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Crash Landing on You, Pokémon, LOONA: Now Playing

Feels all over!

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The GadgetMatch team have been really busy. Samsung unpacked two new galaxies, and Mobile World Congress’ cancellation due to the coronavirus outbreak led to a series of smartphone launches. Despite the sudden barrage of events, we made it a point to take a break and relax. Here’s what’s Now Playing at GadgetMatch.

Movies to see

Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back — Evolution

Gab: The moment it dropped on Pokémon Day, it’s a sure watch. There’s nothing entirely different from the 1998 version in terms of the story, but this Netflix-exclusive version was just a visual experience on its own. Ash, Misty, Brock, Pikachu, Togepi, and all their partner Pokemon got a massive HD rendition and it’s all just adorable. For avid Pokemon fans out there, this will spark some much-deserved nostalgia, especially an HD version of that heart-stopping moment in the movie. You know what I’m talking about.

Taylor Swift: Miss Americana

MJ: Raw, honest, and emotional — Miss Americana reminisces Taylor Swift’s journey to stardom. It tackled how lonely it was to be on top, with no one to share your victory with. Swift also showed a glimpse of her vulnerable moments, life-changing opportunities, and chances of redefining herself and the way she sees love and praise. Swift, in this documentary, felt like she’s just one of us — fragile, pregnable, and most of all, human.

Birds of Prey

Nissi: The movie does not bring out any of DC Comics’ household names — no Batman and, remarkably, no Joker for that matter — but it has a smart script, enthralling performances and plenty of eye-catching action. It brilliantly captures a gaudy, grubby sense of place, part Gotham City, part the sparking trash-fire inside Harley Quinn’s deranged mind. The focus on one of DC’s most fascinating characters — along with The Huntress, Black Canary, Renee Montoya, and Cassandra Cain — ensures that it continues Warner Bros.’ winning streak of bombastic comic book adaptations that are unafraid to embrace their inherent ridiculousness.

Creed II

Rodneil: Missed this while it was showing in the cinemas so I was very glad to finally catch it at an in-flight entertainment. The progression of the story was pretty predictable but the heart, drama, and fantastic cinematography is still there.

Show to binge-watch

Crash Landing on You

Carol: It’s been a while since we’ve had a show that can literally put everything on hold. What got me to watch was how the drama was set in North Korea. It’s pretty difficult to just go there for a visit but maybe this drama can satiate the curiosity I’ve had in my past life as a foreign affairs reporter.

While there’s that disclaimer at the beginning that it’s all fiction, you can’t help but feel for the characters and appreciate the way people survive and fall in love despite risks and the limitations of their situation.

Prepare to swoon, bawl your eyes out, and laugh within a span of 10 minutes. (Scared my dog, really) The chemistry between Captain Ri Jeong Hyuk and South Korean heiress Yoon Se Ri will bring out that level of giddy you thought you already lost as you turned into (what you always thought) was an emotionally-stable adult. Free up a weekend to finish if you’re a seasoned binge-watcher. As someone who made the mistake of starting this on a weekday, believe me when I say this can ruin anyone’s productivity.

MJ: “It wasn’t a coincidence. It was destiny.” A popular line heard all throughout the series, I highly believe that it was fate that brought me to my obsession with Crash Landing on You. A casual browsing of K-Dramas to watch for a South Korean phone I’ve been reviewing led me to a story of two individuals from North and South Korea.

It was enchanting and magical — how can one show make me laugh, cry, giggle, flutter, and sail through a range of emotions in every episode?

Despite all the waves of feelings you’ll catch, its story hands out lessons that everyone must realize — the importance of having a strong support system, genuine conversations we can have when we’re not distracted, the value of offline connections, and trusting the universe when it comes to finding love. What’s meant to be will always find its way, no matter the distance.

Vincenz: My interest in K-Pop and K-Drama is directly equivalent to how interested I am when it comes to North Korea — specifically watching documentaries. As a fan of 한류 (Hallyu) for more than a decade, I never expected a South Korean network would have so much time and budget for a TV series that talks about serious diplomatic issues between two opposing countries with totally different cultures and system of governance.

One of the things that fascinated me the most is when I saw the recreation of North Korean locations, especially Pyongyang. I can even tell how excellent the cast portrayed their roles just by speaking in the North Korean accent — since Seoul and Busan dialects were already distinct in my ears. This is a must-watch series not just for people who are invested with the cast but to open their minds about deep-seated issues between the two Korean countries that were once united.

Songs/Albums/Podcasts to listen to

“So What” by LOONA

Vincenz: If “Butterfly” was all about women empowerment in a dreamy vibe, “So What” is a stronger complementary title track. It’s all about raising one’s self-empowerment even if it means being reckless. The dominating rap parts, strong choreography, soothing vocals during the bridge part, combined with appealing visuals, cinematography, and post-apocalyptic visual effects may all seem overwhelming but it gives us the message of the song: Women domination.

