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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  • Aparajito

    ★★★★½

  • Pather Panchali

    ★★★★½

  • Fanny and Alexander

    ★★★★½

  • Napoleon

    ★★★★

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  • Aparajito

    Aparajito

    ★★★★½

    Being the second instalment of the legendary Apu Trilogy, Aparajito generally tends to be considered the lesser film of the three. That being said, it’s still a fantastic film and a further display of Ray’s cinematic understanding. 

    Aparajito differs vastly from Pather Panchali. Rural Bengal is now substituted for the streets of Varanasi, and a far greater degree of realism is now present. This is not an observation of life like Pather Panchali is either. This is a development on…

  • Pather Panchali

    Pather Panchali

    ★★★★½

    Pather Panchali is pure cinema. Pather Panchali is pure art. It depicts life with an indifferent and unrelenting beauty. No monsoon is too heavy, no child too starving, no death too bitter for the modest lens of Satyajit Ray to silently observe suffering and seek the beauty in it. Humanism in film, the tender and empathetic observation through the meek yet intent eye of the director, such is their humble genius, has been done by some of the great masters of…

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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…

  • 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…