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Evildrider
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on: July 16, 2016, 08:48:31 PM

Stranger Things trailer.

This just came out and I went to check out the first episode and ended up binge watching it all.  It's fantastic imo.  Definitely worth checking out on Neftlix.
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Reply #1 on: July 16, 2016, 09:53:56 PM

Yeah, I was just about to come on and post about this.

Huge 80's nostalgia, not just for the time and place but for the storytelling. It's all the vintage Spielberg that JJ Abrams only wishes he could be.
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Reply #2 on: July 17, 2016, 11:39:05 AM

I've only watched four episodes but this is great so far.

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Reply #3 on: July 17, 2016, 05:38:38 PM

It's all the vintage Spielberg that JJ Abrams only wishes he could be.
So damn true it hurts.

We binge watched it yesterday. It was amazing. I liked how all of the backstory got woven in between various episodes and it never delved into stupid cliches that we've seen a million times poorly executed. The wife is excited that it may have a second season based on how it ended. I hope not personally because it was wrapped nicely despite the last scene.
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Reply #4 on: July 17, 2016, 10:24:39 PM

This was great. I do want to talk about a moment from the final episode real fast:


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Reply #5 on: July 17, 2016, 10:29:47 PM

This was great. I do want to talk about a moment from the final episode real fast:


 
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Reply #6 on: July 18, 2016, 06:46:00 PM

Ok, just finished the whole thing and it was great.  Only thing that bugged me was how much of a carbon copy of "Alien" the monster was.

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Reply #7 on: July 18, 2016, 08:37:50 PM

This was great. I do want to talk about a moment from the final episode real fast:


 


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Reply #8 on: July 18, 2016, 09:23:04 PM

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Reply #9 on: July 18, 2016, 10:16:53 PM

Did not like.

Far too much pastiche for my tastes. Nearly every plot beat, cool scene, relevant character, etc, feels lifted from other movies. Obviously everything is, to some degree, "inspired" by other things but this was just too much for me, and the series didn't do enough to justify some of the borrowing or make it feel owned. In a lot of cases it felt like the logic of the series was less internal than "well this happened in other movies so it will happen in this thing too."

It also felt to me that the series wanted to feel like it was about something, but to me ultimately it was just about being a patchwork quilt of other properties.

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Reply #10 on: July 20, 2016, 12:10:35 AM

ultimately it was just about being a patchwork quilt of other properties.

I haven't watched it yet but



It's really fucking obvious from the getgo that the entire plan was to create said patchwork quilt.
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Reply #11 on: July 20, 2016, 01:25:32 AM

That poster gives me the impression of "IT" more than anything else.

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Reply #12 on: August 02, 2016, 02:36:53 PM

I'm three episodes in and it's pretty good so far.

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Reply #13 on: August 02, 2016, 09:21:57 PM

This show was pretty great.  Really curious to see what season 2 will look like, but I liked that the ending didn't feel cliffhanger-y despite leaving a few questions unanswered.

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Reply #14 on: August 03, 2016, 12:15:33 PM

On a second watching I think you'll find there are a lot of little moments that open doors that go someplace they have planned out, but are just a WTF moment for the characters.

The thing that bugs me about this show (not in a bad way) is that it makes me want to be a research studying that place. 

I miss Good Eats.  *Sniff*
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Reply #15 on: August 11, 2016, 07:33:18 PM

I got so tired of the constant yelling.. and the mom could have been a lot better.. admittedly it was an impossible role tho.

also boo on the predictable ending.

All in all, 6/10.

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Reply #16 on: August 24, 2016, 12:25:44 PM

Finally finished this. Enjoyed the shit out of it. Excited for second season, bummed about Barb. For no other reason than she was nice.

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Reply #17 on: August 24, 2016, 12:51:49 PM

Finally finished this. Enjoyed the shit out of it. Excited for second season, bummed about Barb. For no other reason than she was nice.
Then you might be happy next season.  Maybe. 

I miss Good Eats.  *Sniff*
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Reply #18 on: August 24, 2016, 02:47:00 PM

I do get tired of nice people dying for no plot reason.

