Category: Reel Steel

The Innocents

Director: Eskil Vogt Cast: Rakel Lenora Fløttum, Alva Brynsmo Ramstad, Sam Ashraf, Mina Yasmin Bremseth Asheim, Ellen Dorrit Petersen, Morten Svartveit Words: Rhiannon Topham. The Innocents, from Eskil Vogt (frequent writing collaborator of Joachim Trier, and director of 2014 drama Blind), begins with a… Continue Reading “The Innocents”

Blade Runner & The Thing; one day in 1982.

1982 Directors: Ridley Scott, John Carpenter Words: Oliver Innocent. . 1982 was a milestone year for American popular cinema, with a slew of future classics dominating the box office. Steven Spielberg was the undisputed king with his family-friendly E.T. the Extra Terrestrial achieving the… Continue Reading “Blade Runner & The Thing; one day in 1982.”

Hive

Director: Blerta Basholli Cast: Yllka Gashi, Çun Lajçi, Kumrije Hoxha, Aurita Agushi, Adriana Matoshi, Molikë Maxhuni, Blerta Ismaili Words – Rhiannon Topham. At the heart of writer and director Blerta Basholli’s triple-Sundance-winning drama Hive is a message of hope in a time of tragedy… Continue Reading “Hive”

The Worst Person in the World

Director: Joachim Trier Cast: Renate Reinsve, Anders Danielsen Lie, Herbert Nordrum Words – Rhiannon Topham. Joachim Trier’s latest feature, The Worst Person in the World, offers a relatable and (dare I say it) refreshing take on drama, romance, comedy and elements of tragedy in… Continue Reading “The Worst Person in the World”

Titane

2021 Director: Julia Ducournau Cast: Agathe Rousselle, Vincent Lindon, Garance Marillier, Bertrand Bonello, Myriem Akheddiou, Lais Salameh Words – Rhiannon Topham. Titane, Julia Ducournau’s Palme d’Or-winning body horror film, is not for everyone. It is certainly not recommended for anyone prone to squeamishness, or… Continue Reading “Titane”

C’mon C’mon

2021 Director: Mike Mills Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Woody Norman, Gabby Hoffman Words – Rhiannon Topham. The films of Mike Mills are almost the complete antithesis of the big blockbuster; gentle and paced, genuinely humane with an abundance of emotional complexity, but with one or… Continue Reading “C’mon C’mon”

Petite Maman

2021 Director: Céline Sciamma Cast: Joséphine Sanz, Gabrielle Sanz, Nina Meurisse, Stéphane Varupenne Words – Rhiannon Topham. Céline Sciamma’s follow-up to the masterful modern classic Portrait of a Lady on Fire is the beautiful, simple 72-minute drama Petite Maman. It opens with the protagonist,… Continue Reading “Petite Maman”

Dune

2021 Director: Denis Villeneuve Cast: Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Jason Momoa, Stellan Skarsgård, Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem, Dave Bautista, Zendaya, Charlotte Rampling Words – C.J. Abbott When it was first announced Denis Villeneuve would tackle Dune, expectations were immediately at cosmic levels.… Continue Reading “Dune”

The Power of the Dog

2021 Director: Jane Campion Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Frances Conroy, Keith Carradine, Thomasin McKenzie, Genevieve Lemon Words – Rhiannon Topham. Jane Campion is a master of atmospheric melodrama. Her latest, The Power of the Dog, is an incredibly textural… Continue Reading “The Power of the Dog”

Lamb

2021 Director: Valdimar Jóhannsson Cast: Noomi Rapace, Hilmir Snær Guðnason, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson Words – Rhiannon Topham. Valdimar Jóhannsson’s feature-length debut Lamb continues the great A24 tradition of menacing animals messing with the human state of mind. The film centres around María (Noomi Rapace)… Continue Reading “Lamb”