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Torton
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11/8/2016 1:08:09 AM
Posted: 3 months ago
So I finally got around to watching and man is it good, although I do think it might be just a tad bit overrated.

A lot of people make it out to be over reliant on 80's nostalgia, but it's more 80's movie nostalgia, but it never comes across as banking on that. It's this giant bowl of different influences from John Carpenter to Sam Raimi's The Evil Dead to Stand By Me, and there's even a little bit of Under The Skin there with how the psychic space was filmed (although that one could be a coincidence). Most prominently, though, it feels like the lovechild of Stephen King and Spielberg. The former, especially, and almost too much with some of his typical tropes: like the frighteningly as*hole bullies that come across as just borderline psychopathic to an extent that they no longer come across as real, anymore (which is probably the only flaw, IMO).

Despite that, though, it does just as much in regards to subverting tropes: like the as*hole boyfriend turns out to not be an as*hole at all and actually ends up helping out to fight the monster, or the character that never believes that there's anything supernatural going on and ends up being useless actually is the one to help out Winona Ryder's character the most by the end of the series.

The acting is pretty good across the board, although, Millie Brown as Eleven is the definite highlight, with David Harbour as Hopper a very close second to me (especially just how likeable his character ends up being).

Think that's all I have to say about the show, really; would love to hear other opinions.
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1/21/2017 3:58:21 AM
Posted: 1 month ago
At 11/8/2016 1:08:09 AM, Torton wrote:
So I finally got around to watching and man is it good, although I do think it might be just a tad bit overrated.

A lot of people make it out to be over reliant on 80's nostalgia, but it's more 80's movie nostalgia, but it never comes across as banking on that. It's this giant bowl of different influences from John Carpenter to Sam Raimi's The Evil Dead to Stand By Me, and there's even a little bit of Under The Skin there with how the psychic space was filmed (although that one could be a coincidence). Most prominently, though, it feels like the lovechild of Stephen King and Spielberg. The former, especially, and almost too much with some of his typical tropes: like the frighteningly as*hole bullies that come across as just borderline psychopathic to an extent that they no longer come across as real, anymore (which is probably the only flaw, IMO).

Despite that, though, it does just as much in regards to subverting tropes: like the as*hole boyfriend turns out to not be an as*hole at all and actually ends up helping out to fight the monster, or the character that never believes that there's anything supernatural going on and ends up being useless actually is the one to help out Winona Ryder's character the most by the end of the series.

The acting is pretty good across the board, although, Millie Brown as Eleven is the definite highlight, with David Harbour as Hopper a very close second to me (especially just how likeable his character ends up being).

Think that's all I have to say about the show, really; would love to hear other opinions.

I just feel the need to add that... 11 is alive!
I doubt I would be lynched but focus hard on Warren and possibly Yraelz if I am assassinated tonight.

Also consider a hesitant uninvolved mafia team.

Beginners' Mafia 51.1, "I need to re evaluate my reads. I still think warren is town as heck. If he ends up being scum he needs an MVP award." -TUF

^In this last game Warren and I were the mafia team.

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Unstobbaple
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1/21/2017 3:59:03 AM
Posted: 1 month ago
I may add later, one of the best shows in quite a while imo.
I doubt I would be lynched but focus hard on Warren and possibly Yraelz if I am assassinated tonight.

Also consider a hesitant uninvolved mafia team.

Beginners' Mafia 51.1, "I need to re evaluate my reads. I still think warren is town as heck. If he ends up being scum he needs an MVP award." -TUF

^In this last game Warren and I were the mafia team.

"I'm your Huckleberry" -Hobbes

"I have thick skin and an elastic heart. I am like a rubber band until you pull too hard."
Hayd
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1/23/2017 5:22:53 AM
Posted: 1 month ago
At 1/19/2017 8:01:47 PM, Danielle wrote:
At 11/8/2016 1:08:09 AM, Torton wrote:

I 100% agree with your analysis.

+1

I'd say the series was 7-7.5/10. Very good for mainstream stuff
marilynmoss
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1/26/2017 7:11:55 AM
Posted: 4 weeks ago
Hey... About stranger things.. Sometimes our dreams can be very strange and we are thinking about their meaning. I can offer an free on-line dreambook http://www.free-dream-book.info... where you find the best definitions and meanings of each dream symbol :)
Blade-of-Truth
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2/1/2017 8:50:15 AM
Posted: 3 weeks ago
At 11/8/2016 1:08:09 AM, Torton wrote:
So I finally got around to watching and man is it good, although I do think it might be just a tad bit overrated.

A lot of people make it out to be over reliant on 80's nostalgia, but it's more 80's movie nostalgia, but it never comes across as banking on that. It's this giant bowl of different influences from John Carpenter to Sam Raimi's The Evil Dead to Stand By Me, and there's even a little bit of Under The Skin there with how the psychic space was filmed (although that one could be a coincidence). Most prominently, though, it feels like the lovechild of Stephen King and Spielberg. The former, especially, and almost too much with some of his typical tropes: like the frighteningly as*hole bullies that come across as just borderline psychopathic to an extent that they no longer come across as real, anymore (which is probably the only flaw, IMO).

Despite that, though, it does just as much in regards to subverting tropes: like the as*hole boyfriend turns out to not be an as*hole at all and actually ends up helping out to fight the monster, or the character that never believes that there's anything supernatural going on and ends up being useless actually is the one to help out Winona Ryder's character the most by the end of the series.

The acting is pretty good across the board, although, Millie Brown as Eleven is the definite highlight, with David Harbour as Hopper a very close second to me (especially just how likeable his character ends up being).

Think that's all I have to say about the show, really; would love to hear other opinions.

I tried to get into that show on 3 different occasions. It just wasn't my cup of tea.
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