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Every outfit of Linda Evans in Dynasty, New Lady in Town (1984).
Christy Turlington for Veneziani, 1986
“Guys like you aren’t relationships, they’re exercise.”
- Staying Alive (1983)
aight so since im a massive film/tv nerd lets talk about stranger things
YOUNG BOY STRANGER THINGS
so basically the first season is nearly perfect imo. the cinematography is phenomenal and every. single. shot. serves the mood of the scene really well. the show has excellent writing that makes teens feel like actual people which a lot of other teen shows fail at, and it can be really funny without actually sacrificing the mood of the show as a whole or detracting from the severity of the situation. it can also be genuinely scary (the first watch through) without relying too much on gore to induce a cheaper “shock scare”. It maintains tension expertly throughout the whole show until the resolution and the ending cliffhanger is a perfect end. There really isnt much more i can say, the entire season is just chef’s kiss
DEMOGORGON 2: ELECTRIC BOOGALOO
while season 2 is still decent and succeeds in some of the aforementioned manners (cinematography and humour), there are quite a few g l a r i n g flaws in the show which kinda take it down quite a few pegs for me. Season one was almost a mystery show disguised as horror, and therefore was a lot more engaging because you wanted to solve the mystery just as much as the characters did. While you were still invested in the show and liked the characters, most of the enjoyment (for me at least) came from trying to figure out what happened to will. While Season 2 does have some of this carry over with the Mind Flayer infection, the mystery never really progresses, they just figure something out in the last hour of the show. Season 2 relies a lot more on the characters to carry the show and keep the audience engaged. While this does work a lot of the time, especially with the dynamics between Dustin and Steve (we stan), a lot of the enjoyment from the show was taken away (for me) when the mystery aspect was toned down. Additionally, there wasn’t really any particularly scary threat for the majority of the season. In Season 1 we are aware of the existence of the Demogorgon throughout the show and we are consistently shown that it is a severe threat to the protagonists, but in Season 2 we only really have a threat at the very end (last two episodes), and even those are literally just tiny demogorgons. While they obviously can still be harmful, they’re much tamer considering how hyped up big boy demogorgon was in the first season.
While the characters are a big reason why stranger things is such a well loved show, Season 2 kinda screwed a lot of them up. Joyce is still the distressed mother (while she has reason to be, she literally doesn’t change at a l l after the first season), Mike is kinda just an edgier version of who he was last season, Will doesn’t have any character at all (the mind flayer does take him over but thats a slow process in the beginning, he should be more prominent but he isn’t and we therefore never get to connect with him like we did with the other characters in the first season), and Eleven…
well Eleven is a child. she has every reason to be disappointed or angry that she cant see mike but she behaves like a toddler. she
- throws tantrums
- breaks windows when she doesn’t get what she wants
and yells “i hate you!” at her parental guardian who is just trying to keep her safe from murderous government officials. While her motivations are there and are valid, her behavior is extremely immature, and she definitely devolves after the first season.
whoo that was long. i still like the season but the characters don’t really evolve or develop at all after the first season which kinda sucks considering the first season was so good and characters did develop during it, but for some reason they just abruptly stopped. Fortunately, the writing is still decent and the cinematography is still great so its still an enjoyable watch.
SEASON 3: COMMUNISM IS THE REAL ENEMY
this is probably the worst season of the show (worst for stranger things is still pretty good though), but i still enjoyed watching it more than i enjoyed watching any other part of the show because i was laughing the entire time.
The writing in this season is either amazing or terrible. There are some parts to this show where they’re trying to write a joke but it fails so hard i start laughing. The best example I can think of this is the scene where Billy is trying to convince Mrs. Wheeler to get private lessons from him. He launches into a monologue of how he could “teach her” and starts listing strokes like the sensual man he is
breaststroke” *proceeds to eye mrs. wheeler from head to toe*
and the joke made me cringe so hard i fell out of my chair laughing. This is just the example i thought of off the top of my head, but so many scenes have similar writing that makes me cringe hard.
the actor’s performances in this season are phenomenal. Every actor sells their lines so hard that I enjoy every. single. second of the show even when the writing is dumb. the only times when the writing is actually bothersome is in the serious scenes (like the infamous “new coke” scene which made me shake my head so fast my glasses flew off my head). Apart from those few instances, however, almost every second of the show is enjoyable. This season also fixes the problem with the second season and actually ups the ante this time with the mind flayer which is absolutely, positively, terrifying. The damn thing is literally made out of the melted corpses of the people it infected. This brings another problem into the show, however, which is
I should probably start out by saying that in general i don’t really like over the top gore in media. A few months ago i tried to watch Kill Bill and got freaked out by the first scene. Regardless of my wimpiness, however, I think that the show begins to rely too much on gore to be scary. Some scenes have people feeling around in a cut open leg, some scenes have people literally melting into chunks of blood and flesh, some have scenes of a guy getting his head shoved into a fan and having his face ripped open. The show tries to put all this off as “horror” but in reality its just something that grosses me out a bit but then i move on. Some scenes have actual scary moments, (especially with the mind flayer in billy’s form), but a lot of the horror in the third season relies on either gore or jumpscares which are still really enjoyable to watch but aren’t really scary as they’re intended to be.
I still loved watching season three, but i feel like it shouldn’t be gone into as a horror show as the first two could have been. The first few episodes are like a corny teen dramedy with some scary elements, and the last few are literally just slasher 80s camp the whole way through and i’m living for it
anyway this was long winded and dumb. stranger things is a great show watch it just don’t expect anything to top the first season
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Some step by step progress pics
Wanted to design an outfit for 80’s Action Zomboi from PvZ
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Tonight I dreamed of Rob Lowe ♡ I’ve been in love with him since I watched St. Elmo’s Fire and got obsessed with his character, Bill, that was a cleary inspiration for Billy of Stranger Things. So, after waking up and noticing that unfortunately I wasn’t that lucky, I decided to watch The Outsiders and MAN WHAT A MOVIE!! I loved that his character Sodapop (sick real name) is so soft in the midle of such toxic masculinity. I can make a review with more details about the movie later, this is just me sharing my crush with him lol. And what about you? Do you have some crush from another time?
maybe I’ll be posting a lot of pictures of rob lowe this week sorry
Strut like it’s 1985 in the new ‘Strut-1980s’ lyric music video. Created by Luke Bentlay & lead single off the @astronotmovie - Gravity album. Mixed by producers Kirk Kelsey & @recordingacademy nominated artist Eric Alexandrakis & mastered by Grammy-winning engineer Sean Magee at Abbey Road. The single & album stream below. Keep on struttin’!
Paulina Porizkova, 1984 - Ph. Irving Penn
SONG OF THE DAY (11/07/20)