Reel Steel was established in 2015 as an online film magazine through a love for cinema.
Here you will find a place for Film Reviews and cult movie features, along with film screening events based in the Steel City of Sheffield.
Keep an eye on our Events page for our upcoming screenings.
Happy reading, and keep it ‘reel’
Co-Founder / Editor
Josh has an Undergraduate degree in Film Studies and English Literature from Sheffield Hallam University, and is the Cinema Programme Co-ordinator at the Phoenix Cinema in Leicester – he loves talking and writing about films, and also watching anything starring Keanu Reeves or Joaquin Phoenix.
Favourite films: The Warriors, Primer, The Look of Silence, Upstream Color, The Good The Bad and The Ugly, MoneyBall, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, Rushmore, Drive, John Wick, Juno, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey, Au Revoir les Enfants, Let The Right One In, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, The Darjeeling Limited, Moonlight, Animal Kingdom, The Matrix and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.
Co-Founder / Events & Marketing
Joe is a film lover sharing reviews of personal favourites and new releases in the hope of enthusing readers into seeing something they haven’t before.
Joe also produces our screening events, take a look at our Events page for details.
He enjoys films with a lone character, and movies from the Far East.
He also owns an ever increasing collection of film soundtracks on vinyl.
Favourite films: Battle Royale, Pan’s Labyrinth, Akira, Princess Mononoke, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Drive, A Scanner Darkly, Zatoichi, City Of God, Tekkonkinkreet, Birdman, Lost In Translation, Taxi Driver, Evil Dead 2 and Big Trouble In Little China.
Moulded by a heavy influx of science fiction, Christian prides himself on his love of the subliminal and metaphysical. As a professional film enthusiast, his main sources of inspiration range from Kubrick to Lynch, from Haneke to Refn. Chances are; if you love a certain film, he’ll have a strong opinion on it.
Sharing his eclectic musings on cinema for the last couple of years, the internet has become a frame for his voice. His main aim is to share his love of cinema with fellow film fanatics, and here is one such place to accomplish this.
Favourite films: Her, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Drive, Scott Pilgrim vs the World, Caché, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, Blue is the Warmest Colour, The Big Lebowski, The Great Dictator, 12 Angry Men.
Rhiannon watches all kinds of films, but romantic comedies are an absolute no-go. She is currently undertaking Journalism Studies at Sheffield University.
Favourite Films: The Dark Knight, Birdman, The Third Man, Lars and the Real Girl, Drive, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and anything by Wes Anderson (but The Grand Budapest Hotel is probably no.1).
Oliver is a fan of film in general but his real passion is horror cinema, particularly the low budget classics of the 1970s and ‘80s. Working in the site’s Cult Corner, his aim is to share his passion with readers, introducing them to obscure gems of the macabre and unusual, the likes of which really need to be seen to be believed. He has a Degree in Film Studies from Sheffield Hallam University and likes nothing better than adding to his ever-expanding Blu-ray and DVD collection, and writing about the latest cult curio he’s stumbled across.
Favourite films: Jaws, Jurassic Park, The Big Lebowski, Barton Fink, Fargo, Bride of Chucky, A Clockwork Orange, The Shining, Drive, Blue Velvet, Wild at Heart, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Airplane!, Goodfellas, Taxi Driver, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Dark Knight, Beetlejuice, Batman, Back to the Future, Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, Suspiria, Alien, Evil Dead 2, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween, The Haunting, The Innocents, The Silence of the Lambs, The Fly, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Thing, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Leon, Rear Window, Gremlins.
Nathan has been watching and mouthing off about films for as long as he can remember. He got the writing bug at an early age and hasn’t looked back, contributing to several online publications and pursuing his love of film with a degree in Screen Studies (graduating with a First in 2014). He loves David Lynch and wishes he was half as wise. He also enjoys writing in the third person, because it makes him sound interesting.
Favourite films: The Big Lebowski; Blue Velvet; The Texas Chainsaw Massacre; The Nightmare Before Christmas; Ghost Dog: Way of the Samurai; The Shining; There Will Be Blood; Kill List; Vertigo.
Saul is a qualified EFL teacher, music fanatic and self-taught guitarist. His favourite film genres are generally action/adventure fantasy and sci-fi and he is also a fan of Tarantino movies (though, admittedly, not always *cough* Hateful Eight *cough*). He is also an obsessive Star Wars fan and his favourite actors and (what he considers) their best roles include: DiCaprio (Blood Diamond, Django Unchained, The Wolf of Wall Street); Hardy (Bronson, Mad Max: Fury Road, Legend, The Revenant); Sean Bean (Fellowship of the Ring, Goldeneye, Patriot Games) and Harrison Ford (Indiana Jones, Star Wars, Patriot Games). Mads Mikkelsen and Hugo Weaving deserve an honourable mention as well.
He pretty much considers the last two to be Jesus and God, respectively.
Favourite films: Star Wars (best to worst- 6, 5, 3, 7, 4, 2, 1), The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, The Silence of the Lambs, Bronson, Indiana Jones (even a bad Indy film is better than most other films), Django Unchained, Blood Diamond, Mad Max (they ascend in quality), Fargo, Kill Bill vols.1 and 2, The Naked Gun, Dodgeball, The Matrix Trilogy, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Back to the Future Trilogy, Legend, Team America: World Police, The Shawshank Redemption, The Da Vinci Code and Gran Torino.
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