John Bergstrom

John Bergstrom

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I’m not exactly a writer nor a critic, but I do write and I do critique... sometimes

Favorite films

  • Heat
  • The Truman Show
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Dog Day Afternoon

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  • Paul

    ★★½

  • Villains

    ★★★

  • Sherlock: The Reichenbach Fall

    ★★★★½

  • Falling Down

    ★★★

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  • The Thing

    The Thing

    ★★★★★

    My October has been severely lacking in terms of horror watching, so I decided to fill out this massive blank spot in my experience; and I could not be happier. Beyond having the coolest, most grotesque special effects ever put to screen, it also has a story told in a brilliantly horrifying way that shows so much while never truly revealing its hand until it’s fully ready. Carpenter’s The Thing does not make up for my lack of a Spooktober, but…

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★½

    A love letter to cinema; the culmination of everything Tarantino has done thus far in the industry and the wisdom he’s discovered. It’s everything I hoped for and more—unpredictable, humorous, violent, smart, and it even cures every, known and unknown, human disease while it’s at it. 

    Taratino was not lying when he said this was his closest film to the beloved Pulp Fiction, and that’s not a bad thing. It’s a character study, the audience gets to walk in the…

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  • Bo Burnham: Inside

    Bo Burnham: Inside

    ★★★★½

    Anyone who watches this will surely struggle to refer to it as a “comedy special” because that term of endearment seems entirely reductive and diminishing to the project on display. There is not quite a word or genre to better describe it succinctly, so it will unfortunately settle for that, but do not let that fool you: this is not entirely a comedy, at least not in the traditional sense. Bo Burnham has always, at least in his professional career,…

  • Spiral: From the Book of Saw

    Spiral: From the Book of Saw

    ★★

    So yeah... this exists. The initial one sheet is perhaps the single best designed studio poster of the recent years, too bad the movie could not follow suit. Instead, we are provided with another installment in a floundering franchise that is too conflicted on what it wants to deliver, to actually deliver on much of anything. The traps are no longer clever, the twists are all too predictable, and the motive is muddled and self-compromised. I had tentative excitement with…

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  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

    Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

    ★★★★½

    Edgar Wright is increasingly becoming one of my favorite directors—a point that I cannot stress enough. All of my experiences with his films have been enjoyable, and this one is no different. The indie visual-style and dry humor of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World would be enough for me, but it goes farther by creating a story that engages the audience in a charmingly simple way. The cast and crew take this relatively simple concept and transcends it past the limitations…

  • Hamilton

    Hamilton

    ★★★★½

    Finally, a way to view original cast Broadway shows without going bankrupt! The elitist barrier of entry is no more thanks to... Disney? Okay, let’s not pretend that this is a value for artistic expression or widespread access from the monopolistic entertainment giant, and yet, it does not quite bother me that much. No matter the reason for Hamilton’s streaming premiere, it still got a streaming premiere and I could not be happier about it. Hopefully, the investment pays out and…