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Stranger Things (NETFLIX)

Post by DarkAvenger » Tue Jul 05, 2016 12:03 pm

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Set in the 1980s in Montauk, NY, a young boy vanishes into thin air. As friends, family and local police search for answers, they are drawn into an extraordinary mystery involving top-secret government experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one very strange little girl.
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Estou em pulgas para ver isto! Soa tanto a 80's e a Stephen King! :-D
Parece que vão dar os episódios todos no dia 15 de Julho!
Adoro séries com um bom grupo de crianças amigas! Faz-me lembrar bons tempos!...
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Re: Stranger Things (NETFLIX)

Post by JRibeiro » Tue Jul 19, 2016 6:43 pm

Review da série:
Netflix's 'Stranger Things' basks in '80s nostalgia, but doesn't drown in it

Nostalgia rules the pop culture universe. No old property is too obscure or lame to be considered for a revival or reboot these days (I eagerly await announcement of the Just One of the Guys Cinematic Universe). Belated additions to the Star Wars and Rocky franchises were adored even though (or because) they were beat-for-beat remakes of the original films. The hot new app that has all your friends braving the sun in order to catch Charmanders and Zubats is based on a cartoon from the '90s.

Nostalgia can be a wonderful thing, and lord knows I get excited when a Community or Simpsons or BoJack Horseman episode alludes to some beloved property from my childhood. But there's a danger in building a movie or TV show around nostalgia: you can soak so deeply in your love for works of the past that the whole project drowns in it.

Quentin Tarantino has enough of a specific narrative and visual style so that his best films feel like his even when they wear their influences on their sleeves. And J.J. Abrams was able to make The Force Awakens feel like its own thing, even as it was moving through all the major plot points of A New Hope. On the other hand, Abrams' affectionate Steven Spielberg tribute Super 8 was technically impressive but mostly left me wishing I had chosen to rewatch E.T. or Close Encounters instead.

Netflix's newest drama, Stranger Things (its first season debuts on Friday; I've seen all eight episodes), is even less shy about bowing down at the altar of Spielberg, Stephen King, and John Carpenter. Set in suburban Indiana in 1983, it's heavy on synth music, kids riding around on dirt bikes, shady government agents in hazmat suits, a monster that usually skitters around the edge of the frame rather than appearing in full, and all the other tropes you might expect from the suspense and horror classics of the late '70s and early '80s. Barely a scene goes by without some kind of echo of E.T. or Jaws or The Body (the King story that became Stand By Me), to name just three, and at times the characters just come right out and cop to the story's inspirations: in trying to explain one bit of supernatural information to a pair of skeptics, a woman asks them, "You read any Stephen King?"

But the series, created and primarily directed by filmmaking brothers Matt and Ross Duffer (Wayward Pines) doesn't feel like a hollow nostalgia exercise. It's not Super 16. Over the course of the eight hours, the story and characters take on enough life of their own so that the references don't feel self-indulgent, and so that the series can be appreciated even if you don't know the plot of E.T. or the title font of Stephen King's early novels (a huge influence on the show's own opening credits) by heart.

The story begins with a quartet of middle-school friends — leader Mike (Finn Wolfhard), talkative Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo), skeptic Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin), and honest Will (Noah Schnapp) — whose lives revolve around marathon Dungeons & Dragons games, science fiction, the AV club, and avoiding the local bullies. Then Will goes missing under mysterious circumstances that lead back to a nearby government research lab run by Dr. Brenner (Matthew Modine) and a crewcut girl called Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) who has amazing powers and a very limited understanding of the world the boys know by heart. Along the way, there are parallel investigations run by Mike and Will's older siblings Nancy (Natalia Dyer) and Jonathan (Charlie Heaton), and by Will's mother Joyce (Winona Ryder) and Chief Hopper (David Harbour), the town's burnt-out top cop.

