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)
  • Viktoria | Review

    Milk of Sorrow: Motherhood and Metaphors Structure Vitkova’s Somber Debut Using intergenerational familial dilemmas to convey significant historical upheaval is certainly nothing new to fiction...

  • Criterion Collection: Phoenix | Blu-ray Review

    German auteur Christian Petzold makes his bow in the esteemed Criterion collection with his outstanding seventh feature, Phoenix, which is also his sixth title to...

  • Anastasia | Blu-ray Review

    Soviet import Anatole Litvak is perhaps best remembered for his significant contributions to cinema throughout the 1930s and 1940s, where he fled Germany and was...

  • Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street | Blu-ray Review

    The 1970s was a particularly difficult period for nonconformist auteur Samuel Fuller, a director known for timeless film noirs (Pickup on South Street; House of...

  • The Family Fang | Review

    Sucked Dry: Bateman’s Portrait of Idiosyncratic Family Fails to Resonate Actor Jason Bateman makes his sophomore directorial outing with the high profile The Family Fang,...

  • Viva | Review

    Blame it on Fidel: Breathnach Circles the Boiler Plate with LGBT Coming-of-Age Flick A Havana set coming-of-age tale concerning a young, gay hairdresser, Paddy Breathnach and...

  • The Conversation: Producer Saïd Ben Saïd

    For the past sixteen years, Franco-Tunisian producer Saïd Ben Saïd has been steadfastly supporting the works of many a European maverick auteur. Beginning in 2000...

  • Nina | Review

    A Matter of Resistance: Mort’s Compromised Portrait of a Musical Legend She may try with a considerable, ambitious might, but Zoe Saldana does not conjure...

  • A Hologram for the King | Review

    Same as it ever Was: Tykwer’s Unwieldy Intersection of Commerce and Culture We’ve seen an increasing amount of films featuring Americans floundering about in the...

  • The Meddler | Review

    Chapter Two: Scafaria Scores with Sarandon in Earnest Character Portrait Writer-director Lorene Scafaria manages her most accomplished work to date with sophomore feature, The Meddler,...

  • The Huntsman: Winter’s War | Review

    Sister, My Sister: Love is a Much Belabored Thing in Fairy Tale Pre/Sequel While it certainly doesn’t reinvent the wheel (or, for that matter, capture...

  • Wedding Doll | Review

    Dolled Up: Giladi’s Melancholy Debut on Dreams Deferred Lives and loves hampered by the desires of others provides the basis for Israeli documentarian Nitzan Giladi’s...

  • Criterion Collection: Barcelona | Blu-ray Review

    Criterion resurrects Whit Stillman’s 1994 sophomore film, Barcelona, previously the indie auteur’s most neglected title and heretofore unavailable on DVD. Breaking a fourteen year hiatus...

  • Death Walks Twice – Two Films by Luciano Ercoli | Blu-ray Review

    Arrow Video unleashes a superb box-set of two titles from neglected director/producer Luciano Ercoli, who made a handful of giallo and spaghetti westerns before retiring...

  • Medousa | DVD Review

    Mondo Macabro continues to expand its catalogue of underground international genre offerings with the little known 1998 Greek title, Medousa, an indie horror re-telling from...

  • The Conversation: Producer Sylvie Pialat

    Sylvie Pialat, wife of the late auteur Maurice Pialat, has been producing and fostering vibrant international directors following the passing of her husband in 2003....

  • Men and Chicken | Review

    Cheep cheep cheep: Jensen’s Bizarre Family Reunion Known for his incredibly prolific career as a screenwriter, penning several of Susanne Bier’s most internationally renowned films...

  • Hostile Border | Review

    Confessions of a Pocha Hustler: Dwyer Tackles Topicality with Listless Thriller Michael Dwyer makes his directorial debut with Hostile Border, an adequate examination of contemporary...

  • Barbershop: The Next Cut | Review

    Southside with You: Lee Instills Relevance to Third Franchise Chapter Clearly, there are more pressing issues than the consistent lack of acknowledgement for black artists...

  • Colonia | Review

    Ticket to Heaven: Gallenberger Depicts Chilean Torture Cult The devastation General Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship waged on Chile from the moment of his infamous 1973 coup...

  • Criminal | Review

    The Iceman Cometh: Vromen Baffles with Illogical Romantic Thriller Director Ariel Vromen dashes the promise shown in his 2012 portrait of contract killer Richard Kuklinski...

  • A Married Woman (1964) | Review

    Charlotte’s Web: Godard’s Detailed Fragments of Woman Consumed Cohen Media Group presents a limited theatrical re-release of Jean-Luc Godard’s 1964 film A Married Woman in...

  • The Holcraft Covenant | Blu-ray Review

    Prior to the success of the Jason Bourne franchise, which kicked off with Doug Liman’s The Bourne Identity in 2012, (a fifth entry in the...

  • Village of the Damned [Collector’s Edition] | Blu-ray Review

    Without a doubt, director John Carpenter has left an ineradicable imprint in our cinematic subconscious, playing a hand in the creation of several major film...

  • Cowboy | Blu-ray Review

    Director Delmer Daves contributed several exemplary Westerns during the 1950s, including Broken Arrow (1950), Jubal (1956) and 3:10 to Yuma (1957), which was remade in...