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Cooking on High, Islands: Now Playing

We don’t feel any December blues

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There’s still so much going on before the year ends. Here’s what everyone’s up to while waiting for the holiday season!

Movies to see

Spider-Man into the Spider-verse
Rodneil: A lot of people are calling this the best animated flick of the year. The visuals are stunning and the story introduces mainstream audiences to a new Spider-Man, all while keeping the spirit of the character and the whole franchise firmly intact.


Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle
Daniel:
The newest adaptation to the beloved classic is a showcase of the latest and most impressive motion capture technology. The story is a bit on the dark side, but still has the elements of the classic. The best part is it’s available on Netflix and it’ll be a good film for everyone to watch, especially on a big screen.

TV shows to binge watch

Devilman Crybaby
Rodneil: This might just be one of the most messed up anime I’ve seen in awhile. It starts off as a seemingly regular shōnen series with a monster of the week but quickly turns into a depressing social commentary about how people can be the true monsters after all.

Ms. Hammurabi
Rodneil: My growing mild obsession to K-pop led me to this clip on my YouTube recommendations. The actress prominently featured on the clip isn’t even the lead actress but after watching the pilot episode of the series, I instantly got hooked. Ms. Hammurabi tackles power balance and politics in the Korean judiciary but with a sprinkle of romance here and there.

Cooking on High
Marvin: You could describe this is a prestigious culinary competition on TV, but it’s essentially about guests getting high on cannabis-based dishes prepared by master chefs. The 15-minute format makes it perfect for in-between-work binge watching, and is ideal for red-eyed folks with short attention spans.

Games to play

Shadow of the Tomb Raider
Marvin: Lara Croft’s third entry in the revived Tomb Raider series is one to remember. It’s not GOTY-worthy by any measure, but its refinements over the predecessors and gorgeous graphics make it a high-octane gaming experience over the holidays.

Albums/Songs/Podcasts to listen to

The Best Thing I Ever Did by TWICE
Vincenz: Their latest song feels “merry” enough to be considered a winter song, but diving deeper into the lyrics clearly leaves an impression among fans, as it wants to show how one’s love can change everything, even the coldness and emptiness we feel especially when it’s December. After all, that’s what the spirit of Christmas is all about: giving what you love and loving what you give.

Islands by Reese Lansangan
Vincenz: If you’ve been listening to Reese’s previous songs, you’d definitely know that her latest single sounds different. From the title of the track itself, it is a tropic-themed song that has electronic sounds and water drop synths, making it ethereal enough to listen to.

Tadow by FKJ & Masego
Kevin: Sexy, smooth, intimate — these are some of the first words that come to mind when describing this track. FKJ or French Kiwi Juice is a French multi-instrumentalist who makes tracks that will make you want to lie back and drift away. “Tadow” is no exception with its soulful sax, chill beats, and soothing vocals. Turn down the lights, hit play, and enjoy the night.

Line by Line by PREP
Kevin: “Line by Line” is the latest of two EPs released in 2018 by British pop band PREP. Their songs are a mix of funk, R&B, and a bit of electronic music that go together to create a an easy-listening experience to make you feel good and dance when no one is looking. Their older EPs (like “Futures”) are golden, as well.

Cities/Places to visit

El Nido, Palawan
MJ: White sand beaches, crystal-clear water, towering palm trees, and amazing lagoons behind limestone rock formations. El Nido is indeed a tropical paradise, one that you should visit at least once in your lifetime.

DIY/Trends to try

Brown sugar milk tea
Marvin: It’s nothing new, but certainly one to enjoy. Milk tea stores have been ramping up brown sugar production lately, and each one has its own signature flavor. Whether you try it in Taipei or your own neighborhood, it’s a sweet alternative to the tried-and-tested formula.

Apps to download

PackPoint
MJ: PackPoint is a very useful app to help you pack your essentials for an upcoming trip — whether it’s for business or leisure. It has local weather forecasts and comes up with a checklist that you can customize depending on the activities of your trip.

Books to read

What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera
MJ: Personally, I believe the universe brings us the people we need in our lives. If you think the same, then you need to read What If It’s Us. It’s a love story between Ben and Arthur and yes, it’s gay fiction, but it’s a book anyone can read this holiday season. After all, it’s about love and the universe. This book is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and probably your local bookstores.


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John Denver Trending, It Chapter Two, The Bold Type: Now Playing

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August is ramping up the start of announcements in the realm of technology. Samsung unveiled the Note 10 while Xiaomi and Realme started teasing their monster smartphone cameras. While we may be busy catching up with everything in tech, we still don’t forget to watch and relax. Here’s what’s Now Playing on GadgetMatch:

Movies to see

Spider-Man
Rodneil: Yes, the first one starring Tobey Maguire. This one recently showed up on Netflix and I couldn’t resist the urge because I’m a Spidey stan after all. It’s a nice throwback and that upside down kiss is still iconic.


