A Spoiler-Free Review of 'Stranger Things'

A Spoiler-Free Review of 'Stranger Things'

Watch it and then watch it some more.

When Stranger Things first premiered on Netflix in July 15, 2016, fast forward a year and a half, it has become a sci-fi phenomenon, with its second season released on October 27, and the confirmation of a third, Stranger Things is showing no signs of slowing down. Set in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana, the first season of Stranger Things takes place in 1983, and follows a group of friends, who are trying to find their missing friend Will, who was captured and taken to the "Upside Down." Soon they realize that the thing that took their friend was coming for the rest of the town. With the help of an unlikely ally, they set out to save their friend, and their town from this massive threat. The second season, dubbed Stranger Things 2, is set a year after, mainly follows Will, as he tries to move on from what happened, only to discover that he is being influenced by his visit to the "Upside Down," and they all soon learn that there is an even bigger threat to their lives.

Stranger Things was a sleeper-hit, turned award-winning phenomenon, praised by critics and fans alike, there is no denying that it was a massive success. It also gave most of the child actors their first major role, launching them into the spotlight. Not surprising, Stranger Things received many industry awards and nominations, receiving eighteen nominations for the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards, which included nominations for Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Supporting Actor (David Harbour), and Outstanding Supporting Actress (Millie Bobby Brown). It also recieved two Gloden Globe nominations (Best Television Series -- Drama and Best Actress -- Television Series Drama [Winona Ryder]) and three Screen Actors Guild Award nominations two in the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series (Millie Bobby Brown and Winona Ryder) as well as winning the award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. Stranger Things also won the first ever MTV Movie & TV Award for TV Show of the year, and Millie Bobby Brown won the award for Best Actor in a TV Show, a gender-neutral category, the first of it's kind.

Though he was not featured much in the first season, Noah Schnapp's portrayal of Will Byers was a key player in the events that transpire, and his character really develops in the second season. Schnapp is a relative newcomer, only having a few roles before booking Stranger Things, but after watching his performance in the second season, there is no doubt that he can stand on his own alongside the rest of the amazing cast.

Not just Noah, but after receiving much acclaim for her performance in the first season, Millie Bobby Brown was better than ever. As the events of season two transpire, we learn more about her past than ever before, and you really see her character come into her own and learn to think for herself, and decide for herself what kind of person she wants to be. Overall, Stranger Things builds off the momentum of season one, but that is not to say that season two doesn't stand on it's own. In Stranger Things 2, we learn more about the characters we already love, and fall in love with new ones, and we really see these people learn from their experiences, and see how what happened in season one affects their life in season two.

If you haven't already watched Stranger Things, I highly suggest that you watch it as soon as you can.

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We Need to Talk About Logan Paul

A conversation needs to be started.

I am never the type of person to get involved or even be concerned about YouTube drama. A lot of the time, it is petty and not worth the energy that is typically spent on it. However, a problem surfaced and was brought to my attention by multiple friends and family members.

Logan Paul.

I remember this guy from Vine. I didn't think much of him. I just thought he was a cocky kid who made average vines. I didn't follow him on YouTube, Instagram or Twitter after Vine got deleted, so I never really kept up with any of his whereabouts nor did I follow the Jake and Logan Paul drama.

Recently, he posted a video in Japan's Aokigahara forest, otherwise known as the suicide forest. There are many problems with his intent of filming a video in such a place, but that is not the main issue in this video. While traveling through the forest, Logan Paul and his friends come across a person who committed suicide. He then began to film the person, blurring his face, but showing the man's hands and torso.

The problem with his latest stunt is that it is way bigger than him. What he did deserves a conversation about all people and society, not just Logan Paul. I don't have any hate towards Logan and don't have any intention or desire to bash or join the hate bandwagon that is sometimes hard to fall into. However, I will not hold my tongue and let my seven-year-old brother watch an adult post disturbing images dealing with suicide.

