BFI Film Festival 2019 selection

The BFI London Film Festival is the UK’s premiere platform for welcoming international artists and storytellers, among them some of the world’s greatest names in cinema, alongside those at the very beginning of their careers. With some truly standout films coming in 2019, see our pick of 5 films to look out for at the…

Must See Movies: February 2019

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……

2019 Oscars and BAFTAs in review

We’ve rounded-up our reviews of films that have been nominated for awards this season – click on the film title to see our review. More reviews of award nominated films will be added as they get their UK release.   Best Film Oscar and BAFTA nominated The Favourite BlacKkKlansman Oscar nominated Black Panther   Best…

Beautiful Boy

Director: Felix Van Groeningen Starring: Timothee Chalamet, Steve Carell, Amy Ryan, Maura Tierney, Jack Dylan Grazer, Zachary Rifkin, Kue Lawrence Words – Rhiannon Topham When I came out of the screening for Beautiful Boy, I overheard a woman behind me say “when he [Steve Carell] is fretting about where his son is at the beginning,…

Hale County This Morning, This Evening

2018 Director: RaMell Ross Words – Rhiannon Topham Distinctively intimate and poetic, the longitudinal ‘not-a-narrative’ narrative of Hale County This Morning, This Evening replaces traditional storytelling with a more immersive kind of portraiture, as told through a sociological observant lens. By fully engrossing himself in the Alabama community he comes to live and work in,…

A Northern Soul

2018 A Northern Soul Director: Sean McAllister Words – Rhiannon Topham Sean McAllister returns to his native town of Hull in his new documentary A Northern Soul, a story which is reminiscent of the hardships depicted in his previous work A Syrian Love Story. McAllister brings the same kind of authenticity and sincerity to this…

Cult Corner: Dogtooth

2009 Directed by: Yorgos Lanthimos Starring: Christos Stergioglou, Michelle Valley, Angeliki Papoulia, Christos Passalis, Mary Tsoni, Anna Kalaitzidou Words: Nathan Scatcherd Perhaps best known internationally as the director of cult hit The Lobster from 2015 (starring ‘big names’ such as Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz), Yorgos Lanthimos is becoming a recognised name as his newest…

2017 Oscars and BAFTA’s in review

We’ve rounded-up our reviews of films from the past year that have made the shortlist to pick up awards this season – click on the film title to see our review. We will be adding more reviews of award nominated films as they get their UK release.   Oscar nominated Best Picture La La Land…

La La Land

2016 – USA Director: Damien Chazelle Starring: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend, J.K. Simmons Words: Joe H.   The film genre of the musical is one which is quite often dismissed before it is even explored, with many people saying “I don’t like musicals” when the first film of its type that springs to…

Anomalisa

Anomalisa – 2016 (UK) Starring: David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Noonan Director: Charlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson Words: J. Wood Michael Stone is a middle aged man depressed with the emptiness of his life.  Arriving in Cincinnati to give a speech about Customer Services in a faceless hotel you quickly notice that Michael sees…