The references are clear but usually with a small twist: Eleven (El, for short) is essentially E.T., hidden in Mike's basement and closet, and developing a hankering for a specific kind of food (Eggos instead of Reese's Pieces), but Dr. Brenner has put her through a lot of awful things, and she's much more dangerous than she might seem at first glance. Both the kids and teens deal with nasty bullies straight out of It or a John Hughes movie, but one of them turns out to be less cartoonishly villainous than he seems at first. Along the way, it becomes a salute not only to the pop culture of the era, but the many ways the world has changed over the last 30-odd years: Hopper has a beer gut and a cigarette perpetually dangling from his lip, the kids buy weapons for their monster hunt at an Army surplus store with no one raising an eyebrow, and a key part of the investigation involves a librarian showing Hopper and Joyce a card catalog for newspaper archives on microfiche.

Eight hours turns out to be the perfect length, both for this kind of elaborate pastiche and for the Netflix "treat the season as one long movie" approach. The story moves briskly, with barely any of the repetition or idiot plot that a lot of other streaming series resort to while trying to fill 13 hours. There's a stretch where Joyce (like Richard Dreyfuss in Close Encounters) appears to the outside world to be losing her mind in her attempts to find Will; it's easy to imagine that dragging on forever in a standard-length Netflix show, but here the Duffers get all they can out of the idea and then go on to something else. And while the story probably could have just been told at feature film-length, the extra hours allow most of the characters(*) to become three-dimensional in a way that Abrams wasn't really able to do in the otherwise similar Super 8. Dustin, introduced as colorful comic relief at first (he has a condition where his adult teeth haven't come in yet, creating a Daffy Duck-esque lisp), turns out to be tougher and more resourceful than he seems at first, and the story of why Chief Hopper becomes so invested in the search for Will creates huge emotional power by the end.

(*) I do feel bad for Mad Men alum Cara Buono, stuck playing Mike and Nancy's mom, who remains exactly as oblivious as the plot and the traditions of the genre need her to be.

The presence of Ryder is symbolic of why the whole thing works. The Duffers cast her because she's most iconic for her roles in the '80s (if Stranger Things were actually being made in 1983, she'd be the right age to play Eleven), but also because she's a talented actress who has (after a quiet period largely playing supporting roles in small movies) really come into herself as an adult performer. She was a revelation as Oscar Isaac's city council ally in Show Me a Hero, and she's terrific here.

The market for nostalgia is so robust that Stranger Things probably could have gotten away with parading a bunch of '80s actors and references across the screen with minimal effort and creativity beyond that. But the series ultimately succeeds as something more than just a tribute act, even if it'll surely help if you're the type who gets excited when Dustin asks Eleven if she can use her powers to make Mike's toy Millennium Falcon fly like the genuine article.
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Re: Stranger Things (NETFLIX)

Post by p_alucinado » Wed Jul 20, 2016 12:04 pm

As críticas a isto têm sido do melhor. Vai ser o meu próximo vício.
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Re: Stranger Things (NETFLIX)

Post by DarkAvenger » Wed Jul 20, 2016 3:09 pm

Vou no segundo episódio e estou a adorar! Quando terminar faço uma review... :D
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Re: Stranger Things (NETFLIX)

Post by PanterA » Thu Jul 21, 2016 1:12 am

Do elenco todo a Ryder foi aquela que estava sempre fora do sitio. Não sei se era o papel dela estar sempre em modo histérica e aos gritos, mas pareceu-me uma completa outsider. Mas no que diz respeito ao grupo principal dos 5 putos, parece que foram mesmo escolhidos a dedo. Adorei cada um deles com a sua carisma, dinâmica e empatia entre eles todos. Quase que dava a sensação que se conheciam desde sempre, e isso fez a diferença.

Depois temos um grande ambiente dos anos 80's com a sua cultura pop. É sempre aquela coisa ver algo numa década que sou particularmente grande fã, todas aquelas referências que são sempre de salivar. Só achei que podiam ter dado mais ênfase na música. Muito escassa e mesmo a OST propriamente dita, tinha potencial para algo maior.

Na história em si, pode-se dizer que foi quase tudo que estava à espera. Basicamente é aquela formula que já se conhece, mas prende sempre de inicio ao fim. Só achei, talvez aqui esteja sozinho, que não deviam continuar com ela. Devia ser apenas uma mini-série. Acho que ver mais seasons perde aquela "coisinha", e não força nada do que tinham mostrado até então. Com a 2º season até me podem calar, mas assim de momento acho uma ideia pouco produtiva.

