The Idiot Box

Reviews & Criticisms of all things Film related.



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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The new Netflix Original Series Sense8, comes from the amazing minds behind The Matrix trilogy and Babylon 5, The Wachowskis and J.Michael Straczynski. The show is complex and ballsy, with it’s many characters and many locations. The show is about a group of strangers, known as ‘Sensates’. Each live in different cities around the world, and none have met before, until one day, after witnessing a tragic death, they can suddenly communicate with each other mentally and emotionally.¬† Whilst trying to figure what is happening to them, a mysterious stranger they call Whispers is trying to hunt them down for his own sinister scientific purposes.

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