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TV Review: Stranger Things “Chapters 5-7”
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Netflix's Stranger Things

Stranger Things
Episode 1.5 “Chapter Five: The Flea and the Acrobat,” 1.6 “Chapter Six: The Monster,” 1.7 “Chapter Seven: The Bathtub”
Written by Alison Tatlock (1.5), Jesse Nickson-Lopez (1.6), Justin Doble (1.7)
Directed by The Duffer Brothers (1.5, 1.6, 1.7)
Created by The Duffer Brothers
Starring Noah Schnapp, Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, David Harbour, Natalia Dyer, Cara Buono, Millie Bobby Brown, Winona Ryder, Charlie Heaton, Matthew Modine, Joe Keery, John Reynolds, Joe Chrest
Netflix
Air date: Friday, July 15, 2016

The first half of Netflix’s new miniseries Stranger Things deals with loss – loss of loved ones, loss of sanity, loss of everything you hold true. The series, created by the Duffer Brothers (Matt & Ross), takes everything we loved about the early 80s work of Spielberg, Stephen King, and others, and puts together a wonderful and mysterious world paying homage to their many inspirations as they go along. Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) disappeared when a monstrous thing followed him home and took him. His mother (Winona Ryder) is beside herself, and mysterious electrical disturbances in her home lead her to believe Will is trying to contact her. Will’s friends, Mike (Finn Wolfhard), Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) and Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) are frantic to find their lost friend, but instead find a bizarre young girl, tattooed 011 on her wrist. Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) is of few words, but possesses a form of telekinesis and has mind control abilities. We see through flashbacks to her in a research facility. This facility, we know is also harboring a Lovecraftian monster with a rift or portal… to where we do not know yet.

Spoilers below.

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TV Review: Stranger Things “Chapters 2-4”
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Stranger Things Chapter 2 Header

Stranger Things
Episode 1.2 “Chapter 2: The Weirdo of Maple Street,” 1.3 “Chapter Three: Holly, Jolly,” 1.4 “Chapter 4: The Body”
Written by The Duffer Brothers (1.2), Jessica Mecklenburg (1.3), Justin Doble (1.4)
Directed by The Duffer Brothers (1.2), Shawn Levy (1.3 & 1.4)
Created by The Duffer Brothers
Starring Noah Schnapp, Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, David Harbour, Natalia Dyer, Cara Buono, Millie Bobby Brown, Winona Ryder, Charlie Heaton, Matthew Modine, Joe Keery, John Reynolds, Joe Chrest
Netflix
Air date: Friday, July 15, 2016

Stranger Things is the latest binge-worthy effort to hit Netflix, with all 8 episode debuting on July 15th. Check out my review of the first episode here: Chapter 1.

Hitting all the good nostalgia checkmarks, the show lets its audience know who the creators grew up with. Movie posters adorn the kids’ walls showing Jaws, The Thing, Evil Dead, etc. Stranger Things takes place in Hawkins, Indiana in the winter of 1983, where something has escaped from a Department of Energy research facility and a young boy is now missing. At the same time, a strange young girl mysteriously shows up and encounters the boy’s friends who are out desperately searching for him. There are evil government scientists, led by Dr. Brenner (Matthew Modine) hunting the girl and hiding some giant monster in the facility.

Spoilers below.

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TV Review: Stranger Things 1.1 “Chapter One: The Vanishing Of Will Byers”
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Stranger Things
Episode 1.1 “Chapter One: The Vanishing of Will Byers”
Written & Directed by The Duffer Brothers
Created by The Duffer Brothers
Starring Noah Schnapp, Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, David Harbour, Natalia Dyer, Cara Buono, Millie Bobby Brown, Winona Ryder, Charlie Heaton, Matthew Modine, Joe Keery, John Reynolds, Joe Chrest
Netflix
Air date: Friday, July 15, 2016

First off, my Facebook feed is blowing up with rave reviews from friends and critics, and even Stephen King publicly celebrated Netflix’s latest original series, Stranger Things. Before the opening credits even roll, I am totally transfixed, flooded with all the movies it reminds me of already. Goonies, Stand By Me, Explorers, E.T., Stephen King’s IT… the list goes on. In one 8-minute introduction, we know everything we need to know about what is happening and who the characters are.

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Watch The First 8 Minutes Of Netflix Series ‘Stranger Things’
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Netflix released their new scifi-horror series Stranger Things last week, and it is hands-down a must-watch show! Thankfully, the streaming network has released the first 8 minutes of the series, which I promise is enough for you to get hooked.

Watch the first 8 minutes of Stranger Things here below.

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Second Trailer For Netflix Supernatural Thriller ‘Stranger Things’
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Netflix has released a second trailer for Stranger Things, their self-described love letter to the supernatural movies from the ’80s many of us grew up with. The story begins with a young boy disappearing into thin air and, while everyone is searching to find him, a mysterious girl shows up. From there, things just keep getting, well, stranger.

The series comes from Matt Duffner and Ross Duffner (Wayward Pines), and stars Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp, Natalia Dyer, Cara Buono, Charlie Heaton, and Matthew Modine.

You can read more about the show and check out the new trailer below.

