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The Idiot Box

Reviews & Criticisms of all things Film related.

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August 2016

Stranger Things (2016)

I was a bit iffy about this series when it first came out. I don’t know why. I think it was because I had forgotten how great an actor Winona Ryder is. So it took me a awhile to actually sit down and watch it. I figured I would watch one episode before bed just to see how it was. Next thing I knew the sun was rising and the season was over. The show is so good, that I did not even notice that I had binged the whole thing until it was over. Thank god for the discovery of caffeine, otherwise I would have crashed hard before lunch. I bow before the god of caffeine!! Is there a god of caffeine? I’m getting sidetracked.

Stranger Things is set in the 1980’s, and is filled with nostalgic references to all things horror related in the 80’s. When a young boy named Will goes missing, his mother and best friends start an investigation into his disappearance, and as their search unfolds, they discover mysteries from secretive government agencies, supernatural creatures, and an odd orphan girl.

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Suicide Squad (2016)

Suicide Squad is Warner Bros latest attempt to copycat the success of Marvel films with their adaptation of DC comics. And that’s their biggest problem right there. They are trying too hard to be like Marvel, and they can’t be. Although the Marvel films are incredibly different from the comics, they are enjoyable because they have a good story, funny dialogue that isn’t too cheesy, and plot holes that are easy to overlook within the scope of the story, because everything else is pretty awesome.

DC comics are notably more darker than their competitor, and any attempt to try and make them more family friendly, really does not do them justice. Not only does it insult the fans, but it is a giant middle finger to the incredibly in depth stories that the comics hold.

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