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. Nicholas is also a regular contributor to men's fashion periodical, MM Magazine. 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 (Close-Up), Lynch (Blue Velvet), Tarantino (Inglourious Basterds), Van Sant (My Own Private Idaho), von Trier (Dogville), Zulawski (Possession), Carax (Mauvais Sang)
  • Chappie | Review

    iRobot: Blomkamp’s Latest Sentimentally Inclined Sci-Fi is Pleasantly Familiar Sentient technological constructs and expanding the definition of what constitutes the essence of consciousness as it...

  • Faults | Review

    Split Image: Stearns’ Debut a Dark Hearted Cult Comedy The insidious recruitment techniques of religious cults used to be a veritable genre staple, beginning, perhaps,...

  • X/Y | Review

    Axes of Fulfillment: Williams Explores the Lives of Malcontented Young Adults There’s a certain way to make multiple, intersecting storylines breathe life into a narrative...

  • Two Men in Town | Review

    The Town That Dreaded Showdown: Bouchareb Returns to New Mexican Landscape with Mixed Results French director Rachid Bouchareb’s long celebrated filmography has garnered two of...

  • October Gale | Review

    Perfect Storm: Mystery Tinged Romance from Nadda Gets Blown Away in Gusts There’s much to admire in Montreal-born director Ruba Nadda’s latest film, October Gale,...

  • Criterion Collection: The Soft Skin | Blu-ray Review

    This month, Criterion marches out a little know title from Francois Truffaut, 1964’s The Soft Skin. Technically his fifth feature, and following behind the monolithic...

  • Wild Orchid | Blu-ray Review

    Well before the mainstream fascination with the soft-core sexual sensibilities of Fifty Shades of Grey, one of the more notable alums of such boundary pushing...

  • The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel | Review

    The First Best Loser: Madden’s Wholly Unnecessary Sequel an Exercise in Nothingness Pandering is the word that best describes the tone of The Second Best...

  • Young Bodies Heal Quickly | Review

    Youth in Revolt: Betzer’s Inexplicable Road Movie an Assortment of Prominent Instances Director Andrew T. Betzer manages to concoct an impressively pronounced feature debut with...

  • Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s The Island of Dr. Moreau | Review

    To Go On Two Legs: Gregory’s Fascinating Recapitulation of a Cinematic Train Wreck Documentarian David Gregory graduates from an extensive history of shorts with his...

  • The Lazarus Effect | Review

    Death Becomes Her: Gelb’s B-Grade Horror Haunted By Its Own Ideas With its absurd title, which recalls an era of enjoyable B-grade Sci-Fi/horror films from...

  • Wild Canaries | Review

    Good Neighbors: Levine’s Indie Murder Mystery a Passing Homage to Classic Comedy Actor/writer/director Lawrence Michael Levine reunites with director/actress wife Sophia Takal for his third...

  • Focus | Review

    The Grift of Love: Ficarra & Requa’s Perfunctory Take on the Art of the Con Those hoping for a scintillating update on the con-artist sub-genre...

  • Bluebird | Review

    Lives of Quiet Desperation: Edmond’s Masterful, Eloquent Debut “I stand in awe of my body. This matter to which I am bound,” is the poetic...

  • My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn | Review

    Portrait of an Artist: Corfixen’s Familial Doc an Interesting Conversation Piece There everyone was, in high anticipation at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, with Nicolas...

  • Everly | Review

    Everly, Baby: Lynch’s Grindhouse Glory Shoots Blanks If Pam Grier had starred in a 1970’s version of Oldboy directed by Jack Hill, it probably would’ve...

  • Maps to the Stars | Review

    What’s the Matter with Havana?: Cronenberg’s L.A. Story a Hot Mess of Tangled Ideas Couched within its episodic instances of harpooning Hollywood stereotypes, there is...

  • Queen and Country | Review

    Tour of Duty: Boorman Returns to Autobiographical Elements Now at 82 years of age, British auteur John Boorman returns with Queen and Country his first...

  • Birdman | Blu-Ray Review

    Taking home four Oscars out of its nine nominations, including Best Picture, Director, Original Screenplay and Cinematography, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s Birdman was the big winner...

  • The Night They Raided Minsky’s | Blu-ray Review

    Following his directorial debut, the 1967 Sonny and Cher vignette flick Good Times, director William Friedkin struggled through a couple of projects before landing his...

  • Eat Drink Man Woman | Blu-ray Review

    With twelve features to his name, two of those winning him Best Director Academy Awards (Brokeback Mountain; Life of Pi), Ang Lee has become one...

  • St. Vincent | Blu-ray Review

    The independently produced dramedy from helmer Theodore Melfi received a mostly positive critical reception following its premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival (where...

  • Mistress America | 2015 Sundance Film Festival Review

    Sister, My Sister: Baumbach’s Energetic Return to Facades of NYC The latest in Noah Baumbach’s prolific slew of projects, Mistress America is the follow-up collaboration...

  • The Conversation: 2015 Oscar Predix: Best Picture… B is for Boyhood

    The Nominations: Best Picture American Sniper” Clint Eastwood, Robert Lorenz, Andrew Lazar, Bradley Cooper and Peter Morgan, Producers Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”...

  • The Conversation: 2015 Oscar Predix: Before Midnight…Richard Linklater Will Claim Best Director Gold

    The Nominations: Director “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” Alejandro G. Iñárritu “Boyhood” Richard Linklater “Foxcatcher” Bennett Miller “The Grand Budapest Hotel” Wes Anderson...