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‘Stranger Things’ Trailer: Netflix’s Nod To ’80s Sci-Fi
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Netflix's Stranger Things

Netflix has released a trailer for an upcoming series that those who grew up with ’80s supernatural thrillers and science fiction along the lines of the works of Steven Spielberg are likely going to be very excited about.

The show is titled Stranger Things, and it definitely has an E.T. the Extra Terrestrial vibe going on. The series tells the story of a town searching for a boy who vanishes without a trace, and the strange girl who shows up out of nowhere. It comes from Wayward Pines writers and producers the Duffner brothers, Matt Duffner and Ross Duffner, who handle writing, directing, and showrunning duties, and executive producers Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum, Real Steel), who also directs episodes, and Dan Cohen (The Spectacular Now, Table 19). Starring is Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp, Natalia Dyer, Cara Buono, Charlie Heaton, and Matthew Modine.

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Tim Burton’s ‘Edward Scissorhands’ Returns To Blu-ray For 25th Anniversary
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Edward Scissorhands

It has been almost twenty-five years since Tim Burton‘s imaginative fable Edward Scissorhands enchanted audiences around the world with its haunting visuals, dark humor, and a performance by Johnny Depp in the title role that to this day continues to be ranked among the superstar’s finest.

Later this fall, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment will re-release Scissorhands on Blu-ray to mark the occasion of its silver anniversary. The first time the film was released in the format, it received a disappointing transfer and a few modest bonus features (including a director’s commentary), but the commemorative set Fox has assembled will undergo a much-needed restoration and most likely be upgraded in the supplements department. It will also come packaged with some collectible goodies inspired by the film.

The new Blu-ray will be available for pre-order at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con and those attendees of the convention who take the plunge will also be able to get their hands on an exclusive limited-edition lithograph created by artist Mark Englert in collaboration with Gallery 1988.

You can check out both the Blu-ray package art and the lithograph, provided by Entertainment Weekly, here below.

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Streaming Review: The Iceman
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Streaming Review: The Iceman

The Iceman movie poster: Millennium FilmsThe Iceman
Netflix | Amazon | HitBliss | iTunes | SEN | Vudu | YouTube
DVD | Blu-ray
Directed by Ariel Vromen
Starring Michael Shannon, Winona Ryder, Chris Evans, Ray Liotta, James Franco, David Schwimmer, Stephen Dorff, Robert Davi
Millennium Films
Originally Released: August 30, 2012

Don’t call him a hitman, contract killer, or mass murderer – Richard Kuklinski will forever be known to history as The Iceman; a mob enforcer named as such for freezing his victims to confuse the authorities as to the time of death. Portrayed by Michael Shannon in the Ariel Vromen-directed biopic, The Iceman is a crime drama worth your attention.

Spanning several decades, The Iceman starts in the 1960s, first depicting Kuklinski’s first date with future wife Deborah (Winona Ryder). Coming from a tortured and abusive background, Kuklinski and his brother Joseph (Stephen Dorff) fall into lives of delinquency, and eventually murder. While Joseph is caught and imprisoned, Richard ends up becoming a mob enforcer for Roy DeMeo (Ray Liotta) as he attempts to also have a normal family life with his wife and daughters.

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It’s Jason Statham Vs. James Franco In The First Trailer For Sylvester Stallone-Scripted ‘Homefront’
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Homefront

What do you want from your action movie trailer? No matter what it is you may seek, the first trailer for Homefront is here to bring it to you.

Homefront has a very interesting pedigree for typical flick where Jason Statham kicks a bunch of outmatched morons right square in the buttocks without once cracking a smile. It was directed by Gary Fleder (Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead) and based on the novel by Chuck Logan – the sixth featuring his popular hero, ex-Minnesota cop Phil Broker. The film version was adapted by none other than Statham’s valiant Expendables leader Sylvester Stallone and relocates the plot from a small Minnesota town to a rural Southern community. Statham’s Phil Broker is now an ex-D.E.A. agent who moved down South with his daughter to live the quiet life and ride horses every day. All seems well until the day Broker crosses paths with local meth kingpin Gator, played by….wait for it….James Franco. Needless to say, a lot of blood is going to be spilled by the time this movie rolls its end credits.

You can watch it in all its deranged splendor here below.

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Disney In Depth: Blu-ray Review: Frankenweenie
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Frankenweenie Blu-ray

Frankenweenie
4-Disc 3D/Blu-ray/DVD/Digital | 2-Disc Blu-ray/DVD l DVD
Directed by Tim Burton
Starring Charlie Tahan, Martin Short, Catherine O’Hara, Winona Ryder, Martin Landeau
Walt Disney Home Entertainment
Release Date: Jan 8, 2013

Summer is here. The time has arrived for film buffs to catch up on films they may have overlooked in recent months. Put Frankenweenie on that list, an overlooked Tim Burton feature with funkiness and flaws a plenty. Let’s dig up my review of Frankenweenie on Blu-ray in this edition of Disney In Depth.

The dog, man’s best friend. They possess the ceaseless loyalty, friendship and empathy that most humans only wish they could have. No wonder why the loss of a dog can bring about such sadness. Burton infuses immense passion and consideration into this pet project of his, finally adapted into this full-length, entirely stop-motion feature.

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