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)
  • We Are Your Friends | Review

    Fair Weather Daydreams: Joseph’s Debut Mixes Surprising Energy into Vapid SoCo Slush From its familiar yet nicely edited introductory credits, to its sweaty palmed electro...

  • Zipper | Review

    The Ballad of Franks and Beans: Stephens’ Dips Toes and Other Bits into Political Scandal It is still very much a man’s world, or so...

  • The Second Mother | Review

    An Other Mother: Muylaert Scores International Breakout with Class Conscious Character Study Brazilian director Anna Muylaert gets her first crack at international renown with her...

  • Turbo Kid | Review

    Kid Dangerous: Trio of Directors Craft Endearing 80’s Retro Flick Operating comfortably within the lines of the well-tread grooves of genre paths explored before than...

  • Queen of Earth | Review

    Earth Below Us: Perry’s Esoteric Puzzle of Women and Madness What a delight to see director Alex Ross Perry continuing his delightful examinations of unlikeable...

  • Z for Zachariah | Review

    This is the End: Zobel’s Post-Apocalyptic Love Triangle Following the success of his galvanizingly uncomfortable 2012 film Compliance, director Craig Zobel teases his way into...

  • Play Motel | Blu-Ray Review

    Purveyors of Eurotrash should delight in the resuscitation of the obscure 1979 eroto-giallo Play Motel, directed by Mario Gariazzo under the pseudonym Roy Garrett (a...

  • The Hunger |Blu-ray Review

    Roundly dismissed upon its release by critics in 1983, Tony Scott’s classy, stylish art-house vampire film The Hunger arrives on Blu-ray as a demure addition...

  • Criterion Collection: Two Days, One Night | Blu-ray Review:

    Premiering at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival where it went home empty handed from the Jane Campion headed jury, Belgian directing duo Jean-Pierre and Luc...

  • The Curse of Downers Grove | Review

    Teenage Wasteland: Ellis & Martini Join Forces for Derivative Teen Angst Check your expectations at the opening credits with The Curse of Downers Grove, a...

  • No Escape | Review

    American in Peril: Dowdle Bros. Play on Base Fears with Survival Drama It’s unfortunate so many superficial elements are working against the objective consideration of...

  • British Film Noir Collection | DVD Review

    In a novel effort to stress that film noir wasn’t a film movement specifically an output solely produced for American audiences, Kino Lorber releases a...

  • 6 Years | VOD Review

    There’s Always Tomorrow…Maybe: Fidell Explores the Familiar Predicaments of the LTR Director Hannah Fidell follows her 2013 debut A Teacher with concisely minded 6 Years,...

  • Guidance | Review

    Life Coach: Mills’ Debut a Showcase for Own Multi-talents Toronto based filmmaker Pat Mills makes his directorial debut with Guidance, a dark hearted comedy that...

  • Digging For Fire | Review

    Dem Bones: Swanberg’s Mellow Examination of Married Life A married couple’s weekend apart turns into the sort of mildly enterprising exploration of what happens when...

  • Some Kind of Beautiful | Review

    Some Kind of Nonsense: Vaughan’s Unintentional Antithesis of the RomCom Not long into Some Kind of Beautiful, the new film from director Tom Vaughan, a...

  • Grandma | Review

    Citizen Lily: Weitz’s Character Study Homage to Iconic Lead Since beginning his directorial career with 1999’s American Pie, Paul Weitz has hovered in an in-between...

  • Sinister 2 | Review

    The Reusable Bughuul: Foy Marks a Franchise for Death The only thing effectively murdered in the utterly unnecessary and awkwardly bungled sequel to Scott Derrickson’s...

  • Hitman: Agent 47 | Review

    Hanna and Her Sisters: The Art of the Persistently Insipid Video Game Reboot A tip of the hat to 20th Century Fox as they valiantly...

  • The Mend | Review

    Mysteries of Miseries: Magary’s Misanthropic Glance at Troubled Brothers There’s a perverse pleasure to be had watching John Magary’s directorial debut, The Mend, if mostly...

  • The Boy | Review

    The Sad Seed: Macneill’s Portrait of Rural Malaise Flickers with Occasional Menace In the cinematic landscape of evil (or at least sociopathic), children, it’s rare...

  • She’s Funny That Way | Review

    Funny Ha-ha: Bogdanovich’s Pleasant Return to the Screwball Comedy The buzz has been rather hushed concerning She’s Funny That Way, the return of 70s auteur...

  • American Ultra | Review

    The Long Spliff Goodnight: Nourizadeh’s Stoner Action Flick Mixes Kooky with Convention Comprised of a tangle of similar narrative threads spliced together from a variety...

  • Nomads | Blu-ray Review

    The directorial debut of the once revered action auteur John McTiernan comes to Blu-ray release, a little known cult favorite known as Nomads. Considering this...

  • Face to Face |Blu-ray Review

    Kino Lorber brings the 1967 spaghetti Western Face to Face to Blu-ray this month, one of director Sergio Sollima’s most notable titles, previously released on...