Midnight Special

2016/ USA Director: Jeff Nichols Starring: Michael Shannon, Jaden Lieberher, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver, Joel Edgerton Words: J. Wood There will come a time I feel in the not too distant future in which Jeff Nichols could well be considered the most important filmmaker of his generation.  He is part of the first group of…

Victoria

2015/ Germany Director: Sebastian Schipper Starring: Laia Costa, Frederik Lau, Franz Rogowski Words: J. Wood Victoria is the most unexpected of success stories and, at less than a third of the way through the year stands as a very strong contender for Best Film of 2016.  The film starts out steeped in mundanity, the titular…

Triple 9

2015/ USA Director: John Hillcoat Starring: Casey Affleck, Kate Winslet, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anthony Mackie, Aaron Paul Words: J. Wood Triple 9 sees director John Hillcoat trying so hard to be Michael Mann that it is actually quite embarrassing to watch on screen.  Hillcoat has made three very good films, all Western or at least Western influenced,…

Must See Movies: March

Words: J. Wood We here at Reel Steel care about cinema, and as a result we care that you, our readership are going to see the very best that cinema has to offer.  Whilst we know that you will all be aware that the latest comic book extravaganza or Seth Rogen comedy is due for…

Creed

2015/ USA Director: Ryan Coogler Starring: Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson Words: J. Wood Every genre has a series of clichéd story points that a film follows, and the boxing movie is no different, in fact boxing movies if anything have the most clichés of them all.  Think back to any boxing movie you have…

Top Star Wars Moments

Words: J. Wood & J. Senior You may not have heard, but there’s a new Star Wars movie out this week.  To commemorate the release of The Force Awakens, we at Reel Steel thought we needed to take a look at the very best moments of the timeless series so, without further ado, I give…

Steve Jobs

2015/ USA Director: Danny Boyle Starring: Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen Words: J. Wood “It’s as if five minutes before every launch everyone goes to a bar, gets drunk and tells me what they really think” The above quote, coming midway through the final act of Aaron Sorkin’s stage like biopic of Apple Computers founder Steve Jobs,…

Monday High-5: The Best of Steven Spielberg

Words: J. Wood Ever since I started writing this weekly column I have kept abreast of the upcoming releases to decide upon topics and of course, when I saw that Steven Spielberg was releasing a new film I had to make his filmography a topic but, as this article has loomed, it has become more and…

The Pick of Pixar

Words: J. Wood I sit here writing this article on the day that Toy Story reaches the 20th anniversary of its premiere, feeling very old, so I’ll just let that sink in. In the two decades since that momentous beginning Pixar has become synonymous with excellence, magic and wonder as the finest purveyor of animated…

Monday “High- 007”: The Best of Bond

Words: J. Wood Daniel Craig is advertising vodka, Naomie Harris is advertising mobile phones, and Sam Mendes is set to appear as special guest on a live episode of Kermode and Mayo while TV Talk shows at the minute are full of Craig, Harris, Lea Seydoux, Christoph Waltz and Ben Whishaw.  All this can only mean…