The 15 Emotions You Felt Watching 'Stranger Things'

The 15 Emotions You Felt Watching 'Stranger Things'

Time to relive all the emotions.

Have you seen "Stranger Things"?

It's an eight-episode Netflix original series, that gave us all the feels and left us wanting more. If you haven't watched it yet, go watch it because you do NOT want to be spoiled! If you have, read on and relive all the emotions this show made you feel.

1. The realization that something horrible is about to happen.

The thing is, we have no idea what. Which might be all the more terrifying. The scariest part of the first few episodes was having no actual picture of what we are afraid of.

2. The all-consuming anger that Eleven's own father treated her like an experiment.

Not to mention how sad you were when she still only wanted his love and acceptance.

3. The joy you felt when Will talked through the lights.

And they all thought she was crazy.

4. The terror you felt when Will talked through the lights.

"How can I help you?"

R. U. N.

5. If "Awww" is an emotion, you felt it at this moment.

When Eleven thinks she looks pretty. And Mike thinks Eleven looks pretty. And everything is so cute that you actually can't deal. It's a nice break from the terror.

6. The hopelessness of this scene.

Not only did you feel bad for Barb, the supportive best friend when she waited for Nancy even after Nancy told her to leave, you also felt horrible when you saw the blood hit the water. Because you knew what was coming next.

7. The middle school satisfaction you felt during this scene.

Even that nose-swipe was sassy enough to fend off the bullies.

8. The relief after Eleven saved Mike from falling to his death.

And this group hug was just the cutest.

9. The second-hand power you felt when Eleven flipped the van.

Our reaction was the same as Dustin's:

10. How awful you felt with every revelation we got about the Sheriff.

And you didn't think he would be central to the story, did you?

11. This scene when Nancy turned into a fighter.

Nancy, who was so sweet and quiet, kind of turns into a ninja in order to get her best friend back.

12. How proud you were of Steve's character development.

I still don't know where I stand on the Steve-Nancy-Jonathan love triangle, though.

13. The strength and sadness of this sacrifice.

14. Even though it's bittersweet because Eleven is gone, this friendship makes your heart happy.

One of the most real representations of middle school friendships.

15. THIS.


So now we wait for the second season, which is confirmed to be happening (YAY!). The only problem is, we have no idea when this is happening. So, in the mean time, enjoy this adorable picture of our favorite best friends.

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Is This Even A Story Anymore?

An in depth look at Slacker

So Slacker might be my favorite movie of all time, it’s weird and so different from any other movie out there. If you don’t know, this 1991 cult classic follows a single day in the life of a diverse group of young adults in Austin, Texas. The film never stays with a single character or group more than a few minutes before it changes to someone else in the scene and follows them. Just when you start to get comfortable with a character, you’re uprooted from their life and placed in the shoes of someone else entirely. Some may say it’s a gimmick but honestly sacrificing an overarching plot for many smaller, unrelated ones is kinda a stroke of genius and perfect for my fifteen second internet attention span.

Upon rewatching it recently I was struck by the notion that this movie, for all its fun experimentation, might not even be a story at all. To determine if this is true or not it’s necessary to define what the most basic tenants of a story are. First it needs a plot, something must happen. A coach potato watching TV all day isn’t a story because, at least to the outside viewer, nothing is happening. But say Mr. Coach Potato, while melting into the sofa came upon some great philosophical epiphany or realization about his own self, then we might have a something. This brings me to requirement number two, that is that all stories must have character development. If a charter doesn’t change by the end of the story, then not a lot must’ve happened to them in which case what’s the point of the story. Finally, the story has to have an underlying meaning. This allows the audience of said story to walk away with some kind of knowledge they didn’t previously posses. So does Slacker, a movie about a hundred different nobody’s doing nothing fit this criteria? Is it a story? Let’s find out.

