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Peter Bell

Peter Bell is a recent graduate of Columbia University, School of Arts, New York, NY with a Master of Arts in Film Studies. Peter’s interests in film include film history, film theory and film criticism. Ever since watching TCM as a child, Peter has always had a passion for film and is always trying to add greater context to film for others. His favorite films include Chinatown, Blade Runner, Lawrence of Arabia, A Shot in the Dark, and Inception. Peter’s favorite director is Christopher Nolan, whom he had the pleasure of seeing speak in 2015 at the Tribecca Film Festival. Past film experience includes a documentary research internship with Pierpoline Films and volunteering for ReelAbilities Film Festival. Peter believes movie theaters are still the optimal forum for film discussion and discovering fresh perspectives on culture. Peter’s hobbies include soccer, watching “Mystery Science Theater 3000” and reading 80’s and Golden age comic books.

Hellraiser Essay - 1987 Clive Barker Movie Film

Tearing ‘Hellraiser’ Apart to Its Artistic Core

“Hellraiser’s creators channel the works of Francis Bacon, Walter Sickert, Allen Jones and Zdzisław Beksiński. These impressionist and surrealist craftsmen, like Barker and Randel, expose the horrors of their lifetime to the populace at large.”

Sex Pistols Essay - Pistol TV Series on FX

Making Sense of the Bullocks: Examining the Punk Unpleasantries of ‘Pistol’ and ‘Sid and Nancy’

“FX’s ‘Pistol’ stays true to the chaotic nature of the Sex Pistols and manages to sprinkle in some of that Boyle pop energy.”

The Volume Essay - The Mandalorian Stagecraft

The Volume: The Final Stage

“The old silver screens have reached their limit, and even 4K will become passé. Perhaps it’s time for Hollywood and theater chains to up the ante by investing in venues and screens similar to the Volume.”

The Batman Movie Review - 2022 Matt Reeves Film

Review: Matt Reeves’ ‘The Batman’

“The end results of ‘The Batman,’ while acceptable, are insufficiently satisfying, largely because the gritty realism overtakes the story itself.”

House of Gucci Movie Review - 2021 Ridley Scott Film

‘House of Gucci’: A Disappointing Oddity

“Right from the get-go in ‘House of Gucci,’ it’s clear that something is amiss.”

The Last Duel Review - 2021 Movie

Review: Ridley Scott’s ‘The Last Duel’

“The ‘cinematic’ moviegoing experience is gradually taking shape once more, not just the notion of spectacle, but stimulation of the mind and conscience.”

Cry Macho 2021 Movie - Film Review

Review: Clint Eastwood’s ‘Cry Macho’

“While ‘Cry Macho’ succeeds with the set-up character scenes, it fails with its overall execution.”

The Green Knight Movie - Film Review

Review: David Lowery’s ‘The Green Knight’

“The Green Knight’s impactful imagery and intensity outweigh its sometimes overly cryptic metaphors, allowing for quality entertainment.”

Mona Lisa Movie Film

A Quest for Happiness: On Neil Jordan’s ‘Mona Lisa’

“‘Mona Lisa’ was ahead of its time, a precursor of urban fairy tales in late 90s British cinema.”

Godzilla Singular Point - Netflix

Netflix Review: ‘Godzilla Singular Point’ Season 1

“Previous incarnations of Godzilla worked best by implanting ideas that were tangible. However, in the world of ‘Godzilla Singular Point,’ the ideas prove to be non-existent, as do the inhabitants.”

Invincible - Amazon Prime

Amazon Prime Review: ‘Invincible’ Season 1

“Comic book adaptations are by no means an easy task, but Robert Kirkman and his co-producers achieve a soaring success with the Amazon Prime series ‘Invincible.'”

Amy Adams as Anna Fox in The Woman in the Window

Netflix Review: Joe Wright’s ‘The Woman in the Window’

“While Wright’s stylized execution is impressive, ‘The Woman in the Window’ is a yarn that never fully grabs its audience by the jugular.”

Dota: Dragon's Blood

Netflix Review: ‘Dota: Dragon’s Blood’ Season 1

“‘All these books, all this magic, yeah, they have potential. But what exactly is ‘DOTA: Dragon’s Blood’ trying to say?”

Zack Snyder's Justice League Movie Film

Review: ‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League’

“In an era where Disney allows Marvel to experiment boldly with narrative structures in a show like ‘WandaVision,’ ‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League’ seems like a tired old horse that needs to be put out to pasture.”

PVT CHAT Movie Film

Review: Ben Hozie’s ‘PVT Chat’

“In ‘PVT Chat,’ the half-baked attempts to create thematic through lines and symbolism prove to be the greatest flaws.”

Youth of the Beast Movie

The Birth of Suzuki Action and Style: ‘Youth of the Beast’

“While Suzuki’s overly-stylized and sometimes incomprehensible films ultimately led to his termination from Nikkatsu in 1968, his legacy safely lives on in modern day Japanese cinema…”

The Bride Wore Black Movie Essay - 1968 François Truffaut Film

Avenging the Destruction of True Love: François Truffaut’s ‘The Bride Wore Black’

“In ‘The Bride Wore Black,’ cruel fate rips true love away from the innocent, suggesting that Truffaut believed pure happiness is only found in fairy tales.”

The Killing of Two Lovers Movie Film

Review: Robert Machoian’s ‘The Killing of Two Lovers’

“How wonderful it is to watch a film in 2020 that displays style and true enthusiasm for the art of movie-making.”

Tenet Movie Film

Review: Christopher Nolan’s ‘Tenet’

“With ‘Tenet,’ Nolan evolves as a surrealist director, yet his writing style does not similarly advance.”

Class Action Park Documentary

The Land of Yes: ‘Class Action Park’

“The appeal and popularity of the Action Park documentary and book, along with eager anticipation for the upcoming TV series, evidences a shared human proclivity to embellish one’s “street cred.”