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)
  • 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...

  • Space Station 76 | Review

    Earth Below Us: Plotnick’s Debut a Sweet Space Soap Opera Those familiar with the comedic genius of Jack Plotnick should be thrilled to see his...

  • The Guest | Review

    Lone Survivor: Wingard’s Latest a Near Perfect Mix of Subtext, Comedy and Satisfying Thrills After contributing to several anthology films, including the V/H/S films and...

  • Pasolini | 2014 TIFF Review

    The Gospel According to Pier: Ferrara Poetically Captures an Auteur’s Last Day on Earth It appears that 2014 marks a resounding return for auteur Abel...

  • Tusk | 2014 TIFF Review

    Another Tuskegee Experiment: Smith’s Latest Creation Odd But Not Audacious Sure to garner all the WTF exclamatory delights that it’s had its grotesque little heart...

  • Manglehorn | 2014 TIFF Review

    Locks of Love: Pacino Engrosses in Slight Narrative from Green David Gordon Green continues his examination of masculine relationships in Manglehorn, an adaptation from first...

  • This is Where I Leave You | Review

    This is Where I Judge You: In the Great Well of Family Drama, Levy Is Dry Based on the acclaimed novel by Jonathan Tropper, who...

  • Kelly & Cal | Review

    Shared Tendencies: McGowan’s Debut an Understated Navigation of Character While she’s not treading uncharted territories with her directorial debut, Kelly & Cal, Jen McGowan manages...

  • Miss Julie | 2014 TIFF Review

    Touch of Class: Ullmann’s Update of Classic Text Ultimately Lifeless There are a scant few equals to the texts of playwright August Strindberg’s, his 1888...

  • Borgman | Blu-ray Review

    Ushered forth as the Netherlands’ submission for Best Foreign Language Film this year, Alex van Warmerdam’s hilarious Borgman may prove to be a bit too...

  • Goodnight Mommy | 2014 TIFF Review

    Mom Without a Face: Franz’s Debut a Mesmerizing Slice of Psychological Horror Once you’re made aware that Goodnight Mommy is the directorial debut of Veronika...

  • Life’s a Breeze | Review

    The Little Foxes: Daly’s Heartfelt Family Drama Pleasantly Rendered Arriving with a bit more investment than its airy title would suggest, Lance Daly returns to...

  • The Equalizer | 2014 TIFF 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...

  • At the Devil’s Door | Review

    Devil in Disguise: McCarthy’s Latest an Unnerving Indie Horror Film Every now and then, a horror film comes along that’s reminiscent of a certain heyday...

  • The Duke of Burgundy | 2014 TIFF Review

    The Body and the Whip: Strickland’s Sublime Homage to Erotic Cinema Beginning like something that should have been called Exploits of a Chambermaid, replete with...

  • They Have Escaped | 2014 TIFF Review

    Running on Empty: Valkeapaa’s Vicious Road Trip We may have seen similar iterations of outcast, adolescent misfits refusing to conform to the world’s expectations many...