The Red Sea Diving Resort
Shivam: Based on true events, the movie highlights Mossad’s attempt to rescue refugees out of Sudan. Who expected an intelligence agency to run a resort in the middle of nowhere? Nobody. And, that’s what makes this action packed movie different.

Shoplifters
Leez: Shoplifters, a Japanese film directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda, was awarded the Palme d’Or for main feature at the closing event of the Cannes film festival last year. There was no question as to whether or not I was going to watch it. It was a question of when. I don’t understand why it took me this long to finally getting to watch it but, I finally got to it last weekend. It’s a stunning film that dabbles into the complexity of what it means to be a family with people who tiptoe their way around dysfunction. It’s a thought-provoking film that takes no time in diving deep into the conflicting morals, yet palpable familial connection within a financially deprived family. I’d definitely rewatch it this weekend.

John Denver Trending
Vincenz: Most people post everything on Facebook — even when someone gets brutally attacked inside the school premises. John Denver instantly became a hot topic in Antique. Too bad, the society only believes in one side of the story. The film made an impact on me that it felt heavy during and after watching the film. Best Film of Cinemalaya 2019, indeed.

Shows to binge-watch

SB Nation’s The Rewinder
Rodneil: I don’t have a lot of time to watch anything these days so I’m mostly shuffling through YouTube videos. SB Nation’s The Rewinder is the perfect seven or 10-minute video that takes a look at historical NBA moments and discusses everything that lead up to it.

Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj: The Dark Side of the Video Game Industry
Rodneil: The video game industry is enjoying a surge in attention — both positive and negative. And while video games are generally associated with fun, the people behind it are suffering in ways most of us probably don’t know about. This is an important watch for every gamer.

The Bold Type
MJ: As a young millennial in his early 20s, one can’t help but think about his life’s directions. The Bold Type perfectly captures this scenario where the show features three young women working in a fictional magazine, who navigates the modern life and struggles in love, career, and their identity. Additionally, the show highlights the pressing social and cultural issues which gives that perfect, woke millennial vibe.

Dark
Shivam: If you like Stranger Things, but are looking for some more serious thrill, this show’s for you. It starts out with a simple concept of time travel, but slowly escalates into an in-depth walk-through of inter-dimensional threads. All the characters play a key-role in setting up the story and you’re sure to be glued day and night.

Albums/Songs/Podcasts to listen to

Wasabi by Little Mix
MJ: Everytime I hear this song, I can’t help but feel as if I’m part of a film’s montage, walking like a runway model. “Wasabi” exudes an empowering and confidence-boosting vibe, supported by its lyrics which talks about you not giving a f*ck on people hating on you and raining on your parade. It’s one of the best song to listen when you feel like you’re slaying it.

Love Is Over by Rocket Punch
Vincenz: Don’t get me wrong, their debut title track “BIM BAM BUM” sounds great. However, this B-side track caught my ears which is all about being independent and not relying on love after a heartbreak — which makes sense for its appealing beat, strong vocals, and dark visuals.

Games to play

Underlords
Leez: I’m not too much into mobas from the get go. I grew up playing video games either alone or against my siblings and so, I naturally gravitated to RPGs, platformers, and strategy games. When Underlords was released, most people nagged me to give it a go, especially knowing the type of games I got hooked on and the ones I fell out off quickly. Well, I’m devastated to report that I’ve been stuck playing it at three in the morning almost every single day. If you haven’t heard of the game before, it’s essentially a Valve developed version of Autochess with beloved heroes from Dota 2. It’s a game of strategy and gritting your teeth through the torturous loses. It’s fun, painful, and it’s what you need to realize you need your life straightened out soon.

Films to catch

Ready or Not
Ready or Not is a film about a young bride who participated in a tradition by her new husband’s family. In a sudden turn of events, the newly-wed woman ended up being hunted by her in-laws as part of a diabolical ritual. It’s scheduled to be released on August 21, 2019.

It Chapter Two
It Chapter Two is the sequel to the 2017 film It. The film follows twenty-seven years after the Losers Club defeated Pennywise, it returns to terrorize the town once again. It’s scheduled to be released on September 6, 2019.

 


Weathering With You
Makoto Shinkai’s follow-up to the massive 2016 hit Your Name (Kimi No Nawa) promises to deliver the same level of emotion and artistry. The animated film was first released Japan and is already a larger box-office hit than Your Name building up more excitement for viewers around the world.

Matchketeer’s Recommendation

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Kyle Benson Azuelo, Matchketeer: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty will encourage you to do something with your life and chase your dreams. The film is a beautiful reminder to not let life get in our way. We may have responsibilities and different priorities, but the lesson here is to keep going after what you’ve always wanted. It’s impossible to not feel empowered, happy, and inspired upon watching this film.


