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)
  • Begin Again | Blu-ray Review

    After having been picked up for a cool 7 million dollar and some change price tag by the Weinsteins at the Toronto Int. Film Festival...

  • Sidewalk Stories | Blu-ray Review

    Beautifully restored and available for the first time on Blu-ray courtesy of Kino Lorber’s distribution deal with Carlotta US, the Cannes premiered 1989 directorial debut...

  • Moebius | Blu-ray Review

    Kim Ki-Duk’s latest cauldron of discomfort, Moebius, landed at the 70th Venice International Film Festival and received a limited theatrical release in New York shortly...

  • Running From Crazy | DVD Review

    Premiering at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, Academy Award winning documentarian Barbara Kopple’s Running From Crazy, an exploration of the famed Hemingway family’s bout with...

  • The First Power | Blu-ray Review

    Kino Lorber releases 1990 supernatural cop thriller The First Power on Blu-ray this month, though time has been nothing but unkind to the film’s B-movie tropes that...

  • Nightcrawler | Review

    While the City Sleeps: Gyllenhaal Gets His Money Shot in Gilroy’s Debut You’ll be hard pressed to find a more enjoyably witty criticism of modern...

  • The ABCs of Death 2 | Review

    Same Old Song: Scant Few Highlights Justify Lengthy Omnibus Well, alphabet soup horror is back with The ABCs of Death 2, a follow-up to the...

  • Laggies | Review

    We All Float Down Here: Shelton’s Latest Winning Slice of Arrested Development Remarkable in the sense that this is her third consecutive film to premiere...

  • “Safe Keeping”….Exclusive Clip from Erik Poppe’s 1,000 Times Goodnight

    In this exclusive clip from Erik Poppe’s new film 1,000 Times Goodnight, (Film Movement 10.24) Juliette Binoche’s character, Rebecca, is in Kenya on an expedition...

  • 1,000 Times Goodnight | Review

    Words and Pictures: Binoche Dominates Poppe’s Familial Drama Norwegian director Erik Poppe makes his English language directorial debut with 1,000 Times Goodnight, featuring an internationally...

  • Low Down | Review

    Groovin’ High: Hawkes Nuanced Performance Elevates Albany Memoir Despite taking home the best cinematography prize for Christopher Blauvet (who also provided superb camerawork on Kelly...

  • John Wick | Review

    Who the Hell is John Wick?: Leitch & Stahelski’s Revenge Flick Energetically Entertaining Against the general mediocre trend of stuntmen turned directors, Chad Stahelski’s unassumingly...

  • The Heart Machine | Review

    Feel It In Your Heart Beat: Wigon’s Debut Explores Jagged, Media-Moderated Romance Film critic Zachary Wigon makes his directorial and screenwriting debut with The Heart...

  • Life of Riley | Review

    Time to Leave: Alain Resnais’ Elegant Swan Song Alain Resnais, that reluctant member of the French New Wave, passed away in March of 2014, not...

  • Stonehearst Asylum | Review

    Crazy in Love: Anderson’s Gothic Sprinkled Romance Deserves to be Tarred and Feathered Fresh off the surprise box office success of 2013’s Halle Berry headlined...

  • Exists | Review

    The Pictures Got Small: Sanchez Unwisely Revisits Found Footage The co-director of 1999’s The Blair Witch Project, Eduardo Sanchez, returns to the fold of the...

  • Interview: Gregg Araki – White Bird in a Blizzard

    We sat down with director Gregg Araki at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival after the premiere of his new film, White Bird in a Blizzard (Magnolia...

  • The Dark Valley | Review

    Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance: Prochaska’s Grimly Pleasing Revenge Yarn Selected as Austria’s entry for this year’s Foreign Language Oscar submission, The Dark Valley is perhaps...

  • Dirty Weekend | VOD Review

    Boiler Plate Weekend: Granier-Deferre’s Familiar, Forgettable Getaway Inappropriate lovers contending with a criminal while trapped in an isolated locale is hardly an original premise on...

  • Chinese Puzzle | Blu-Ray Review

    Performing slightly better at the US box office than the 2005 film it follows in Cedric Klapisch’s trilogy, Chinese Puzzle still landed with a bit of...

  • Witching & Bitching | Blu-ray Review

    Spanish director Alex de la Iglesia returns with Witching and Bitching, a nod to his particular brand of zany, over-the-top genre comedy that marked some...

  • Venus in Fur | DVD Review

    While it went home empty handed after competing in Cannes, and was released in dozens of territories before Sundance Selects dropped the title onto the...

  • The Death Kiss | Blu-ray Review

    Kino Classics refurbishes public domain title The Death Kiss, a 1932 release made purely to capitalize off the success of Tod Browning’s 1931 Dracula by...

  • Revenge of the Green Dragons | Review

    Dragon Seed: Lau & Loo’s Dissatisfying NYC Chinese Gang Saga Martin Scorsese appears as executive producer on Andrew Lau and Andrew Loo’s Revenge of the...

  • Fury | Review

    This Time, It’s War: Ayer’s Latest Depiction of Men Under Fire At last leaving behind the pulpy, sometimes overly chewy cop action/dramas he’s been churning...