"Stranger Things" on Netflix
Has anyone else started watching? It started today.
It's very Spielbergian, with the setting a "normal" Indiana town (like CLOSE ENCOUNTERS) filled with twelve year old boys in messy houses who love to play Dungeons and Dragons and ride their bicycles at night (like ET). And a boy disappears when he is abducted by extraterrestrial forces and his loss is mourned by his single mother (CLOSE ENCOUNTERS again) who can only communicate with her missing child in another dimension via an electric household appliance (like POLTERGEIST).
Winona Ryder has improved as an actress significantly (she's rid herself of a lot of her child actress mannerisms--finally), and is affecting, although her voice makes her sound like she's still in her twenties.
|by Anonymous||reply 270||11/16/2017|
I hear dear forgotten Noni practically STEALS this sweet hidden little t.v. show!
|by Anonymous||reply 1||07/15/2016|
I'm going to start watching it when I get to the end of Marco Polo, I have two episodes left.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||07/15/2016|
R1 What movies has Goop been in lately?
|by Anonymous||reply 3||07/15/2016|
I've seen 5 episodes so far. To me it doesn't quite have the atmosphere I'd hoped for. Winona Ryder is alright but the kid who plays her teenage son acts her off the screen. But then I've never seen him before so it's easier to see the character, whereas with Winona Ryder I still see Winona Ryder, even though she is a better actress now she was than in her 20s.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||07/15/2016|
[quote] Gwyneth P., still an actual movie star
Oh, Goopy, did someone get a bout of amnesia? It's not 2001 anymore, love. You aren't even a TV star.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||07/15/2016|
In episode 5 there's one scene that looks like a COMPLETE rip off of the black room, walking on water scenes in Under the Skin (that Scarlett Johansson alien movie)
|by Anonymous||reply 6||07/15/2016|
The weird little girl with the very short hair really looks like a boy. It's not just the hair, she has a boy's face. Could this be to join in on the whole trans fad that's going on at the moment?
|by Anonymous||reply 7||07/15/2016|
The 3 boys and the mysterious girl scenes are like ET if ET was an androgynous little girl.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||07/15/2016|
Matthew Modine has aged terribly. He looks a hundred years old.
Ryder is much MUCH better than she used to be, but I know what you mean about only seeing Winona Ryder when you see her character, r4.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||07/15/2016|
R9 Once you've seen enough of them, I think that inevitably happens with any actor who doesn't completely change their voice and/or appearance. She is better than she used to be (though I have a soft spot for her so I've never thought she was crap)
Modine looks pretty good for a man in his late 50s, he seems to have kept in shape. But there's one scene where you get a good look at his hands (when he comforts the weird little girl) and they look old.
|by Anonymous||reply 10||07/15/2016|
It's Matthew Modine's skin that looks so terrible, not his body. It's like a dinosaur's skin.
It's very slow-moving, and the three main boys and the girl with powers get an awful lot of screen time. It's rare to see children play such huge roles on a TV show these days.
|by Anonymous||reply 11||07/15/2016|
Very surprised (and depressed) to see the fate of Barb, the nerdy redhaired girl with the Tootsie eyeframes.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||07/15/2016|
I loved Barb wished they killed her friend stupid boyfriend instead.
I'm liking Winonna but she is too beautiful to play down on her luck mother.
It is a little bit like a more violent ET but I still think it's the best thing Netflix has done in a long time.
Good soundtrack too
Poor poor Barb.
You just know 11 is going make those 3 adorable little boys fly on their bikes .
|by Anonymous||reply 13||07/15/2016|
What genre would you most liken the series to ?
Sounds sci-fi or fantastical to me ............
I was hoping for a more straight out 'horror' vibe .......... is there anything creepy or scary or eerie about it at all ??
|by Anonymous||reply 14||07/16/2016|
Just saw the first four episodes. I am surprised how good the kids actors are. For me Winona is the weak link (so far Matthew Modine as the bad guy has not much to do other than being a sinister daddy to Eleven and sending some guy to some kind of portal to another dimension). Winona's character is so whiny and overacting. I wanted to strangle her when she struggled with the second phone and later on with the lights (not being long enough to get plugged in). The Sheriff is quite the bad-ass. By episode four at least the oldest son and the Sheriff starting to believe Winona's character.
But for me the real star of the show is the whole 80s feel that was quite dominant in the first few episodes (now, to me, it kind of fades into the backround, don't know if that makes sense? Like I am used to the look of the scenes and how they are staged and set up).
r12, I liked her, too.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||07/16/2016|
I like the kids except for the lead nerd (Will's best friend and Nancy's brother... can't remember what his name is), who is very, very stiff. But Eleven and the other boys are great. Dustin/Toothless is adorable.
I have not seen the final episode yet, so I'm not sure of Barb's final fate, but since Will is alive in the other dimension (so far as I've seen--I'm up until episode 5), I'm hoping she's alive too.
I love how the characters have the names of their era that no one really is given anymore: Joyce, Barb, Nancy, Lonnie...
|by Anonymous||reply 16||07/16/2016|
Do you have to jam the trans issue into every single thread regardless of relevancy??
|by Anonymous||reply 17||07/16/2016|
Netflix is turning into Tranny central. OITNB, Sense8, etc ...
|by Anonymous||reply 18||07/16/2016|
I'm pretty sure 11 said Barb was dead in one of the later episodes.
I learned my lesson with Lost so I hope every is explained in 8 chapters.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||07/16/2016|
Barb IS dead--we say her corpse in episode 7. That was sad. And her parents will never know (the govt. made them think she ran away from home).
|by Anonymous||reply 20||07/16/2016|
Did people say things like douchebag in the 80s? I thought that's a rather new term.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||07/16/2016|
Only two episodes in. I really like it so far.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||07/17/2016|
[quote]Did people say things like douchebag in the 80s? I thought that's a rather new term.
I noticed that too. Kind of like when Joan said "It is what it is" on a Mad Men episode set in 1966.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||07/17/2016|
[quote] Did people say things like douchebag in the 80s? I thought that's a rather new term.
I well remember that term from h.s. People said it.
|by Anonymous||reply 24||07/17/2016|
Winona is still beautiful.
|by Anonymous||reply 25||07/17/2016|
Third episode really freaked me out. It was scary. Freaky.
I love this show.
|by Anonymous||reply 26||07/17/2016|
Each episode just gets better and better. Halfway through episode five now, and just loving the shit out of this show.
|by Anonymous||reply 27||07/17/2016|
The ending was good kinda creepy not warm and fuzzy like a Speilberg film usually is
Was the sheriff feeding Eleven?
|by Anonymous||reply 28||07/17/2016|
Without spoiling it... is it open to a season 2 or does it resolve? Is there a cliff-hanger or does it feel "complete"?
|by Anonymous||reply 29||07/17/2016|
I want more NOW
I hope a year later the cast hasn't lost its charm
I'm really impressed with all the cast even the small parts like the sister of the lady in wheelchair. Or the old lady who works in police station
It's resolved but they give you hints it is not over.
|by Anonymous||reply 30||07/17/2016|
So what we're left not understanding by the very end:
*Is Hopper in cahoots with the government and the people who ran the energy dept. research center?
