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Netflix's Stranger Things
« on: July 15, 2016, 12:18:59 AM »
Anyone going to check out Netflix's latest series? It's an homage to 80's Steven Spielberg, Stephen King and John Carpenter. Plus Winona Ryder!


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Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2016, 01:37:33 AM »
Looks good! I'm hopeful!
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« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2016, 02:29:34 AM »
Yes definitely. Not sure if I will have time this weekend because I want to be able to sit down and marathon, but it will be watched soon!
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Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2016, 02:42:58 AM »
I watched the first episode this morning before work. Good atmosphere and of course stirred up my 80s nostalgia.

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Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2016, 12:47:25 PM »
I'm watching it now, on episode 2. It's really, really great. Has the 80s feel down perfectly. And that score is amazing.
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Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2016, 12:51:07 PM »
3 episodes in and loving it. The original score is amazing on a Neon Demon kind of level. So good!
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Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
« Reply #6 on: July 15, 2016, 01:02:07 PM »
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When El put the game piece on the board to show what Will was hiding from, I got chills.
And that start to episode 3. This is going to be the best new show of the summer.
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« Reply #7 on: July 16, 2016, 04:30:14 AM »
Onto episode 4 and really digging it. The kid cast definitely brings an E.T./Goonies style vibe to everything. This all actually reminds me a lot of the movie Super 8 so if you liked that, you'll dig this.

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« Reply #8 on: July 16, 2016, 04:36:16 AM »
Onto episode 4 and really digging it. The kid cast definitely brings an E.T./Goonies style vibe to everything. This all actually reminds me a lot of the movie Super 8 so if you liked that, you'll dig this.

I'm on 4 now, too. Basically if Stephen King wrote ET, is what I've been telling people. I got the Super 8 vibe, but felt that this is everything that movie tried to be, but failed at, since I hated that movie.
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Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
« Reply #9 on: July 16, 2016, 04:46:32 AM »
Watched the first two episodes this morning and like it. The acting and cinematography are top notch so I'll definatley see this to the end.

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« Reply #10 on: July 16, 2016, 08:25:50 AM »
Finished it. Very solid show that I think ran the right length, just 8 episodes. Could've stretched it out for maybe 10-11 episodes tops IMO and some teasing at the end but I'd be surprised if they tried to continue it with more seasons unless certain things happened.

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Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
« Reply #11 on: July 16, 2016, 12:51:03 PM »
Finished it this afternoon and loved the hell out of it.

I believe a second season has already been announced, and the producers/creators said it's going to be more like a sequel than a second season. I know people online have asked for an anthology show, each season being different, but looks like they want to continue the story.
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Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
« Reply #12 on: July 17, 2016, 02:09:57 PM »
Onto episode 4 and really digging it. The kid cast definitely brings an E.T./Goonies style vibe to everything. This all actually reminds me a lot of the movie Super 8 so if you liked that, you'll dig this.

I'm on 4 now, too. Basically if Stephen King wrote ET, is what I've been telling people. I got the Super 8 vibe, but felt that this is everything that movie tried to be, but failed at, since I hated that movie.

Heh, good comparison, except instead of a cute alien they find
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a young Carrie but instead of her crazy religious mother she was raised by The Shop from Firestarter.


Finished it up tonight, loved every bit of it.

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« Reply #13 on: July 17, 2016, 06:06:45 PM »
Just finished this. Thought it was pretty fantastic. All the child actors were excellent.

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Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
« Reply #14 on: July 18, 2016, 12:52:26 AM »
Finished it last night. Wishing there was more but a rewatch will have to do!
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Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
« Reply #15 on: July 21, 2016, 05:04:28 PM »
Just finished the finale. Probably the best series I've watched since Breaking Bad ended.

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Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
« Reply #16 on: July 22, 2016, 05:26:38 AM »
Finished it now, Dustin is my favorite character in anything ever.

Everything is so good, I really don't have any complaints. I thought I was gonna dislike the peeping tom son and the older daughter at first, but they did a great job with those characters by the end. Even the douchebag boyfriend was fleshed out.

Winona, David Harbour, and the kids were all great. Harbour has been one of my favorite character actors in recent years and I'm glad he got a meaty part to showcase his talents. The girl that plays El is gonna be a huge star.

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« Reply #17 on: July 22, 2016, 05:36:18 AM »
Dustin was definitely a highlight. It's like if Chunk and Mouth had a baby.
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« Reply #18 on: July 22, 2016, 05:45:51 AM »
Dustin was definitely a highlight. It's like if Chunk and Mouth had a baby.

