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)
  • A Cannes Opener: 2016 Cannes Film Festival Predictions

    A furious slew of titles in the works would seem to prophesize a robust main competition slate for Cannes 2016. Though our initial list will...

  • Big Game | Review

    Rules of the Game: Helander’s Schlocky English Language Debut Even though the film seems perfectly well aware of its own silliness as it recapitulates formulaic...

  • The Strongest Man | Review

    Miami Blues: Riches’ Sophomore Effort Back Pedals At its core, perhaps The Strongest Man could best be described as a character study concerning one man...

  • Escobar: Paradise Lost | Review

    Drug War Diaries: Di Stefano’s Peripheral Take on Famed Drug Lord’s Activities For those wishing to learn much of anything about famed Colombian drug lord...

  • The Little Death | Review

    Lust, Actually: Lawson’s Sexually Charged Debut Struggles with What Women Want Taking home the audience prize at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival, Australian director Josh...

  • Creep | Review

    People Are Strange: Brice’s Debut Retools Found Footage for Ordinary Madness Available on demand at the same time as his Sundance darling sophomore feature The...

  • Criterion Collection: The Fisher King | Blu-ray Review

    It’s hard to believe something like 1991’s The Fisher King was a studio backed effort. An anomaly both as a mainstream cinematic event and within...

  • Criterion Collection: The Bridge | Blu-ray Review

    Criterion releases actor turned director Bernhard Wicki’s feature film debut The Bridge for the very first time on Region 1. Though he directed a mid-length...

  • Criterion Collection: A Master Builder | Blu-ray Review

    The third experimental cinematic endeavor from the writing/acting duo of Andre Gregory and Wallace Shawn, A Master Builder, at last reaches a notable platform of...

  • Spider Baby | Blu-ray Review

    Arrow Video resurrects Jack Hill’s first solo directorial effort, Spider Baby (1967) for lovers of cult oddities. Prior to becoming a lynchpin in the Blaxploitation...

  • The Midnight Swim | Review

    Out in the Moonlight, Just Like We Used to Do: Smith’s Throbbing, Eerie Debut The unnerving quality of Sarah Adina Smith’s directorial debut, The Midnight...

  • Burying the Ex | Review

    Ex to Grind: Dante’s ZomCom Never Finds Its Pulse Zombies are difficult subject matters for the screen. A staple of a popular subgenre, original narrative...

  • Infinitely Polar Bear | Review

    One Flew Over the Housing Project: Forbes Relates Childhood Memories in Debut Screenwriter Maya Forbes makes her directorial debut with Infinitely Polar Bear, an exploration...

  • Manglehorn | Review

    Locks of Love: Pacino Engrosses in Slight Narrative from Green David Gordon Green continues his examination of masculine relationships in Manglehorn, an adaptation from first...

  • Day Out of Days | 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival Review

    Days Go By: Cassavetes Returns with Industry Commentary It’s a tale as old as cinema itself, the dismissive and apathetic attitude towards ageing women in...

  • People, Places, Things | 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival Review

    Here in the Noun: Strouse’s Familiar, Charming RomCom The kids are basically all right in People, Places, Things, director James C. Strouse’s third outing as...

  • The Tribe | Review

    Get the Picture: Slaboshpitsky’s Excellent, Memorably Pronounced Debut In a sea of derivative cinematic components, wholly original ideas seem few and far between. In a...

  • Cinema Italiano: 2015 Venice Film Festival Predictions

    Now that we’ve come out of the Cannes ether, we can examine several of the names glaringly absent from the lineup that may potentially premiere...

  • The 11th Hour | Review

    Sweet Child of Mine: Basinger Buoys Bizarre Psycho Drama Danish director Anders Morgenthaler (Princess, 2006) returns with The 11th Hour, a strange, psychological drama with...

  • Madame Bovary | Review

    Good Time Gal: Barthes’ Sensible Remake of Flaubert’s Classic Novel Few literary protagonists have reached the heights of notability as the infamous Madame Bovary, from...

  • Jurassic World | Review

    Nice Splice: Narrative Hasn’t Evolved in Trevorrow’s Dino Reboot If there’s one aspect depicting the fickle nature of the human consumer the latest chapter in...

  • Set Fire to the Stars | Review

    Suffer the First Vision: Goddard’s Debut Anchored in Episode of Literary Distress Doomed Welsh poet Dylan Thomas gets a contemporary biopic treatment in Set Fire...

  • Chagall-Malevich | Review

    Painter Man: Mitta’s Return to Filmmaking a Lofty, Honeycombed History Lesson Ungainly and distractingly saccharine, Russian auteur Aleksandr Mitta returns with Chagall-Malevich, a whimsical biopic...

  • The Stranger | Review

    Stranger Danger: Roth & Amoedo Unveil Derivative Inclinations Director Eli Roth continues his collaboration with the South American crew from Aftershock (2012), by producing writer...

  • The Pillow Book | Blu-ray Review

    Though typical of Peter Greenaway’s predilection for depictions of provocative desires laid out over sometimes subversive subtexts, his 1996 title The Pillow Book feels demure in...