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)
  • Child of God | Review

    Requiem for a Cave Man: Franco’s McCarthy Adaptation Displays Growth On a similar directorial trajectory as, let’s say, Joe Swanberg, where quality vs. quantity tends...

  • The Midnight Swim | 2014 Fantasia Film Festival 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...

  • The Almost Man | Review

    Growing Pains: Lund’s Debut a Gem of Behavioral Regression The long hard road to growing up and accepting responsibility takes the center stage in Martin...

  • The Harvest | 2014 Fantasia Film Festival Review

    Harvest Home: McNaughton’s Return Yields Blighted Crop Fans of director John McNaughton, known for his gruesome cult classic Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1990),...

  • The Foxy Merkins | Review

    American Gigola: Olnek’s Hilarious Sophomore Film Reinvents the Masculine Realm of Hustler Bonding Few filmmakers are able to successfully create a distinctly unique universe of...

  • Separate Tables | Blu-ray Review

    Playwright and screenwriter Terence Rattigan was an indubitable influence on mid-century British cinema. He authored several of the era’s most notable titles, including The Browning...

  • Criterion Collection: Insomnia | Blu-ray Review

    Erik Skjoldbjaerg’s 1997 directorial debut, Insomnia is a prescient prototype of what would now be termed Nordic Noir in today’s global film market. At the...

  • Very Good Girls | Review

    The Boyfriend Experience: Foner’s Directorial Debut a Derivative Shard Screenwriter Naomi Foner makes her directorial debut with Very Good Girls, though her preceding reputation makes...

  • Beneath | Review

    We Now Begin Our Descent: Ketai’s Debut a Minor Effort Arriving decently dressed but in poor taste is writer/producer Ben Ketai’s directorial debut, Beneath, sharing...

  • Lucy | Review

    In the Sky With Diamonds: Besson’s Latest a Crock of Crack-pot Sci-Fi It’s rather a shame to report that Luc Besson’s latest directorial effort, Lucy,...

  • Space Station 76 | 2014 Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival Review

    Earth Below Us: Plotnick’s Debut a Sweet Space Soap Opera Those familiar with the comedic genius of Jack Plotnick should be thrilled to see his...

  • A Five Star Life | Review

    Perks of Using the Star System: Tognazzi’s Tale a Tad Too Familiar Maria Sole Tognazzi, daughter of famed actor/director Ugo Tognazzi, visits the mid-life crisis...

  • Nicholas Bell’s Top 10 Best of 2014 So Far…

    #10. The Grand Budapest Hotel Without a doubt, Anderson’s darkest film to date, this also has to be the richest and most complex of his...

  • Witness For the Prosecution | Blu-ray Review

    As far as pulpy vintage courtroom dramas go, Billy Wilder’s 1957 adaptation of Agatha Christie’s famed play, Witness for the Prosecution, is hard to beat....

  • Magic in the Moonlight | Review

    Hocus Pocus: Allen’s Latest a Re-hash of All-Too-Familiar Themes Returning once more to the world of psychics and magicians to inform his breezy comedic styling,...

  • Le Chef | Review

    Chef Mate: Cohen’s Poke at the Restaurant World Written for Fast Food Mentality Connoisseurs of world food porn will perhaps take keen interest in the...

  • Wish I Was Here | Review

    Anywhere But Here: Braff’s Kickstarter Baby a Painstaking Smog of Forced Emotion It’s hard to believe a decade has passed since actor Zach Braff’s directorial...

  • Fanny | Review

    Fanny Feast: Auteuil’s Underwhelming Trilogy Continues The mid-section of his Pagnol tribute, Fanny promises to give us the female perspective in the crossed lover’s situation...

  • X/Y | 2014 Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival 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...

  • Life Partners | 2014 Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival Review

    She’s the One: Fogel’s Debut a Top Tier Examination of Co-Dependent Friendship Borrowing shades of autobiographical instances from their own lives, director Susanna Fogel and...

  • Lyle | 2014 Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival Review

    Devil’s Due: Satan is an Equal Opportunity Baby Snatcher in Thorndike’s Debut Credited as a ‘sinister ode to Rosemary’s Baby’ (though, there probably is no...

  • Boyhood | Review

    About a Boy: Linklater’s Unique Experiment a Mostly Enjoyable Endeavor An experience that is as enhanced by the aura of its experimental nature as it...

  • A Long Way Down | Review

    Lost in Translation: Chaumeil’s English Language Debut a Wretched Operation While his 2010 feature debut, Heartbreaker, which starred Vanessa Paradis and Romain Duris, managed to...

  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes | Review

    Monkey Trouble: Reeves Get a Crack at Famed Cinematic Simian Franchise It’s kind of wild to think how much cinematic mileage (now eight films and...

  • Rage | Review

    Cage Against the Machine: Cabezas’ English Debut Labors Through Borrowed Themes Playing like the cheap echo of David Cronenberg’s A History of Violence, director Paco...