Stranger Things 2 Defense

(Welcome to The Unpopular Opinion, a series where a writer goes to the defense of a much-maligned film or show or sets their sights on something seemingly beloved by all. In this edition: an argument that Stranger Things season 2 is a vast improvement over season 1.)

To say Netflix’s Stranger Things has become the love of my TV life might be the understatement of the decade. Featuring every bit of the ’80s that made my childhood magical, and one heck of an amazing cast, it fulfilled that hole in my TV life that no other new show could. But ever since I finished my first viewing of season 1, there has been one question that has plagued me  – could the Duffer Brothers deliver a “sequel” that was just as good as the first installment of their story?

While the rest of the /Film crew found themselves disappointed with the new season, I was definitely won over. In fact, I’m a proud believer that Stranger Things 2 is better than its predecessor for a multitude of reasons.

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It 2 cast

After It cleaned-up at the box office and a sequel was guaranteed, fans had one pressing question: who would play the adult versions of the Losers’ Club? There’s been plenty of fan casting, and while nothing is confirmed yet, Jessica Chastain just threw her hat into the ring. The actress expressed interest in playing the adult Bev in the It 2 cast. Make it happen, powers-that-be!

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what we do in the shadows werewolves

In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • The pretty-cool-sounding rejected script for The Crow 2
  • Taika Waititi confirms the What We Do In the Shadows sequel
  • Paramount And Hasbro sign a new deal for even more toy movies
  • Ridley Scott thinks the alien from the Alien franchise has run its course
  • Stranger Things 2 sound designers make some noise
  • Lazer Team 2 gets a premiere date

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Friday the 13th Evil Dead

Ever wonder why Jason Voorhees, the hockey-masked killer at the center of the Friday the 13th films, seems to be immortal and unstoppable? Jason Goes to Hell director Adam Marcus just provided an interesting answer that ties the franchise into the Evil Dead series. Whether or not you want to take this as canonical is up to you!

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Goosebumps 2 writer

Goosebumps may not have been the best family horror film, but it was surprisingly fun, and apparently a big enough hit to warrant a sequel. Sony has just hired a new writer to pen the latest adventure set in the wild world of R.L. Stine, but the new script comes with a caveat: Jack Black, star of the first Goosebumps, may not be returning for Goosebumps 2. The latest treatment from the new Goosebumps 2 writer does not include a part for Black’s take on R.L. Stine.

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halloween jamie lee curtis

In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • John Carpenter confirms the new Halloween will ignore other sequels
  • Kristen Davis wants Sex and the City 3
  • Bad Moms 3? Sure, why not
  • Creed 2 release date confirmed
  • Fantastic Beasts 2 teases a book launch
  • Better Midler is not having this Hocus Pocus remake crap
  • George Romero‘s son is making a Night of the Living Dead prequel

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Stranger Things 2 ending scene

Tired of hearing about Stranger Things yet? Too bad! There’s even more Stranger Things news to be had! In a new interview, Stranger Things producer Shawn Levy reveals that the Stranger Things 2 ending contained a now-cut epilogue scene that would led directly into season 3.

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Stranger Things Hopper

Stranger Things 2 is now streaming on Netflix, in all its nostalgic glory. By now it’s safe to say most people have caught up with the new season of the hit show, which means it’s a perfect time to stock-up on a whole new slew of information gleaned from recent interviews and more! These are Stranger Things bits!

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Mudbound streaming

(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.) 

Well, I guess it’s officially the holiday season now. Time to start thinking about family get-togethers, shopping, cold temperatures, and copious amounts of social drinking. Or you could just skip all that and stay home and stream some movies! As we wind down the clock on 2017, and the nights grow longer and colder, it’s probably best to curl up with a blanket, peruse the plethora of streaming services that exist now, and watch some fine films. Luckily, you have me here to help you pick some winners. You’re welcome.

This edition of Now Stream This features yet another great original movie from Netflix, a documentary about time travel, an underrated, brightly lit fever dream of a film, an action-movie take on a 1000-year-old poem, and more! Here are the best movies streaming right now! So let’s get streaming.

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American Horror Story Drink the Kool-Aid review

(Every week, we’re going to get the discussion going about American Horror Story: Cult by answering one important question: who is the main villain of the episode?)

With two episodes remaining in Ryan Murphy’s attempt at post-election catharsis, American Horror Story: Cult put its cards on the proverbial table. “Drink the Kool-Aid” put Ally Mayfair-Richards’ (Sarah Paulson) plan in motion as she sets up Kai Anderson (Evan Peters) – and his cult of manly goons – for what’s sure to be one bloody payback plan.

Not only has Kai gained an impressive amount of power in a short period of time, it looks like Ally has escaped the clutches of her helpless insanity to take on the role of vengeful anti-heroine. But if you’re looking for a worthy hero to root for – amid all this crazy clown cult chaos – you’ve definitely got another thing coming.

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