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 Post subject: Stranger Things
PostPosted: Tue Oct 24, 2017 20:31 
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Stranger Things was great. Go watch S01 if you haven't already so you can be all set for the next series on Friday.

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 Post subject: Re: Stranger Things
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 Post subject: Re: Stranger Things
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Actually looking forward to this. Nice self contained story


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 Post subject: Re: Stranger Things
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 Post subject: Re: Stranger Things
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Oooh! Looking forwards to this. Are they going to release the whole series at once or drip feed it an episode at a time line in the olden days?

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 Post subject: Re: Stranger Things
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 Post subject: Re: Stranger Things
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 Post subject: Re: Stranger Things
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I'm away on hols that very day, so I'll binge when I get back.

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 Post subject: Re: Stranger Things
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The cost of the music rights for the new series must be astronomical based on the first two episodes.

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 Post subject: Re: Stranger Things
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Just downloading them now, but I've booked theatre tickets for tonight so it'll have to wait.


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 Post subject: Re: Stranger Things
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Morte wrote:
The cost of the music rights for the new series must be astronomical based on the first two episodes.


Is that still the case these days? I know music rights arguments stopped the Wonder Years coming out on DVD, but with all the legit streaming services do they still charge a fortune for TV music rights?


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 Post subject: Re: Stranger Things
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From my extensive research (e.g. typing into google "how much does it cost to license a song") I came up with this summary:

-Low-end TV usage (e.g. -- music is playing from a jukebox in a scene, but no one in the scene is paying any attention to the music) -- free (for exposure) to $2,000 for a 5-year license. In a film, the fee would be $10,000 in perpetuity.
-A more popular song is worth more, perhaps $3,000 for TV and $25,000 for film.
-A song used as the theme song for a film might get $50,000 to $75,000.
-Commercials fetch even more money: "a song can command anywhere from $25,000 to $500,000 plus per year. The typical range for a well-known song is $75,000 to $200,000 for a one year national usage in the United States, on television and radio."

It seems though it is very dependent on the song and the context it is played (for example over end credits) and the type of license used. I do know that Ian McNabb from The Icicle Works was very pleased that "From a Whisper to a Scream" is going to be in the series as it would get another soundtrack airing and would result in a nice cheque.

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 Post subject: Re: Stranger Things
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Yay! Silly flavour crisps, wine and 80s horror kitsch. Happy fucking days.

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 Post subject: Re: Stranger Things
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Is the doctor feller at the institute thing Burke from Aliens?

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 Post subject: Re: Stranger Things
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 Post subject: Re: Stranger Things
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MrChris wrote:
Is the doctor feller at the institute thing Burke from Aliens?


Yup. Probably there just for this episode:

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The Aliens call backs at the end of ep6 are great.


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 Post subject: Re: Stranger Things
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Finished! So good. Loved it.


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 Post subject: Re: Stranger Things
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4 episodes in so far. Absolutely loving it!


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 Post subject: Re: Stranger Things
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Steve Harrington is an actual hero. My favourite bits are almost every time Dustin is on screen. Sonovabitch. Real middle school talk, they get a cool curse word and use it all the time. Everything felt pretty much authentic.

Bob the Brain.... Good casting. Such an annoying dork in the beginning but safe and soft.

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 Post subject: Re: Stranger Things
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I watched the first episode last night and thought it was very good even though not that much happened, and OLD FAT BURKE was good as well.

I liked the music and the arcades and stuff.

Is Winona Ryder still on THE LIST or not? I am unsure. You'd have to keep an eye on your stuff likes. I don't know if she smokes in real life or not or if it is just ACTING but I am not a fan of that.

Will do 1-2 episodes per night until I have finished it.

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 Post subject: Re: Stranger Things
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Loving this. Not rushing it as I want something to spend my evenings on. Dustin is beyond superb.

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 Post subject: Re: Stranger Things
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Also Hopper, Mad Max and Steve. Great, great TV.

