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)
  • 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...

  • The Golden Era | Review

    A Complicated Life: Hui’s Sprawling Biopic as Malcontented as Its Subject Hong Kong director Ann Hui’s extensive filmography has been largely unavailable, though she’s steadily...

  • Summer of Blood | Review

    Hemogobble: Turkel’s Latest Assay into Misanthropy Indie filmmaker Onor Turkel seems determined to remain hilariously unlikeable as his self-effacing, self-directed on-screen alter ego with his...

  • Felony | Review

    Patch of Blue: Saville’s Sophomore Film Lost in Endless Ellipses For his first film since his 2007 feature debut Noise, Australian director Matthew Saville returns...

  • The Tale of The Princess Kaguya | Review

    Princess from the Moon: Takahata Bows with Feminist Spin on Fable Following the news of Hayao Miyazaki’s possible retirement after the release of 2013’s The...

  • Default | Review

    Piracy Politique: Brand Uses Topical Subject for Common Critique Colombian born filmmaker Simon Brand cashes in on the current fascination with hijacking pirates for his...

  • Diplomacy | Review

    Paris is Burning: Schlondorff Continues Plumbing the Depths of WWII Playwright Cyril Gely (who also wrote the play upon which Safy Nebbou’s 2010 film Dumas...

  • Housebound | Review

    Home is Where the Horror Is: Johnson’s Ozzie Horror Tickles Rather Than Chills Fans of Peter Jackson’s early works of zany, comedy horror will most...

  • Criterion Collection: The Vanishing | Blu-ray Review

    Remastered just in time for Halloween, Criterion dusts off George Sluizer’s classic psychological thriller The Vanishing for a Blu-ray release. The Dutch-French co-production stands as...

  • Nothing Bad Can Happen | Blu-Ray Review

    After scooping up the New Auteur Award at AFI Fest 2013, Nothing Bad Can Happen continued to garner a decidedly divisive response upon a limited...

  • Birdman | Review

    Bullets Over Broadway: Inarritu’s Vibrant, Exuberant Portrait Of Celebrity, Relevance, and Creative Passion Not only is Birdman (or The Virtue of Ignorance) arguably the best...

  • Young Ones | Review

    Young at Heart: Paltrow’s Sci-Fi Western is All Dried Up Dystopic draught heralds the end of times for the parable that serves as Jake Paltrow’s...

  • Listen Up Philip | 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...

  • The Pact II | Review

    Murky Contract Part Deux: Hallam & Horvath Continue to Stir a Slushy Cauldron A vaguely administered narrative continues to plague the concept of what comprises...

  • Addicted | Review

    A Dirty Shame: Woodruff’s Erotic Fiction Adaptation Flatlines Demurely arriving before the anticipated film version of E.L. James’ erotic fiction nonsense Fifty Shades of Grey...

  • Dracula Untold | Review

    Play It Again, Vlad: Shiner’s Debut Attempts to Reboot Legendary Monster It’s a bit hard on the undead when you shackle their malevolent natures into...

  • Stretch | Review

    To Live and Drive in LA: Carnahan’s Trip into Hollyweird In an unprecedented and surprisingly brusque move, Universal chose to dump Joe Carnahan’s latest film,...

  • Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead | Review

    Dead Again: Wirkola Outstays Welcome of Outlandish Gimmick For those that were generally amused by Norwegian filmmaker Tommy Wirkola’s breakout festival hit Dead Snow (2009),...

  • The Judge | Review

    I Never Served Time For My Father: Dobkins’ Middling Melodrama Groaning beneath the weight of its desperate grandstanding for awards consideration, David Dobkins’ The Judge...

  • You’re Not You | Review

    You-Hoo: Wolfe’s ALS Drama Tries To Balance Sentiment With Schmaltz Hilary Swank seems attracted to playing daunted heroines, continually up against considerable odds—the homophobic rednecks...

  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day | Review

    Privilege Parable: Arteta’s Trifling Adaptation of Famed Children’s’ Novel Perhaps the most curious aspect of the live action Disney version of Judith Viorst’s 1972 children’s...

  • Kite | Review

    Go Fly One: Ziman’s Anime Adaptation a Denuded, Unnecessary Endeavor Those familiar with Yasuomi Umetsu’s 1998 fifty minute anime of the same name will be...

  • Nightcap | Blu-ray Review

    Coming to Blu-ray for the first time from the Cohen Media Group, Claude Chabrol’s late career thriller, Nightcap (better known by its French title, Merci...

  • St. Vincent | Review

    Sinners And Saints: Melfi’s Debut an Unobtrusive Crowd Pleaser For a few moments during its initial set-up, Theodore Melfi’s directorial debut, St. Vincent, seems on...

  • Kill the Messenger | Review

    Crack is Whack: Cuesta Revisits Contras Affair as Political Thriller Though he has several films under his belt, director Michael Cuesta has probably made more...