*Is Hopper leaving food for Eleven in the woods? What happened to Eleven otherwise?
*Is Will Byers possessed by the remnants of the thing that had its tentacle down its throat, and why did he shift to the Upside Down dimnesion in his bathroom? Why didn't he tell his mother and brother about the slug thing he coughed up?
|by Anonymous||reply 31||07/17/2016|
Is Mathew Modine the Sheriff?
|by Anonymous||reply 32||07/17/2016|
No, R32. He's the evil scientist.
|by Anonymous||reply 33||07/17/2016|
I think the ending is very 80s. You don't really get this picture perfect happy ending. I like how the show redeems Nancy's boyfriend who starts out as this selfabsorbed douche hanging out with those other two mean bitches and then at the teens' big showdown he basically saves the day.
[quote]*Is Hopper in cahoots with the government and the people who ran the energy dept. research center?
I believe he struck a deal to save (him and) his companions from getting killed for knowing to much. That could mean that he pledged some sort of allegence to them while potentially keeping them in the dark that Eleven may be still alive (leaving the pancakes in the box).
Looking at other boards it seems the general consesus is that it's quite popular so I guess there could be a second season, but then I fear they might screw it up as any other show. I rather hope they'll go for an anthology type of thing where each season features a different storyline and characters.
|by Anonymous||reply 34||07/17/2016|
Sorry, Looking at other boards it seems the general CONSENSUS is that it's quite popular
|by Anonymous||reply 35||07/17/2016|
Argh. Also "That could mean that he pledged some sort of ALLEGIANCE to them2
|by Anonymous||reply 36||07/17/2016|
The problem with making a series like this with young kids like this is that they age up fast... you can't really do multiple seasons easily because everything changes. Unless each story starts a year or so after the previous one (the way Harry Potter pulled it off... barely) it can get awkward.
I really do think this would be good as an anthology series.
|by Anonymous||reply 37||07/17/2016|
Who are these brothers and what have they done before? IMDb was no help
Anthrogy sounds good but I have became attached to the characters. Nancy loves Jonathan so I hope Steve becomes a early victim.
|by Anonymous||reply 38||07/17/2016|
I'm just damn glad Wynona is back. I grew up watching her, and I hope this is her comeback.
|by Anonymous||reply 39||07/17/2016|
The kids stole the show otherwise we would be talking about Wynona's comeback
She must have got a better agent I heard The Experimenter is good too.
|by Anonymous||reply 40||07/17/2016|
Did anyone else think the theme music sounded a little like X-Files?
|by Anonymous||reply 41||07/18/2016|
Speaking of, I love the music in this show...
|by Anonymous||reply 42||07/18/2016|
R34 I was still a bit gobsmacked that Nancy ended up back with Steve after the way he'd behaved. Maybe he did see the error of his ways but in real life I think he'd have put her off for good. They should have had showed them breaking up amicably and him handling it maturely and moving on.
|by Anonymous||reply 43||07/18/2016|
R25 They really tried to make her look haggard and worn out in this though.
|by Anonymous||reply 44||07/18/2016|
Really fun show, very 80s-esque. Love the John Carpenter-styled score and music.
|by Anonymous||reply 45||07/18/2016|
For R21 and R23 one of the greatest skits EVAH on Saturday Night Live was from the late 70s. See the video ink for an excerpt.
|by Anonymous||reply 46||07/18/2016|
The lead boy (Mikey) was cast by Cary Fukunaga (directed 1st season of True Detective) for his planned version of Stephen King's "It". When Fukunaga clashed with the studio and quit, the kid was free to do Stranger Things. Now he's doing It with the new director. Plays the kid version of the motormouth disc jockey. Kind of the same story in a lot of ways.
|by Anonymous||reply 47||07/18/2016|
This is what The Duffer Brothers say about season 2:
"We wanted to do a couple things with this season. We didn’t want to do The Killing thing. We wanted it to resolve that main thing of Will going missing in the first season. So in that sense, it is like an eight-hour movie. Now, we don’t answer all the questions by the end of the season – there are definitely some dangling threads. The hope is that it feels satisfying but that we left room and that if people respond to it we can go back into this world. But if we do get to go back, it’s not a second season as much as a sequel.”
|by Anonymous||reply 48||07/18/2016|
I love, love, LOVED it... right up until the end. The defeat of the monster was too pat, the girl disappearing (and knowing she would) seemed too arbitrary... I had lots of issues with the ending.
Some bits were good... the first half of the final episode was great. But ... I dunno. It just didn't live up to the quality of everything that came before. I feel a bit let down.
|by Anonymous||reply 49||07/18/2016|
Mikey looks like the long lost brother of Asa Butterfield.
|by Anonymous||reply 50||07/18/2016|
They did a good job casting kids that looked like they might actually be the sons of Winona Ryder.
|by Anonymous||reply 51||07/19/2016|
I really like it so far, thanks for the rec', DL.
|by Anonymous||reply 52||07/19/2016|
Only up to episode five, so I'm not going to read any other comments yet, but damn is this good.
|by Anonymous||reply 53||07/19/2016|
It sort of runs out of gas by the end (they could have done this in four as opposed to eight,) but it really held me for those first four, and the acting was terrific throughout. I thought Winona was wonderful and quite affecting in places. The lights scenes would have been ridiculous with many other actresses. She was asked to do a lot of dumb scifi stuff, and SOLD. IT. Great 80s atmosphere, so many references and homages. It's definitely up there with the best Netflix has to offer.
|by Anonymous||reply 54||07/20/2016|
I agree with you R49, although I thought the reviving of the son intercut with the death of the cop's daughter was quite powerfully done.
Eleven had to go that way though, didn't she? She had just melted like 15 people's brains. I was wondering if the monster was something she created and only she could destroy it?
Anyway, I loved the whole thing as well.
|by Anonymous||reply 55||07/20/2016|
I liked the ending maybe it wasn't the greatest at least it didn't go on and on and end unsatisfactory like Lost. One of the brothers said he didn't want to be like The Killing.
|by Anonymous||reply 56||07/20/2016|
It was great up until halfway through the final episode.
Then it sorta lost it.
|by Anonymous||reply 57||07/20/2016|
I binged on it a few days ago and it really was brilliant. Yes, the monster was defeated a bit too easily, but I have a horrible feeling that it'll be back in a second or hopefully third series. I loved Barb and was gutted that she died. I'd forgotten how much I loved Winona Ryder and my god, those kids were all pretty amazingly well-cast. And, yeah, the soundtrack. But that fucking moment in the woods and the deer? Jesus *christ*.
|by Anonymous||reply 58||07/20/2016|
I think the actress who plays Barb should come back as an evil cyborg disguised as Barb's identical cousin and her first victim of course is Steve....
|by Anonymous||reply 59||07/21/2016|
Really enjoyed this series. The Duffer brothers came out of nowhere and really impressed me. As others have said the child actors were remarkably talented, really carried their roles well.