He kinda looks like a baby El Dandy. Great find for the casting directors.

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Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
« Reply #19 on: July 22, 2016, 01:04:11 PM »
Started this tonight. I'm tentative due to the comparisons to Super 8 (which I didn't care for too much), but I got halfway in and...yeah, this show is great. The soundtrack is perfect, the cast is EXCELLENT (David Harbour is awesome, Winona Ryder is perfect, and the kids have incredible personality to them), and that opening title screen sets just the right tone.

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« Reply #20 on: July 22, 2016, 01:11:42 PM »
Started this tonight. I'm tentative due to the comparisons to Super 8 (which I didn't care for too much), but I got halfway in and...yeah, this show is great. The soundtrack is perfect, the cast is EXCELLENT (David Harbour is awesome, Winona Ryder is perfect, and the kids have incredible personality to them), and that opening title screen sets just the right tone.

I mentioned Super 8 a bunch of posts back, but I highly disliked it as well, but loved this.

If anyone is interested in the band that did the music, they're called S U R V I V E, and their stuff can be found on the Bandcamp website. I've downloaded their discography, and they have a new album coming out, and they're pretty damn awesome.
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Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
« Reply #21 on: July 22, 2016, 01:36:49 PM »
It's perfect

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Seems like there is gonna be a season 2?

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Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
« Reply #22 on: July 23, 2016, 05:56:56 AM »
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This synthwave stuff is awesome. SURVIVE, Perturbator, Le Matos (who did the brilliant Turbo Kid soundtrack)...this entire little scene is fantastic.

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« Reply #23 on: July 23, 2016, 10:37:22 AM »
Detective:
This synthwave stuff is awesome. SURVIVE, Perturbator, Le Matos (who did the brilliant Turbo Kid soundtrack)...this entire little scene is fantastic.
Totally agree. I'm loving it. Also, check out VHS Glitch. He's fantastic. One of my current favorites, and I've spoken with him a lot on Facebook.
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Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
« Reply #24 on: July 23, 2016, 04:19:46 PM »
Just finished this. Holy shit I loved it.

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I figured the hook for S2 would be El coming over Mike's radio, but Will puking that thing up and flashing back to the Upside Down was just fine. My only real complaint is the monster being primarily CG when practical effects would've enhanced that 80s vibe to it all, but that's so minor compared to how great this was that I don't care.

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« Reply #25 on: July 24, 2016, 07:38:58 AM »
Watched the series today and yesterday and this was great. Loved it top to bottom, from the score (which, more than Drive, reminded me of a recent movie called Cold in July) to the acting to the resolution. The Super 8 comparison was apt, especially since I loved that movie too.

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« Reply #26 on: July 25, 2016, 01:16:05 AM »
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My only real complaint is the monster being primarily CG when practical effects would've enhanced that 80s vibe to it all, but that's so minor compared to how great this was that I don't care.


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I was thinking the same thing but came across this in an interview

Spectral Motion is another company that built a lot of monsters for Guillermo. They built our monster and they’re really great. They have an amazing robotic engineer who built the head — we call them petals, the pieces that open up when it needs to feed. Those were completely animatronic, programmed in a way that they moved in random patterns, which made them feel very organic and alive. There were times we couldn’t do what we needed to do with a guy in a suit and then we turned to computer graphics.

Perhaps it was that they did CGI touchup that made it look more CGI but that was interesting. There were only a handful of scenes that looked practical (closeups of the monster's skin). Or maybe we see so much CGI these days we mistake the real thing for it..

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« Reply #27 on: July 25, 2016, 06:08:16 AM »
http://nerdist.com/stranger-things-creators-talks-future-seasons-for-the-show/

"Now the show’s creators, the Duffer Brothers, along with producer Shawn Levy, have revealed there are in fact plans not only for a second season, but several seasons. Although the show hasn’t officially been renewed by Netflix yet, with the outpouring of love and great reviews the series got with season one, it seems like a no-brainer. Series co-creator Matt Duffer recently talked to IGN about a potential continuation, saying, “If we do get to go back, it’s not a second season as much as a sequel”, which seemed to suggest that not all of the main cast would return, as was often common with horror sequels in the ’80s.

However, executive producer Shawn Levy has gone into a bit more detail about the potential future of the series, and confirms that most of the cast would indeed return, should they get the greenlight from Netflix. In an interview with /Film, Levy said the following: “We definitely are hopeful to go several more seasons. And the plan is to continue with this set of characters while introducing a few critical key new ones next season. So I’ll just say that a lot of the big mysteries get answered at the end of Season 1, but we are very much kind of unearthing new problems and questions that merit future stories and future investigation in the most enjoyable way.”"

