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)
  • In Order of Disappearance | Review

    Gone Baby Gone: Moland’s Deadpan Nordic Noir Enhanced by Skarsgard There’s a droll viciousness to In Order of Disappearance, a Nordic Neo-Noir which premiered at...

  • Mia Madre | Review

    Mamma Mia: Moretti’s Continues Exploring a Death in the Family After having won the Palme d’Or in 2001 for his film The Son’s Room, Italian...

  • The Sea of Trees | Review

    The Forest for the Trees: Van Sant’s Melodramatic Misfire Gus Van Sant’s name seems to conjure wildly different reactions depending on how accustomed one is...

  • Don’t Breathe | Review

    Secret in Their Eyes: Alvarez Conjures Tension in Home Invasion Thriller After unveiling his grisly and rather well received directorial debut, the 2013 remake of...

  • Female Prisoner Scorpion – The Complete Collection | Blu-ray Review

    Outside of audience members determined to catalogue Quentin Tarantino’s kitschy extra textual references (he utilizes the film’s them in Kill Bill: Vol.2), the iconic trajectory...

  • 11 Minutes | DVD Review

    Polish auteur Jerzy Skolimowski, now 77 years of age, continues a prolific resurgence, having ended a sixteen year absence between 1991’s Ferdyduke and 2008’s Four...

  • Spa Night | Review

    Hot and Bothered: Ahn’s Debut a Knowing Character Study As proof of the multitudinous, untold human stories happening at any given period within the sprawling...

  • Imperium | Review

    Made in USA: Radcliffe Infiltrates Neo-Nazi Faction in Solid Potboiler Daniel Radcliffe impresses once again in an unlikely bit of casting as an FBI agent...

  • Criterion Collection: Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words | Blu-ray Review

    Three time Academy Award winner Ingrid Bergman (Gaslight; Anastasia; Murder on the Orient Express), one of the most revered, versatile actors celebrated both as a...

  • Eleni | Blu-ray Review

    The 1980s were a bit of a rough transitional period for British import Peter Yates, who maintained a vibrant stride through a filmography jumpstarted by...

  • Sky | DVD Review

    Reuniting once more with actress Diane Kruger for her third outing as director, Sky, Fabienne Berthaud unveiled her French-German co-production in competition at the Toronto...

  • Last Days in the Desert | DVD Review

    Ewan McGregor stars as both Jesus and the devil in Rodrigo Garcia’s seventh narrative feature, Last Days in the Desert, which premiered at the 2015...

  • Blood Father | Review

    Forgiveness of Blood: Richet Delivers Grimy Gibson in Slice of B-Movie Glory If you’re looking for any sort of striking originality in French director Jean-Francois...

  • Florence Foster Jenkins | Review

    Florence and the Machine: Frears Lets the Music Speak for Itself in Curio Biopic In recent years, the quality of output from British director Stephen...

  • Rawhide | Blu-ray Review

    As the popular idiom goes, ‘familiarity breeds contempt,’ which can be used to explain the disenchantment surrounding countless films across multiple periods, wherein there exists...

  • Gorilla Bathes at Noon Review | DVD Review

    A conversation about Serbian cinema wouldn’t be complete without at least a passing reference to trailblazer Dusan Makavejev, at the forefront of the Yugoslav Black...

  • The Russia House | Blu-ray Review

    Espionage thrillers remain a lucrative cinematic staple, as evidenced by continued adaptations of Robert Ludlum, Tom Clancy, and the enduring legacy of the iconic British...

  • Sun Choke | Review

    Choke Up the Sun: Cresciman’s Dubious Deliberation on the Female Psyche Mentally unstable women with fragile personalities formulate a vibrant subgenre of their own across...

  • Little Men | Review

    Gentrified Agreement: Sachs’ Poignant Examination of a Childhood Friendship For his sixth feature, Ira Sachs returns to Brooklyn with Little Men, a perceptive study of...

  • Suicide Squad | Review

    Monsters, Inc.: Ayer’s DC Comic Mashup is All Bark and No Bite Try as he might, director David Ayer’s valiant efforts to counter the onslaught...

  • Napoli Napoli Napoli | Blu-Ray Review

    In the late 2000s, fringe auteur Abel Ferrara experimented with a series of documentaries, and in-between 2008’s Chelsea on the Rocks and 2010’s Mulberry St.,...

  • The Lobster | Blu-ray Review

    Director Yorgos Lanthimos transplants his celebrated narrative aesthetic from the Greek Weird Wave with his English language debut, The Lobster. The highly anticipated international co-production...

  • A Hologram for the King | Blu-ray Review

    Director Tom Tykwer’s international co-production A Hologram for the King unfortunately failed to generate much buzz following its premiere at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival days...

  • Equity | Review

    Greed is God: Menon Crafts Terse, Uneven Femme-Centric Wall Street Noir Meera Menon follows up her 2013 road-trip comedy Farah Goes Bang with a low-fi...

  • Jason Bourne | Review

    Bourne Again Again: Greengrass Returns to Action Franchise with Middling Results Director Paul Greengrass returns to the Robert Ludlum action franchise he inherited from Doug...