What I really enjoyed in this series is the characters aren't dumb for the sake of the plot, they actually think and try to make intelligent decisions. So often people use characters acting like idiots in order to mine for greater conflict.
[quote] I was still a bit gobsmacked that Nancy ended up back with Steve after the way he'd behaved.
I thought it was an excellent twist. Rather than going the cliche route and have Nancy end up with the "rootable loser", they have Steve actually be a real complex character who does care about Nancy and wants to help. I always enjoy when things surprise me and don't go the predictable route.
|by Anonymous||reply 60||07/24/2016|
It was my type of show at all, too kiddie and Spielberg. And I even think I hate 80s pop now. Every song made me cringe. But it was watchable enough considering. Apparently they've made a The Exorcist show coming up soon. Hopefully better than the Damien thing they cancelled.
|by Anonymous||reply 61||07/24/2016|
[quote] Rather than going the cliche route and have Nancy end up with the "rootable loser", they have Steve actually be a real complex character who does care about Nancy and wants to help. I always enjoy when things surprise me and don't go the predictable route.
yes, I was quite surprised they didn't go the typical 80s teenager movie cliche where the outcast ends up with the beautiful popular girl. This is more like real life. Steve was a douche in the beginning but he redeemed himself by all his actions including rushing back in to bash the monster. He probably bought the camera for Jonathan. I didn't care for his 90s haircut but I thought he was much better looking than Jonathan.
|by Anonymous||reply 62||07/24/2016|
r6, I thought of that as well. It is effective though. Winona has decided to graduate to the shaky head school of acting (Katie Holmes is a graduate).
The monster isn't dead, Eleven just took him back to the Upside Down with her. Also Will coughing up the monster part.... will be have an Alien reference in the next season?
|by Anonymous||reply 63||07/24/2016|
R63 But then Under the Skin might have stolen that imagery from somewhere itself.
|by Anonymous||reply 64||07/24/2016|
The director/writers said they gave homage to past classics like ET, IT from Stephen King and even Alien. There is a poster of The Thing in Michael's bedroom and Hopper looks at a pod in the Upside-Down-World that pay homage to Alien.
|by Anonymous||reply 65||07/24/2016|
Did anyone know where the monster came from? Was this the monster in Eleven's mind and something she created?
|by Anonymous||reply 66||07/24/2016|
I think it was from the alternate demension.
|by Anonymous||reply 67||07/24/2016|
Eleven's backstory with her mother who was part of an experiment is very close to SK's Firestarter.
|by Anonymous||reply 69||07/24/2016|
Actually, the big inspiration of the show is Silent Hill, per the creators.
|by Anonymous||reply 70||07/24/2016|
Loved it! I was in high school in 1983 and they got a lot right. Binge watched it yesterday and today.
|by Anonymous||reply 71||07/25/2016|
I thought the sheriff was very sexy.
|by Anonymous||reply 72||07/25/2016|
Loved the show and how it captured the vibe of early 1980s Spielberg and Stephen King movies and books, with a great synth soundtrack straight out of John Carpenter. The only thing I wish they had done is used practical effects instead of CGI for the monster, as that would have been completely appropriate given the tone they were trying to recreate. I guess no one does practical effects anymore, probably due to cost.
Can't wait for season 2.
|by Anonymous||reply 73||07/25/2016|
The teenage girl's room and her clothing were spot on, that could have been me in 1983.
|by Anonymous||reply 74||07/25/2016|
This show i wacky as fuuuck..
|by Anonymous||reply 75||07/26/2016|
This show is my childhood!
|by Anonymous||reply 76||07/27/2016|
I LOVE THIS SHOW. I watched it over 2 days. I miss it. Lots of flaws but everything balanced out and it was just great.
|by Anonymous||reply 78||07/29/2016|
So if Gere really could be worth somewhere in the region in $250 million, would that make Julia Roberts a billionaire?
|by Anonymous||reply 79||07/29/2016|
Sorry. Datalounge doesn't seem to agree with my tablet.
|by Anonymous||reply 80||07/29/2016|
Just watched the whole thing. Loved it!
|by Anonymous||reply 81||07/29/2016|
Some of Winona's choices were weird at the 2/3 3/4 marks. Her choices? Or bad direction and/or script?
|by Anonymous||reply 82||07/29/2016|
Jonathan was a zitty creep. R62
|by Anonymous||reply 83||07/29/2016|
R55 11 didn't create the master. She met it in upside down world. And evil Mathew Moddine was wondering what it was so sent her to lure it and it slipped through into our world. The portals weren't really systematic or well explained, however. Whatever.
My take is 11 disappeared when she was exploding the monster because it took all her energy to do so. She vaporised.
As we all saw, the boy has some sort of alien in him.
Its not clear what deal the Chief of Police made. Anyone?
|by Anonymous||reply 84||07/29/2016|
Flowerhead, the monster, is an interdimensional predator. Every predator has a method of securing prey. This one can warp in and out between dimensions to ambush prey. It can open portals in and out between dimensions, as we saw with the tree.
The Hawkins Lab people were messing with interdimensional transport for espionage and assassination purposes ... but didn't realize there's something else traveling the warp too, and they caught its attention, so when Eleven came back to our dimension, flowerhead followed.
|by Anonymous||reply 85||07/29/2016|
Now that that's out of the way ....
I adored this. We must have a second season, or a sequel, or whatever you want to call it. I'm sorry but if we don't see Eleven again and watch her develop more as a functioning person, but still be a TK badass when necessary, I will simply go postal.
This show was so full of winks to programs, movies and even video games that when it wasn't being scary (and at times it's genuinely frightening) it is a complete joy to watch them reveal themselves.
Many have been named already. Of course there's the "horror from another dimension" element as seen in King's novella "The Mist" and the amazing game "Half Life." Flowerhead is basically a vortigaunt with the head of a bullsquid -- two creatures from Half Life.
I loved everyone in this. I thought Winona was fantastic and she sold her character like a trooper, making this mousy, trashy, totally lovable little frau come to life.
Bravo Netflix, your best series yet. Bravo Duffers -- I loved your little movie "Hidden" enough that I posted a thread about it here right after I watched it. I'm glad they were involved.
I want more ... YESTERDAY!
|by Anonymous||reply 86||07/29/2016|
They killed off the lesbian girl. And the gay boy was the one taken... What's that about?
|by Anonymous||reply 88||07/29/2016|
Article on Barb and her the actress.
|by Anonymous||reply 90||07/29/2016|
Barb is dead and that's all there is to it. 🙁
|by Anonymous||reply 91||07/29/2016|
It was a little silly that the monster "feeds" and abducted Barb presumably for that purpose, but then leaves her (very) meaty corpse to rot. I understand that we needed to see her and all, but it's a plot hole IMO.
I like the fact that Nancy got back with Steve. It leaves the possibility that Jonathan will find out that he likes boys in a few years.
