call Me By Your Name

Director: Luca Guadagnino Starring: Timothée Chalamet, Armie Hammer, Michael Stuhlbarg, Amira Casar, Esther Garrel, Victoire Du Bois Words – Christian Abbott Set during the Summer of 1983, “somewhere in Northern Italy”, the summer heat radiates through the frame, you can’t help but want to be there as you watch the breath-taking cinematography and, of course,…