"Stranger Things" Is So Hot Right Now

"Stranger Things" Is So Hot Right Now

How an '80s-themed Netflix Original is breaking the television game

On July 15, 2016, Netflix rolled out its biggest show to date. It was not a new season of "House of Cards" or another spin-off of "Daredevil," however, for this show was entirely original. The name of the new series was 'Stranger Things," and it broke my mind.

"Stranger Things" was designed as an eight-part mini-series that plays like one giant movie when watched consecutively. The creators of the show are even styling the second season as a cinematic sequel, in order to keep the "movie-feel" that the show provides. The most interesting part of this entire series, however, is how it's designed.

The entire show is made to feel like an '80s movie. Everything from the original soundtrack to the story arcs are reminiscent of a multitude of iconic films from the 80s. The show seems to blend aspects of films like "The Breakfast Club," "E.T.," "Poltergeist" and "Alien" into one single story. The concept seemed doomed to fail from the start, but the end result, however, was nothing less than incredible.

To start, one of the lead stars in the series is Winona Ryder, who plays a very distressed, single-mother desperately looking for her missing son. She steals the show in almost every scene she's in, providing an incredibly emotional and intense portrayal of just how far a mother would go to find her missing child. The show also walks a fine-line at times between what's reality and what may just be paranoid delusion, making Winona's story even more captivating and, at times, confusing.

While Winona Ryder does an incredible job, no role was wasted in "Stranger Things." Every character in the show serves an important purpose to the plot, and the casting for all was done beautifully. This leaves the viewer with a strong remembrance of every character in the show after its conclusion, something that is rare with a TV series. Even more shocking is that a strong portion of the main cast are children, yet all act our their roles wonderfully. The show does not shy away from giving the child actors very complex parts, and each of them deliver incredibly rememberable performances.

Everything about this show, from the camera work, to the casting, to the writing, is way above the standard set for a Netflix series. I found myself putting off watching the finale for days, just because I didn't want to actually finish the show. Even when I finally did complete "Stranger Things," I began re-watching it to see if I missed anything (which I did; there's a plethora of content in the show that makes more sense when watching it again).

Watching "Stranger Things" gave me more than just entertainment, however. Both my brother and I realized almost immediately why we, and so many others, loved this show. It's like stepping into a time machine. Growing up, my family and I were raised on various John Hughes' films and iconic '80s movies. On every family road trip, there was a small television in the backseat with a VCR player hooked up to it. Every family holiday usually had an '80s movie tied to it (Thanksgiving was "Planes, Trains & Automobiles" and Christmas was "Home Alone," to name a few), and I honestly could not even tell you how many times I have watched "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" (I know it's over 20 at this point). Films from the 80s offered something that even now I can't quite describe. Maybe it's the humanity of the characters, maybe it's just the appeal of an earlier time, I honestly could not even tell you. What I can tell you, though, is that "Stranger Things" gave that back to me. For eight one-hour long sessions, I was able to go back to the days of sitting around a small screen to watch "The Goonies," and it was incredible.

If you haven't watched "Stranger Things" on Netflix yet, make sure to check it out as soon as possible.

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I'd Rather Be Single Than Settle – Here Is Why Being Picky Is Okay

They're on their best behavior when you're dating.

Dating nowadays described in one word: annoying.

What's even more annoying? when people tell you that you're being too "picky" when it comes to dating. Yes, from an outside perspective sometimes that's exactly what it looks like; however, when looking at it from my perspective it all makes sense.

I've heard it all:

"He was cute, why didn't you like him?"

"You didn't even give him a chance!"

"You pay too much attention to the little things!"

What people don't understand is that it's OKAY to be picky when it comes to guys. For some reason, girls in college freak out and think they're supposed to have a boyfriend by now, be engaged by the time they graduate, etc. It's all a little ridiculous.

However, I refuse to put myself on a time table such as this due to the fact that these girls who feel this way are left with no choice but to overlook the things in guys that they shouldn't be overlooking, they're settling and this is something that I refuse to do.

So this leaves the big question: What am I waiting for?

Well, I'm waiting for a guy who...

1. Wants to know my friends.

Blessed doesn't even begin to describe how lucky I am to have the friends that I do.

I want a guy who can hang out with my friends. If a guy makes an effort to impress your friends then that says a lot about him and how he feels about you. This not only shows that he cares about you but he cares about the people in your life as well.

Someone should be happy to see you happy and your friends contribute to that happiness, therefore, they should be nothing more than supportive and caring towards you and your friendships.

2. Actually, cares to get to know me.

Although this is a very broad statement, this is the most important one. A guy should want to know all about you. He should want to know your favorite movie, favorite ice cream flavor, favorite Netflix series, etc. Often, (the guys I get stuck on dates with) love to talk about themselves: they would rather tell you about what workout they did yesterday, what their job is, and what they like to do rather than get to know you.

This is something easy to spot on the first date, so although they may be "cute," you should probably drop them if you leave your date and can recite everything about their life since the day they were born, yet they didn't catch what your last name was.

3. How they talk about other women.

It does not matter who they're talking about, if they call their ex-girlfriend crazy we all know she probably isn't and if she is it's probably their fault.

If they talk bad about their mom, let's be honest, if they're disrespecting their mother they're not going to respect you either. If they mention a girl's physical appearances when describing them. For example, "yeah, I think our waitress is that blonde chick with the big boobs"

Well if that doesn't hint they're a complete f* boy then I don't know what else to tell you. And most importantly calling other women "bitches" that's just disrespectful.

Needless to say, if his conversations are similar to ones you'd hear in a frat house, ditch him.

4. Phone etiquette.

If he can't put his phone down long enough to take you to dinner then he doesn't deserve for you to be sitting across from him.

If a guy is serious about you he's going to give you his undivided attention and he's going to do whatever it takes to impress you and checking Snapchat on a date is not impressive. Also, notice if his phone is facedown, then there's most likely a reason for it.

He doesn't trust who or what could pop up on there and he clearly doesn't want you seeing. Although I'm not particularly interested in what's popping up on their phones, putting them face down says more about the guy than you think it does.

To reiterate, it's okay to be picky ladies, you're young, there's no rush.

Remember these tips next time you're on a date or seeing someone, and keep in mind: they're on their best behavior when you're dating. Then ask yourself, what will they be like when they're comfortable? Years down the road? Is this what I really want? If you ask yourself these questions you might be down the same road I have stumbled upon, being too picky.. and that's better than settling.

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They raise little girls to be insecure

Little girls grow to be big girls

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Her soul feels worn

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