11 Reasons "Super 8" Is A Must-See For All "Stranger Things" Enthusiasts

11 Reasons "Super 8" Is A Must-See For All "Stranger Things" Enthusiasts

Perfect for the in-between-seasons funk.
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October 27th, 2017.

If you are like me, this date is extremely important to you. Why? The new season of the Netflix Original Series "Stranger Things" is being released.

I've been feeling blessed by the Netflix gods since it's a Friday, so I can binge watch the entire season without feeling guilty about not doing any work. (Although let's be real... who actually feels badly when they do that?) I'm beyond pumped for this new season. Honestly, I'm not sure I can wait any longer! If you share my excitement and don't know if you can make it to October 27th, have no fear.

There is a movie that can help fill the void we all have for a great coming-of-age SciFi adventure. The title of this incredible movie? "Super 8."

The film premiered in 2011 and, despite it having huge names involved in the making, such as director J.J. Abrams and producer Steven Spielberg, it did not get the hype that I think it deserved. When "Stranger Things" came out on Netflix, I was ecstatic. The premise of the show mirrors that of the 2011 film, and since I watched "Stranger Things" to aid my "Super 8" withdrawal (I am high key obsessed with that movie - I saw it in the theater at least five times and have the movie poster up in my room), I think that "Super 8" could do the same for those needing a little somethin' somethin' in the days leading up to the new season of "Stranger Things."

So, without further ado, here are 11 (yes, I did add one extra after thinking of 10 simply to throw in a "Stranger Things" pun) reasons all "Stranger Things" fans should watch "Super 8."

1. The Film is Incredible

The first and most obvious reason? This movie is dope as hell. J. J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg are not household names for nothing, and "Super 8" is no exception to the amazing works they have produced. There is a great balance of action, comedy, tragedy, and a little bit of romance. It's pretty much anything anyone could want in a movie, so why wouldn't you watch it?? Okay, okay, so I am a little biased since I am admittedly obsessed. Don't believe me? Rotten Tomatoes gave the movie an 82% (this is 22% more than what the website has deemed "a good review", so that is a pretty great rating).

2. Plot

The plot of "Super 8" is extremely similar to that of "Stranger Things" but different enough that it isn't boring. While the Netflix show follows a group of somewhat dorky Dungeons-and-Dragons-playing middle schoolers (no hate on D and D) on an adventure, "Super 8" follows six film-making middle school nerds as they investigate some weird happenings in their small town. Sound familiar?

3. Time Period

A huge aspect of "Stranger Things" that turns people on to watching it is its early 80s time period. "Super 8" takes place in 1979, so it has the same vibe. Exciting, right?

4. Character Chemistry

Everyone who watched "Stranger Things" loves all the characters. The actors all do fantastic jobs of making Mike, Eleven, Will, Dustin, and Lucas super lovable and relatable. The characters in "Super 8" have that same coming-of-age, funny, relatable thing going for them that makes them just as lovable. The six friends in the movie are constantly ripping on each other and watching it gets you super invested, as you can tell the actors had a great time filming it together. That "Stranger Things" character chemistry is present in "Super 8."

5. Cinematography

A lot of the great film techniques used in the show are also used in the movie. For example, a lot of Eleven's past comes about in flashbacks. This same technique is used for the film's main character, Joe Lamb. Little details like this along with similar prop use (cue the retro bikes) brings about the same feeling while watching both medias.

6. Script

The way "Stranger Things" is written makes the show feel very real. Meaning, what characters may say sounds like things real-life humans would say, too. The genuineness in the script makes a very out of the ordinary situation feel real to the audience, and "Super 8's" script provides this same experience.

7. Aesthetic

Like a true millennial, I am obsessed with things being aesthetically pleasing. "Stranger Things" has a very cool aesthetic, with the retro costumes and props being tied together with the small town setting and the lighting throughout the scenes. "Super 8" has an aesthetic that mirrors this one, and that makes me very happy.

