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Old 07-19-2016, 11:51 AM   #1
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Stranger Things

Not a film but a new Netflix 8 epi. show.

If you, like me are a fan of the fun shows of the 80's and vintage Steven Spielberg movies this is a great show. Like Super 8 a few years back. Check it out!

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Old 07-19-2016, 02:15 PM   #2
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I've been scheduling a date with this mistress, but keep missing it. I want to catch it early and not fall behind.

I missed Sopranos, GOT, American Horror and the like, by waiting too long. I barely got House of Cards.

One reviewer described it like this:

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...It's the little things, like the kids dad banging on the TV in the background of one scene. They don't draw attention to it but it's enough to notice. I haven't though about banging on a TV since I last had to bang on a TV 25+ years ago...


and that was enough for me.
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Old 07-29-2016, 04:06 PM   #3
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Okay. It's awesome. And now Netflix has announced they're releasing a soundtrack.

I can only speculate where they'll go with Season II.
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Old 07-29-2016, 05:49 PM   #4
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glad you enjoyed it! I really dug watching it. They had a few extra sotry lines that were not needed and some of the music was not in the correct time line - still a solid A to A+. A fun throwback to the glory days fo the 80's.
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Old 07-30-2016, 04:51 AM   #5
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The nostalgia is strong in this one, and that's a good thing!

Really entertaining series, with good characters, engaging story and a superb soundtrack.
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Old 08-04-2016, 02:58 AM   #6
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I missed Sopranos, GOT, American Horror and the like, by waiting too long. I barely got House of Cards.

You're not alone. I don't keep up with... well, anything these days. I stopped watching teevee concurrently when Frasier took its final bow. Still haven't seen any of the important series yet, and I probably won't see many of 'em.

That said, I was pestered to watch this. Two episodes in so far and I'm digging the atmosphere, but I'm not sure how I feel about everything else so far. Does anybody else find the Image Quality to be overly dark at times? Specifically, indoors at night?

Put a few more years on Nancy and she'll make a good surrogate for Marion Ravenwood.

Those ~$23 phones sure are going to add up.

It was described to me as "The Goonies filtered through Steven King."
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Old 08-04-2016, 11:41 AM   #7
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Get a couple more episodes in, there's a strong "man it feels like I'm watching Poltergeist for the first time, feeling.
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Old 08-04-2016, 06:12 PM   #8
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Great show. It was what Super 8 should've been.

Ready for season 2!
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Old 08-04-2016, 11:12 PM   #9
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Great show. It was what Super 8 should've been.

Ready for season 2!

I will still take Super 8 over every comic book movie made in the last 10 years
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Old 08-08-2016, 06:39 PM   #10
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On episode 2. Fan artist did the official poster:



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Old 08-13-2016, 06:28 PM   #11
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A guilty pleasure because it felt like a Glen Larson ripoff (liked Tron? Here's Automan). But very good in its own right.
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Old 08-13-2016, 08:09 PM   #12
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I will still take Super 8 over every comic book movie made in the last 10 years

That's bold. I know where you're coming from but these are notably good films:

300
Ironman
The Dark Knight
Kingsmen....
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Old 08-14-2016, 11:43 AM   #13
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That's bold. I know where you're coming from but these are notably good films:

300
Ironman
The Dark Knight
Kingsmen....


Nope, Super 8 has most of these beat. I have never seen a green screen movie I could like, hated the Dark Knight and the emo joker, Kingsmen was cute. Solid pass, and I was caught up in the first Ironman. Probably the last comic book movie that I dug, but then the horrible sequels happened and cast a shadow of horrible on it all.
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Old 08-22-2016, 01:35 PM   #14
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Stranger Things was great! Had what Super-8 could not, a well written script.
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Old 08-23-2016, 01:36 PM   #15
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shortly is a man of little words. I think this article says what he wanted us to know:

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The best thing you can say about this summer’s roster of blockbusters is how forgettable they are. At the very least, their ugliness—in both their aesthetics and storytelling—can’t do that much damage. Once the credits start rolling, most of these films dissolve from the mind like cotton candy in water. Which brings us back to “Stranger Things.” The show trades on those moments you never forgot; the frisson that makes you exclaim, “Hey, I remember that shot from 'The Thing!'”

But what makes “Stranger Things” more than pastiche is that it has remembered what made those moments click. That they were part of a well-told story, with fleshed out characters. That even if the movie was a sequel it was concerned not with brand extension but taking characters you cared about on a new adventure. And like “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan,” “Stranger Things” remembers to be in love with its actors’ faces; to step back and observe the rhythms of blue collar life in the small town where it’s set; to have the moment when a grieving mother and her older son look through his photos for one of her missing sons. She smiles and compliments her oldest son's photography skills and he blushes and then crumples into sorrow over his brother. These kinds of moments are vanishing from blockbusters, and for no good reason.

If nothing else, “Stranger Things” reveals the harsh truth that Hollywood gave up on audiences long before they decided to return the favor.

I don't always agree with Ebert, but I respect him/them.

Though this time, I agree.
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Old 08-25-2016, 04:45 AM   #16
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I just finished watching this show after a friend recommended it and my wife and I couldn't stop watching it till we finished the season.

Great story, I loved the whole CIA/shadow government working behind the scenes and uses of MKUltra which is a real Nazi/CIA experimentation into mind control.

