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)
  • 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...

  • Come Back to the 5 and Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean | Blu-ray Review

    Long unavailable for home viewing, Robert Altman’s 1982 title Come Back to the 5 and Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean has languished as a remote,...

  • The Babadook | Review

    Consequences of Grief: Kent’s Stunning Debut Wades Through Primordial Fears Satisfying genre films are generally few and far between these days, so it’s with absolute...

  • Before I Disappear | Review

    The Sting Called Love: Christensen’s Debut Rife with Melodramatic Cliché Shawn Christensen, who won an Academy Award for his 2013 short film, Curfew, expands his...

  • The Mule | Review

    Mother, Jugs, and Laxatives: Sampson and Mahony’s Curious Exploration of Strange Case Based on its poster and other marketing materials for Angus Sampson and Tony...

  • Extraterrestrial | Review

    Shades of Mr. Gray: The Vicious Bros.’ Unsatisfying Close Encounter Following the unanticipated success of their 2011 film debut, Grave Encounters (which feels very much...

  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 | Review

    The Games They Play: Collins’ YA Dystopia Trudges On and On As is now customary in the designed business model of franchise movie making, the...

  • A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night | Review

    Walking After Midnight: Amirpour’s Expressive, Moody Debut Described as an Iranian vampire film with all its characters speaking Farsi, yet filmed in California and set...

  • V/H/S: Viral | Review

    Headcleaner: VHS Series Gets Third Installment Blues Perhaps after this third installment this franchise can enter the same void for the format which it’s named,...

  • National Gallery | Review

    Museum Hours: Wiseman’s Tour through London’s Famed Museum If you’ve never been to The National Gallery in London, England, one of the most preeminent museums...

  • The House at the End of Time | DVD Review

    Winning Best Director and Best Film at the 2014 ScreamFest Film Festival, Alejandro Hidalgo’s directorial debut The House at the End of Time will continue...

  • Big Eyes | Review

    Soul Windows: Burton Returns to the Biopic with Flagging Interest Long judged as a director clearly intent on recycling the same motif, themes, and styles,...

  • Human Capital | 2014 AFI Film Festival Review

    For What It’s Worth: Virzi’s Leftist Neo-Noir a Capitalistic Parable Receiving its North American premiere last spring at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, where it...

  • Wild | Review

    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...

  • Viktor | Review

    From Russia with Schlock: Martinez’s Derivative Revenge Flick While there’s certainly a modicum of perverse interest to be satisfied in witnessing the rotund Gerard Depardieu...

  • Starry Eyes | Review

    Eyes Without a Place: Kolsch & Widmyer’s Horrors in Hollywood Madonna’s famed verse asks the hypothetical question of Hollywood, “How could it hurt you when...

  • Miss Meadows | Review

    A Spoonful of Violence: Hopkins’ Unbalanced Sophomore Effort Actress turned screenwriter turned director Karen Leigh Hopkins unleashes her sophomore feature Miss Meadows after its premiere...

  • The Gambler | 2014 AFI Film Festival Review

    Kens and Dolls: Wyatt Revamps Toback Prose for the Plastic Age Working steadfastly against the success of Rupert Wyatt’s up-do of The Gambler, which was...

  • The Homesman | Review

    Jumping Claims: Jones’ Attempt at Revisionist Western Withers Under its Own Intentions Try as it might, The Homesman, Tommy Lee Jones’ first directorial effort since...

  • Beyond the Lights | Review

    Why you wanna fly, Blackbird?: Mbatha-Raw Vibrantly Imbues Prince-Blythewood’s Showbiz Melodrama A systematically underrated director, Gina Prince-Bythewood returns with her third feature film, Beyond the...