First off this definitely isn’t a boring film. When some think of independent, experimental films they get this warped image of a French avantgarde piece that is too memorized by its own vague philosophical questions to actually put in the effort to have something interesting happen. Never fear cause that is the complete opposite of what we get in Slacker! Following down to the earth bohemians, this movie has a memorable, if not eccentric moment in every scene. I don’t want to give too much away but here are just a few of the quirky characters this film follows: A sadistic son who commits a hit-and-run on his own mother, a JFK conspiracy theorist and my personal favorite, a hipster woman trying to sell a Madonna pap smear (this actress being the drummer of The Butthole Surfers). So in case you were worried this movie might be a drag, don’t. There’s weirdness round every corner that’s sure to keep you locked in.

Next up and perhaps the hardest out of the three to justify, is character development. Now as you could’ve already guessed there really isn’t any. Aside from the occasional meaningless epiphany by somebody or another, there simply isn’t time for any of the characters to change. While some might discredit the movie on this ground I would argue different. It is in fact this lack of character development that highlights one of the movies central themes. Slacker is a look into a subculture of over educated youth who are part of the emerging generation of societal non-participants. By subverting the idea of growth in any character, the movie emphasizes the way in which these individuals remove themselves from society and refuse to develop with it. Instead bearing the role of hermit so that their ideas, philosophies, and way of life may not be squandered.

As already expounded upon in the previous paragraph, Slacker has an overarching meaning, to better understand why this is so significant a look into the historical context of the time is necessary. Yall didn’t come here for a history lesson so I’ll keep it brief, basically the early 90s saw the end of the Cold War and an economic downfall due to the Reagan administration’s trickle-down economics. Suffice to say, the value system America was brought up on for the last 50 years was completely irrelevant. By abandoning traditional story telling elements and focusing on societal misfits, Slacker is able to shine a light on this and let audiences know a new age has dawned. One where there’s not a whole lot to be scared of and nothing tying you down to the outdated American Dream.

Slacker is a weird movie to be sure and it may not be for everyone, but you’d be surprised how entertaining a movie about nothing can be. Its’ quick pace and oddball characters are sure to keep you entertained and it’s perfect for anyone who gets bored sitting through an hour and a half of the same story. So if you got some time to kill you can find the entire movie for free on YouTube, it might just become your favorite movie too.

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5 Quotes From 'Shameless' You'll Always Relate To, No Shame In Your Game

Shameless is a messy show but we can all learn a little life lesson here and there.

I think at this point, I can add Shameless to my list of top 10 favorite shows. The show has been running for 8 seasons. The realness in every single episode is incomparable and keeps me coming back. I won’t lie, the first time I watched Shameless the raunchiness kind of threw me off. But when the actual storyline unfolded and addressed important issues, fell in love.

Shows that make an effort to accurately represent life are my thing. Since I am interested in working in film and acting, watching the actors’ (especially Emmy Rossum and Jeremy Allen White) performance is also a learning experience. They deliver their lines truthfully to the point where I get attached to these characters. I definitely find myself re-watching some of their monologues.

These are some of my favorite quotes throughout the years.

1. " Too much is wrong with me, and you can't do anything about that. You can't change it. You can't fix me. Because I'm not broken, I don't need to be fixed, OK? I'm me!"

Ian breaks down to Mickie, his boyfriend, about his bipolar disorder. Ian was too tired of being pressured while dealing with his disorder.

2. " Just because we were born here, doesn't mean that we end up here"

Being born in a terrible situation doesn’t mean it’s permanent.

3. " People f*ck up. That's life. Family is supposed to be forever. They're supposed to take care of you, regardless what you do. That's the whole point, otherwise why bother?"

Despite Frank's alcoholic nature, he makes good points sometimes.

4. " I love you... it means we take care of each other... it means thick and thin, good times, bad, sickness, health, all that shit."

Ain’t that the truth.

5. " Love is not supposed to be cute. Love is supposed to be raw and destructive."

Ain’t that the truth, part two. Well, I’m not sure if I entirely agree because I don’t think love should be solely raw and destructive or solely cute either — it should be a mixture of both.

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