All posts by Nicholas Bell

Nicholas Bell is a Los Angeles based film critic/journalist for IONCINEMA.com, covering film festivals such as Sundance, Cannes, TIFF, AFI, as well as weekly film reviews. Top Films From Contemporary Film Auteurs: Almodóvar (All About My Mother), Coen Bros. (No Country For Old Men), Dardenne Bros. (The Kid With a Bike), Haneke (The Piano Teacher), Hsiao-Hsien (Flight of the Red Balloon), Kar-wai (In The Mood For Love), Kiarostami (Certified Copy), Lynch (Blue Velvet), Tarantino (Inglourious Basterds), Van Sant (My Own Private Idaho), von Trier (Dogville)
  • Tasting Menu | Review

    Finger Food: Gaul’s Latest Effort Staunchly Unappetizing Spanish filmmaker Roger Gaul (known for his 2002 debut, the co-directed Smoking Room) returns with this Irish co-produced...

  • Small Time | Review

    Refurbished: Surnow’s Debut a Casserole of Cliché Seasoned television writer and producer Joel Surnow makes his directorial debut with Small Time, based on an autobiographical...

  • Proxy | Review #2

    Pinch-hitting: Parker’s Latest as Surprising As it is Unwieldy With a series of continuously improving indie horror thrillers under his belt, filmmaker Zack Parker launches...

  • 13 Sins | Review

    Game On: Stamm’s Latest a B-Grade But Fun Genre Flick Director Daniel Stamm leaves behind the found footage genre for his third outing as director...

  • Transcendence | Review

    The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes: Pfister’s Debut Oversteps Limited Reach Hopes were perhaps set a bit too high for the directorial debut of Wally Pfister,...

  • Philomena | Blu-ray Review

    Just when you thought that Stephen Frears’ latest film, Philomena, would be yet another questionable exercise from the once generally revered auteur, (judging from a...

  • Soft In the Head | Review

    Head Case: Silver Returns With Another Slice of Low-fi Discomfort At the end of the final credits of Soft in the Head, Nathan Silver dedicates...

  • Fading Gigolo | Review

    Lapsed Interest: Turturro’s Latest Doesn’t Live Up to Promise There’s bound to be an odd draw to John Turturro’s latest directorial effort, Fading Gigolo, which...

  • Perfect Sisters | Review

    Sister, My Sister: Brooks’ Uneven Debut Fumbles Producer Stanley M. Brooks makes his directorial debut with Perfect Sisters, one of those tawdry sounding stories about...

  • Draft Day | Review

    Final Draft: Reitman’s By the Numbers Sports Drama Director Ivan Reitman leaves behind the realm of rom-com for a masculine about-face with the football drama,...

  • Cuban Fury | Review

    1, 2 Step: Griffiths’ Debut Features Solo Frost in Winning Performance Though it may not command a notable shelf life in your memory, and even...

  • A Touch of Sin | Blu-ray Review

    Upon premiering at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, where it was eventually awarded Best Screenplay, auteur Jia Zhang-ke’s latest masterpiece, A Touch of Sin was...

  • August: Osage County | Blu-ray Review

    Since the hubbub of Oscar season has finally died away and we can look past the strategy of campaigns, August: Osage County arrives on Blu-ray...

  • Hateship Loveship | Review

    Shipping Out: Johnson’s Sophomore Effort Misses the Boat Director Liza Johnson follows up her 2011 directorial debut, Return, with Hateship Loveship, an adaptation of a...

  • Under the Skin | Review

    Female Perversion: Glazer’s Latest a Strange, Hypnotic Exploration of the Body Feminine It’s been over a decade now since Jonathan Glazer’s exciting and strange sophomore...

  • Afflicted | Review

    From Dusk Till Foregone: Prowse & Lee’s Entertaining Debut Suffers From Formatting Traps There’s a lot of uncomfortable fun to be had as Afflicted unspools,...

  • In the Blood | Review

    Blood Crush: Stockwell Returns to Exotic Paradise for B Movie Thrills Considering that In the Blood was scripted by James Robert Johnston (The Howling Reborn;...

  • 10 Rules for Sleeping Around | Review

    To Sleep Perchance to Scream: Grief’s Latest a Comedy Cancer Every once in while a film comes along that’s so horrendously botched in every regard...

  • Nymphomaniac: Volume II | Review

    Get Into the Gloom: Von Trier Evades Easy Answers in Darker Second Chapter of Sexual Odyssey You can forget about love as well as any...

  • L’Immortelle | Blu-ray Review

    Kino’s Redemption label continues with the resurrection of New Wave provocateur Alain Robbe-Grillet’s 1963 directorial debut, L’Immortelle, (this is the third title in the planned...

  • The Retrieval | Review

    Repo Men: Eska’s Latest a Gripping Coming of Age Narrative Certain to be referred to as an indie film counterpart to Quentin Tarantino’s 2012 Django...

  • Dom Hemingway | Review

    Vacant Domicile: Shepard’s Latest Hides Absence of Narrative Behind Titular Character As foul mouthed and over-the-top as it sometimes tends to be, Richard Sheperd’s latest,...

  • Noah | Review

    Wrath of a Titan: D’aronofsky’s Demilled Egg Four years after his critically lauded Black Swan, a work of finesse made despite budgetary limitations from Darren...

  • Sabotage | Review

    Treacherous Uncoupling: Ayer’s Latest May is Fun, Brutally Violent Nonsense Okay, so, if you can keep in mind that the outcome of its tizzied, conventional...

  • Top 100 Most Anticipated Films for 2015: #1. Luca Guadagnino’s Body Art

    Body Art Director: Luca Guadagnino Writers: Luca Guadagnino, Dom Delillo Producer: Alfama Films U.S. Distributor: Rights Available Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Sigourney Weaver, Denis Levant, David...