Saturday, March 6, 2021     Volume: 21, Issue: 53
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Santa Maria Sun / Film

This weeks review
BEST WISHES, WARMEST REGARDS: A SCHITT’S CREEK FAREWELL
BINGABLE: ABANDONED (2016)
BINGEABLE: BARRY
BINGEABLE: FLEABAG
BINGEABLE: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DOCUMENTARIES
BINGEABLE: OUTLANDER (2014-present)
BINGEABLE: STRANGER THINGS 3
BINGEABLE: THE SINNER (SEASON 2)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: THE MATRIX
BLAST FROM THE PAST: THE PRESTIGE (2006)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: WILD AT HEART (1990)
BORAT SUBSEQUENT MOVIEFILM
ENOLA HOLMES
GREENLAND
GUILTY PLEASURES: CHEER (2020)
HAVE A GOOD TRIP: ADVENTURES IN PSYCHEDELICS
HEARST CASTLE: BUILDING THE DREAM
I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS
JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH
LET HIM GO
LYING AND STEALING
PALMER
SHUT UP LITTLE MAN! AN AUDIO MISADVENTURE (2011)
SOUL
SUPERINTELLIGENCE
THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM
THE DIG
THE LITTLE THINGS
THE MIDNIGHT SKY
THE PROFESSOR AND THE MADMAN
THE WHITE TIGER
THE WOLF OF SNOW HOLLOW
TREAD
TV REVIEW: BATES MOTEL
TV REVIEW: BOSCH
TV REVIEW: DEFENDING JACOB
TV REVIEW: EUPHORIA
TV REVIEW: EVIL
TV REVIEW: HELL ON WHEELS (2011-2016)
TV REVIEW: HOMECOMING
TV REVIEW: HOW TO WITH JOHN WILSON
TV REVIEW: I KNOW THIS MUCH IS TRUE
TV REVIEW: I MAY DESTROY YOU
TV REVIEW: I’LL BE GONE IN THE DARK
TV REVIEW: LENOX HILL
TV REVIEW: LITTLE AMERICA
TV REVIEW: LOVECRAFT COUNTRY
TV REVIEW: MRS. AMERICA
TV REVIEW: ONE MISSISSIPPI
TV REVIEW: PAINTING WITH JOHN (2021)
TV REVIEW: RAMY
TV REVIEW: RUN
TV REVIEW: SEARCH PARTY
TV REVIEW: SPACE FORCE
TV REVIEW: TABOO
TV REVIEW: THE BOYS
TV REVIEW: THE END OF THE F***ING WORLD
TV REVIEW: THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT
TV REVIEW: THE LAST KINGDOM
TV REVIEW: THE MIDNIGHT GOSPEL
TV REVIEW: THE MORNING SHOW
TV REVIEW: THE MOST DANGEROUS ANIMAL OF ALL
TV REVIEW: THE NEW YORK TIMES PRESENTS FRAMING BRITNEY SPEARS (EPISODE 6) (2021)
TV REVIEW: THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA
TV REVIEW: THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT
TV REVIEW: THE THIRD DAY
TV REVIEW: THE VOW
TV REVIEW: TREADSTONE (2019)
TV REVIEW: UNDONE
TV REVIEW: WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS
TV REVIEW: ZEROZEROZERO
UNCLE FRANK
UNDERRATED: BATMAN BEGINS (2005)
UNDERRATED: THE BATTERED BASTARDS OF BASEBALL (2014)
WOUNDED HEROES

BINGEABLE: STRANGER THINGS 3

PHOTO BY COURTESY OF NETFLIX

BINGEABLE: STRANGER THINGS 3


Where is it playing?: Netflix

What's it rated?: TV-14

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The Upside Down is back, and America’s most cursed fictional town, Hawkins, Indiana, is in for another wonderfully frightening whirlwind of drama and destruction, in the third installment of Netflix’s Stranger Things, which came out July 4.

Co-creators Matt and Ross Duffer made a huge splash with the show’s first season in 2016 by combining ’80s culture, kid heroes, and sci-fi drama to create a highly relatable small town with big, supernatural problems. The crux of the show is basically that a nearby secret government lab has caused a fissure in reality, opening up a dangerous parallel universe containing violent monsters that want to enter our world and destroy us.

Season three is set in the summer of 1985, mere months after the dramatic events of second season (which I won’t spoil). The first thing you’ll notice here is that our endearing youth leads are getting older. Adolescent-aged Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) and Mike (Finn Wolfhard) are now an inseparable couple, as are Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) and Maxine (Sadie Sink), and the slightly older Nancy (Natalia Dyer) and Jonathan (Charlie Heaton).

Love is in the air—and the kids are enjoying the arrival of a new mega-mall in town, which, side story, is destroying Hawkins’ local economy—but we know all isn’t right. Our troubled protagonist, Will (Noah Schnapp), starts sensing a dark presence that’s familiar and unmistakable. His inklings are backed by inexplicable power outages and strange happenings with rabid rats. Nancy, an aspiring reporter who’s working as an intern at the horribly sexist Hawkins Post, begins investigating. Then, lovable nerd Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) picks up a cryptic Russian communication over a radio transmitter that he built at science camp, which sends him, Steve (Joe Keery), Robin (newcomer and scene-stealing Maya Hawke), and Lucas’ precocious sister, 10-year-old Erica (Priah Ferguson), on a mission to crack the code.

In essence, the Russians are trying to secretly re-penetrate the closed gate to the Upside Down, with a plasma-looking weapon. The gate isn’t totally open yet, but the two worlds are starting to intermingle once again. I don’t want to spoil much more about the plot than this. Episode by episode, the mystery unfolds in a really spectacular way.

I was critical of Stranger Things’ season two for having a slower pace and too many story lines. This new season also has a slow build and seemingly dozens of story arcs—for even more characters! But it’s much better executed this time around. Everything weaves together into a cohesive whole, and the story progresses like a riveting spy novel, with special effects. The Duffer Brothers smartly lean heavily this season on the charisma of their characters, who are growing up before our eyes. The supporting cast delivers great performances, too, from Maxine’s brother, Billy (a fantastic Dacre Montgomery), who becomes the human face of the villainous Upside Down, to eccentric investigator Murray Bauman (Brett Gelman), the only man in town to fluently speak Russian. This is an incredibly fun, heartfelt ride you don’t want to miss this summer. (eight episodes, 45 min.) 

—Peter Johnson










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