“Scream” by Dreamcatcher

Vincenz: Dreamcatcher gave us a twist in their “ever-horrifying” concept as “Scream” leans more into EDM instead of rock beats and electric guitar synths. It may just be me but the overall concept somehow correlates with their album title Dystopia considering it’s a new sight that frightens most InSomnias — but not in any way disturbing and undesirable. It’s guaranteed to give you a last-song syndrome!

“Dun Dun” by EVERGLOW

Vincenz: EVERGLOW never fails to bring catchy songs. Known for their eye-catching visuals and powerful choreography, their latest girl crush title track — which is a stylized form of the word “done” — has then captured the eyes, ears, and even hearts of many listeners and viewers. Combined with the message of someone being done, you’ll surely freeze upon hearing their vocals.

“Baliw” by SUD

Rodneil: The song feels like a throwback to the music that I listened to a lot while growing up. It’s a nice and light listen. Additionally, the video is a continuation of a story that the band’s music videos have been trying to tell since they’re 2015 song “Sila.”

The Full 48: Derek Fisher Remembers Kobe Bryant

Rodneil: Kobe Bryant’s untimely passing along with his 11-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others had the entire sports world mourning. In this podcast, Kobe’s long-time backcourt partner Derek Fisher pays tribute to the “Black Mamba.”

Games to play

Dreams Universe

Rodneil: This is a game perfect for creatives. Anything you can think of, you can probably create. From games to gadgets, music to movies, puzzles to paintings and literally anything in-between, this is a beautiful playground of creativity where everything is possible. It’s fun, colorful, and a nice game to take a break with.

Patapon 2 Remastered

Gab: If you literally want a blast from the past while trying to relax, a remastered Patapon 2 may just be for you. This PlayStation Classic brings back the drumbeat style gameplay, 2D armies, and villains but turns up the enhancements so much. If you need to take a break from any possible heartbreak, or you just want to feed your soul with some beat-making, try it out!

One Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows

Rodneil: The only reason to get this game is if you’re a die-hard One Punch Man fan. Other than that, it seems to be the usual 3D arena fighting game from Bandai-Namco. Yes, you get to create your own “Hero” and level-up through various missions but there’s nothing groundbreaking here. However, none of that takes away from the joy of playing your favorite One Punch Man characters. And yes, Saitama can show up and finish battles with one punch.

Bonus: If you don’t want to play, the first season of the animé just became available in Netflix PH.

Final Fantasy VII Remake Demo

Rodneil: This is easily one of the most anticipated games over the last five years and with just a month away from its official release, Square Enix finally releases to the public a demo of the game. I have no doubt in my mind that fans will be spending a better part of the month playing and replaying this demo!

Upcoming

Watch out for Castlevania Season 3 (March 5 on Netflix), ITZY’s “Wannabe” (March 9), Beastars Season 1 (March 13 on Netflix), Steins; Gate 0 (March 16 on Netflix), and A Quiet Place Part II (March 18 in Cinemas).


Now Playing is the GadgetMatch team’s favorite games, movies, TV shows, and more each month. If you’re curious to know what we’re into at the moment, this is what you should check out. So grab your popcorn, get some drinks, and enjoy what’s now playing!

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Sony confirms ‘Horizon’ and ‘God of War’ shows are coming

And a Gran Turismo show

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After years of terrible video game adaptations, the entertainment industry just can’t get enough of them in the past year or so. Shows and films based on popular video game titles are setting the world on fire. If Sony’s latest investor’s meeting is anything to go by, it looks like we’re not done with the genre. Horizon Zero Dawn and God of War are reportedly getting TV series soon.

Sony had a lot to say during its latest meeting. However, amid all the announcements, the general implication was simple enough to understand. The company wants to expand and grow its branches outside of console gaming. That plan includes adapting more of its exclusive properties into television.

Reported by analyst David Gibson on Twitter (via IGN), Sony has officially confirmed development for a Horizon series on Netflix, a God of War series on Amazon, and a currently untethered Gran Turismo series.

Unfortunately, the presentation did not reveal any other details for the upcoming shows. Plot and casting details are still an unknown.

All three titles, especially Horizon and God of War, are part of Sony’s prized possessions. An adaptation for any of these titles is huge. However, it’s always a hit. Most recently, Sony allowed an Uncharted film to show in theaters, and the response was… mixed. While the sheer number of video game adaptations are impressive, their quality is definitely all over the place for now.

SEE ALSO: Sony might stop releasing PlayStation 4 games by 2025

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Stranger Things 4: 4 Big Things To Expect

Every Ending Has Its New Beginning, Indeed

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Writing this specific article makes me remember my early days in GadgetMatch where I wrote two special articles about Stranger Things 3 — especially because I’m the biggest fan in the team (been a fan since Season 1).

After almost three years of (patiently) waiting, we’ll finally be able to watch Stranger Things 4 on our screens again!

Special Screening in Cinema 11

Seven days before the actual release of Stranger Things 4: Volume 1, Netflix Philippines invited us for a special screening of its first episode — right at Power Planet Mall’s last cinema booth, Cinema 11 (y’know, Eleven 🥁).

