James Bryan

James Bryan

Favorite films

  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
  • 12 Angry Men
  • Fanny and Alexander
  • Seven Samurai

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  • Fanny and Alexander

    ★★★★½

  • Napoleon

    ★★★★

  • Metropolis

    ★★★★½

  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

    ★★★★

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  • Fanny and Alexander

    Fanny and Alexander

    ★★★★½

    Fanny and Alexander is a particularly special film. It was intended to be the final film from one of cinema’s greatest ever auteurs, the great Ingmar Bergman. It is considered among many (myself included) as the best Christmas film and the best Bergman film. And, it is one of my favourite films of all time. In fact, this is the first time I will have reviewed a film in my top four favourites.

    This is essentially the culmination of Bergman’s…

  • Napoleon

    Napoleon

    ★★★★

    This is my completed review of Napoléon, which was released in four parts over a period of several weeks.

    Napoleon is a gargantuan film. It really is hard to express its scale without just using the biggest screen you can find and showing it to them. For not only is it gargantuan in runtime, but it is gargantuan in ambition, it is gargantuan in narrative scope and it is a film gargantuan in the sense that there is an omnipresent sense…

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  • The Birth of a Nation

    The Birth of a Nation

    ★★★½

    Before I begin, I feel I should clarify that my rating for this film is neither a reflection on my personal prejudices towards the film, neither is it a reflection of any exterior motives. I pride myself on being indifferent and for striving for objectivity in my reviews, and I promised to myself, long before I watched this, that I would not make an exception for this. I will also mention that as I believe art is universal and transcends…

  • Andrei Rublev

    Andrei Rublev

    ★★★★★

    When I reviewed Barry Lyndon. I stated that Stanley Kubrick was a man I perhaps admired more than anybody else. I said 'perhaps' in that sentence, because there was another name in the back of my mind, preventing me from asserting that confidently. That name was Andrei Tarkovsky, and re-watching this has cemented that assumption in my mind.

    Andrei Rublev is one of those special, generational films that may only occur three or four times in an entire lifetime. By…