I give it 10 out of 10! Also loved the friendships of the three boys, family drama, and the Byronic hero of the sheriff.
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Old 08-26-2016, 11:40 AM   #17
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Post Season 2 - Indy Style

As if the show wasn't good enough already, New Musical Express is reporting that the 2nd season will be partly inspired by "Temple of Doom".

http://www.nme.com/filmandtv/news/st...-by-ind/415656

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Stranger Things season two will be inspired by Indiana Jones
Show will capture "magic" of 'Temple of Doom' say Duffer brothers


Stranger Things season two will be inspired by the cinema of 1984, as creators the Duffer brothers confirm that the show will be set a year after the events in the first season.

Season Two of the hit Netflix show has not yet been confirmed but Netflix CEO Reed Hastings recently stated that the streaming service "would be dumb not to" recommission the series.

Speaking to IGN, Matt and Ross Duffer said that the second season will "draw influence from a lot of [1984] cinema". "1984 was a f**king amazing year, especially the movies that came out in the summer of 1984," said Matt.

"It was an awesome year for cinema, so we're trying, hopefully, to capture a little bit of the magic of those films. Something like Temple of Doom," he continued. "I actually really love Temple of Doom, I love that it gets a little darker and weirder from Raiders."

He explained that Temple of Doom "messed up a lot of kids" but that he loves that about the film – "that it really traumatised some children." He added, "not saying that we want to traumatise children, just that we want to get a little darker and weirder."

Matt Duffer also said that season two is going to feel "very different", stating that he's "sure that a lot of people are going to prefer season one." "I think it's going to be a little darker, and a little weirder," he said.

In terms of finishing the show completely, Matt explained that the brothers have an ending that they want to get to "in a believable way." "It's just us figuring out how many episodes and potential seasons we'd need to tell that story," he continued. "That's the goal and the hope, and it's really, really difficult. But hopefully we get there."
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Old 08-26-2016, 12:14 PM   #18
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As if the show wasn't good enough already, New Musical Express is reporting that the 2nd season will be partly inspired by "Temple of Doom".
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Matt Duffer also said that season two is going to feel "very different", stating that he's "sure that a lot of people are going to prefer season one." "I think it's going to be a little darker, and a little weirder," he said.
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Darker and weirder than Season One? With a ToD vibe?!

I'm in. So much so that I might have to remove myself from the net to avoid spoilers. I was blind to this, knowing it had a buzz and being prompted by shorty. Then I binge watched it over the course of a week.

I'd hate to fall victim to over expectation for 2, especially by my own doing.
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Old 09-01-2016, 10:52 PM   #19
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Old 09-02-2016, 01:01 PM   #20
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Heartfelt thanks to my fellow Raveners for recommending this excellent show.
I just finished watching season 1 and thoroughly enjoyed it.

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I'd hate to fall victim to over expectation for 2, especially by my own doing.
I feel the same.

I'd have been much happier if the Duffer brothers had taken a bold step and announced a second season with a similar time setting, but a different storyline and characters.
In other words, I'd have preferred if they had made Stranger Things into a string of thematically related miniseries each with a standalone storyline, instead of going for the traditional multi-season structure.

It would have been easy to give this first story a satisfying end, while leaving a few aspects suitably unexplained (and up until the last ten minutes of the final episode, I hoped that that may actually be the case).

As it is, it's going to be very difficult for the second series to match the first, IMO.
It seems to me that all the main characters have pretty much gone through their emotional arc already, and delving further in the nature of the Upside Down and the shady organization(s) trying to control it is unlikely to prove as exciting the second time round.

Anyway, who am I kidding: I am going to watch it anyway, so let's be optimistic and give credit to the creative team behind the show.
They certainly proved they can deliver the goods, here's hoping they can do it again.
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Old 03-14-2017, 03:50 PM   #21
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To tide you over until October 31, a couple of recent films going for the same retro vibe were It Follows and Midnight Special. Both were well reviewed but neither particularly memorable. The latter is one long homage to Spielberg, a lesser Super 8, named possibly for the Twilight Zone movie intro. It's mostly about 2 guys driving but they never burst into song.
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Old 03-14-2017, 04:54 PM   #22
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David Harbour has spoken about Harrison Ford being an influence on his performance here, from Esquire.

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Did you grow up watching films like [Spielberg's nostalgic Americana pieces]?

I saw Raiders of the Lost Ark, like, 13 times in the movie theater. I made my grandmother go with me. I remember she would take me because she liked the air conditioner. Raiders of the Lost Ark and Jaws and E.T. and all of those Spielberg movies from that era—that was my film upbringing. It's interesting to play a leading man in his 40s who is of the era from when I was watching Roy Scheider or Harrison Ford play these guys. Movies really do affect you, especially when you're young, and I certainly learned what it was to be a man from some of their performances. It's really interesting. Now I can do that in a certain way.

OK, we need to talk about your beard in this show. It's pretty awesome. How did you and the hair and makeup department come up with this?

It's funny. It was longer when I started because I had grown it for something else. But that hat the costume designer had designed by this guy in New York because I wanted him to have an iconic hat. I love hats like the porkpie hat in The French Connection or the fedora in Indiana Jones, so we came with this open road hat—a kind of hat like Eisenhower used to wear. We thought it might be something that maybe his grandfather had worn and had been passed down by generations of cops.

In particular, I'd argue that the scripting of the sequence where he sneaks into a couple of facilities, and how his character gets in, has a real "here to view the tapestries"/"No ticket" vibe to it.
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Very cool!

I am really looking forward to season II.
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