Re: Excellent films that you don't quite consider masterpieces
Couldn't have said it better myself. However, the more often you say something uncannily similar to what I would say in the same situation, the more I recommend professional help.
I would say there are a few points to consider.
1. A masterpiece is something that comes from a master. Therefore, if we are to know what a masterpiece is, we must first have a sense of who the masters are.
2. A masterpiece is something that represents the height of the master's powers.
To quote the endlessly valuable Paul Schrader,
I find this to be a good strategy. By Schrader's rationale, Hamlet and The Rules of the Game would seem to be masterpieces of their respective media. But masters can have more than one masterpiece.
Or can they?