Mandy

2018 Director: Panos Cosmatos Starring: Nicolas Cage, Andrea Riseborough, Linus Roache, Ned Dennehy, Olwen Fouéré, Richard Brake, Bill Duke. Words – Nathan Scatcherd Mandy is probably not the film you think it is. The trailer seems to promise an all-out, balls to the wall, grand opera Cage-ocalypse; a B-movie thrill ride with perhaps not a…

Cult Corner: Beyond The Black Rainbow

2010 Director: Panos Cosmatos Starring: Michael Rogers, Eva Allan, Scott Hylands, Marilyn Norry, Rondel Reynoldson Words – Nathan Scatcherd To celebrate the release of the beautifully insane-looking Mandy on October 12th, this instalment of Cult Corner is looking at director Panos Cosmatos’ previous film, the bewitching and bewildering Beyond the Black Rainbow. A trancey, druggy…

The Little Stranger

2018 Director: Lenny Abrahamson Starring: Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson, Will Poulter, Charlotte Rampling Words – Carly Stevenson Faithfully adapted from the 2009 gothic novel by Sarah Waters, The Little Stranger is an elegant haunted house drama set against the backdrop of postwar Britain. Beginning in the summer of 1948, the story is narrated by Dr…

Halloween (1978)

1978 Director: John Carpenter Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Nancy Kyes, Charles Cyphers, Kyle Richards, P.J. Soles, Tony Moran Words – Oliver Innocent To say there’s excitement surrounding the release of 2018’s Halloween is something of an understatement. The return of masked maniac Michael Myers to the big screen after 9 years’ absence would…

Must See Movies: October

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……

The Rider

2018, USA Director: Chloé Zhao Starring: Brady Jandreau, Tim Jandreau, Lane Scott, Lilly Jandreau Words: Josh Senior This debut film from Chloé Zhao marks the arrival of an exciting new voice in American independent cinema, with a story of immense emotional depth. The Rider is a pensive and subtle study of masculinity in 21st Century America…

Cold War

2018, Poland/France/UK Director: Pawil Pawlikowski Starring: Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot Words: Josh Senior Pawel Pawlikowski returns to cinema for the first time in five years following on from the Oscar winning Ida, another film shot in his trademark gorgeous monochrome. In Cold War he turns his eye on Post-WWII Europe to tell a story of…

BlacKkKlansman

2018, USA Director: Spike Lee Starring: John David Washington, Laura Harrier, Adam Driver, Topher Grace Words: Josh Senior Spike Lee seems like the only director that could have come to the mind of producer Jordan Peele when he set about the task of adapting Ron Stallworth’s manuscript Black Klansman for the big screen. The cinematic…

The Predator

2018 Director: Shane Black Starring: Boyd Holbrook, Jacob Tremblay, Olivia Munn, Sterling K Brown, Thomas Jane, Keegan-Michael Key, Trevante Rhodes Words – Nathan Scatcherd When Shane Black was announced as the director of the new film in the Predator franchise, it seemed like a simultaneously strange and fitting choice. After all, he’s mostly well known…

Mary Shelley

2018 Director: Haifaa al-Mansour Starring: Elle Fanning, Maisie Williams, Douglas Booth, Joanne Froggatt, Tom Sturridge, Bel Powley Words – Carly Stevenson Not unlike the sorry creature of Mary Shelley’s visionary novel, director Haifaa al-Mansour’s biopic is a flawed creation that was conceived with good intentions: Elle Fanning gives a sincere performance as the eponymous author,…