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Reply #19 on: August 24, 2016, 08:54:38 PM

I too enjoyed the shit out of this. I thought the final episode was very well handled. They aimed for "really dark Amblin" and delivered. Couldn't ask for more.

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Reply #20 on: August 25, 2016, 03:18:25 PM

Barb looked and dressed like a teenager who babysat for me and my little brothers back in 1985 or so. Same clothes, hair, outfit, attitude... it was uncanny.
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Reply #21 on: August 25, 2016, 05:43:40 PM

Barb looked and dressed like a teenager who babysat for me and my little brothers back in 1985 or so. Same clothes, hair, outfit, attitude... it was uncanny.
The show really nailed this.  Everything looked and felt about 1984-1986.  Nothing was really out of place except one nitpicking thing that bugged me and no one else.
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Reply #22 on: August 26, 2016, 04:00:51 PM

Barb looked and dressed like a teenager who babysat for me and my little brothers back in 1985 or so. Same clothes, hair, outfit, attitude... it was uncanny.
The show really nailed this.  Everything looked and felt about 1984-1986.  Nothing was really out of place except one nitpicking thing that bugged me and no one else.

Which was?

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Reply #23 on: August 26, 2016, 08:35:19 PM

Those of you that liked El's performance may want to check her out in Intruders from a couple of years ago. The show itself was meh, but the girl killed it in her role. Almost literally.

Tuned in, immediately get to watch cringey Ubisoft talking head offering her deepest sympathies to the families impacted by the Orlando shooting while flanked by a man in a giraffe suit and some sort of "horrifically garish neon costumes through the ages" exhibit or something.  We need to stop this fucking planet right now and sort some shit out. -Kail
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Reply #24 on: August 26, 2016, 11:05:46 PM


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Reply #25 on: August 27, 2016, 04:03:08 AM

Yes!

Also, it's Indiana. Everyone is driving 5-10+ year old (for the time) cars around.   Not a single spot of quarter or rocker panel rust/rot to be found. No ones driving a 1973 Ford LTD daily in the slush and salt in 1985 and NOT having rotten quarter panels...
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Reply #26 on: August 27, 2016, 05:42:39 AM

It wasn't something I spotted (I googled it) because I know nothing about cars, let alone American cars of the 80s, but that page I linked seemed to be saying that some of the cars were fucked up bangers? Generally I thought the attention to 80's detail was excellent.

Also liked the show, tempered a bit because I found the kids incredibly annoying but I chalked that up in my head to them being good at acting their parts and it was actually the characters that annoyed me. Bit like Winona Ryder's character - she was perfect, just the right shade of crazy. Good acting.

Looking forward to a 2nd season.

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Reply #27 on: August 27, 2016, 06:41:35 AM

That quarry seemed a bit deep/tall for Indiana, didn't it? I guess it could look that way in the southern third of the state.
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Reply #28 on: August 28, 2016, 03:33:38 AM

Did you also notice how crisp and cleanly cut the gravel was? If you focus closely on the ground when Nancy climbs through the tree, you'll also see what is clearly fake moss painted around the base. They didn't even use a real monster. Ridiculous.


Fuck, you people are old.

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Reply #29 on: August 28, 2016, 07:46:20 AM

Started watching this (hey they have netflix in thirdworldia now!) and it's pretty great. However,
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Reply #30 on: August 29, 2016, 04:29:11 PM


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Reply #31 on: August 31, 2016, 09:53:37 AM

Season 2 confirmed. I'd've been happy if they'd left it at one season but I don't mind another one too.

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Reply #32 on: October 03, 2016, 05:02:23 AM

4 in and diggin' it! I knew right from the start with the kids playing DnD that I was going to like it. Love the '80s vibe.

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Reply #33 on: October 03, 2016, 06:28:24 AM

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Reply #34 on: October 18, 2016, 01:50:40 PM

4 in and diggin' it! I knew right from the start with the kids playing DnD that I was going to like it. Love the '80s vibe.

I am secretly hoping for an all 80s D&D sessions spin off  awesome, for real

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