Also, a small nitpick is that they should have made either Will Byers or Mike Wheeler blond. They looked very similar at the beginning.
|by Anonymous||reply 93||07/30/2016|
R93 the monster seems to implant things in its prey rathe than devouring them. It did the same thing to Will. It may be that the worms eat the corpse and then the monster eats the worms, or it may be that this is how the monster breeds.
We don't know but I don't think it's a plot hole.
By the way, very interesting that we saw that small egg. Too big to be the egg Will's worm came out of, at least I think so. Maybe one of Barb's worms crawled off and cocooned itself and a baby monster hatched?
Those worms are obviously associated with the monster somehow, and now Will is sending them down into the sewer ....
|by Anonymous||reply 94||07/30/2016|
I thought Winona was terrible in opening. Shrill voice and weird arm gestures. Her face also seems frozen.
|by Anonymous||reply 95||07/30/2016|
Winona's eye area seemed frozen too.
|by Anonymous||reply 96||07/30/2016|
Think Nonnie looked great and gave a great perf.
|by Anonymous||reply 97||08/01/2016|
I'm late to this party, as I resisted watching until now. This show completely nailed a moment in time that I feel like has been gotten wrong so often. It was so well done in so many respects and the attention to detail was uncanny. Excellent cast and storyline, perfect title sequence and soundtrack, and costuming and hair was ace. The whole thing was nearly flawless. I have mixed feelings about a season 2. Sometimes things are better left as is rather than trying to squeeze another story out of it.
|by Anonymous||reply 98||08/07/2016|
Am I alone in thinking most of the child actors just weren't talented enough for the series to be truly compelling? Especially during the suspenseful scenes.
|by Anonymous||reply 99||08/07/2016|
Ryder can't convincingly play a mother. Her interaction with her kids seemed so stilted.
|by Anonymous||reply 100||08/07/2016|
I thought that at first too, r100, but I think as the series progressed, she became more believable. The role itself is kind of one dimensional, like Dee Wallace in E.T., but I think she made the best of it and sold it in the end.
|by Anonymous||reply 101||08/07/2016|
[quote]Am I alone in thinking most of the child actors just weren't talented enough for the series to be truly compelling?
Most people (including myself), thought the exact opposite. I found the child actors quite impressive and compelling. And often child "acting" can ruin things for me.
|by Anonymous||reply 102||08/07/2016|
I'm baffled by the effusive praise for this very mediocre show. Everything about it is amateurish. I don't want to shit on people who enjoy it but consider me one of the people who think that it's crap from start to finish.
|by Anonymous||reply 103||08/07/2016|
Winona is great in this. So are the kids and older brother
|by Anonymous||reply 104||08/07/2016|
R103, you would be completely wrong on every level, by every criteria imaginable.
|by Anonymous||reply 105||08/07/2016|
Most people who watch this show love it.
|by Anonymous||reply 107||08/07/2016|
So did Ryder go from playing perpetual twenty-somethings/waiflets straight to playing a 40-ish suburban mom of teenagers (who looks like an "old girl") with nothing in between?
|by Anonymous||reply 108||08/07/2016|
She shoplifted in the interim.
|by Anonymous||reply 109||08/07/2016|
Maybe your enjoyment of this show depends on if you were around in 1983? The nostalgia factor alone sold me.
|by Anonymous||reply 110||08/11/2016|
R110 Well that would pretty much rule out the entire youth demographic. (to remember 1983 you'd have to be born in the 70s)
I don't think you need to remember the 80s or need to have seen lots of 80s films to enjoy it.
|by Anonymous||reply 111||08/12/2016|
So people enjoy ST because it reminds them of other, better movies? Why not just rewatch ET?
|by Anonymous||reply 112||08/12/2016|
I saw Super 8 after Stranger Things and thought ST was better. The kids in ST were more entertaining and memorable.
|by Anonymous||reply 113||08/12/2016|
The thing it most reminded me of was Stephen King's It (the TV movie/miniseries), but it was better than that ('It' is a bit crap, haven't read the book btw)
It's only like ET in the scenario of the weird girl and the 3 boys hiding her is similar but it doesn't feel like ET atmosphere-wise (it doesn't try to copy the Spielberg touch and there's certainly no John Williams-style music!). Twin Peaks has been mentioned by some but to me it doesn't feel at all like that.
|by Anonymous||reply 114||08/12/2016|
R108 After the shoplifting trial she took 4 years off (bar a cameo in a movie based on JT Leroy's (fake) life story) then returning in 2006. Her first "mom" role was as Spock's mom in Star Trek (2009), where she was made up to look like a 50-something. Her first normal suburban mom role was in The Iceman (2012). Her other roles in this period included the the retiring ballerina in Black Swan, druggie/narc (A Scanner Darkly), a strung-out anchorwoman (The Informers), a deadly femme fatale (Sex & Death 101), the wife of AA founder Bill Wilson (When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story) and a woman who humps a ventriloquist dummy (The Ten). And a few thankless girlfriend/love interest roles (Darwin Awards, The Last Word, Stay Cool)
|by Anonymous||reply 115||08/12/2016|
I am crazy for this show. An interview with the Duffer bros quoted them as saying they were trying to capture the sense of watching something that could have been made in the 80s more than just direct visual quotes from films/directors of that time, although those are certainly there, and I think they nailed it. What struck me most is the feeling or the memory of the feeling of being a latchkey kid who had to find entertainment without screens and connect with friends without social media. The series shows the freedom we had to be outside and concoct plans that no one else was privy to and that it was sometimes frightening. The score and soundtrack are PERFECT. Most of the articles written on ST mention nods to Stephen King and Spielberg, and Carpenter but many missed the references to John Hughes. Not embarrassed to admit I've already watched the entire series twice. I can't wait for S2.
|by Anonymous||reply 116||08/12/2016|
Noony slayed as a hillbilly mom, maybe she was just playing her trashy self?
|by Anonymous||reply 117||08/12/2016|
Just read r90's linked interview with Shannon Purser. This young lady needs to be very careful. First role, only 19, and all this internet attention? I'm getting an uneasy Rebecca Schaeffer or Jodie Foster feeling with this one. I hope I'm wrong.
|by Anonymous||reply 118||08/13/2016|
The soundtrack is amazing.
|by Anonymous||reply 119||08/13/2016|
Concern Troll alert at r118
|by Anonymous||reply 120||08/13/2016|
What a bizarre thing to say r118
|by Anonymous||reply 121||08/13/2016|
I knew from the first episode this was filmed in Georgia and not Indiana.
|by Anonymous||reply 122||08/13/2016|
Winona's voice still has that teenager/young girl quality and every time I heard her my mind went straight to reciting lines from Heathers....
HEATHER, why are you such a MEGA BITCH?
My teenage angst has a body count
Are we going to prom or are we going to hell?
|by Anonymous||reply 123||08/13/2016|
"Take me away from all this death."
|by Anonymous||reply 124||08/13/2016|
I think the Barb character is so popular because she's pear shaped and ugly and the tumblr SJW types think she is probably just like them. Asexual.
|by Anonymous||reply 125||08/13/2016|
I just finished the season.
