Stranger Things 3 VFX Breakdown

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, watch a Stranger Things 3 VFX breakdown showing shots before they were completed with visual effects in post-production. Plus, our favorite video essay creator, Patrick (H) Willems, chimes in with his thoughts on why Star Wars: The Last Jedi is great, and a Disney animation designer breaks down the original Cinderella dress transformation scene and how it’s influenced their other modern fairytales. Read More »

Stranger Things 3 Funko POPs

Stranger Things 3 only just arrived about a couple months ago, but it feels like it’s been over a year. Who knows how long we’ll be waiting until a fourth season of the Netflix series gets off the ground, but until then, the ever-expanding line of Funko POPs is giving fans even more vinyl figures to add to their shelf. The latest wave includes two of the breakout, new characters from this season commemorating two of their most memorable moments. Check out the new Stranger Things 3 Funko POPs below. Read More »

Stranger Things Season 3 Twist

One of the best things about Stranger Things 3 is the return of unlikely buddies Steve (Joe Keery) and Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo). But their friendship is made even more fun by the dry, sarcastic addition of Steve’s fellow Scoops Ahoy! co-worker Robin (played by Maya Hawke, daughter of Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman), making them the most satisfying team-up of the show’s third season. But there’s one particular element of this relationship that wasn’t always part of the original plan.

Find out what we’re talking about below, but beware of spoilers for the third season of Stranger Things. Read More »

Stranger Things World Tour

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, watch as the cast of Stranger Things hits New York City while on a world tour for the show’s third season. Plus, learn about a collection of 36 reels of 68mm nitrate prints and negatives made in cinema’s first years, and watch as Idris Elba sits down for the latest episode of Hot Ones to see if he can handle some spicy wings. Read More »

stranger things will sexuality

Stranger Things is no stranger to fan theories, but the latest one that has the internet all abuzz doesn’t have to do with plot twists or cliffhangers, but one character’s sexuality. Stranger Things 3 showed that it wasn’t afraid to touch on LGBTQ representation — an issue that isn’t commonly tackled in ’80s-related, nostalgic properties. But now Noah Schnapp, who has played Will Byers since Stranger Things season 1, is addressing whether his character’s sexuality was revealed in the latest season.

Mild spoilers for Stranger Things 3 below.

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stranger things 3 ratings

The one thing that isn’t strange this year is Stranger Things breaking Netflix’s own streaming records. Stranger Things 3 viewership punched through into a new dimension this past holiday weekend, with 40 million accounts tuning into the third season of the hit sci-fi/horror series, breaking Netflix’s four-day viewing record.

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stranger things 3 spoiler review

(In our Spoiler Reviews, we take a deep dive into a new release and get to the heart of what makes it tick…and every story point is up for discussion. In this entry: Stranger Things 3.)

When Netflix provided me with screeners to review Stranger Things 3, they included a laundry list of spoilers that could not, under any circumstance, be mentioned in the review. As a rule, I try to avoid any and all spoilers in a general review, but this list was daunting to say the least. Now, the cat is out of the bag. Stranger Things 3 dropped on July 4, and I’m guessing if you’re reading this, you went ahead and binged the entire season over the holiday weekend. That means its time to head back to Hawkins, and delve into the details that Netflix was so hellbent on keeping a secret.

Spoilers follow – obviously.

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stranger things 3 references

Stranger Things thrives on nostalgia. The series takes viewers back to the 1980s, and asks a recurring question: remember all this stuff? Season 3 is no exception – it’s loaded with references – some very easy to spot, others a bit more subtle. Now that the new season is streaming on Netflix, we figured we’d dive into all the references we spotted, but be warned: this is going to be spoiler-heavy. If you’re ready to be spoiled, check out the Stranger Things 3 references below.

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stranger things 3 review

The kids of Hawkins, Indiana aren’t really kids anymore. Demogorgons and other slimy monsters are plenty scary, but not nearly as scary as the passage of time. In Stranger Things 3, the third season of Netflix’s mega-hit series, characters who once seemed so childish and young are on the cusp of young adulthood, and facing down the future. “One summer can change anything” says the tagline for the season, and it’s an apt description. After a lackluster, slipshod second season, Stranger Things roars back more exciting, and emotional than ever, with a third season that moves things forward at a thrilling pace, and sweeps us along with it.

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The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, Aldo Jones has delivered one of his patented Weird Trailers for Spider-Man: Far From Home, and things get more than wacky. Plus, watch a breakdown of some fan theories for the upcoming third season of Stranger Things, and see how Pixar Animation’s villains compare to those in Walt Disney Animation movies. Read More »