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Stalker(1979) but the remastered version that was released last year. I have not watched it yet but I will tonight. It is a not really well known movie (at least I think it's not well known) by Andrei Tarkovsky based on a science fiction book that I just finished reading called Roadside Picnic.

Here's a little bit on the movie:

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A hired guide - the "Stalker" of the title - leads a writer and a scientist into the heart of the Zone, the restricted site of a long-ago disaster, where the three men eventually zero in on the Room, a place rumored to fulfill one's most deeply held desires. Adapting a science-fiction novel by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, and making what would be his final Soviet feature, Tarkovsky created a challenging and visually stunning work, his painstaking attention to material detail and sense of organic atmosphere further enriched by this vivid new restoration.

 

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58 minutes ago, Andromis said:

Stalker(1979) but the remastered version that was released last year. I have not watched it yet but I will tonight. It is a not really well known movie (at least I think it's not well known) by Andrei Tarkovsky based on a science fiction book that I just finished reading called Roadside Picnic.

Here's a little bit on the movie:

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A hired guide - the "Stalker" of the title - leads a writer and a scientist into the heart of the Zone, the restricted site of a long-ago disaster, where the three men eventually zero in on the Room, a place rumored to fulfill one's most deeply held desires. Adapting a science-fiction novel by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, and making what would be his final Soviet feature, Tarkovsky created a challenging and visually stunning work, his painstaking attention to material detail and sense of organic atmosphere further enriched by this vivid new restoration.

 

I great movie with an incredible atmosphere IMO, but a very slow one. I hope you'll enjoy it, it's one of the more memorable ones I've ever seen. :)

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@Andromis

Roadside picnic is an awesome book. Back in the days I had a habit of reading every book by the author I liked. Picnic is the best of Stugacki’s . The rest of their work is a bit propaganda influenced.

:yumiko:

It always was bit strange to me that all the harsh Stalker concept came from that book. All that tough guys wearing gas masks and fighting mutants scavenging for everything , while the original Stalker is more like a Riko Reg and Nanachi from Made in abyss. That is just my impression. Well they also do all of the survival thing but you know...

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On 2/19/2018 at 3:37 PM, Plk_Lesiak said:

I great movie with an incredible atmosphere IMO, but a very slow one. I hope you'll enjoy it, it's one of the more memorable ones I've ever seen. :)

After watching it, I will have to agree with you 100% it was an amazing movie even though it seems that it is one of those movies that either bores you 30 minutes in or keeps you interested and mesmerized the whole way through like it did with me. Everything about it from the cinematography, the style and soundtrack is amazing. It's a shame that people were critical of it once it first came out. But what amazes me the most about it is how in one of those typical examples of life imitating art, just a few years after the movie, Chernobyl would occur. The quarantined area around the area are referred to as the Zone of Alienation, the Zone of Exclusion or the Fourth Zone and scientists who study the forbidden region (and the guides who take people there illegally) even refer to themselves as “stalkers” in reference to this amazing piece of film.

On 2/20/2018 at 1:20 AM, BlackCatPrincess said:

@Andromis

Roadside picnic is an awesome book. Back in the days I had a habit of reading every book by the author I liked. Picnic is the best of Stugacki’s . The rest of their work is a bit propaganda influenced.

:yumiko:

It always was bit strange to me that all the harsh Stalker concept came from that book. All that tough guys wearing gas masks and fighting mutants scavenging for everything , while the original Stalker is more like a Riko Reg and Nanachi from Made in abyss. That is just my impression. Well they also do all of the survival thing but you know...

Roadside is one of those books that I recommend everyone that I know to read, it is an classic IMO. Also, I find it funny that you mention S.T.A.L.K.E.R. as it is what introduced me to both the book and movie and even though it is based very loosely on both it does reference many important plot points from the book, such as

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the wish granter and the unknown force blocking the path to the center of the zone and also contains elements such as anomalies and artifacts that are similar to those described in the book as well, but that are created by a supernatural ecological disaster (Chernobyl) and not aliens like in the book.

All in all, it is an amazing book that will always be one of my favorites and the movie that was influenced by it is amazing as well.

P.S. You mentioned that you have read more of the Strugatsky brother's books, and even though most of them were propaganda influenced as you mentioned, is there still any that you would recommend?

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Here I am trying to get some sleep by watching Love Rosie. 

 

What do you get when you fall in love? A guy with a pin to burst your bubble, that's what's you get for all the trouble. I will never fall in love again... 

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Just got back from watching Infinity War and really liked it. A well put together wham episode for the MCU.

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Okay, I know it's probably not going to happen and morbid as it may sound, am I the only who thinks it might be more interesting if all the deaths that happened in this movie stuck? Then the sequels could take some different directions than expected: Guardians 3 could focus on Stallone's group that were introduced in 2 and maybe the main characters could be Rocket and Nebula trying to get over losing all their teammates, in Black Panther 2 it could be about Shuri or maybe M'Baku taking up the mantle, Spiderman 2 could be about Miles Morales or Ben Reilly which could lead into an MCU take on the Clone Saga.

 

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Started rewatching Scrubs. My god, the show isn't THAT old, but it's making me feel odd. I looked up an image of Elliot's actress as she is now and felt the passage of time.

Still love the show, though.

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I saw Fahrenheit 451 recently and man what a mediocre movie that was. They got some props for at least trying to modernize it somewhat but they did way too much. The acting was pretty poor across the board except for Michael Shannon who did his best. Michael B. Jordan was good for at least part of the movie but he made the switch way too early and it felt fake. I didn't like the changes they made to the plot it was just dumb and unnecessary. Plus, no fucking mechanical hound what the fuck?

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I just got home from the movie theater. I watched "2001: a space odyssey" at an special event projection. I went for 2001 because everything else sucked, and I'm not disappointed at all, oh no. What a freaking brilliant movie. I first watched it like 10 years ago so I barely remembered how good it was, plus I think I was too young back then to fully grasp some things. 

So yeah, I left the theater in a state of euphoria. Truly a great experience and a masterpiece.

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Watched virtually every Marvel movie, aside from The Incredible Hulk, because I don't give a shit about that one  lol  I originally watched Iron Man 1 when it first came out in theaters, and my next one was Infinity War.  I went back and watched all the others after IW.

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On 2/7/2018 at 11:24 PM, Zenophilious said:

Watched virtually every Marvel movie, aside from The Incredible Hulk, because I don't give a shit about that one  lol  I originally watched Iron Man 1 when it first came out in theaters, and my next one was Infinity War.  I went back and watched all the others after IW.

Reactions? People tend to either enjoy the simple entertainment they offer or hate everything they stand for.

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1 hour ago, Jun Inoue said:

Reactions? People tend to either enjoy the simple entertainment they offer or hate everything they stand for.

I initially avoided them because I was afraid of Disney Disney-ifying them, and removing swearing, violence and sex jokes.  Infinity War put those worries to rest (Quill actually says that Thanos has a nutsack for a chin lol), so I decided to go back and watch the rest of 'em.

I liked them quite a bit, as a whole.  TDW and AoU were meh and meh-er, but stuff like The Winter Soldier, Thor: Ragnarok and Infinity War made up pretty easily for them.  It helps if you just shut your brain off and just enjoy the spectacle.

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I am currently watching Suits, such a great Netflix show. Someone recommended me to watch this and I was not sure whether I should be spending so much time on a show, thank goodness I watched it though.

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