I LOVE this show!
I grew up in the 80s and this show is such a love letter to the era, bringing together all the best storytelling tropes of the time. A perfect tone blending of Spielberg, Stephen King, John Hughes and a lot of other classic 80s media. I saw threads of ET, Third Encounters, Goonies, Stand by Me....the list could go on. Some say it's a rip off, but I saw it as a wonderful homage to the genre and to seamlessly blend all this together into a compelling story with good acting and writing was such a treat to see.
What I love most about it was the earnestness of the storytelling, which is so quintessential 80s. Gone are the cynical undertones, sardonic one-liners, and quick ADHD jump-cut editing that is so ubiquitous in today's postmodern landscape. This show totally embraces that straightforward, modernist narrative that was so prevalent in the 80s...which was so refreshing to revisit again.
Can't wait for the next season.
|by Anonymous||reply 126||08/20/2016|
If there is one.
There has been no word on a second season yet.
|by Anonymous||reply 127||08/20/2016|
There will definitely be a second season. Ryder's career has been completely revitalized and Netflix has one of its biggest hits by word of mouth ever.
|by Anonymous||reply 128||08/20/2016|
It was just ok for me. I don't know if I'll give a second season a try.
|by Anonymous||reply 129||08/20/2016|
Justice for Barbara but no Barbara
|by Anonymous||reply 130||08/20/2016|
R126 References to 70-80s movies in Stranger Things :
|by Anonymous||reply 131||08/20/2016|
I'm addicted to stranger things.Those who grew up in the 80s would appreciate it more, I guess. I mean, this is the album of our happy childhood.
|by Anonymous||reply 132||08/20/2016|
I also have to echo the consensus here that Winona is still so beautiful.
Honestly, whether it's amazing genes or plastic surgery (or combo of both) she's one of the most beautiful women on earth in my opinion, and still rocking magazine covers at 44.
|by Anonymous||reply 133||08/20/2016|
A "Stranger Things" film reference glossary:
|by Anonymous||reply 134||08/20/2016|
[quote]Mikey looks like the long lost brother of Asa Butterfield.
Nah, those cheekbones are pure Cillian Murphy territory.
|by Anonymous||reply 135||08/20/2016|
[quote] I love, love, LOVED it... right up until the end. The defeat of the monster was too pat, the girl disappearing (and knowing she would) seemed too arbitrary... I had lots of issues with the ending.
Yes, the ending was very predictable and common, which was even more disappointing after the brilliance of the rest of the season.
A braver show, perhaps one filmed in Britain, could have ended without the happily ever after. [If you haven't seen the 5-part gem "Dead Set", you are missing out!]
|by Anonymous||reply 136||08/20/2016|
You can tell that the Duffer Brothers 'n co are excited that the show did so well. I don't think they expected this.
Also Winona is still beautiful after all these years. I'm glad she is getting the spotlight again after seeing her in cameos in The Black Swan and Star Trek these past few years.
[quote] I was still a bit gobsmacked that Nancy ended up back with Steve after the way he'd behaved. Maybe he did see the error of his ways but in real life I think he'd have put her off for good. They should have had showed them breaking up amicably and him handling it maturely and moving on.
Steve was pretty complex. He was a bully but he loved Nancy. He was upset when he thought she cheated. He felt bad when he realized she didn't cheat. He stood up to his friend for her and then he risked his life to save her instead of doing the jerk thing and abandoning her to the monster. He wasn't such a bad guy, he was just a teenager.
Also this just happened. I'm glad they're paying some fan service to a character that caught on in a way no one thought would. I'm also happy for the actress getting so much attention in her first, small role. I'm just hoping for flashbacks where she can appear on screen again.
|by Anonymous||reply 137||08/20/2016|
Yeah, a lot of unresolved questions about Barbara's death.
I mean, are they all going to let her poor parents believe she's a missing runaway for the rest of their lives? Then again, how does one tell someone their daughter was kidnapped by an alien monster and killed in another dimension?
|by Anonymous||reply 138||08/21/2016|
VarietyVerified account @Variety 8h8 hours ago
#StrangerThings: The Duffer Brothers promise 'justice for Barb' in Season 2
|by Anonymous||reply 139||08/21/2016|
I want Chief Hopper to poke me in the pooper.
|by Anonymous||reply 140||08/21/2016|
The character Nancy is obviously inspired by A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET.
The way her boyfriend climbs in through her bedroom window.
The way she cries over her friend's death and her mother calls after her, "Nancy! Nancy!"
Although, the actress looks a little more like Rooney Mara.
|by Anonymous||reply 141||08/21/2016|
Nancy's mom looks more like Heather Lagenkamp than Nancy herself. That hair!
I couldn't look at Natalia Dyer (Nancy) without cringing about how bony she is. Get that ED sorted before S2, gurl!
|by Anonymous||reply 142||08/21/2016|
Actually the actress that plays Nancy reminds me of Mia Sara.
|by Anonymous||reply 143||08/21/2016|
R142 I think she looks fat!
Seriously though, the actress looks like she's at death's door in this pic.
|by Anonymous||reply 144||08/21/2016|
Maybe if the psychic kid would have been a boy I would have watched it. But it really does nothing for me the way it is.
|by Anonymous||reply 145||08/21/2016|
There's a sorta cute crush story line, R145, but for all intents and purposes, that character is practically androgynous. Except for the ET dress she's made to wear for part of the time, she's also very boyish. These are nerdy middle school 80s kids; they're about Dungeons & Dragons and Radio Shack, not gender.
|by Anonymous||reply 146||08/21/2016|
Chief Hopper looks like Peter Krause.
|by Anonymous||reply 147||08/21/2016|
I don't watch this trash show, but R144 has no cheekbones at all.
She looks like a fucking peasant.
|by Anonymous||reply 148||08/21/2016|
To the "douchebag" posters early on:
I was in my early teens in 1985, and I heard my older brother say "you're such a douchebag" for the first time. I had NO idea what it meant, so I asked him later. His explanation, although now fuzzy, was something about a "thing you squirt up there to clean it out."
Think about it. Women today don't douche. It's considered an old-school and unnecessary practice.
|by Anonymous||reply 149||08/21/2016|
Just caught this. Watched a couple of "chapters" last night. Very good. Winona is excellent and Emmy worthy.
|by Anonymous||reply 150||08/27/2016|
Watched it based on the hype, but I have to agree with the minority: amateurish and hard to watch, especially the last couple of episodes. LOTS of kid actor screen time, so beware if that's not your thing.
|by Anonymous||reply 151||08/27/2016|
Nancy's mom is Dr Faye from Mad Men. Police chief played gyllenhaal's Texas lover I'm broleback mountain.
|by Anonymous||reply 152||08/27/2016|
Whomever cast this kid deserves an award:
|by Anonymous||reply 153||08/29/2016|
[quote]Winona is excellent and Emmy worthy.