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Netflix’s Sacred Games 2 is now live

The only show you should be watching right now!

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Netflix entered the streaming market with a range of shows and movies. Back then, its collection was best-in-class. But other distribution companies soon joined in and Netflix started losing its edge. To keep up with the trend, Netflix Originals were created and the rest is history.

Shows like Narcos, Stranger Things, Black Mirror, The Crown, and many more have been instant hits. Their production quality and the cast is a cut above, and even though the company has poured billions, returns over a long-term outlook have been positive.


But, these shows hugely cater to English-speaking markets. For diverse regions like India, the brand is on a spree to create regional originals and a breakthrough came in 2018 with Sacred Games.

The show takes you through the streets of Mumbai and perfectly portrays the local police, culture, and even history. While there are tonnes of shows and movies about the mafia, none have been able to perfectly depict it due to broadcast censoring.

Netflix has an edge here because language or sexual censorship doesn’t apply to internet streaming. And, streaming services have decided to leverage this. India’s youth have been fond of American shows due to the same reason, and now, they have more relatable content to cherish.

Sacred Games 2 is now live in India and you can head over to Netflix for a binge-watching experience like no other. August 15 also happens to be a national holiday as the country celebrates its Independence Day.

According to reports, Netflix has invested nearly INR 100 crore (US$ 14 million) on Sacred Games 2, which is said to be the highest any streaming service has put in any original content in India.

Netflix also has the cheapest available plan in India that starts at just INR 199 (US$ 2.8) per month. With increasing competition from Prime Video and Hotstar, a lot of hopes bank on the premiere of Sacred Games 2.

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5 movies to watch to get you in the mood for fall

It’s the season to chill!

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Okay, let’s admit it: Fall (or Autumn) is the best season ever. Who can’t resist that chill weather that makes us snuggle and cozy up in bed with warm drinks? Or walking around town wearing plaid, boots, and stylish coats? How about going a trip outdoors, hiking in the middle of woods turning to shades of red, orange, and gold?

To put it simply, fall is about finding comfort in transition. It’s loving every bit there is in change — in style and the weather. If you can’t feel it yet, here’s how to fall in love with the fall season once again. Get those thick, heavy blankets and watch this to get you in the mood:


When Harry Met Sally

Set in fall, When Harry Met Sally is a romantic comedy film for grown-ups, tackling — and celebrating — friendship between men and women, and how it’s an essential ingredient for love to succeed. In addition, it’s flaunting that 80s fashion, New York during autumn, and hair goals for every woman (which got us thinking how much hairspray did they use for it?).

Watch it on Amazon Prime.

Rushmore

A classic Wes Anderson film, Rushmore is a movie you can watch whatever stage you’re going through: When your world is falling apart, when your crush isn’t into you, or when you just want to raise your middle finger as a response to everything. Yes, this film has all that mood. Rushmore isn’t just about growing up, it’s about delving in the reality of life and adulthood.

Watch it on Hulu.

Coraline

When Pussycat Dolls sang the line “Be careful what you wish for ’cause you just might get it,” I felt that. And it’s obviously what Coraline felt in the film, Coraline. A stop-motion masterpiece, its complex animation and story will make you wonder if it’s a kids show at all. Coraline teaches us that perfection isn’t everything, and things aren’t always what they seem to be. It’s also a call to stop neglecting the people that matter, and urges you to spend more time with them.

Watch it on Amazon Prime.

Becoming Jane

Being pressured to marry a wealthy man she doesn’t love, we’ve all seen it in different films. However, Becoming Jane is inspired by the life of the Jane Austen, a revered British author who — in the story — chooses the path of writing and going after the person she loves. It’s certainly the romantic film you need to watch this fall, especially if you want to fall in love again.

Watch it on Amazon Prime.

Coco

Coco isn’t just a feel-good animated film that can move you, or another preview of Mexico’s rich culture. It’s a movie that reminds us of history, of knowing and remembering your family and those who came before us. It’s about keeping their memories alive, and passing down the legacies and traditions that made us who we are.

In addition, it’s set on Mexico’s holiday — Día de Muertos — where autumn is at its peak and the festival is rich in colors. To sum it up, Coco is a celebration of family and love told through rich visuals that’s definitely a treat to your heart and eyes.

Watch it on Netflix.

Bonus: Gilmore Girls

Gilmore Girls may not be a film, but it’s certainly a series worth watching to get you in the mood for fall — especially if you’re in the mood for binge-watching. Gilmore Girls is a relatable show tackling romance and life. It’s also filled with food porn and yummy treats, and of course, coffee.

Watch it on Netflix.

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