Stalker ★★★★★

For my birthday I decided to give myself a present in the form of my annual viewing of Stalker. This is probably my tenth time entering The Zone and it only gets better; new details emerge on each viewing, the world Tarkovsky crafts is all-consuming and shifts and changes depending on your mental state, how you're feeling at the time, where you are in your life, just like the Zone itself. The restoration that Criterion achieved is amazing after years of subpar quality. I don't want to get into readings or theories, one could devote their entire lives to such an endeavor--another reason that this masterpiece is so significant. It is the Seinfeld of films: it is about nothing and everything all at once. It never ceases to amaze and entrance. You always emerge from the Zone seeing the world a little differently. Thank you Andrei Tarkovsky.

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