• sunchaser35

    ★★★★½ Watched by sunchaser35 26 May, 2016

    Perfection.

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  • Sam Gray

    ★★★★½ Watched by Sam Gray 23 May, 2016

    One of the stuffiest screening rooms I've ever been to, combined with a really terrible night's sleep, meant I was having to fight to stay awake throughout the entire thing. It's clearly a masterpiece, with some insanely effective moments - the opening scene, the splendid shift into colour, the journey through the "meat grinder". And I didn't expect it to be so funny, particularly the bit with the telephone. In that respect, it defied my expectations; though the endless philosophising…

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  • Murphymanifesto

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by Murphymanifesto 25 May, 2016

    I watched this movie in 2005. A decade later and I'm still as uncertain as ever as to the meanings of this film or how to interpret it. There's so many questions and so few answers- does the Zone exist like we see it, or is it some fantasy or dream that we're witnessing? Do people's wishes actually come true there, or are they actually seeking some psychological peace by traveling through it?

    It is perhaps this reason why I…

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  • Andrew R.

    ★★★★★ Added by Andrew R.

    Tarkovsky liking this more than Solaris strikes me as bullshit, but we're measuring by hairs. Magnificent muddy madness.

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  • BennyDurden

    ★★★★★ Watched by BennyDurden 24 May, 2016

    Stalker ... DANGER ZONE!
    So, this was my first Andrei Tarkovsky movie. I didn't know what to expect. It started as a mysterious drama, but soon transcended into something beautiful and miraculous.
    Andrei Tarkovsky apparently is a director, who creates supernatural, obscure worlds and fills them with mind-blowing, mesmerizing themes. A mixture of styles from Lynch and Kubrick. The cinematography in Stalker is as haunting as it is magnificent, and the plot is as thoughtful as it is incomprehensible.
    Stalker…

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  • Hot Dog

    ★★★★★ Watched by Hot Dog 22 May, 2016 1

    The philosophical thriller -- directed and perfected by Andrei Tarkovsky

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  • Ben De Bono

    ★★★★★ Watched by Ben De Bono 21 May, 2016

    I went into Stalker with very high expectations. It exceeded them. If Kubrick and Mallick had a cinematic baby, the result might be something like this film.

    More than any other director, Tarkovsky is difficult. His films are so purely cinematic that talking about them feels like futility. Which isn't to say that there isn't a great deal about them worth discussing. It's more than words fall too far short of the visual poetry and deep spirituality Tarkovsky puts on…

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  • Mairead

    ★★★★★ Watched by Mairead 21 May, 2016

    it feels kinda good, not knowing a lot about movies. there is a weight that comes with canon, like if i’m talking about games, or comics (both of which i’m pretty “familiar” with, although theres much i don’t know about them, ofc), i feel like i’m already somewhat implicated in the history of discourse on the form. without launching into full poststructuralist-mairead-screed mode, i do view the establishment of an singular “mainstream" canon as a sort of a violent act…

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  • jjthesquid

    ★★★★ Added by jjthesquid

    Beautiful cinematography and use of color.

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  • Capra_cinefila

    ★★★★½ Added by Capra_cinefila

    Capolavoro di Andrei Tarkovskij che riflette sul rapporto tra fede, scienza e arte in un mondo disilluso, che ha ormai perso il mistero dell'incanto. La complessità, la sofferenza, la difficoltà sia nel procedere che nell'arretrare fanno della zona una metafora della vita. I silenziosi piani sequenza pacificano il cuore. Aleksandr Knyazhinskij (direttore della fotografia) è lo pseudonimo che utilizza Dio quando è tra noi poveri mortali.

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  • Schedex

    ★★★★★ Watched by Schedex 12 May, 2016

    Unlike Tarkovsky I will make it short and simple: This movie is art in its most sincerest and purest form. For me there is only one conclusion to make - Tarkovsky must have been a highly talented director. A highly talented director, who had such a great understanding of producing art that he did not even need to use special effects to create an extraordinary sci-fi movie!

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  • Tom

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Tom 13 May, 2016

    I re-watched Stalker (Сталкер) tonight and loved it. Some films combine a brilliant artistic vision with something more intangible—a mysterious and historical good fortune.

    The premise, adapted from Boris and Arkady Strugatsky's must read novel Roadside Picnic, is that inscrutable and ineffably superior aliens have passed by Earth, but very suddenly and carelessly. After a brief stay they have left behind a "Zone" (Зона) in which their passing is marked by their detritus, their leavings, alien rubbish that defies the…

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