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Re: Netflix's Stranger Things
« Reply #28 on: July 25, 2016, 10:02:47 AM »
I don't quite like the idea of having knowledge of more than another season. That almost ruins the idea of a sequel, especially to horror fare, since most sequels aren't planned in advance. At least lie to us about anything after Season 2.

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« Reply #29 on: August 02, 2016, 06:21:14 AM »
I've watched through Episode 5 thus far.  Enjoying it a bunch.  Very interested to see how it wraps up and how they connect these dots in the final three episodes. Going to try and finish it out tonight!
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« Reply #30 on: August 07, 2016, 12:03:14 PM »
Finished it today, and loved it. All of the performances excellent (especially Winona Ryder, who deserves all kinds of awards for this show) and the writing and soundtrack (not just the score) are top notch.

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« Reply #31 on: August 11, 2016, 06:07:07 AM »
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« Reply #32 on: August 11, 2016, 11:47:56 AM »
The first soundtrack drops tomorrow, and the second mid September.
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« Reply #33 on: August 13, 2016, 12:02:45 PM »
This was one of the best new shows I've ever watched. I loved every minute of it and the child actors were all perfect.

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« Reply #34 on: August 14, 2016, 03:37:23 AM »
Watched the first two episodes. Pretty much echo what everyone else is saying.

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Some of the greatest child acting I've seen. These kids are all exceptional and actually act like kids from the 80's

Everything feels right about the 80's. It's almost alarming seeing indoor smoking now.

I'm sure they give Ryder more to do later than frantically answer phone calls. But that's about all I've gotten from her so far.

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« Reply #35 on: August 15, 2016, 01:56:15 PM »
Using "When It's Cold I'd Like to Die" at the end? These guys are trying to rip my heart out still bleeding.

 


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« Reply #38 on: July 11, 2017, 02:32:03 AM »
Much hype!
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« Reply #41 on: October 13, 2017, 03:27:12 AM »


2 weeks! Get hyped!

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« Reply #42 on: October 30, 2017, 12:47:48 AM »
Finished it over the weekend.

I liked it just as much, if not more, than season 1.
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« Reply #43 on: October 30, 2017, 08:54:49 AM »
Finished up on Sunday. Really good and I think I liked it more than Season 1 on the whole although I felt the end of S1 was better.

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« Reply #44 on: October 30, 2017, 11:16:48 AM »
I liked it better than Season 1. Told a better story arc for all the characters with a lot of growth and had satisfying conclusions. and lots more Dustin, that kid is awesome.

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« Reply #45 on: October 31, 2017, 10:05:24 PM »
Got two episodes to go to finishe Season 2. I've enjoyed it just as much as season one minus this last episode with the whole lost sister and other group of people... it felt like a different show and I didn't like it.

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« Reply #46 on: November 01, 2017, 02:44:13 PM »
I didn't enjoy this as much as season one (lol I'm just captain contrarian in this folder lately). I'm probably biased but I thought Steve was the best part of this season. Not sure if I've mentioned on this board but I went to college with that dude. We lived in the same dorm. I thought he was great and mixing him into the ensemble with the kids was great. But I also thought that this season was, at times, way too on the nose (that Camaro dude, jesus) and also that a lot of character's arcs were stretched way too thin. Mike, for instance, basically does nothing for nine straight episodes and the fact that he was kind of a dick for most of the season is left kind of unresolved.

I would have liked to have seen Eleven interact more with the rest of the kids. Her solo episode was, in my opinion, the weakest of the season. I think if the girl who plays Eleven wasn't so charismatic and charming it would have been a really shitty episode of TV.

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« Reply #47 on: November 02, 2017, 09:15:02 AM »
I watched all of this last Friday/Saturday. I really enjoyed it, loved all the tween romance going on between Eleven/Mike and Lucas/Max. I'm sure Eleven/Jane's sister and her crew will pop up in season 3.

I will say this though, Max's brother Billy was completely pointless. As much fun as it was to see Steve trade blows with him he really had no baring on the plot or any real connection as to what was going on. He was just dick asshole there to get punched.

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« Reply #48 on: November 03, 2017, 08:35:52 PM »
Just finished it.

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« Reply #49 on: November 04, 2017, 12:33:17 AM »
Some parts of S2 blow the first out of the water (the way all the stories tie together mostly), but there's one flaw that makes S2 not quite as great as the first: episode 7.

Good lord that fucking sucked. If that's the arc they're continuing with then viewership is going to drop.