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)
  • Salvo | Review

    Miracle Worker: Italian Duo’s Debut a Cold Rumination on Tenuous Connection Though its initial setup holds considerable promise, due mostly to subdued visual cues that...

  • Metro Manila | Review

    A Better Life: Ellis’ Latest a Masterful Drama of Sacrifice British director Sean Ellis brings us to the Philippines with his third feature film, Metro...

  • Cam2Cam | Review

    Cam a lot: Soisson’s Stilted Thriller as Dated as it is Laughably Inarticulate The only thing horrifying in Joel Soisson’s techno born thriller Cam2Cam is...

  • May in the Summer | Review

    Summer of Our Discontent: Dabis’ Sophomore Feature an Uneven Venture Nebraska born filmmaker Cherien Dabis follows up her well received 2009 debut Amreeka with a...

  • Love Is Strange | 2014 Review

    Married Life: Sachs’ Latest a Subtle Portrayal of Love, Marriage, and Familial Bonds Following on the heels of his 2012 film, Keep the Lights On,...

  • 14 Blades | Review

    Blades of Glory: Lee Brings the Old West to the Ming Dynasty Hong Kong filmmaker Daniel Lee’s 2010 film, 14 Blades is at last making...

  • We Won’t Grow Old Together | Blu-Ray Review

    Even after nearly two decades of short films, documentaries and the success of his 1968 feature debut, L’enfance Nue, director Maurice Pialat’s celebrated sophomore feature,...

  • Phantom of the Paradise | Blu-ray Review

    Just in time for its 40th year anniversary, Shout Factory has amassed a glorious Blu-ray remastering of Brian De Palma’s 1974 classic, Phantom of the...

  • Fading Gigolo | Blu-ray Review

    After making a substantial profit at the box office during its Spring 2014 release (via Millennium Ent.), the mild media fury surrounding the continuing Mia...

  • The One I Love | Review

    Love the One You’re With: McDowell’s Exceptional Debut is Remarkable Lo-fi Sci-fi Almost impossible to discuss without tarnishing the highly nuanced and inventive twists it...

  • Are You Here | Review

    One Has to Ask: Weiner’s Debut a Floundering Misfire Success sometimes has a blindsiding effect on self-criticism and control, which may very well be the...

  • The Giver | Review

    Tis Better to Give: Noyce’s Adaptation Too Little Too Late in YA Dystopic Cinema In today’s onslaught of dystopic film franchises dominated by adaptations of...

  • Jealousy | Review

    Cold Day in the Park: Garrel’s Green Monster in Black and White Director Philippe Garrel returns to his prized black and white format for a...

  • Jake Squared | Review

    Multiplicity: Goldberg’s Latest a Mediocre Mash-up of the Masculinity Affliction A handful of exquisite references are bound to crop up in a discussion of Howard...

  • Moebius | Review

    Freudian Slip: Ki-duk Gets to the Greek South Korean auteur Kim Ki-duk outdoes himself with his latest theatrical release, Moebius, so named for the continuous...

  • Abuse of Weakness | Review

    My Afternoon With Maud’s Money: Breillat’s Most Personal Film Showcases Huppert Catherine Breillat leaves behind the series of Grimm’s fairy tales she was adapting and...

  • Listen Up Philip | 2014 Sundance NEXT Review

    Philip A. Dick: Perry’s Literary Minds Stuck In a Lonely Place Following up his dark hearted homage to road trip cinema with 2011’s The Color...

  • Favorites Of The Moon | Blu-Ray Review

    After a new print screened at the 2014 City of Lights City of Angels Festival earlier this spring, Cohen Media Group has released a digitally...

  • Mr. Majestyk | Blu-ray Review

    To recall the cinema of Charles Bronson, one can’t get far without referencing his sterling epoch in 1970s era American film, a period eclipsed mightily...

  • About Alex | Review

    Still the Chill: Zwick Assembles Fine Cast for Routine Exercise Jesse Zwick, son of director Edward Zwick, has amassed a fine cast of young actors...

  • Into the Storm | Review

    Storm Drain of the Century: The Disaster Film Gets a Retrofit It’s unclear if there’s any real point to the rather silly conception of the...

  • What If | Review

    The C Word: Dowse’s Latest a Joy Despite Censor Scramble Don’t let the marketing snafu and the hopelessly generic title fool you into thinking that...

  • The Maid’s Room | Review

    Maid of Honor: Walker’s Thriller Uneasily Navigates Issues of Class Serving as a portrayal of unsaid attitudes amongst the elitist denizens of the Hamptons that...

  • The Hundred Foot Journey | Review

    Like Curry For Chocolat: Hallstrom Sticks to the Fruits of the Bestseller List If you’re going to compare director Lasse Hallstrom’s latest film, The Hundred-Foot...

  • The Dog | Review

    Dog Eat Dog: Berg & Keraudren’s Doc an Intriguing Portrait of a Famous Bank Robber Destined to be a compelling double feature event with Sidney...