God no. Is that a joke?
|by Anonymous||reply 154||08/29/2016|
Stranger Things has officially been renewed for 9-episode season two that will be added to Netflix next year.
|by Anonymous||reply 156||08/31/2016|
Barb getting her own justice in season 2. hahaha
|by Anonymous||reply 158||08/31/2016|
Jimmy Fallon did a skit with the kids tonight where Barb comes back and rags them out for not looking for her.
|by Anonymous||reply 159||08/31/2016|
that skit was funny funny funny!
|by Anonymous||reply 161||09/01/2016|
I don't get the Barbmania.
|by Anonymous||reply 162||09/01/2016|
R162 there's nothing much to get. Barb was a wallflower/voice of reason/frigid budding lezzie, and she is dispatched despicably. Viewers identify with Barb only to be horrified by her bleak fake.
|by Anonymous||reply 163||09/01/2016|
The Duffer brothers were in CBS This Morning today. Netflix is giving Stranger Things a second season. I think it will be 9 episodes.
|by Anonymous||reply 164||09/01/2016|
Was the kid with the speech impediment a nod to Steven Spielberg himself?
|by Anonymous||reply 165||09/02/2016|
The Duffer brothers' script was rejected by all of Hollywood but this gave then the time they needed to expertly cast the kid roles after auditioning thousands. I dig the series and think they've captured the ethos rather well. Love all the references and nods to the '80s TV and movies: Goonies, E.T., Back to the Future, Poltergeist, even Carrie.
|by Anonymous||reply 166||09/02/2016|
I'm in the minority who found it underwhelming. I don't understand the OTT praise at all.
Will season 2 bring more 80 references? 90s references? Maybe something slightly original?
|by Anonymous||reply 167||09/02/2016|
I vote Nonie for an an Emmy award!
|by Anonymous||reply 168||09/02/2016|
[quote] they've captured the ethos rather well.
|by Anonymous||reply 169||09/02/2016|
R167 season 2 will be set in 1984. More 80s reference, I guess.
|by Anonymous||reply 170||09/02/2016|
Uh, the 80s setting is a huge part of the appeal. It's the whole fucking POINT. If you can't handle that then maybe this isn't the show for you.
|by Anonymous||reply 171||09/02/2016|
R163 sorry but it is still a bit mystifying. She's that spinstery friend who doesn't want Nancy to have any fun because she's afraid it will hurt their own relationship. And the fact is, she was wrong about Joe -- he's not a bad guy at all.
Then she gets killed by the monster, largely to demonstrate to us how awful a fate that can be. Dying is, in fact, the primary purpose of the character. Sure, while she's still breathing she's a sympathetic character, but the fact that her character has been so embraced by the public is something of a lark I suspect.
|by Anonymous||reply 172||09/02/2016|
R171 Exactly! The '80s look, feel, and pop cultural references are part of the appeal. Is there such a thing as an "original" movie or series any more? If there is, it's not coming to mind immediately; ideas are constantly borrowed and hopefully reinvented in interesting ways. More often than not, it's Hollywood schlock.
|by Anonymous||reply 173||09/02/2016|
Why are the 80s props and references so appealing? There is nothing at all "80s" about the monster story.
Is it so you can say, "Oh yeah, I remember when people dressed like that!" Is that the appeal of the 80s setting? Sincere question, I'm not judging, just curious.
|by Anonymous||reply 174||09/02/2016|
R174 This explains the lure of nostalgia.
|by Anonymous||reply 175||09/02/2016|
R174, did you live through the 80s? It's pretty amazing that you think the only 80s references are in the way people dress.
|by Anonymous||reply 176||09/02/2016|
Because the 80s is the decade before the last great decade (the 90s). Nothing has been original this century.
|by Anonymous||reply 177||09/02/2016|
Here's toothless cutie Gaten Matarazzo singing the national anthem in 2014, with the voice of an angel:
|by Anonymous||reply 178||09/04/2016|
^ If anyone clicks on that Youtube video, I've just looked it up and turns out that the Heather Matarazzo who uploaded that is not the Heather Matarazzo from Welcome to the Dollhouse and Princess Diaries.
|by Anonymous||reply 179||09/04/2016|
And Gaten posted about Orlando. I'm sure DL will approve of his growing celebrity.
|by Anonymous||reply 180||09/04/2016|
The actress who plays Nancy actually reminded me of Emmy Rossum more than anyone else.
I sort of wished there was a direct homage to Carrie with Eleven causing the car carrying Steve's bf and his bitch gf to explode. And all we'd see from it would be her gum which she never seemed to stop chewing.
|by Anonymous||reply 181||09/04/2016|
R152 - I'm a Mad Men fanatic and I didn't realize Nancy's mom was the same actress that played Dr. Faye. Thanks for pointing that out!
|by Anonymous||reply 182||09/04/2016|
[quote]season 2 will be set in 1984
Looking forward to it, I graduated in 1984
|by Anonymous||reply 183||09/04/2016|
Why does the little girl who plays Eleven still have a British accent if she moved to Florida when she was three? Who does she think she is, Gillian Anderson?
|by Anonymous||reply 184||09/04/2016|
R184 Millie Bobby Brown", the actress who played"Eleven, "can perfectly rap Nicki Minaj's verse from "Monster", OMG she gave me AnnE or Natalie Portman vibes after I Heard that:
|by Anonymous||reply 185||09/04/2016|
season 2 will be set in 1984.
what famous horror films are from that year? Any guesses as possible references?
|by Anonymous||reply 186||09/04/2016|
The little actress who plays Eleven is coming off as a bit of a show off in interviews
|by Anonymous||reply 187||09/04/2016|
Eleven reminds me of a young Natalie Portman.
|by Anonymous||reply 188||09/04/2016|
Natalie looking very Eleven here.
|by Anonymous||reply 189||09/04/2016|
What's with all the homophobia in this show, constantly calling each other queer? Wtf?!?
|by Anonymous||reply 190||09/04/2016|
Hi guys, hot scoop here, season 2 will be set in 1984.
|by Anonymous||reply 192||09/04/2016|
Yeah, that little girl is shaping up to be quite a little diva.
|by Anonymous||reply 193||09/05/2016|
R190, it's a realistic portrayal of the 80's and Ronnie's "Morning in America." It'd be a bit less homophobic if set in the present, or maybe not.
|by Anonymous||reply 194||09/05/2016|
Eleven is AnnE, believe me.
|by Anonymous||reply 195||09/05/2016|
Millie Bobby Brown is a terrible name . She should change it NOW.
|by Anonymous||reply 196||09/05/2016|
She's should change it to Thoroughly Modern Millie.
|by Anonymous||reply 197||09/05/2016|
In the early 80s people tossed around "the N word" a lot more than they do now but Netflix would get shut down if that word was uttered in its show. Of course, homophobia is still A-Ok.
|by Anonymous||reply 198||09/05/2016|
[quote]What's with all the homophobia in this show, constantly calling each other queer? Wtf?!?
