hannah’s review published on Letterboxd:
this was the most incredible year for me as a film fan. i expanded my horizons and got into new types of cinema that i probably wouldn’t have been interested in a year ago, my taste completely changed, and i saw more movies that ever before. at this time last year i didn’t know who half of my favorite directors even were, and i’d never even heard of so many films that i adore with all my heart now. i just want to thank all the wonderful people i met on here, a lot of whom introduced me to some outstanding movies that i wouldn’t have known about otherwise. i’m so thankful that this site exists and that i have exposure to others who loved movies just like i do (i kind of live in the middle of nowhere, so it’s not like there’s a thriving film scene where i am). i just love cinema so much and i’m so happy that i’ve found an artform that i’m willing to devote my entire life to.
on to stalker itself, i’m very glad i chose this to be my final film of the year, not just because i’ve been wanting to see it for months, but because it’s certainly one of the finest films i’ve ever seen. every frame is put to good use, with the camera practically becoming its own character, following the characters around and lurking in the lush scenery of the zone. you never once feel the film’s runtime, and it honestly seemed like it was 40 or so minutes shorter than it actually was. i can’t wait to dive further into tarkovsky’s filmography, and i can’t wait to see what the new year has in store for me.