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)
  • Hellaware | Review

    Satirize This: Blandic’s Scruffy Send-up of NYC Art Scene Though starting off on a stronger note than where it eventually ends up, Michael M. Bilandic’s...

  • Cold in July | Blu-ray Review

    Director Jim Mickle’s fourth feature film, Cold in July, is an adaptation of a novel by Joe R. Landsale, set in the particular, simpler landscape...

  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre: 40th Anniversary Collector’s Edition | Blu-Ray Review

    There’s no denying the cultural magnitude of Tobe Hooper’s 1974 grindhouse classic The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Inspiring legions of seminal directors, as well as providing...

  • The Liberator | Review

    Plowing the Sea: Arvelo’s Portrait of Famed Leader Hardly Revolutionary Arriving with all the earmarks of a truncated and incredibly abridged version of history in...

  • The Blue Room | Review

    Blue in the Face: Amalric’s Simenon Adaptation an Exquisite Enigma Though actor/director Mathieu Amalric’s last directorial effort, On Tour (2010), landed him a Best Director...

  • Days and Nights | Review

    Birds of a Feather: Camargo’s Debut a Tepid Chekhovian Transplant Contemporizing classic literature can be a tricky feat, though it more often than not seems...

  • Jimi: All is By My Side | Review

    Before the Haze: Ridley’s Nuanced Portrait Worthy of Legendary Subject After a rather cool reception following high profile festival play at Toronto and SXSW, John...

  • The Little Bedroom | Review

    Good Grief: Nuanced Dramatic Debut Lands Long Awaited Release in US Initially premiering at the Locarno Film Festival in 2010, the directorial debut of Stephanie...

  • Pride | Review

    The Climate Was Changing: Warchus Revisits 80s Set Instance of Activism British director Matthew Warchus first appeared in 1999 with his directorial debut, Simpatico, based...

  • Two Night Stand | Review

    About Last Night: Nichols’ Debut Paddles Vainly Around Notions of Modern Love Director Max Nichols makes his directorial debut with Two Night Stand, almost entirely...

  • Lilting | Review

    Common Grounds: Khaou Strikes Graceful, Observant Notes in Debut A moving, and sharply wrought screenplay supported by several elegant performances marks Cambodian born director Hong...

  • The Equalizer | Review

    Sequelizer: Fuqua Resurrects Vintage TV Series to Maudlin Effect Upon the project’s official announcement, it may not have seemed a necessarily surprising or even awful...

  • Criterion Collection: Eraserhead | Blu-ray Review

    There was a time, not very long ago, when obtaining a decent copy of David Lynch’s first masterpiece, Eraserhead, was problematic. Selected in 2004 for...

  • Flesh+Blood | Blu-ray Review

    A film easy to admire but equally hard to love, Paul Verhoeven’s 1985 film Flesh+Blood, his last title to make it to DVD about a...

  • The Party | Blu-ray Review

    While director Blake Edwards and star Peter Sellers are best known for their several Pink Panther efforts, they also collaborated on one additional wholly unrelated...

  • The New Girlfriend | 2014 TIFF Review

    The Skin I Live In: Ozon’s Exquisite New Exploration of Gender Subversion For his most playful and delightfully creepy film in years, Francois Ozon adapts...

  • Good People | Review

    People Are People: Genz’s English Debut a Satisfactory B-Grade Noir Expectations may a bet set a bit too high for Danish filmmaker Henrik Ruben Genz’s...

  • Ned Rifle | 2014 TIFF Review

    Nobody’s Fool: Hartley Concludes His Grim Trilogy While it may be wholly unnecessary to see the two preceding films in the loosely knit Grim trilogy...

  • 99 Homes | 2014 TIFF Review

    Housing Complex: Bahrani Extends Capitalism Criticism to Housing Market Though his 2012 farming melodrama At Any Price found director Ramin Bahrani gaining wider visibility with...

  • Still Alice | 2014 TIFF Review

    Red Queen’s Lost Her Head: Westmoreland & Glatzer’s Poetic Elegy of Familial Tragedy It’s been a busy year for Julianne Moore, in between tent pole...

  • Three Hearts | 2014 TIFF Review

    Heart to Heart to Heart: Jacquot’s Romantic Drama Can’t Cover Every Angle Despite sporting the likes of Charlotte Gainsbourg and Catherine Deneuve, Three Hearts, the...

  • Stop The Pounding Heart | Review

    The Heart She Holler: Minervini Caps Texas Trilogy With Christian Corset A hybrid of documentary aesthetic and subdued narrative happenings, the third film in a...

  • The Maze Runner | Review

    Mazed and Confused: Ball’s Lusterless Debut Another Dystopic YA Derivative Pretty teenagers that survive the apocalypse are sure going to have it tough. Or maybe...

  • Tracks | Review

    It’s Easier For a Camel: Curran’s Curious Reenactment of a Strange Journey Early on in John Curran’s Tracks, which charts the 2,000 mile journey of...

  • The Zero Theorem | Review

    Black Holes and Revelations: Gilliam’s Cluttered Dystopia a Mixed Return to Form In what stands as his best film since 1998’s Fear and Loathing in Las...