Go watch some John Hughes movies or other popular 80s stuff, casual homophobia was the norm even in popular mainstream culture.
|by Anonymous||reply 199||09/05/2016|
My friend just recommended this to me today. I'm going to watch it.
|by Anonymous||reply 200||09/05/2016|
You're correct r199. In Monster Squad (1986 or 1987) the kids call someone a homo twice in the first five minutes of the movie. It was totally normal for that time to hear that word.
I was watching Lethal Weapon the other day and Riggs was on fire and the other guy was rolling him on the ground to put it out and Riggs asked "what are you, a fag?"
It's less common nowadays to hear that, but in the 80's it was everywhere. Those are just two examples off the top of my head
|by Anonymous||reply 201||09/05/2016|
I'm just starting episode 3 but still don't recognize Mathew Modine. Which character is he?
|by Anonymous||reply 202||09/05/2016|
R202, he plays the mad scientist (Dr. Martin Brenner). He's not young looking anymore, but has grey hair now. Still, he's very handsome for his age.
Oh, Modine mentioned that he's having the best time of his life working on Stranger Things with Ryder and the kids.
|by Anonymous||reply 203||09/05/2016|
I don't mind aging, so much, but I hate it see my peers as old people on screen!
|by Anonymous||reply 204||09/05/2016|
R203, you mean he HAD the best time of his life. He won't be back for Season 2.
Why couldn't Eleven cause his neck to snap or his eyes to bleed like the others?
|by Anonymous||reply 205||09/05/2016|
R205, I thought the same thing.
|by Anonymous||reply 206||09/05/2016|
[quote]I was watching Lethal Weapon the other day and Riggs was on fire and the other guy was rolling him on the ground to put it out and Riggs asked "what are you, a fag?"
I wonder if Mel ad-libbed that.
|by Anonymous||reply 208||09/05/2016|
R184 Because presumably she moved back to England and spent most of her childhood there? It seems that she's from Bournemouth, like former child star Christian Bale.
|by Anonymous||reply 209||09/05/2016|
R190, that's the way the 80s were, and why many of us older gays do not appreciate the use of "queer" instead of Gay.
|by Anonymous||reply 210||09/05/2016|
R163 She doesn't get much screentime at all though.
|by Anonymous||reply 211||09/05/2016|
R'98, I noted that The Stranger things kept the homophobia and sexism of the 80s, but skipped the racism.
|by Anonymous||reply 212||09/05/2016|
R190 Well, you see it's set in 1983, and at that time there was this new thing called AIDS that people were concerned about and it was thought to come from gay sex...
|by Anonymous||reply 213||09/05/2016|
R196 It's such a funny name for a 12 year old English girl. I wonder if Millie is short for Millicent (which is a VERY old fashioned name)
|by Anonymous||reply 214||09/05/2016|
I've watched a couple interviews with the young cast and the little girl monopolizes the conversation, I think the boys defer to her to be polite. Funny that somebody called her AnnE.
|by Anonymous||reply 215||09/05/2016|
Does anyone know what year the second season will take place in? TIA!!!
|by Anonymous||reply 216||09/05/2016|
I thought the series started strong, sagged in the middle like an old mattress, then rallied at the very end. Just don't ask too many questions or try to make too much sense out of any of it. Two thumbs up.
|by Anonymous||reply 217||09/05/2016|
It will take place in 1984 which makes sense since the last sequence in the season took place at Christmas 1983.
The Duffer brothers have said they originally planned to have the second season take place twenty years later (like Stephen King's It) but decided to keep the kids in it for at least one more season.
|by Anonymous||reply 218||09/05/2016|
[quote] [R203], you mean he HAD the best time of his life. He won't be back for Season 2.
Actually, the Duffer brothers have implied in interviews he's not really dead and will be back.
|by Anonymous||reply 219||09/05/2016|
Modine's character can still appear in flashbacks or as someone who survived the attack, but is now part monster himself (like some kind of werewolf).
|by Anonymous||reply 220||09/05/2016|
Nonie looks great in this recent interview.
|by Anonymous||reply 221||09/06/2016|
Those of you questioning the casual homophobia of the 80s should watch the Celluloid Closet. Yes, movies for kids and teens were awash with homophobia, as was all of pop culture. The 80s were a very homophobic time, more so than the preceding two decades. A lot of progress was lost to AIDS backlash and hysteria in the Reagan era.
|by Anonymous||reply 222||09/06/2016|
I enjoyed season one but wish they would leave well enough alone, which of course they can't. Also, Winona's performance was a little embarrassing to me. All nervous smoking and shaking hands.
|by Anonymous||reply 223||09/06/2016|
Nonie was great, and you're not!
|by Anonymous||reply 224||09/06/2016|
Nonie Nonie Nonie Nonie Nonie !!!!
|by Anonymous||reply 225||09/06/2016|
[quote] Winona's performance was a little embarrassing to me
It's hard to act hysterical for 8 hours covering a period of weeks.
|by Anonymous||reply 226||09/06/2016|
[quote] Also, Winona's performance was a little embarrassing to me. All nervous smoking and shaking hands.
Agreed. I found her a weak link, her character was pretty one note.
|by Anonymous||reply 227||09/06/2016|
I was surprised to learn that Eleven was a girl. Am I the only one who thought that she was very boyish looking?
In the final scenes, her wee boobies are apparent, though.
|by Anonymous||reply 228||09/06/2016|
R218 I think The Duffer brothers also said that they want the kids to grow up with the series a la "Boyhood".
And I thought Modine's white hair was a reference to Village of the Damned . Another woman from his team also had a white hair.
|by Anonymous||reply 229||09/06/2016|
The homophobic insults were all from unlikeable characters (the bullies, Will's dad) so I don't get why anyone is complaining. None of the kids or leads said anything anti-gay. If anything it was to show that Will is a budding gayling (no one else was targeted with the slurs) and his sexuality will probably be explored when he grows up through the series.
|by Anonymous||reply 230||09/06/2016|
The emphasis on Will's creativity and sensitivity were not accidental. He is obviously the gay character. It's even implied Winona left his father due to his homophobia.
|by Anonymous||reply 231||09/06/2016|
[quote]It's even implied Winona left his father due to his homophobia.
I don't recall this at all. But yes, they dropped some definite hints that WIll could be gay.
|by Anonymous||reply 232||09/06/2016|
That would be awesome if they did a gay coming-of-age story inside of this this Spielberg/Stephen King/John Hughes mash-up they're building.
|by Anonymous||reply 233||09/06/2016|
That WOULD be awesome. But I'm not holding my breath.
|by Anonymous||reply 234||09/06/2016|
A gay coming of age story requires some originality. It ain't gonna be on this show.
|by Anonymous||reply 236||09/07/2016|
Casual homophobia was pretty prevalent in the 80s wasn't it? Like calling someone a "fag" was the worst insult ever. Makes you realize how times have changed.
Thought it was just a general all-purpose insult for kids who weren't into sports, e.g. the 4 D&D playing nerds
|by Anonymous||reply 237||09/07/2016|
I'm on the fifth episode now. So far, so good. Not what I expected.
|by Anonymous||reply 238||09/07/2016|
There is a gay coming of age story on The Fosters right now and its pretty good.
|by Anonymous||reply 240||09/08/2016|
Haven't read the entire thread since I have a few more episodes to watch. Hope to get to them today.