Wear anything “retro”, they say

The littlest set details outside the cinema made me cherish the good ol’ days of the First Season of Stranger Things from 2016. From those bright neon lights, a retro-styled photobooth, and ST4-branded popcorn box, soda cup. Even the “swag set” full of ST4 goodies that imitated the look of the spooky creel house, This also reminded me of how the series (as well as the fanbase) expanded entirely until it became a hit globally.

A single photobooth access plus a single swag set for that single Stranger Things fan, please

Although I went there all by myself, I still enjoyed every bit of the screening. To best describe everything, here’s my Instagram Reel roundup of it:

4 big things to expect

After watching the first episode of Stranger Things 4: Volume 1 for about an hour and fifteen minutes, there are four things I think we should expect in the series.

1. Out with the old, in with the new?

After the devastating phenomenon that happened in Hawkins last season, several characters have moved into a new town. The Byers, together with El(even) in mind. That also means Will and El have to deal with a new set of people in a seemingly unfamiliar environment.

Other characters have remained in the OG town, though. From the Wheelers, SinclairsDustin, Joe, Robin, and even Max, they have continued with their lives despite being stuck in the same ol’ town. And oh, as the gang turned from kids to teens, do expect some dramatic changes in the way they act — especially after what happened.

P.S: There’s a new school club, too, that’s hilariously fun and cool despite its degrading image to the eyes of many.

2. Familiar and unfamiliar faces

Other than the remaining original cast from Season 1, a new season also means expecting new characters on the block. Apart from new schoolmates, there are also people that might help the initial set of kiddos who have saved Will from the darker underworld a.k.a the Upside Down.

The first few minutes of the episode was also revealed through Stranger Things’ YouTube channel showing how the Hawkins Laboratory had more than 11 Eleven-like superchildren that are being tested and experimented — until everything fell apart because of one superchild that ruined how things work inside the lab.

3. Jim isn’t dead

Jim Hopper’s sudden disappearance after the closing of the Upside Down had a lot of fans shaking their heads. Most (including myself) have speculated that he already died. Well, we can’t afford losing one more main character after the death of Bob from Season 2. Plus, Billy and Alexei just last season.

Fortunately, Jim, in his new haircut, appeared on the official trailer of Stranger Things 4. And just as shown in the first episode of the first volume, his presence can be felt — just from another side of the planet.

4. Another monster to kill

The Demogorgon and Mind Flayer are two of the most wicked supervillains ever existed. Whether that may be in the history of Hawkins or just in the eyes of people.

But the two evil creatures aren’t the end of the gang’s fate. A new town means there’s a new monster, too.

As shown at the end of the official trailer, the new horrendous creature is in human form. It can manipulate the mind of the affected individual — even the dimension where s/he’s at. While I won’t be specific about what happened, it sure is a powerful, demonic creature. It can truly make someone disturbingly psychotic and literally broken inside and out.

Biggest season ever with super-sized episodes

After watching the first episode of the first volume, I can say it was a rollercoaster ride of emotions. First it was thrilling, then it became a full-on comedy show. Next thing you know, you’re already mindf*cked with what’s happening. I always say this but still, hands-down to the team behind Stranger Things for making the fourth season more exciting to watch (despite being borderline creepy and horrifying).

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The First Volume of Stranger Things Season 4 will be released only on Netflix on May 27, 2022 (Friday) with seven episodes. Most episodes are reported to be as long as a full-length film.

On the other hand, Volume 2 with a whopping total of nine episodes will be released after two months: exactly July 1st — just four days before the independence of the United States of America.

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Netflix is losing a lot of long-term subscribers

People are switching

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The Netflix revolution was indeed televised. However, after enjoying years of success as the streaming platform of choice, a lot of users are now leaving Netflix for greener pastures. Over the past few months, the company has struggled to patch its failures. A recently released data report does confirm that the platform has a right to worry. More and more long-term subscribers are reportedly cutting their subscriptions short.

According to The Information, around 13 percent of Netflix cancelers in the past quarter are from accounts that have been with the platform for over three years. The data, which was reportedly obtained from Antenna, pegs cancelations at around 3.6 million Americans, a big increase from the 2.5 million of the past five quarters.

Though 13 percent isn’t exactly a giant figure, it’s still a blow to Netflix’s empire. While streaming platform rightly focus on gaining new subscribers, losing the loyalty of long-term users isn’t something to shrug off.

Since announcing lost expectations, Netflix announced ways to save on costs and retain its subscribers. Other methods include canceling projects, opening a games division, and potentially charging users more for account sharing. Naturally, not every plan hits users the same way.

In the meantime, other platforms — like Disney+, HBO, and Hulu — are attracting more users with more varied and exclusive content. Regardless, Netflix is skidding down a slope. Only time will tell whether its latest strategies will stave off more losses.

SEE ALSO: Netflix is experimenting with livestreaming content

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