• Robert Armitage

    ★★★½ Watched by Robert Armitage 31 Aug, 2015

    Due to a youth misspent reading russian novels, I expect that all russians talk openly, endlessly (and drunkenly) of the crises of existence, the necessity of suffering and accepting their (horrible, horrible) fates. Stalker does nothing to convince me I'm wrong. In fact, there's a point where one character (Writer, I believe) says, "he's about to start preaching again," and, yes, that's the film queuing us up for another long monologue.
    The film is long, at almost three hours, and…


  • Salem Al-Mansoori

    ★★★★½ Watched by Salem Al-Mansoori 28 Aug, 2015

    There is a level of believable opaqueness that I often find in my favorite films; a quality that tells me that there is much more underneath the surface. It rises above being contrived crypticness through a sense of intuitive coherence and humanness. The context in Stalker is a surreal, artificial "Zone" that defies human logic. It is a wondrous, intriguing stage to three very humanly flawed characters. I don't find it hard to trace their inner processes despite the alien setting or their often literal dialogues. I feel, instead, a sense of empathic wonder that makes me want to know more.


  • Brian Stack

    ★★★ Added by Brian Stack

    The eponymous stalker guides The Writer and The Professor to The Room, a magical place in the middle of a heavily restricted area known as The Zone, where your innermost desire becomes reality.

    The Writer is afraid he's lost his inspiration and wants to use The Room as a muse. Initially reluctant to share his motivation, The Professor wants to destroy The Room because he believes it will eventually be used by power-hungry forces for nefarious purposes.

    Loosely based on…


  • Nathan Allison

    ★★★½ Watched by Nathan Allison 25 Aug, 2015

    Thinly-veiled social commentary. Striking Cinematography. Eerie Score. Lots of discussions about the nature of existence and hope. There is a lot going on here, but unlike Solaris, I am not excited to rewatch this one any time soon.


  • rachel

    ★★★ Added by rachel

    if u can get through 3 hours of this u are basically invincible; that said this has a few very beautiful shots and a gorgeous colour palette


  • Zac Goldkind

    ★★★★★ Watched by Zac Goldkind 17 Aug, 2015 1

    This film is fulfilment. Of the ideas covered by Tarkovsky, this film covers fulfilment. The Room is the truth. Something incomprehensible. Which is why it has never worked. Which is why those who confide in it cannot find happiness.

    The rest of this will be describing the personal impact this film has on me.

    This brought me back to my childhood. This brought me back to the conflict I contanstly had with my father. Our perceptions on what it is…


  • windowseat

    ★★★★★ Watched by windowseat 07 Aug, 2015

    So many questions after watching Stalker. Questions like, where'd they get all that mud? Are there porcupines in Russia? How come Stalker's wife put him to bed even though he was totally filthy? Was that dog in any other movies? Is 'knock on wood' a phrase that they use in Russia or is that just the translation of the subtitles?

    OK, seriously though, everyone always talks about the visual stunning-ness of Stalker and how it's the type of movie that's…


  • scottirvine

    ★★★★ Added by scottirvine

    you can't expect this


  • Justin Morales

    ★★★★★ Added by Justin Morales

    Stalker is a complex tale that rewards the viewers with highly stimulating visuals. Its complicated and confusing views on freedom and faith can be a bit disorienting but it has enough mystical charm that forces one into a strange world. It is highly allegorical so it requires a lot of reading in between the lines. It is also very atmospheric and really sets the mood for a very intriguing and philosophical sci-fi piece. Stalker moves at a slow pace but…


  • Matheus Albano

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Matheus Albano 28 Jul, 2015

    Film #30 of the "Scavenger Hunt #4" Challenge! (FINAL ENTRY!!!!!!)
    Task #5 : A film featuring a psych!

    I don't think we ever caught up with what Tarkovsky was doing back in the day. I can name a number of filmmakers from every era who used the medium of cinema to its fullest potential, created complex images and inspiring stories that spoke to every man's soul, inspired joy, sadness, awe, anger, became legends of our time and…


  • M Kitchell

    ★★★½ Watched by M Kitchell 28 Dec, 2010

    The last time I had watched a Tarkovsky film I was still living with my parents, and while I enjoyed it, I barely had the attention span necessary.  I understood that the movies I'd watched (Solaris and Mirror) were good, but basically I had to watch each of them in five minute chunks because they move so slowly.  Now it's easier for me to sort of just bask in the aestheticism.


  • cerpts

    ★★★★½ Added by cerpts

    Film # 18 of the "Scavenger Hunt #4" Challenge!
    Task #18 : An exquisite mindbender!
    If there's a way to sum up Andrei Tarkovsky's STALKER in a capsule review, then I sure don't know how to go about it. I can only say that STALKER is my favourite Tarkovsky film. Why? I'm not sure I can really put that into words either; other than to say that probably because it makes me think constantly throughout it's…