• YI JIAN

    ★★★★★ Watched by YI JIAN 20 May, 2015 13

    No one simply wishes to be rich. We all want to be richer than others, or become the richest man in the world. Men are inherently selfish. We laugh at the people below us and we wish death upon anyone who's above us. Believe it or not, it's true for everyone. We are all great sufferers of the protagonist disease.

    This is why when a room has the ability to fulfill our subconscious desires, it is seen as a danger…

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  • Bryan Colley

    ★★ Added by Bryan Colley

    "I want to make another movie."

    "But Andrei, our budget is 100 rubles."

    "No problem. All I need is three actors and an abandoned factory."

    Here's one of the least eventful movies ever made. It involves three men wandering through an abandoned factory where death (or something like it) supposedly lurks around every corner, but the threat is never apparent. Eventually (and it's a Russian film, so eventually means many hours later) they do some deep soul searching to make…

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  • Shrabster

    ★★★ Added by Shrabster

    Some Russians walk around an abandoned building for no reason.

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  • Emory Taylor

    ★★★★ Added by Emory Taylor

    Watching Tartovsky's Stalker late at night while everyone else is asleep is both fabulous and frustrating. First it is beautiful and has some really pretty 19th Century thinking. But then you just get hit again and again with Biblical Allegoryitis. Seriously, did we need the road to Emmaus AND a crown of thorns? Or the three glasses as the trinity? My sympathies lean to Stanislaw Lem's accusation that Solaris (1972) was Crime and Punishment in Space.

    But Tartovsky's ultra conservative…

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  • AM9192

    ★★★★★ Added by AM9192

    This is some other level shit. A movie that spoke directly to my soul! Immaculately shot and directed, Stalker is a monumental film. Masterpiece is not even a fitting word for this, as it just goes beyond. I was hypnotized within the first 20 minutes and it held my grasp until the end, which pretty much fucked my mind into oblivion. After the first time I saw this film, it instantly took it's place as my favorite film. Tarkovsky deals in the metaphysical and the existential and Stalker is the perfect essence of his art and philosophy.

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  • Chris Campbell

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by Chris Campbell 10 May, 2015

    Every time I watch Tarkovsky's Stalker I'm surprised by how it doesn't seem to feel as long as it is. It's all relative now because the average Hollywood blockbuster is the same length, but with Tarkovksy the pacing of Stalker feels just right. Visually it's stunning and I wish for a good transfer at some point in the future to be able to see the film in a better state as it's filled with some of the most stunning imagery in any film. A contemplative and enigmatic science fiction film that becomes better every time I watch it.

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  • Brandon Marshall

    ★★★★ Watched by Brandon Marshall 06 May, 2015

    I wasn't exactly let down, but maybe I didn't manage my expectations quite like I should have. Stalker is a beautiful motion picture, but I somehow left slightly underwhelmed and a mess of thoughts. It's wonderfully dense, definitely requires another viewing from me to fully grasp.

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  • Mitch Anderson

    Watched by Mitch Anderson 07 May, 2015

    A lot to unpack here, particularly the heavy ideas about society and human nature Tarkovsky presents, but after first viewing, I can't think of a single thing this film did wrong. Visually beautiful, perfectly acted, and deliberate without becoming tedious. Oddly refreshing to see a movie that has no concerns about whether or not the viewer is keeping up with the story (though this does set a high bar; you have to want to understand the film to earn it). Knew what the final shot was, but didn't know about the soliloquy. Pretty sure it's perfect.

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  • Taylor Kimmett

    ★★★★ Watched by Taylor Kimmett 16 Apr, 2015

    This is a film I look forward to revisiting. Its ability to convey a sense of magic with almost no definitive evidence that said magic exists is impressive. My only complaint is the lack of music during some sequences that seem like they could have benefited from a score, even if it were something very ambient. Interestingly enough, the composer agrees on the matter but Tarkovsky thought the scenes were more effective without music. All nitpicking aside, this is a special experience that I think (and hope) will become more special with repeat viewings and more time to mull.

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  • Nicole K

    ★★ Watched by Nicole K 04 May, 2015

    i just don't have the attention span for this film

    it was described as a "poem" and i'd say that's pretty accurate, so take that as you will

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  • Dane Peterson

    ★★★★★ Watched by Dane Peterson 04 May, 2015

    Tarkovsky trains his camera once again into the world of Science Fiction. Rather than creating a story on a far-flung planet, his story takes place on post-apocalyptic earth. This dystopian setting is marked by a "Zone" where an asteroid fell and has since had supernatural powers which grant wishes to those brave enough to visit. The Stalker thus becomes the guide to this unsettling philosophical place.

    The story finds a writer, who has lost his inspiration, a scientist, who seems…

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  • Sam Doyle

    ★★★★★ Watched by Sam Doyle 02 May, 2015

    Stalker is a very complex film, however, its plot is very simple: a man living in a desolate and miserable industrial Russian town, promises two men (a writer and a professor), that he will guide them to the center of a forbidden area known as 'The Zone' to find a room which can apparently grant wishes. The films power is in its symbolism and breathtaking cinematography. The train journey of the three men near the start of the film is…

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