8. Acting

No one can talk about "Stranger Things" without addressing the incredible performances of Winona Ryder (Joyce Byers) and David Harbour (Jim Hopper). The two actors both do awesome jobs of portraying the distressed mother and the concerned cop. In "Super 8," another power-duo of Kyle Chandler (Jackson "Jack" Lamb) and Ron Eldard (Louis Dainard) make a huge impact on the film with their powerful portrayals as the parents of two of the children in the film. Every film or TV show is only as good as its worst actor, and both of these casts are phenomenal.

9. Soundtrack

In the Netflix Original, the songs "Should I Stay of Should I Go" by the Clash and other classics are featured to tie together the time period along with making the soundtrack fire. "Super 8" also has some slaps on its track such as "My Sharona" by the Knack. Both will leave your head bobbing to some sick jams.

10. Perfect for Fall

It's October, my dudes! That means that it is time to get a little spooky. Halloween is just around the corner, and we are all ready for some of those creepy "Upside-Down-Demogorgan" vibes. "Super 8" can provide those in a time where the leaves are changing but the episodes aren't (no matter how much I refresh Netflix, the new season doesn't just magically appear... rude).

11. Movie Time

Best part of "Super 8"? You get the satisfaction of watching "Stranger Things" without the investment. You don't have to spend an entire Saturday to get the pleasure of likable, relatable characters because it's a movie, not a series! It is perfect for this weird limbo between seasons, so what are you waiting for?

Cover Image Credit: Torley--Flickr

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Do you have fond childhood objects that make you nostalgic just thinking about your favorite Barbie or sequenced purse? Well for me, its my navy Crocs. Those shoes put me through elementary school. I eventually wore them out so much that I had to say goodbye. I tried Airwalks and sandals, but nothing compared. Then on my senior trip in New York City, a four story Crocs store gleamed at me from across the street and I bought another pair of Navy Blue Crocs. The rest is history. I wear them every morning to the lake for practice and then throughout the day to help air out my soaking feet. I love my Crocs so much, that I was in shock when it became apparent to me that people don't feel the same. Here are nine reasons why you should just throw out all of your other shoes and settle on Crocs.

1. They are waterproof.

These bad boys can take on the wettest of water. Nobody is sure what they are made of, though. The debate is still out there on foam vs. rubber. You can wear these bad boys any place water may or may not be: to the lake for practice or to the club where all the thirsty boys are. But honestly who cares because they're buoyant and water proof. Raise the roof.


2. Your most reliable support system

There is a reason nurses and swimming instructors alike swear by Crocs. Comfort. Croc's clogs will make you feel like your are walking on a cloud of Laffy Taffy. They are wide enough that your toes are not squished, and the rubbery material forms perfectly around your foot. Added bonus: The holes let in a nice breeze while riding around on your Razor Scooter.

3. Insane durability

Have you ever been so angry you could throw a Croc 'cause same? Have you ever had a Croc bitten while wrestling a great white shark? Me too. Have you ever had your entire foot rolled like a fruit roll up but had your Crocs still intact? Also me. All I know is that Seal Team 6 may or may not have worn these shoes to find and kill Osama Bin Laden. Just sayin'.


4. Bling, bling, bling

Jibbitz, am I right?! These are basically they're own money in the industry of comfortable footwear. From Spongebob to Christmas to your favorite fossil, Jibbitz has it all. There's nothing more swag-tastic than pimped out crocs. Lady. Killer.

5. So many options

From the classic clog to fashionable sneakers, Crocs offer so many options that are just too good to pass up on. They have fur lined boots, wedges, sandals, loafers, Maryjane's, glow in the dark, Minion themed, and best of all, CAMO! Where did your feet go?!

6. Affordable

Crocs: $30

Feeling like a boss: Priceless

7. Two words: Adventure Straps

Because you know that when you move the strap from casual mode chillin' in the front to behind the heal, it's like using a shell on Mario Cart.

8. Crocs cares

Okay, but for real, Crocs is a great company because they have donated over 3 million pairs of crocs to people in need around the world. Move over Toms, the Croc is in the house.

9. Stylish AF

The boys will be coming for you like Steve Irwin.

Who cares what the haters say, right? Wear with pride, and go forth in style.

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My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.

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I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.


I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.


As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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