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)
  • White God | Review

    All Dogs Go To: Mundruczo’s Sad Trumpet Ballad an Allegory of Inhumanity Terminology is key to deciphering the shaggy subtext of Kornel Mundruczo’s allegorical film,...

  • A Wolf at the Door | Review

    Suffer the Children: Coimbra’s Dark Debut is an Affair to Remember Kidnapping and abduction often make for unsettling cinematic subjects, especially when involving small children....

  • Marfa Girl | Review

    Days Go By: Clark Returns to Apathetic Adolescence for Latest After having won the top prize at the 2012 Rome Film Festival, controversial filmmaker Larry...

  • Man From Reno | Review

    Reno 911: Boyle’s Indie Neo-Noir an Enjoyable Pulpy Exercise For his fifth feature, indie filmmaker Dave Boyle pays homage to film noir tropes with his...

  • Serena | Review

    Place Beyond the Pines: Bier’s Ungainly Period Piece Revels in Unintentional Gaffs Danish director Susanna Bier’s second English language film, Serena, has gained a bit...

  • Get Hard | Review

    The Harder They Fall: Cohen Takes Us Back To Racial Stereotypes of Yore Screenwriter Etan Cohen makes his directorial debut with Get Hard, a crass,...

  • Mark of the Devil | Blu-Ray Review

    The vintage nastiness of the exploitative cult classic Mark of the Devil gets a pristine revamp from Arrow Video, a favored title from a golden...

  • The Imitation Game | Blu-ray Review

    Shut out at the BAFTAs, and nominated for eight Academy Awards and winning Best Adapted Screenplay for screenwriter Graham Moore, Morten Tyldum’s The Imitation Game...

  • The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies | Blu-Ray Review

    Hovering just under one billion dollars in worldwide gross, the final installment of Peter Jackson’s prequel trilogy, The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies actually...

  • She’s Lost Control | Review

    Body Talk: Marquardt’s Debut Treads Lightly Through Provocative Territory Sexuality, prostitution, and that obscure object of desire are all tricky matters to convey cinematically. In...

  • La Sapienza | Review #2

    Spaces Between: Green’s Controlled, Heavily Stylized Metaphor Eugène Green is an American born filmmaker who has been steadily making foreign films over the past decade...

  • Amour Fou | Review

    Love Fool: Hausner’s Latest an Exquisitely Shot, Humorous Exploration of Love and Death With her fourth feature film, Amour Fou, Austrian director Jessica Hausner reveals...

  • The Gunman | Review

    The Gun Show: Morel’s Failed Fashioning of Penn Into Unlikely Action Star If anything, it’s safe to say that The Gunman, the latest film from...

  • Insurgent | Review

    Rebel Heart: Schwentke Usurps Plebeian YA Franchise In many ways, Insurgent is an easier film to watch than its 2014 predecessor, Divergent, in which we...

  • The End of Violence | Blu-ray Review

    Arriving for the first time on Blu-ray courtesy of Olive Films is Wim Wenders’ 1997 existentialist take on the definition of violence and its depictions...

  • Vice and Virtue | Blu-ray Review

    Between his high profile marriages to Brigitte Bardot and Jane Fonda, director Roger Vadim engaged in a notable liaison with Catherine Deneuve, just prior to...

  • Lamb | 2015 SXSW Film Festival Review

    Strangers With Cabins : Partridge’s Uncomfortable Sophomore Film Returning behind the camera for the first time since his 2000 debut indie film Interstate 84, actor...

  • The Criterion Collection: Ride the Pink Horse | Blu-ray Review

    Robert Montgomery’s 1947 sophomore film, Ride the Pink Horse is an exciting film noir gem ripe for rediscovery, available on Blu-ray for the first time...

  • Ava’s Possessions | 2015 SXSW Film Festival Review

    Low Spirits: Galland’s Energetic Supernatural Comedy Doesn’t Retain Dominion The increasingly tenuous distinction between what constitutes either horror or comedy is further exemplified in Ava’s...

  • Danny Collins | Review

    Dan in Real Life: Fogelman’s Sugary Directorial Debut Hobbles its Own Charms Screenwriter and producer Dan Fogelman makes a high profile directorial debut with Danny...

  • The Frontier | 2015 SXSW Film Festival Review

    Too Late For Tears: Shai Plumbs the Depths of B-Noir Devices for Punchy Debut A brunette with bloody fingers shakily inhales the fumes of a...

  • Portrait of the Artist | 2015 Rendez-Vous with French Cinema Review

    On My Skin: Barraud Explores the Essence of Monstrosity There are moments within Antoine Barraud’s sophomore feature Portrait of the Artist that tend to feel...

  • Run All Night | Review

    About Last Night : Collet-Serra’s Latest Neeson Rating You may not have realized it, but while the Taken trilogy was warping its course through a series...

  • Metamorphosis | 2015 Rendez-Vous with French Cinema Review

    Europa, Europa: Honore’s Eloquently Updates Ovid for Masterful, Playful Adaptation There really isn’t a modern counterpart (even if Francois Ozon might come close) for the...

  • Love at First Fight | 2015 Rendez-Vous with French Cinema Review

    Once Bitten: Cailley’s Unique Exploration of Summer Lovin’ Since premiering at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, where it picked up the FIPRESCI Prize in the...