Best Films of 2018

2018 has been a great year for cinema, and as the year comes to an end we’ve selected our 10 Best Films of the Year – click on the film title to see our review. So, in no particular order…   Isle of Dogs the stop-motion animated feature with an all-star cast, telling a tale…

A Northern Soul

2018 A Northern Soul Director: Sean McAllister Words – Rhiannon Topham Sean McAllister returns to his native town of Hull in his new documentary A Northern Soul, a story which is reminiscent of the hardships depicted in his previous work A Syrian Love Story. McAllister brings the same kind of authenticity and sincerity to this…

Must See Movies: February 2019

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……

2019 Oscars and BAFTAs in review

We’ve rounded-up our reviews of films that have been nominated for awards this season – click on the film title to see our review. More reviews of award nominated films will be added as they get their UK release.   Best Film Oscar and BAFTA nominated The Favourite BlacKkKlansman Oscar nominated Black Panther   Best…

Beautiful Boy

Director: Felix Van Groeningen Starring: Timothee Chalamet, Steve Carell, Amy Ryan, Maura Tierney, Jack Dylan Grazer, Zachary Rifkin, Kue Lawrence Words – Rhiannon Topham When I came out of the screening for Beautiful Boy, I overheard a woman behind me say “when he [Steve Carell] is fretting about where his son is at the beginning,…

Oldboy (2003)

2003 Director: Park Chan-wook Starring: Choi Min-sik, Kang Hye-jung, Yoo Ji-tae, Oh Dal-Su, Ji Dae-han Words – Nathan Scatcherd Oldboy has – in the fifteen years since its release – become one of the prime examples of ‘extreme’ Asian cinema to really be embraced by Western audiences. Part two of director Chan-wook’s ‘vengeance trilogy’ (preceded…

A Nightmare On Elm Street / Dream Warriors

1984 / 1987 Director: Wes Craven / Chuck Russell Starring: Heather Langenkamp, Robert Englund, John Saxon Words – Oliver Innocent From its earliest antecedents in folklore and fairy tales, the fuel for scary stories has always been bad dreams. The demons that haunt Man’s dreams have become some of the horror genre’s most enduring characters;…

Princess Mononoke

1997 Director: Hayao Miyazaki Words – Christian Abbott Ghibli fans are like a loving mother, they would never pick a favourite. All are equal in their eyes, each different, each unique, each loved. Yet, there seems to be this vocal minority rising-up that challenge this view. Some declare that actually, there is one that tips…

Spirited Away

2001 Director: Hayao Miyazaki Words – Christian Abbott Asking someone to choose a favourite Studio Ghibli film is like asking someone what their favourite song is. It is an ultimately pointless question, as much like music, Ghibli’s filmography feels subjective to mood and emotion. However, as with all this, there does appear to be one…

The Favourite

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos Starring: Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, Nicholas Hoult, Mark Gatiss, Joe Alwyn, Jenny Rainsford Words – Rhiannon Topham The Favourite is horrible. By horrible, I mean the filthy, wicked kind of horrible which makes prudes feel queasy. By horrible, I mean the sort of crude material that forces my mum to…

Must See Movies: January 2019

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……

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

2018 Directors: Bob Persichetti; Peter Ramsey; Rodney Rothman Starring: Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Brian Tyree Henry, Mahershala Ali, John Mulaney, Nicolas Cage, Liev Schreiber, Lily Tomlin Words – Nathan Scatcherd It’s a good time to be a Spider-Man fan right now. The character got one of the most emotionally impactful moments in Infinity…