Watched the film and listened to the podcast (and enjoyed both).
Wanted to comment on two aspects of media featured in the doc — books and film. Roadside Picnic is one of my favorite books and Stalker is one of my favorite films. Oddly, I read Roadside Picnic at least once a year, while I will do just about anything not to watch Stalker very often. Anyway, intrinsic to each of these works is a doomed and hopeful sense of wonder, something this documentary didn’t — and rightfully shouldn’t — cover.
Being a forty-something skeptic and generally an incredulous crank, hope and wonder appeal to me. I want more hope and wonder in this world, despite embracing the doom of it all.
My point, which I shall make brief since this is my first post, is that the documentary left me feeling darker and more confused (its point?) when I really needed some hope or wonder. Still I appreciated the insight of the podcast and the experience of viewing Hypernormalisation.
“HAPPINESS FOR EVERYBODY, FREE, AND NO ONE WILL GO AWAY UNSATISFIED!” — Red, Roadside Picnic
P.S. That jackass edited in the best part of Stalker (Monkey, the young girl, using telekinesis) with no context or set-up, likely ruining the most amazing bit for potential viewers. Also, the book and movie were inspirations for the video game S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Shadow of Chernobyl for those interested.