Aren Bergstrom

Writer, director. Co-founder of 3 Brothers Film. Co-host of 3 Brothers Filmcast.

Favorite films

  • Return of the Jedi
  • Spirited Away
  • Blue Velvet
  • Seven Samurai

Recent activity

  • By the Sad Sea Waves

  • The Big Idea

  • Master Gardener

  • Return of the Jedi


Pinned reviews

  • Return of the Jedi

    Return of the Jedi


    The moment of Darth Vader looking on as the Emperor tortures Luke is perhaps the greatest demonstration of the Kuleshov effect in cinema history.

    We dug deep into the legacy and genius of Return of the Jedi for its 40th Anniversary on the most recent episode of 3 Brothers Filmcast.

  • Crash



    "Prophecy is ragged and dirty."
    "Prophetic? Is this personal prophecy or global prophecy?"
    "There's no difference."

    Examined in depth in "The Reshaping of the Human Body by Modern Technology: The Evolutionary Eroticism of David Cronenberg's Crash" at Bright Wall/Dark Room.

Recent reviews

  • BlackBerry



    "BlackBerry is the sort of film that has the veneer of a spoof. It stars popular comedic actors, Jay Baruchel and Glenn Howerton. It’s written and directed by and co-starring Canadian indie filmmaker Matt Johnson, who’s best known for his mockumentary Operation Avalanche. It has garish haircuts (or bald caps), funny period references to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Mats Sundin, and a faux verite visual approach, with quick edits featuring a variety of camera angles, and a perpetually moving,…

  • By the Sad Sea Waves

    By the Sad Sea Waves

    Just so many gags of beating the crap out of a cop.

Popular reviews

  • From Russia with Love

    From Russia with Love


    This time, I very much appreciated Connery's boyish cockiness in the early moments, where he seems carefree and confident he could take on the world. Him tossing his hat onto the rack from the door and then entering Moneypenny's office, smirking smugly, starting a comedic bit "And for my next miracle…", only to stop when he notices M is in the room is delightful.

  • Crimes of the Future

    Crimes of the Future


    "After eight years, David Cronenberg returns with Crimes of the Future, an entertaining, haunting, deeply-weird picture that casts an entrancing spell with its provocative ideas and imagery. It proves a synthesis of sorts for Cronenberg, blending the body horror of his early pictures with the self-reflexivity of A Dangerous Method. It’s an arch film, with stylized performances, a vague, hollowed out setting, and Cronenberg’s famously clinical approach, which keeps us at arm’s length from the proceedings, even as the camera…