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 Post subject: Re: Stranger Things
PostPosted: Thu Nov 02, 2017 7:13 
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...... Nah.

I quite enjoyed S2 but no way did it live up to hype or expectations for me. S1 was truly gripping, awesome and genuinely disturbing in parts, whereas this felt far more sentimental, corny, predictable and cheesy - and above all, (relatively) humdrum and mainstream. A lot of the magic, the quirky and interesting intangibles that made this such a cult smash hit out of nowhere, were just muted or absent this time around; for my money they bottled it a bit here.

I loved the look of the S2 trailer when I saw it and could not wait to get stuck into the inevitable binge-fest, but the actual thing, although reasonably enjoyable (albeit very slow to get off the ground, the first few episodes were pedestrian-paced), was ultimately a bit disappointing. Difficult second album syndrome, I guess.

Perfectly OK/quite good but certainly no classic for me, then.

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The storyline just wasn't coherent or gripping enough, not by a long chalk. They could've made so much more of '8' for instance, properly integrating her into the storyline and injecting much-needed antidote to all the kiddy stuff, but failed to do so , despite very promising introduction to her early on. Also wtf was that final schmaltzy ep about, most of it was given over to cheesy character development stuff and a school disco...? The trailered big monster didn't even come into it, and 11's gate-closing scene of about 2 mins was totally lame and inadequate. Like, was that it?

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 Post subject: Re: Stranger Things
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 Post subject: Re: Stranger Things
PostPosted: Thu Nov 02, 2017 9:26 
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Meh. I need more bite. A lot more.

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 Post subject: Re: Stranger Things
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Meh. I need more bite. A lot more.


Try 'A Serbian Film', that's got plenty of bite.

I watched S02E02 of Stranger Things last night and really enjoyed it. The slow pace is fine and I like that they're taking the time to explore the consequences of what happened last season, rather than just barrel straight into THE LATEST ADVENTURES. To my mind that's using the TV series format smartly, unlike say, The Walking Dead, that has all the time in the world but manages to do fuck all with it.

Love the music and the 'feel' of the show too, the licensed music is great but the 80s synth stuff is fab as well.

A programme to appreciate an episode at a time, and not hurry things, and MrChris said above.

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 Post subject: Re: Stranger Things
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Meh. I need more bite. A lot more.


Try 'A Serbian Film', that's got plenty of bite.

I watched S02E02 of Stranger Things last night and really enjoyed it. The slow pace is fine and I like that they're taking the time to explore the consequences of what happened last season, rather than just barrel straight into THE LATEST ADVENTURES. To my mind that's using the TV series format smartly, unlike say, The Walking Dead, that has all the time in the world but manages to do fuck all with it.

Love the music and the 'feel' of the show too, the licensed music is great but the 80s synth stuff is fab as well.

A programme to appreciate an episode at a time, and not hurry things, and MrChris said above.


Er, by 'more bite' I *obviously* don't mean gore - I mean a far more compelling, much stronger story line, with substance over style or sentimentality... do try not to interpret everything absolutely literally? For me, S1 felt like it genuinely had something to say and a story to tell, whereas S2 far less so, and thus more reliant on peripheral character development (and ironically under-developed and unresolved, ultimately superfluous peripheral characters).

*Of course* the music and feel were cool - that's surely a given. (If they'd messed that up, I would've been panning it, rather than saying, for me, it was merely 'quite good')

As for rushing it, well, I've spent the best part of a week to watch it, which just goes to show that I wasn't hooked. I could watch entire seasons of Better Call Saul, Breaking Bad or GOT in single sittings... now *that's* great TV (imo), with an actual story to tell, which genuinely develops and evolves through each Season. In the end, Stranger Things S2 just didn't.

I give it 692 out of 1000 :D

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 Post subject: Re: Stranger Things
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Episode 8.

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!

Also this is awesome

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 Post subject: Re: Stranger Things
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Just doing 5. It’s good, but is missing the spark that made the first series so special IMO.


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 Post subject: Re: Stranger Things
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