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)
  • Laggies | Review

    We All Float Down Here: Shelton’s Latest Winning Slice of Arrested Development Remarkable in the sense that this is her third consecutive film to premiere...

  • “Safe Keeping”….Exclusive Clip from Erik Poppe’s 1,000 Times Goodnight

    In this exclusive clip from Erik Poppe’s new film 1,000 Times Goodnight, (Film Movement 10.24) Juliette Binoche’s character, Rebecca, is in Kenya on an expedition...

  • 1,000 Times Goodnight | Review

    Words and Pictures: Binoche Dominates Poppe’s Familial Drama Norwegian director Erik Poppe makes his English language directorial debut with 1,000 Times Goodnight, featuring an internationally...

  • Low Down | Review

    Groovin’ High: Hawkes Nuanced Performance Elevates Albany Memoir Despite taking home the best cinematography prize for Christopher Blauvet (who also provided superb camerawork on Kelly...

  • John Wick | Review

    Who the Hell is John Wick?: Leitch & Stahelski’s Revenge Flick Energetically Entertaining Against the general mediocre trend of stuntmen turned directors, Chad Stahelski’s unassumingly...

  • The Heart Machine | Review

    Feel It In Your Heart Beat: Wigon’s Debut Explores Jagged, Media-Moderated Romance Film critic Zachary Wigon makes his directorial and screenwriting debut with The Heart...

  • Life of Riley | Review

    Time to Leave: Alain Resnais’ Elegant Swan Song Alain Resnais, that reluctant member of the French New Wave, passed away in March of 2014, not...

  • Stonehearst Asylum | Review

    Crazy in Love: Anderson’s Gothic Sprinkled Romance Deserves to be Tarred and Feathered Fresh off the surprise box office success of 2013’s Halle Berry headlined...

  • Exists | Review

    The Pictures Got Small: Sanchez Unwisely Revisits Found Footage The co-director of 1999’s The Blair Witch Project, Eduardo Sanchez, returns to the fold of the...

  • Interview: Gregg Araki – White Bird in a Blizzard

    We sat down with director Gregg Araki at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival after the premiere of his new film, White Bird in a Blizzard (Magnolia...

  • The Dark Valley | Review

    Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance: Prochaska’s Grimly Pleasing Revenge Yarn Selected as Austria’s entry for this year’s Foreign Language Oscar submission, The Dark Valley is perhaps...

  • Dirty Weekend | VOD Review

    Boiler Plate Weekend: Granier-Deferre’s Familiar, Forgettable Getaway Inappropriate lovers contending with a criminal while trapped in an isolated locale is hardly an original premise on...

  • Chinese Puzzle | Blu-Ray Review

    Performing slightly better at the US box office than the 2005 film it follows in Cedric Klapisch’s trilogy, Chinese Puzzle still landed with a bit of...

  • Witching & Bitching | Blu-ray Review

    Spanish director Alex de la Iglesia returns with Witching and Bitching, a nod to his particular brand of zany, over-the-top genre comedy that marked some...

  • Venus in Fur | DVD Review

    While it went home empty handed after competing in Cannes, and was released in dozens of territories before Sundance Selects dropped the title onto the...

  • The Death Kiss | Blu-ray Review

    Kino Classics refurbishes public domain title The Death Kiss, a 1932 release made purely to capitalize off the success of Tod Browning’s 1931 Dracula by...

  • Revenge of the Green Dragons | Review

    Dragon Seed: Lau & Loo’s Dissatisfying NYC Chinese Gang Saga Martin Scorsese appears as executive producer on Andrew Lau and Andrew Loo’s Revenge of the...

  • Fury | Review

    This Time, It’s War: Ayer’s Latest Depiction of Men Under Fire At last leaving behind the pulpy, sometimes overly chewy cop action/dramas he’s been churning...

  • The Golden Era | Review

    A Complicated Life: Hui’s Sprawling Biopic as Malcontented as Its Subject Hong Kong director Ann Hui’s extensive filmography has been largely unavailable, though she’s steadily...

  • Summer of Blood | Review

    Hemogobble: Turkel’s Latest Assay into Misanthropy Indie filmmaker Onor Turkel seems determined to remain hilariously unlikeable as his self-effacing, self-directed on-screen alter ego with his...

  • Felony | Review

    Patch of Blue: Saville’s Sophomore Film Lost in Endless Ellipses For his first film since his 2007 feature debut Noise, Australian director Matthew Saville returns...

  • The Tale of The Princess Kaguya | Review

    Princess from the Moon: Takahata Bows with Feminist Spin on Fable Following the news of Hayao Miyazaki’s possible retirement after the release of 2013’s The...

  • Default | Review

    Piracy Politique: Brand Uses Topical Subject for Common Critique Colombian born filmmaker Simon Brand cashes in on the current fascination with hijacking pirates for his...

  • Diplomacy | Review

    Paris is Burning: Schlondorff Continues Plumbing the Depths of WWII Playwright Cyril Gely (who also wrote the play upon which Safy Nebbou’s 2010 film Dumas...

  • Housebound | Review

    Home is Where the Horror Is: Johnson’s Ozzie Horror Tickles Rather Than Chills Fans of Peter Jackson’s early works of zany, comedy horror will most...