Has anyone mentioned the overall story familiarity to Dean Koontz's 'Watchers' (two escapees from a secret facility, one 'good' and one 'a monster'). It was the first thing that struck me. 'Watchers' was also made into a bad movie starting DL fave Corey Haim.
|by Anonymous||reply 241||09/08/2016|
[quote]The emphasis on Will's creativity and sensitivity were not accidental. He is obviously the gay character.
|by Anonymous||reply 242||09/13/2016|
I binged watched it over 3 days and really liked it. I'm a child of the 80s, so I really loved all the references to that time. I loved that the whole cast looked like real people and not models. Nancy looked like real life pretty, not Hollywood gorgeous. Same for her boyfriend Steve. Someone like Steve would have been considered a hottie back in my school in the 80s, especially since he drove a BMW. I have a thing for David Harbour as Chief Hopper. Noble, tall (6'3), beefy, smarter than he first appears, and sexy. Sign me up!
I thought all the actors did a great job. Winona Ryder's nervous energy worked in this role. Harbour really sold his character as the grieving father who was motivated to find Ryder's son since he knew the pain of losing a child. All the child actors did a great job. Usually child actors annoy me, but this lot had me rooting for them. I agree with a poster upthread. Natalia Dyer as Nancy gave me Mia Sara vibes.
Looking forward to Season 2!
|by Anonymous||reply 243||09/13/2016|
[quote]Natalia Dyer as Nancy gave me Mia Sara vibes.
Natalia Dyer as Nancy gave me Karen Carpenter vibes.
|by Anonymous||reply 244||09/13/2016|
It looks as if she stuck her head through one of those cardboard cutouts at the fair.
|by Anonymous||reply 245||09/13/2016|
I finished this season over the weekend. I thought it was great. The quality took an ever so slight dip after the first episode. It was still a great season. The kids, especially Eleven and the toothless one, were standouts.
Now onto the nitpicking.
In first episode Winona delivered too many of her lines in hysterical uptalk.
Jonathan's hair was distracting in every episode. He must have a receding hairline. That's the only explanation for it. He queened out when he was in the forest screaming for Nancy. "Nancy! Nancy!" Nancy, indeed!
At one point during the night when they were making and testing the salt pool after calling the teacher I thought, "really, you did all this in a couple of hours?" It's possible I guess but it seemed like a lot of stuff to happen in a short period of time.
My biggest gripe was finding out the monster didn't eat Will. Why not? Didn't it eat everyone else? If it wanted to use Will as an incubator why didn't it do that right after he was captured?
|by Anonymous||reply 248||09/27/2016|
My biggest nitpick was: If the monster crossed the dimensions because was attracted by blood (only bleeding people were attacked) why did it stalk and attack Will? He wasn't bleeding,
|by Anonymous||reply 249||09/28/2016|
R249, that's a good point. The monster also ate the scientist guy at the beginning. He wasn't bleeding either. Maybe in season 2 they'll find a way to explain it.
|by Anonymous||reply 250||09/28/2016|
Police chief, Jim Hopper, played by David Harbour, was in Brokeback Mountain. He sports a very nice VPL in the first episode of Stranger Things.
|by Anonymous||reply 251||10/05/2016|
R251, for the longest time I was trying to figure out where I saw David Harbour. He was the guy who seduces Jake in Brokeback Mountain.
|by Anonymous||reply 252||10/05/2016|
I was impressed by the way the got the sets, costumes, cars, etc. right for the year 1983, especially poor Barb and Karen Wheeler's hair and clothes. The mean girl with the red hair from Nancy Wheeler's clique had been 'wigged' by the hair department and didn't look 'period' at all.
|by Anonymous||reply 253||10/06/2016|
On a scale of 1 to 10, how gay is Datalounge?
|by Anonymous||reply 254||10/06/2016|
R249, maybe he was bleeding a little. He fell off his bike, remember?
|by Anonymous||reply 255||10/06/2016|
My mother had a Karen Wheeler 'do in the early eighties. Similar colour, too. Then, unfortunately, it was the Cher years. *shudder*
|by Anonymous||reply 256||10/06/2016|
R255, didn't he fall off his bike because he was being chased by the monster?
|by Anonymous||reply 257||10/07/2016|
i wanted to like it more than i did... it was good but i had high expectations after all my friends raved about it
|by Anonymous||reply 258||01/01/2017|
It's excellent. It's like what indie cinema used to be, when there was actual character development.
|by Anonymous||reply 260||01/01/2017|
A little too overhyped, but quite enjoyable, especially if you are an 80s kid. There were definitely plotholes and wtf moments, like when the wall opened up and the kid is right behind the goop and Winona just stands there instead of taking the ax to try to reach/free him. When it closes back up is when she decides to break through! I was happy that they didn't follow cliches, like Steve being douche and Hopper pulling a scam on Brennan about 11's whereabouts. I was actually shocked he really sold her out. His guilt about that might be why he leaves the leftovers and eggos in case 11 is out there. Although how does he know that she likes eggos and ate leftovers unless Mike told him?
Another thing I felt was bizarre was that none of the kids seemed to have parents except for Mike. I know it was the 80s, but it was a bit unbelievable that the kids were out all hours of the night and then at the hospital, after everything that happenened, only Mike's mom was there (I think).
I was also surprised that they didn't cast hot guys as the teenage males. I found both boys to be weird looking and kind of fugly. I have to believe that the other characters who went into the upside down without masks are going have some repercussions, albeit fewer than Will. I hope Barb will be back too.
|by Anonymous||reply 261||03/28/2017|
Barb is dead. Deal with it.
|by Anonymous||reply 262||03/28/2017|
Trailer for the second season released at Comic-Con.
|by Anonymous||reply 263||07/22/2017|
Kudos to the team that made the trailer, it's great. The laugh from thriller at the end was perfect.
|by Anonymous||reply 264||07/22/2017|
Millie Bobby Brown gets on my nerves in interviews, she seems to be a drama queen attention seeker. But loved the show and am excited for the new season.
|by Anonymous||reply 266||10/13/2017|
[quote], she seems to be a drama queen attention seeker.
Have you ever known any teenagers lol?
I can't imagine growing up in the public eye, *yikes*, many things I did in my adolescence I would be quite embarrassed about.
|by Anonymous||reply 267||10/13/2017|
I didn't like this show at all. I lasted 3 episodes and I was done. And I really wanted to like it.
|by Anonymous||reply 268||10/14/2017|
Drama queen attention seeker=actor, R266.
|by Anonymous||reply 269||10/14/2017|
Only watched 3 episodes so far but:
1) I'm upset they shot the guy who owned the diner when the scientists/henchmen found 11 eating there. The actor also plays Toby on This Is Us.
2) The boyfriend is the actor from the "Ferris Bueller" type Domino's commercial
As for the show - LOVING IT!
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