[Netflix] Stranger Things

Bullwinkle
Bullwinkle
edited June 2016 in Off-Topic
Stranger Things trailer

This looks like a TV show from the 80s written by Stephen King and directed by Steven Spielberg!
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  • farley2k
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    I am intrigued.

    Netflix really is knocking it out of the park these days with original programing.
  • EngineNo9
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    on 1465593459:

    I am intrigued.

    Netflix really is knocking it out of the park these days with original programing.


    For me it feels like they are kind of hit and miss, but more hits than most studios I guess. This looks like it could be good, as well.
  • farley2k
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    Watch the first 8 minutes here.

  • rittchard
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    Really excited about this too, although I think I saw a couple places it got mediocre reviews. But then again I rarely trust "professional" reviews.
  • rittchard
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    My partner and I binged this over the weekend and LOVED it. This is one of the best shows/movies I've seen in any format in a long, long time. Very satisfying on all levels. It's hard to get my partner to sit for even one episode of a show at a time, so you know this show had to be pretty damn good lol.

    A few more details for those interested. It's 8 episodes, approx. 6 hours total, and is more like a single extended movie (or a TV mini-series) than a conventional TV show. They still break it up like a regular show, which is odd, but I guess that's just the standard. The creators mention if they do get renewed, it would be more like a "sequel" than a second season. Also, it's listed in the 4K shows but when you watch it it's cropped like a wider screen movie, so I'm guessing it was filmed in a more conventional format and converted. The filming and direction are top notch, and they make the most of what was presumably a limited budget. I need to read up on it some more, as I'm interested to see how much CGI was used and how much was just old fashioned movie magic.

    Content-wise, it's a mix between ET, Poltergeist, Carrie (and other Stephen King stuff) with a little Aliens influence for good measure. That's a pretty damn good pedigree to emulate, and the show creators (two brothers who wrote and directed most of it) do an incredible job of re-creating that kind of atmosphere but modernizing it for todays' audiences. For example they throw in some of the generic stereotypes of nice girl turned slutty and douchebag jock, but they play around with the characters and develop them further than you'd normally get to see in a short movie.

    Winona Ryder makes a fantastic comeback, and the lead adult male is excellent as well. Still, the kids are the heart of the show, and although all the leads are great, the one toothless kid really steals a lot of the best moments.

    The music track is also interesting; if you saw last year's It Follows, it really plays off of that and old 80s flicks. Again, very well done.

    All in all I can't recommend this enough. Pretty much every one I've mentioned this too has enjoyed it, so I don't think it's just me. I'm really hoping they renew for a second series.
  • EngineNo9
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    I was able to watch a couple episodes last night and so far I really like it as well. I was surprised to see that they are
    showing actual monsters and stuff so early. I expected it to be more along the lines of just teasing for at least the first half of the series.


    It definitely feels like they are "paying homage" (or perhaps just ripping off) the aesthetic of Speilberg and such during the 80's, but i think they do it well to set the mood.
  • rittchard
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    I think that's one of the attractive things about this production - it really works as a standalone piece of entertainment. The pacing is fast but not rushed; most of the ensemble cast gets a fair amount of screen time and individual plot elements.

    Ultimately I think most people will enjoy it enough that they want to see more, but as the writers mention, the next "season" would be more like a movie sequel than part 2 of an ongoing series.
  • Harkonis
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    we're about halfway, haven't read anything you posted yet but we're loving it
  • USMC Kato
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    Marathon binged watched the whole series with my wife on Saturday. Loved it, hope Netflix makes more content like this in the future
  • ericb
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    Fantastic...best TV show I've seen in a very long time. We watched it all over two days and loved every episode including the ending.

    The good news is season 2 is a go and will be a direct sequel using the same actors.
  • USMC Kato
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    on 1469660434:

    Fantastic...best TV show I've seen in a very long time. We watched it all over two days and loved every episode including the ending.

    The good news is season 2 is a go and will be a direct sequel using the same actors.


    That's good to hear about the green light for Season 2 with the same cast. I'm not against the idea of Stranger Things being an anthology like American Horror Story, but I really want to see what comes next for the a season 1 people.
  • Isgrimnur
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    Wife and I watched the first episode. Aside from feeling bad for Benny, it didn't really grab either of us.
  • Dante Rising
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    My fiancée and I are enjoying the series quite a bit. It is the one show we sit down and watch together despite our wildly different tastes. She is all about Greys Anatomy and Bones, while I'm a Game of Thrones, Preacher, and Walking Dead fan.

    I love the music. I had flashbacks from the classic B movie Big Trouble in Little China.
  • Gratch
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    Watched the first two episodes and really liked it. Interested to see where they go.

    on 1469842278:
    I love the music. I had flashbacks from the classic B movie Big Trouble in Little China.


    I had the exact same thought.
  • Bullwinkle
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    on 1469855383:

    Watched the first two episodes and really liked it. Interested to see where they go.

    on 1469842278:
    I love the music. I had flashbacks from the classic B movie Big Trouble in Little China.


    I had the exact same thought.


    With the credits, too, they're going for a John Carpenter feel, for sure.
  • Isgrimnur
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    They're going to release a soundtrack.
  • gangeli
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    Finished this up last night with a friend.

    Neither of us got all the hype. I'd give it 2 out of 5 stars.

    Thought Winona Ryder was fairly horrible as well.
  • Bullwinkle
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    on 1470233715:

    Finished this up last night with a friend.

    Neither of us got all the hype. I'd give it 2 out of 5 stars.

    Thought Winona Ryder was fairly horrible as well.