What needs to be said about the disgust of this video has already been said and there are several great YouTube videos from other creators, i.e. Jenna and Julien, Cody Ko, and Christian DelGrosso. If you need more clarification of the contents of the video, then I suggest watching one of their videos.

My main issue is the kids that are involved. Logan Paul's fanbase is largely impressionable kids from the ages of eight to thirteen. Before Logan took down the video, the video had already received upwards of 50,000 likes. Meaning, these kids have no idea that this was wrong and then continue to stand up for him.

I am not a parent and have no intention on telling parents how to raise their children, but in my personal opinion, these kids have no business watching Logan Paul and any of his antics. Just because this video has become the most popular, by no means does that mean any of his other videos have questionable actions. These kids look up to Logan Paul and therefore will take on the persona of Logan Paul, even if by a small fraction.

I understand kids will find a way to watch something that they want to watch, but a parent should at least be aware and have the conversation that it was disturbing and unnerving, but at the very least wrong. Without this clarification, kids could grow up to think that what Logan Paul did was okay, in which it was not, on any level.

I have seen multiple people on all different forms of media asking how these kinds of people become famous, and as a closing sentence, I'd like to answer that question.

We, as a society, have the power to change the world and the people who have the spotlight. It is up to us who we see and who is famous or in the public eye. If we see something that is not moral, I believe it is our job as a society to change the tone.

Spread love, not hate.

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Why 'The Disaster Artist' Is Genius

“The Disaster Artist” takes us on the journey of how the beloved, insanely quotable film “The Room” was conceived.

Tommy Wiseau’s, “The Room,” is a disastrous movie like no other. It’s cult following only seems to be increasing with the release of “The Disaster Artist,” directed by Golden Globe winner, James Franco, bringing “The Room’s” legacy full circle.

“The Disaster Artist” takes us on a journey of how the beloved, insanely quotable film, “The Room,” was conceived. Hearing lines like “You’re tearing me apart, Lisa!” and “ Oh, hi Mark,” in the theater is enticing alone, but seeing Tommy’s journey brought to life is priceless. So, who is Tommy?

We may not know his age, origin, or even where his money comes from, but it’s safe to say we’ve seen his vision. We all have our dreams; some may be so big we’re embarrassed to say them aloud. Tommy shows dreamers everywhere that you have to believe in yourself and the strength of your dreams. Sometimes you just have to go for it.

Tommy's costar and friend, Greg Sestero, wrote “The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made,” which led them to the blockbuster directed by James Franco.

The movie adaptation isn’t just something a screenwriter fabricated - it’s their story. Even the jokes were based on real life; Tommy had a habit of forgetting lines, Johnny was initially going to be a vampire and those tantrums Tommy had done in fact occur.

The film felt so organic with actors seeming to be the people they are emulating, especially director and producer, James Franco. He went as far as directing the cast in costume and in character as Tommy. Members of the cast had to be warned that they were going on to a strange set of scenes.

Halfway through "The Disaster Artist," it became apparent that the film the characters were creating wasn’t going to be a critically acclaimed Oscar winner, to say the least. The headspace of Tommy suddenly became real. “The Room” didn’t just feel like a movie that we characterize as a drama and comedy, but his hard work and dedication as well. Most of all, his dream became realized.

While "The Disaster Artist" is a comedy, it was surprisingly uplifting. It’s not just about the making of “The Room,” but also the bond shared between Tommy and Greg. Even now, you can see that they have a close friendship that transcended so many years. In life, it’s rare to find life-long friendships.

From the start, they supported each other and made up for what the other lacked. Who knew they would be where they are today.

"The Disaster Artist" was able to connect so many different elements to make a movie many enjoy, regardless of if they are familiar with "The Room." It's a different type of comedy and story that was told. It feels like we were apart of its history as Franco's portrayal of Tommy earned a Golden Globe.

Entering Tommy's headspace is unforgettable. If you're wondering what Tommy was going to say during the ceremony, wish granted:

"If a lot of people loved each other, the world would be a better place to live.”

You may call him crazy, but that's a damn good message if you ask me.

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