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Stalker (1979) Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky This is a beautiful restoration, with Tarkovsky’s previous feature Solaris to follow, courtesy of Mosfilm. Now a “quasi-private” venture, the studio outlived the USSR by adapting successfully to an environment of economic, rather than historical, materialism—meaning that it trades on the many Soviet-era classics it once produced, including Stalker and Solaris. Happily, nothing like the sci-fi apparatus of the earlier film exists in Stalker, though it too is an adaptation...
I like to think that I live in a world where everyone else—or at least most people—are as completely and utterly obsessed with the Star Wars movies. Two years ago, I saw The Force Awakens in theaters three times. I saw Rogue One twice in theaters this past winter. When I spoke a couple weeks ago with former-SNL star Taran Killam, I was more excited to talk about Star Wars with him than when he told me that the President could barely...

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