• Lincoln

    Lincoln

    ★★★★★

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    I consider Steven Spielberg to be one of the best filmmakers of all time, but not the absolute greatest. According to a lot of people, Spielberg's best films are Schindler's List, Indiana Jones 1 & 3, Saving Private Ryan, Jurassic Park, Jaws, Catch Me If You Can, and E.T. The Extra Terrestrial. While all of these films range from good to amazing, I do not consider any of these to be Spielberg's best films. I actually think Lincoln is Spielberg's best…

  • The 400 Blows

    The 400 Blows

    ★★★★★

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    I'm not the biggest fan of slice of life films. A lot of slice of films that I've seen tend to have nothing wrong with them, but they tend to follow a really generic formula. Usually the films would have the "life is hard" theme without fleshing it out or communicating in an interesting way. These films would also have really uninteresting characters. The 400 Blows, however, is an amazing slice of life that goes above and beyond. Has this…

  • Harakiri

    Harakiri

    ★★★★★

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    Harakiri was the first samurai film I've seen. I watched it last summer. I watched again several months ago. It's a film I thought about a lot over the course of time. I appreciate the film the more I think about it. It is a masterpiece from Masaki Kobayashi.

    For this film, I do not want to talk about the plot of the film that much. Instead, I want to talk about the deeper meaning of the film. Harakiri is…

  • The Seventh Seal

    The Seventh Seal

    ★★★★★

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    I decided to rewatch The Seventh Seal tonight because I have been thinking about Ingmar Bergman's filmography a lot lately. The Seventh Seal has always been a film that I appreciated a lot more than I loved. It did get a lot better for me on a second viewing. I now think this film is a masterpiece.

    The cinematography in this film is beautiful and fits the story really well. Max von Sydow and Bengt Ekerot give great performances in…

  • Persona

    Persona

    ★★★★★

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    I decided to rewatch Persona today because I have been thinking about Ingmar Bergman's filmography a lot lately. Persona has always been a film I really appreciated, but I have never considered it to be Bergman's best film. I do think the film got better for me on a second viewing. I think Persona is a masterpiece, even though it's far from my favorite film from Bergman.

    Persona is one of Bergman's most straightforward films. The plot and story are…

  • Scenes from a Marriage

    Scenes from a Marriage

    ★★★★★

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    I am in the process of re-reviewing the Ingmar Bergman films I wrote about in the past. I already re-reviewed The Virgin Spring, Fanny and Alexander, Winter Light, Cries and Whispers, Shame, and Summer with Monika. I am now re-reviewing the theatrical cut of Scenes from a Marriage.

    Out of all of my original reviews for Ingmar Bergman's films, my original review for Scenes from a Marriage was easily the worst one. I completely misunderstood and misrepresented the film. I…

  • Summer with Monika

    Summer with Monika

    ★★★★★

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    I am in the process of re-reviewing the Ingmar Bergman films I wrote about in the past. I already re-reviewed The Virgin Spring, Fanny and Alexander, Winter Light, Cries and Whispers, and Shame. I am now re-reviewing Summer with Monika.

    Summer with Monika is an underrated masterpiece from Bergman. This film has everything I love about Bergman’s films while being unique and fresh on its own. The film does an excellent job exploring drama in interpersonal relationships. I want to…

  • Shame

    Shame

    ★★★★★

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    I am in the process of re-reviewing the Ingmar Bergman films I wrote about in the past. I already re-reviewed The Virgin Spring, Fanny and Alexander, Winter Light, and Cries and Whispers. I am now re-reviewing Shame.

    Shame is one of the most unique war films I have ever seen. Most of the great war films I have seen critique war. The Human Condition Trilogy shows the injustices that exist in war on both sides. Come and See shows how…

  • Cries and Whispers

    Cries and Whispers

    ★★★★★

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    I am in the process of re-reviewing the Ingmar Bergman films I wrote about in the past. I already re-reviewed The Virgin Spring, Fanny and Alexander, and Winter Light. I am now re-reviewing Cries and Whispers.

    I have seen Cries and Whispers twice so far. On first viewing, I didn't really like that much. However, on second viewing, I absolutely adored it. I want to re-view the film because the way I look at Bergman's filmography has changed completely.

    Cries…

  • Winter Light

    Winter Light

    ★★★★★

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    I am in the process of re-reviewing the Ingmar Bergman films I wrote about in the past. I already re-reviewed The Virgin Spring and Fanny and Alexander. I am now re-reviewing Winter Light.

    I've seen Winter Light twice so far. The first time I saw it, I didn't really like it. I thought the film was way too slow, too self-indulgent, and not really all that engaging in terms of the characters, story, and themes. However, I wasn't used to…

  • Fanny and Alexander

    Fanny and Alexander

    ★★★★★

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    I am in the process of re-reviewing the Ingmar Bergman films I wrote about in the past. I already re-reviewed The Virgin Spring. I am now re-reviewing the theatrical cut of Fanny and Alexander.

    At the moment, Ingmar Bergman is my second favorite filmmaker of all time. I'm a huge fan of most of the films I've seen from him. His movies are really experimental and innovative. Each of his films feel very unique and really have a strong creative…

  • The Virgin Spring

    The Virgin Spring

    ★★★★★

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    The Virgin Spring is easily my favorite film from Ingmar Bergman. It is a film I have been thinking about a lot over the past several months. I have seen the film twice so far. I wrote a review for this film two days after my first viewing. I want to re-review this film because my interpretation of this film has changed drastically. I will explain how it has changed in the review.

    The Virgin Spring is really beautifully shot…