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)
  • Queen Margot | Blu-Ray Review

    Arguably the most prolific title in director Patrice Chereau’s three decades of filmmaking, Cohen Media Group releases a beautiful remastering of Queen Margot for its...

  • As Above So Below | Review

    Devil in Distress: The Dowdle Bros. Spelunk Their Way to Hell Known as acolytes of fallen angel M. Night Shyamalan, the output of the Dowdle...

  • The November Man | Review

    Sweet, Silly November: Donaldson’s Espionage Thriller is Overbaked Starting out with a standard template of flourishes one can find in any number of garden variety...

  • The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears | Review

    A Woman in Trouble and a Man in Need: Forzani & Cattet Return Prove a Force to Reckon With Directing duo Helene Cattet and Bruno...

  • The Calling | Review

    Busy Signals: Stone’s Aptly Named Thriller Phones It In There is not anything innately offensive about a really decent made-for-TV thriller, especially the type based...

  • The Notebook | Review

    Behind Every Great War Is a Great Story: Szasz’s Captivating, Grotesque Portrait of Life During Wartime World War II takes on the ambience of an...

  • Life of Crime | Review

    Criminal Intent: Leonard Done Light What remains most enticing about Daniel Schechter’s Life of Crime is its connection to Quentin Tarantino’s 1997 masterwork, Jackie Brown....

  • The Damned | Review

    Damned If You Do: Garcia’s Creepy House Horror a Non-Entity For some strange reason, IFC Midnight decided to release direct-to-DVD pro Victor Garcia’s latest film,...

  • Criterion Collection: Love Streams | Blu-ray Review

    John Cassavetes’ magnificent swan song, Love Streams receives the Criterion treatment this month, an addendum to the previously released five-title collection from the auteur. The...

  • On the Beach | Blu-Ray Review

    Within the well intentioned lexicon of Stanley Kramer’s filmography, his 1959 title, On the Beach remains the most prescient, a post-apocalyptic science fiction filmed steeped...

  • Go For Sisters | DVD Review

    John Sayles’ latest film, Go For Sisters, receives an unceremonious DVD release from Freestyle Digital Media. While it snagged Yolonda Ross a supporting Actress at...

  • Interview: Carter Smith – Jamie Marks is Dead

    At the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, we sat down with director Carter Smith to discuss his new film, Jamie Marks is Dead, which played in...

  • The Last of Robin Hood | Review

    Beverly Center: Flynn’s Final Scandal Makes for Interesting Cinematic Footnote It’s been eight years since Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland’s 2006 sophomore film, Quinceanera swept...

  • Sin City: A Dame to Kill | Review

    Love the Sinner: Miller & Rodriguez Bring Back Hyperstylized Noir with Mixed Results It has been almost a decade since the visually innovative Sin City...

  • Salvo | Review

    Miracle Worker: Italian Duo’s Debut a Cold Rumination on Tenuous Connection Though its initial setup holds considerable promise, due mostly to subdued visual cues that...

  • Metro Manila | Review

    A Better Life: Ellis’ Latest a Masterful Drama of Sacrifice British director Sean Ellis brings us to the Philippines with his third feature film, Metro...

  • Cam2Cam | Review

    Cam a lot: Soisson’s Stilted Thriller as Dated as it is Laughably Inarticulate The only thing horrifying in Joel Soisson’s techno born thriller Cam2Cam is...

  • May in the Summer | Review

    Summer of Our Discontent: Dabis’ Sophomore Feature an Uneven Venture Nebraska born filmmaker Cherien Dabis follows up her well received 2009 debut Amreeka with a...

  • Love Is Strange | 2014 Review

    Married Life: Sachs’ Latest a Subtle Portrayal of Love, Marriage, and Familial Bonds Following on the heels of his 2012 film, Keep the Lights On,...

  • 14 Blades | Review

    Blades of Glory: Lee Brings the Old West to the Ming Dynasty Hong Kong filmmaker Daniel Lee’s 2010 film, 14 Blades is at last making...

  • We Won’t Grow Old Together | Blu-Ray Review

    Even after nearly two decades of short films, documentaries and the success of his 1968 feature debut, L’enfance Nue, director Maurice Pialat’s celebrated sophomore feature,...

  • Phantom of the Paradise | Blu-ray Review

    Just in time for its 40th year anniversary, Shout Factory has amassed a glorious Blu-ray remastering of Brian De Palma’s 1974 classic, Phantom of the...

  • Fading Gigolo | Blu-ray Review

    After making a substantial profit at the box office during its Spring 2014 release (via Millennium Ent.), the mild media fury surrounding the continuing Mia...

  • The One I Love | Review

    Love the One You’re With: McDowell’s Exceptional Debut is Remarkable Lo-fi Sci-fi Almost impossible to discuss without tarnishing the highly nuanced and inventive twists it...

  • Are You Here | Review

    One Has to Ask: Weiner’s Debut a Floundering Misfire Success sometimes has a blindsiding effect on self-criticism and control, which may very well be the...