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)
  • Just a Sigh | DVD Review

    It’s been a long road for the slight but nevertheless worthwhile Just a Sigh from Jerome Bonnell, the French director’s English language debut which stars...

  • The Conversation: Producer Vincent Maraval

    Since its inception in the late 1990s as a subsidiary of Studiocanal, before breaking off on its own in 2002, French distribution company Wild Bunch...

  • Life | Review

    In Space No One Can See You Steal: Espinosa Imitates another Celluloid Form The vastness of space and the limitlessness of the universe are abstract,...

  • I, Olga Hepnarova | Review

    Gray is the Cruelest Color: Kazda and Weinreb Resurrect a Murderess Unlike the hopeful social realism angle of the comparably titled Palme d’Or winning I,...

  • Metamorphoses | Review

    Europa, Europa: Honore Eloquently Updates Ovid for Masterful, Playful Adaptation There really isn’t a modern counterpart (even if Francois Ozon might come close) for the...

  • Criterion Collection: Multiple Maniacs | Blu-ray Review

    Since the possibility of a new John Waters feature now seems unlikely (considering his last film was 2003’s A Dirty Shame), it’s with colossal excitement...

  • Elle | Blu-ray Review

    Isabelle Huppert scored some of the best notices of her prolific career with Paul Verhoeven’s Elle. The Dutch auteur’s French language debut, which premiered at...

  • Criterion Collection: Canoa: a Shameful Memory | Blu-ray Review

    Described as “one of Mexico’s most highly regarded works of political cinema,” Criterion resurrects the highly charged 1976 documentary, Canoa: A Shameful Memory, from director...

  • Chilly Scenes of Winter | Blu-ray Review

    Among the many interesting elements of Joan Micklin Silver’s 1979 title Chilly Scenes of Winter is the film’s troubled theatrical release. Based on a celebrated...

  • War on Everyone | Blu-ray Review

    Following his 2011 debut The Guard and his moody 2014 sophomore feature Calvary, British filmmaker John Michael McDonaugh hits a false note with his first US...

  • Evolution | Blu-ray Review

    One of the best but most overlooked theatrical releases of 2016 was Lucile Hadzihalilovic’s sophomore film Evolution, a creepy coming-of-age body horror film about a...

  • The Conversation: Producer Olivier Père

    Since joining ARTE France Cinema in 2013, producer Olivier Père has become a prolific fixture on the Croisette. Making a bow in Un Certain Regard...

  • Beauty and the Beast | Review

    The Beast Must Die: Condon’s Expensive Rehash is Fairy Tale Facsimile For a film with a budget of three hundred million claiming to be the...

  • Song to Song | Review

    Music Makes the People: Malick Slathers Austin, Texas with Signature Emotional Ennui Fragments of lovers drowning beneath the weight of their own expectations and stagnant...

  • Firestarter | Blu-ray Review

    If there’s an enduring interest to Firestarter, the 1984 adaptation of Stephen King’s popular horror novel about a child with pyrokinetic capabilities hunted by a...

  • Criterion Collection: 45 Years | Blu-ray Review

    Taking home Best Actor and Actress awards out of its premiere at the 2015 Berlin International Film Festival for leads Tom Courtenay and Charlotte Rampling,...

  • 3 films by Claude Chabrol | Blu-ray Review

    Cohen Media Group resurrected five late period titles from French New Wave auteur Claude Chabrol in September, 2016. The one week engagement featured lesser known...

  • The Conversation: One Never Cannes Tell (2017 Edition)

    It’s hard to believe, but we’re about five weeks away from the unveiling of the 2017 Cannes Film Festival lineup. After several months of awards...

  • Suntan | Review

    Death in Greece: Papadimitropoulos Examines a Doctor and His Devils with Engrossing Character Portrait An uncomfortable but prolific subset of the psychological drama would be...

  • Kong: Skull Island | Review

    Kong’s Crib: Vogt-Roberts Strains Weak Characters Through Special Effects Pageant In the continuing tradition of flinging fledgling indie directors into studio tent pole franchise reboots,...

  • The Ottoman Lieutenant | Review

    The Turkish Lieutenant’s Woman: Ruben Stumbles on Tedious War Time Romance At one point, director Joseph Ruben was the go-to guy for glossy B-grade melodramas...

  • The Sense of an Ending | Review

    Man of Letters: Batra Crafts Low-Key Adaptation with Handsome Ensemble “The wine of youth does not always clear with advancing years; sometimes it grows turbid,”...

  • Brimstone | Review

    The Love of a Preacher Man: Koolhoven’s Pseudo-Feminist Western an Ambitiously Grotesque Affront Unveiling the most expensive Dutch film production since Paul Verhoeven’s Black Book...

  • Police (1985) | Blu-ray Review

    In the fall of 2016, Cohen Media Group staged a phenomenal retrospective of five masterpieces by Maurice Pialat, including his 1987 Palme d’Or winning Under...

  • Donald Cried | Review

    Escapes of Time and Memory: Avedisian’s Debut and the Cinema of Discomfort Director Kris Avedisian wants to make you feel repulsed and uncomfortable in his...