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Re: Stranger Things (NETFLIX)

Post by DarkAvenger » Thu Jul 21, 2016 1:26 am

Mas vai haver segunda temporada?
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Post by Anoni Mus » Thu Jul 21, 2016 1:29 am

Gostei bastante! Não tanto como muita gente por aí, mas mesmo assim é algo que fazia falta para mexer com a falta de originalidade actual, mesmo tendo em conta que seja apenas um return a anos passados.

Fiquei maravilhado com a atuação, actores novos muito bons (Dustin ftw), e depois o estilo de personagem da mãe do Will costuma ser irritante e maçador, mas a prestação de Winona Ryder fez-me apreciar bastante a personagem, há quem diga que foi overacting e eu percebo, mas gostei.
O monstro não estava nada de especial, houve algum subvertimento do troupe de romance entre o trio adolescente o que ajudou a não ser insuportável apesar de ter sido na mesma o ponto de vista mais fraco, mas ainda assim positivio, also poor Barb, no one gives a fuck.
Notei que os pobres eram bullies e os ricos os bons da fita, tirando o Steve que lá se redimiu (li um comment na net que os gajos gostaram da atuação dele e deram-lhe mais presença na série do que previsto).

Um nitpick: Notei que a presença do pai do Will/Jonathan quando voltou a casa serviu como plot device para que Jonathan não contasse à mãe que ela tinha razão, adiando assim a junção deles, junção essa que estava à espera que acontecesse e seria o mais racional acontecer.
Há sempre manias neste tipo de filmes/séries em arranjar maneira que isso não aconteça (ás vezes mesmo frustrantes), nesta série esperava que fosse diferente, mas inventaram isso na mesma, compensou mais à frente, mas não deixou de me ter incomodado.

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Re: Stranger Things (NETFLIX)

Post by BurnCycle » Mon Aug 01, 2016 6:13 am

DarkAvenger wrote:Mas vai haver segunda temporada?
O facto da Netflix ainda não ter anunciado a renovação tem dado origem a muita expeculação em relação à sua renovação. Não será pela critica que a série será cancelada, isso é uma certeza.

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Post by DarkAvenger » Mon Aug 01, 2016 8:50 am

Mas parece que já foram confirmadas mais temporadas. Pelo menos foi o que li...
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Post by BurnCycle » Mon Aug 01, 2016 3:56 pm

Não, ainda não há qualquer confirmação de futuras temporadas, apenas uma ideia do que será uma possivel proxima temporada.

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Re: Stranger Things (NETFLIX)

Post by p_alucinado » Thu Aug 04, 2016 5:30 pm

Acabei de ver isto há dias e é simplesmente brilhante, não apenas como capta a atmosfera 80's na perfeição, mas também como a história se desenvolve de forma bem sustentada e sempre em crescendo. E o facto de basicamente os miúdos regerem as suas acções pelos códigos de conduta do jogo é brutal. Até se perdoam uma ou duas coincidências forçadas. Televisão como eu gosto.

Já agora, não acredito que não haja mais temporadas, principalmente depois do buzz todo criado depois da estreia da série. No meu feed de Facebook, não há dia em que não apareçam 3 ou 4 pessoas a fazer alguma alusão a isto.
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Re: Stranger Things (NETFLIX)

Post by PanterA » Thu Aug 04, 2016 6:04 pm

Infelizmente já foi confirmada a 2º season.

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Re: Stranger Things (NETFLIX)

Post by DarkAvenger » Mon Aug 08, 2016 12:01 pm

Felizmente... :)
Desde que mantenham todo o cast, os argumentistas e o mesmo estilo. Já estou a rever tudo!
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Re: Stranger Things (NETFLIX)

Post by waltsouza » Mon Aug 08, 2016 2:24 pm

Eu ainda só vi 2 episódios mas realmente a série parece ser muito boa. É para continuar a acompanhar.

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Re: Stranger Things (NETFLIX)

Post by BurnCycle » Mon Aug 08, 2016 7:19 pm

PanterA wrote:Infelizmente já foi confirmada a 2º season.
Podes colocar um link pra isso?
É que até agora não encontrei qualquer noticia de renovação e o "buzz" acerca disso mesmo tem vindo a aumentar.

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