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 Post subject: Stranger Things
PostPosted: Sat Jul 23, 2016 11:08 pm 
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So, the new Netflix series is like the lovechild of Stephen Spielberg and Stephen King. It's dripping in 80's nostalgia. Only two episodes in, but loving it so far!



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 Post subject: Re: Stranger Things
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I will have to check it out! Thanks!

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 Post subject: Re: Stranger Things
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Already on my very, very long "to watch" list. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Stranger Things
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One episode in. Sarah and I watched it last night. I missed your thing about Stephen King, so I was taken off guard by the fact that it was pretty scary and intense. (I don't know. I was thinking it was a comedy for some reason. :roll: ) But it was very good! Sarah asked, "Was this actually made in the 80s?" :D The graphics and sound are that spot on, and I felt like a little girl again watching TV. (Being set in 1983, I would've been 11/12.)

Anyway, it's way better than whatever show Sarah and Craig are currently watching...Arrow, I think. :roll: The acting is quite terrible in that, imo, but I digress.

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 Post subject: Re: Stranger Things
PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 2016 2:05 pm 
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Lalaith wrote:
Anyway, it's way better than whatever show Sarah and Craig are currently watching...Arrow, I think. :roll: The acting is quite terrible in that, imo, but I digress.


And the writing and directing and the everything, imo, but I digress some more. :P

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 Post subject: Re: Stranger Things
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I literally start giggling whenever I happen to be around when they're watching it. It's THAT bad! And then they get annoyed with me, so I leave.

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 Post subject: Re: Stranger Things
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We gave up on Arrow after season one.


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 Post subject: Re: Stranger Things
PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 2016 2:53 pm 
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Aren't you and Freddy famous for giving MST3K-style commentaries on everything?

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 Post subject: Re: Stranger Things
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We used to be. He doesn't seem to be amused by my attempts to do that with Arrow. So I just remove myself from the room.

Anyway, Stranger Things...it has promise!

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 Post subject: Re: Stranger Things
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Ok, in episode 2 Mike secretly shelters a girl who can only talk in single words in his basement. During a safe moment, he takes her around and shows off his stuff, including specifically his Star Wars figures. He plays hooky to stay with her instead of going to school, and and he hides her in a closet when his mom comes home. That's got to be a deliberate E.T. homage, right?

I'm enjoying the 80s motif a lot (but did they have mini-blinds back then? I don't remember mini-blinds. I keep getting distracted by these sorts of questions). It's hard to pinpoint when the world stopped looking like that.


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 Post subject: Re: Stranger Things
PostPosted: Tue Aug 02, 2016 1:17 pm 
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There's way too many homages to count. The blonde wig and dress is straight out of ET also. There's a bunch of videos that highlight all the homages, but I'd advise waiting till you've seen the entire series before watching them!

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 Post subject: Re: Stranger Things
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I have seen the whole thing. It's quite binge-able. I sometimes get distracted by the bad hair and bad decor. And it was really like that!

I will admit though, most of the 80's movies referenced, I haven't seen. I haven't seen all of E.T. or The Goonies. Or anything John Carpenter.

I have to say I found it really well done, and they found some incredibly good child actors.

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 Post subject: Re: Stranger Things
PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 2016 9:50 am 
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Spoiler: show
The monster is scary as hell.


:scarey: Do. Not. Like.

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 Post subject: Re: Stranger Things
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I like a lot of pieces of Stranger Things, but I don't think they always go together into a cohesive whole. I call this the "X Files" effect, and a lot of shows with long arcs suffer from it to one extent or another. And I wish Winona Ryder was allowed more of an emotional range, which even given her character's circumstance is pretty constrained. It might be realistic, but too much of anything gets tiresome.

Honestly I liked Gravity Falls better. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Stranger Things
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Has anybody else started season2??

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 Post subject: Re: Stranger Things
PostPosted: Sat Oct 28, 2017 3:28 pm 
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We intend to, but we can’t until the World Series is over. Last time around we watched one or two a weekend until we were done.

I get bingeing, but we don’t have room for it in our lives at this point. Evenings are short for us, and there’s too much else we have to get done on weekends.

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 Post subject: Re: Stranger Things
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Waiting till all three kids are available at the same time is limiting! We're watching it as event TV, so we all have to be there. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Stranger Things
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I think it's just outstanding

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 Post subject: Re: Stranger Things
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I caught some of an episode of the second season. As usual, the writing is excellent. I'm just being a wuss about the scary stuff and the gore. I don't like being scared.

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 Post subject: Re: Stranger Things
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Just finished watching the series generally one episode a day although we watched one and two in a session and after watching Ep8, we just had to watch the last episode immediately afterwards.

Obviously no spoilers, but there was at least one moment where I wanted to cheer, but then I can be a soppy old thing and buy into characters.

I have seen some really good TV this year, and this was the most compelling

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