Category: Reel Steel

Friday High-5: Set Pieces Amongst The Stars

Words: J. Wood Sir Ridley Scott returns this week with The Martian.  I have already had the chance to see the film version of Andy Weir’s novel which is fantastic, somewhat making up for the last decade and a half of utter clunkers, but for… Continue Reading “Friday High-5: Set Pieces Amongst The Stars”


2015/ UK, USA, Iceland Director: Balthasar Kormakur Starring: Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, Jake Gyllenhaal Words: J Wood “…The human body was not built to function, at the cruising altitude of a 747” As soon as one of the characters of Everest utters these words, fairly early into… Continue Reading “Everest”

Friday High-5: Take Me To Hollywood!

Words: J. Wood The release of Life this week sees Anton Corbijn, whose best film is still his Joy Division/Ian Curtis biopic Control, take a look at James Dean, and his relationship with Life Magazine photographer Dennis Stock.  This got me thinking, Hollywood often takes… Continue Reading “Friday High-5: Take Me To Hollywood!”

Me And Earl And The Dying Girl

2015/ USA Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon Starring: Thomas Mann, RJ Cyler, Olivia Cooke Words: R. Topham At the request of his pushy mother, high school hero Greg Gaines befriends fellow student Rachel, who’s recently been diagnosed with leukaemia. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is Greg’s… Continue Reading “Me And Earl And The Dying Girl”

Friday High-5: Two’s Company

Words: J. Wood Brian Helgeland’s Legend is released this week starring Tom Hardy playing both Ronnie and Reggie Kray.  Previously the similar looking Kemp brothers were used to play the East London gangsters but finally we get to see the twins played by a single… Continue Reading “Friday High-5: Two’s Company”

Friday High-5: American By Name

Words: J. Wood The Max Landis scripted American Ultra hits British cinemas on Friday and, despite having received at best lukewarm reviews in the states the presence of the ever interesting Jesse Eisenberg is at least a temptation to go and see it.  It has… Continue Reading “Friday High-5: American By Name”

The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

2015/ UK Director: Guy Ritchie Starring: Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander Words: J. Senior It’s safe to say that people don’t tend to get too excited at the announcement of a new film by Guy Ritchie. But what I’ve always wondered is, why not? Apart from… Continue Reading “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.”

The Brood (1979)

1979/ Canada Director: David Cronenberg Starring: Oliver Reed, Samantha Eggar, Art Hindle Words: O. Innocent Before mutating himself into a director of dark dramas and thrillers, David Cronenberg was quite possibly the ultimate horror auteur. Birthing a subgenre all his own and imbuing every project with his… Continue Reading “The Brood (1979)”

The Wolfpack

2015/ USA Director: Crystal Moselle Words: R. Topham A coming of age story like no other, The Wolfpack is a new documentary about the sheltered life of the Angulo family from the lower east side of Manhattan. A group of remarkably sharp and talented “tribe” of… Continue Reading “The Wolfpack”

Enter The Dragon

1973 Directors: Robert Clouse Starring: Bruce Lee, John Saxon, Jim Kelly, Shih Kien Words: Joe H. An iconic pop culture figure of the 20th century, Bruce Lee’s achievements culturally and cinematically elevated martial arts and the film genre to new heights, leading to an… Continue Reading “Enter The Dragon”