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)
  • Ask Me Anything | Review

    Ask and You Shall Receive: Burnett’s Adaptation Buoyed By Arresting Performances Landing somewhere on a spectrum of unraveling female adolescent prototypes that plays like one...

  • Witness to Murder | Blu-ray Review

    Available for the first time on Blu-ray or DVD and remastered in high definition is forgotten film noir Witness to Murder, a 1954 Barbara Stanwyck...

  • The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies

    An Expected Finale: Jackson Brings Tolkien Saga to Thankful End Upon reaching the end of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy with the third and final installment, renamed The Hobbit:...

  • Inherent Vice | Review

    The Vice is Right: Anderson’s Inherently Incoherent Pynchon Trip For his seventh film, auteur Paul Thomas Anderson stakes a claim as the first filmmaker to...

  • After the Fall | Review

    Falling Down: Klein’s Debut Exploits Economic Realities for Mixed Crime Drama Exploring the ravaged remnants of the façade once referred to as the American Dream,...

  • Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks | Review

    Dance, Fools, Dance: Performances Elevate Seidelman’s Stagnant Adaptation Marking the fifth film collaboration between director Arthur Allan Seidelman and writer Richard Alfieri is Six Dance...

  • Exodus: Gods and Kings | Review

    Death on the Nile: Scott’s Biblical Epic Unworthy of the Gods Arriving just in time for ritual slaughter is Ridley Scott’s update on the Moses...

  • Criterion Collection: Safe | Blu-Ray Review

    Todd Haynes receives his first entry in the Criterion collection with a beautiful restoration of his landmark 1995 sophomore feature, Safe, the film that launched the...

  • Dying of the Light | Review

    Does Not Go Quietly: Schrader’s Latest Tampered Product Veteran film director and screenwriter Paul Schrader just can’t seem to catch a break. Much like the...

  • Zero Motivation | Review #2

    Band of Girls: Lavie’s Acerbic, Confident Debut Exacerbated ennui is explored to comedic effect in Tayla Lavie’s striking directorial debut, Zero Motivation, which explores life...

  • Selma | Review

    Turnin’ the Beat Around: DuVernay’s Poignant, Passionate MLK Portrait Revitalizes Notions of Biopic Eschewing what’s come to resemble a traditional route in downplaying both the...

  • Black or White | Review

    Black to Basics: Binder’s Safely Bland Racial Message Movie The latest film from actor/director/screenwriter Mike Binder, Black or White presents us with the possibility of...

  • Video Interview: Krzysztof Zanussi (Foreign Body) – 2014 Toronto Int. Film Festival

    We sat down with Polish director Krzysztof Zanussi at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival after the premiere of his new film, Foreign Body. Zanussi,...

  • Boy Meets Girl | Blu-ray Review

    Perhaps we can thank the critical success of his 2012 masterwork, Holy Motors for the resurgence of interest in the early works of Leos Carax,...

  • Pioneer | Review

    Oil!: Skjoldbjaerg’s Latest an Icy Conspiracy Thriller Norwegian director Erik Skjoldbjaerg has remained a hard director to peg ever since his celebrated 1997 debut, Insomnia,...

  • Miss Julie | Review

    Touch of Class: Ullmann’s Update of Classic Text Ultimately Lifeless There are a scant few equals to the texts of playwright August Strindberg’s, his 1888...

  • Life Partners | 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...

  • 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...

  • Wild | Review #2

    A Prayer for the Wild at Heart: Vallee Continues Reinvention of Lost Souls Arriving at the end of star Reese Witherspoon’s auteur binge is one...

  • Late Phases | Review

    Silver Bullet Band: Bogliano’s English Debut Nontransformative Nostalgia After the surprising critical success of his 2012 title Here Comes the Devil, Spanish director Adrian Garcia...

  • Once Upon a Time, Veronica | Review

    Sex and Candy: Gomes’ Wise, Intricate Character Study Arriving over two years after its world premiere at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival, Brazilian director Marcelo...

  • Video Interview: Nina Hoss (Christian Petzold’s Phoenix)

    I sat down with Nina Hoss after the premiere of her new film Phoenix at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. Her sixth collaboration with...

  • Video Interview: Christian Petzold (Phoenix)

    I sat down with Christian Petzold after the premiere of his new film Phoenix at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. We discussed his relationship...

  • Criterion Collection: L’avventura | Blu-ray Review

    In the decades of cinema that have transpired since Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1960 film L’avventura, one cannot overlook its seminal status not only within the auteur’s...

  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari | Blu-ray Review

    Kino Classics refurbishes Robert Weine’s 1920 landmark title The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, the film that marked the birth of German Expressionism as well as...