    I'm only a couple of episodes in (my wife is reluctant to watch, but hasn't given me the go ahead to watch solo yet), but I'm shocked at how much I'm hating on Winona Ryder. I was kind of hoping she'd either get better or go away. I was excited to see her again, honestly, but this has been a let down.
  • Jimmy the Fish
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    Couple of things.

    I think how much you like the show is directly related to how connected you are to the 80's. For me, I grew up in the 80's so it holds a lot of emotional impact and memories, thus I think Stranger Things is pretty damn fantastic.

    That said, I do agree that Winona Ryder was the weak link in the show. She's a pretty one note character through the entire series. Not much depth to her which is surprising since all the other main characters are so interesting.
  • Isgrimnur
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    I was a kid in the 80s (4-13).
  • Blackjack
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    I thoroughly enjoyed it, finally binge watched it this week in a couple days. To me it's the kind of show you're better off seeing months later after the hype has faded away. Then you judge on its own merits. I'd say the same for a lot of summer movie blockbusters and Oscar winning movies too.

    Think it also helps to watch the whole thing and and get caught up in its momentum. I think if I just watched an episode or two, I might've moved on.

    I did feel like certain characters' sudden change in behavior (including the kids), or going from "this is unbelievable" to "I believe all this!" happened in too much a blink of an eye. Maybe that just comes with the 8-episode territory.

    I guess my concern about the confirmed Season 2 is where to go without repeating itself. Also that the kids are at that age where they start changing drastically physically, and in voice. Perhaps that'll play into the story. :icon_smile: I mean, I didn't change much from age 12-13, but I did sprout up about 10 inches from 14-15.
  • EddieA
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    Here's a teaser for season 2, which is coming on Halloween.
  • Bullwinkle
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    Loved everything about that, but especially the CE3K reference.
  • rittchard
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    on 1486401253:

    Loved everything about that, but especially the CE3K reference.


    I loved everything but the 9 month wait :mad: :mad: :mad:
  • rittchard
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    So.... anyone else finished Season 2 yet?

    Another fantastic season, my only complaint is it felt way too short after waiting 9 months.

    Admittedly I fell asleep during one episode, so I do need to rewatch it. But that was only because I was so hooked and couldn't bear to turn it off.
  • farley2k
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    Honest Trailers - Stranger Things

  • Isgrimnur
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    Mark's looking rough.
  • Bullwinkle
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    rittchard wrote: »
    So.... anyone else finished Season 2 yet?

    Another fantastic season, my only complaint is it felt way too short after waiting 9 months.

    Admittedly I fell asleep during one episode, so I do need to rewatch it. But that was only because I was so hooked and couldn't bear to turn it off.

    I enjoyed the second season more than the first. I think the story may have been stronger in the first season (and there was certainly an unnecessary solo ep that felt notably weak), but I enjoyed the flow and characters more. I think it mostly has to do with the fact that Winona got the chance to do more than try to find variations on looking nervous the whole time. She was far less irritating this go 'round.

    More specifically:
    I loved Bob. I wasn't expecting much from Sean Astin for some reason, but he really made that character someone to root for. I was pretty devastated when he met his end. Hopefully his fate will be better than Barb's, but I'm not counting on it.

    I thought Paul Reiser played Paul Reiser very well again. I was happy to have him not just be a slimey scientist. I guess time will tell, but he did stand up for Mike in a room with only other scientists, so there was no reason to fake sincerity.

    The punk was rubbing me the wrong way, but I think it was all about the hair. What the hell is up with that 'do?! I grew up in the 80s, and we had some pretty stupid hair, but that is just a nightmare. I read somewhere that they were going for Rob Lowe in St. Elmo's Fire, but it's more like Chad Lowe with a hangover. OTOH, the scene where he charmed Nancy's mom showed me that the kid actually could be a force to be reckoned with.

    Not sure about the new girl yet. I love the character, on paper, I just am not convinced the kid has a lot of range. Her expression seemed to be in a constant state of anger-squint combined with raised eyebrows. But I really loved seeing her at the dance with Lucas.

    Speaking of Lucas, that kid got to do so much more this season, and he really pulled it off.

    All the kids were great, but goddamn if that Dustin isn't just the most amazing find ever. He flat out betrayed the group, and it didn't matter because he's so damned appealing. Watching that kid strut his stuff at the dance, get rejected, immediately brush it off and go again and only eventually get dejected...well,
    let's just say that Nancy isn't the only one saying that of all her brother's friends, he's the favorite.

    Okay, so that Eleven solo ep. UGH. These new punk characters are mostly underwhelming as hell. The spikey haired "scary" one comes off as a whiny tosser.
    The main girl, 8, I guess is supposed to be nearer to 11's age? She seemed in her mid-20s in the brief moment we caught her in the first episode. Anyway,
    I get why this "needed" to happen in the whole Hero's Journey storyline and all. 8 is 11's Yoda, of course. But the problem is that 11's powers are still so vaguely defined that the training really didn't do much. I mean, yeah, she was able to lift the x-wing out of the swamp train along the tracks, but so what?
    And, frankly, I'd rather have seen the boys literally call themselves Yodas as they pushed her into doing the same thing with them.

    I'm actually surprised that separating 11 from the party for almost the entire season worked as well as it did, though, so I can forgive them the one clunker episode. Especially because I'm sure it's setting something up for the future. I'm still on the fence about 11's new look, though, and if everyone starts calling her "Jane," I'm going to throw eggos at the screen.
  • MonkeyFinger
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    Nice write-up, Bullwinkle. I'm now working through the "Talking Dead" version of this, Beyond Stranger Things. :)
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