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5 iconic shows with relatable female characters

From silly to badass!

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Happy Women’s month! It’s that time of year to look at all the progress we’ve made and be empowered by stunning women everywhere in the world. But, not all of us are put-together as every woman we strive to be. Some of us are sassy, silly, clumsy, and even sometimes, nasty. Here are a few iconic women characters I personally relate to:

Jessica Day from New Girl

Alright, she needed to be here because she revolutionized quirky nerdy girls and made them so charming in being themselves.

Jess is the only lady living in her shared apartment where she struggles to get almost absolutely everything done. Sound familiar? Yes, it’s all of us lost and struggling ladies out here trying to just get through every day.

Jess is awkward and charmingly so which is why, as much as we may not all be as charming when we’re silly, she’s undeniably relatable.

Gina Linetti from Brooklyn Nine-nine

This one was a little bit sombre for lovers of the Nine-nine but, I’ll skip any sort of spoiling. Gina is essentially Brooklyn Nine-nine’s civilian administrator. She’s funny, sassy, and sometimes, reasonably self-absorbed but, seeing her character progress and mature, she deserves to gloat.

She’s sensitive to everyone in the Nine-nine and is surprisingly the voice of reason sometimes. Gina can be a hell of a lot smart when she wants or needs herself to be so the girl deserves all the cred she’s wanted.

Connie Maheswaran from the Steven Universe Series

Connie is Steven’s best friend. She’s a strong and smart character who has stereotypical strict Asian parents. Granted stereotypical, I admit, having strict Asian parents myself, I relate to her a lot especially when she often plots her future while reassuring her parents of her safety.

She struggles a lot with trying to maintain a sense of almost usefulness to the Crystal Gems since she wants to protect the planet she calls home. She may seem like a bland character but she’ll surprise you with how she develops in the series.

Maeve Wiley from Sex Education

I’ll preface Maeve’s description with the fact that I studied under a curriculum that allowed me to discover wonderful female writers, authors, and novelists. I was pretty much introduced to literary concepts and so it was nice to find a character that had an interest in female writers.

When I brought this up with my boyfriend, he then talked about how she seemed cool and gave me a joking glance. To which, I replied saying, “The girl has baggage too and I can relate to that.” Getting by isn’t easy and Maeve has her own demons, which is why I think she’s relatable in how she forcibly portrays someone who juggles the gritty parts of life.

Nairobi from Money Heist (La Casa De Papel)

Alright, alright. Nairobi isn’t exactly someone we can all relate to. She’s right smack in the middle of a messy heist! How are we meant to relate to her character at all? Well, I think if you’ve been in a group project you’ll understand that Nairobi is the one that puts everyone in their place.

Tokyo is too erratic compared to the sensible-under-pressure Nairobi. She gets things done, says things as it is, and still manages to sympathize. To me, she’s the character I admired the most in the series.

There’s a lot of female characters across platforms that we strive to be, but sometimes, we just need someone to make us feel like we aren’t alone. I’m sure you’ll find something you find relatable in unlikely female characters like Nairobi from Money Heist.

There are a ton more women in series than there were before but, I don’t think there’s been enough. It’s slow-paced progress to giving women a safe and supportive platform where they can speak. We obviously aren’t there yet but, we’ll keep pursuing it. So, to all the fabulous, stunning, and true-to-oneself women out there, Happy Women’s month. Let’s keep kicking ass.

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Netflix Protip: Finding content like ‘The Last Dance’

Everything from basketball films to animé

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Live sports were cancelled due to the health crisis, that’s why basketball lifers turned their attention to The Last Dance. It’s a documentary series featuring the final championship run of basketball G.O.A.T. (this is not debatable) Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls. Sadly, the docuseries has ended and now there’s another void that needs to be filled.

Fear not, Netflix shared with us some protips on how to find similar content. This, by the way, applies not just for basketball but also for other types of content. You can also do all these whether you’re accessing Netflix on your smartphone or a computer. Let’s go!

Search by Keyword

If you’re still on a basketball high, you can type in keywords such as ‘Basketballor ‘Michael Jordan’  and let Netflix share with you the results. Here are some of the titles you’ll find.

      1. Q Ball — At San Quentin State Prison, hardened convicts take their shots at redemption while navigation personal struggles by bonding through basketball.
      2. One in a Billion — Follow the journey of Santam Singh Bhamara as he works to fulfill his dream of becoming the first India-born player to be drafted into the NBA.
      3. #Rucker50 — This documentary celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Harlem sports program that has inspired countless kids to become pro basketball players.
      4. The Carter Effect– Featuring eight-time NBA All-Star Vince Carter, this documentary takes an in-depth look at his impact on pop culture and the Canadian basketball scene.
      5. Coach Carter– Controversial basketball coach Ken Carter puts school before sports and benches his undefeated high school team for poor academic performance.

+My List

To save time from having to search over and over, quickly add titles you’re interested in to your list. The add to ‘My List’ feature enables you to compile and easily access the shows that you may want to watch at a later time.

Here’s yet another list of basketball movies and anime titles you might want to watch.

  1. Space Jam — Bugs Bunny and his pals coax Michael Jordan out of retirement to play in a basketball game against a team of monstrous aliens to win their freedom.
  2. Basketball or Nothing — Follow the Chinle basketball team in Arizona’s Navajo Nation on a quest to win a state championship and bring pride to their isolated community.
  3. Kuroko no Basuke (Anime) — Five middle school basketball stars went to separate high schools and now Tetsuya Kuroko and Seirin High are making their play to glory.
  4. Ahiru no Sora (Anime)  — Sora joins the high school basketball club, but his unmotivated teammates don’t care about the game. To get anywhere, he has to change their minds.

More Like This

In case you didn’t know, there’s a tab called ‘More Like This’ right under a show or a movie’s title page. This reveals a list of other shows that are similar. So, if you enjoyed that one show or film, this is a great way to find more that might interest you.

Here are more sports shows and films you might enjoy:

  1. Antione Griezmann: The Making of a Legend — With heart and determination, Antione Griezmann overcame his small stature to become one of the world’s top soccer players and a World Cup champion.
  2. The Ronda Rousey Story: Through My Father’s Eyes — This documentary chronicles former Olympian and UFC champion Ronda Rousey’s ascent to iconic status in the world of mixed martial arts.
  3. First Team: Juventus — Follow renowned soccer club Juventus on and off the pitch as they attempt to win a seventh straight Italian title and achieve Champions League glory.
  4. Losers In a “winning is everything” society, how do we handle failure? This series profiles athletes who have turned the agony of defeat into human triumph.
  5. Sunderland ‘Til I Die’This docuseries follows English soccer club Sunderland through the 2017-18 season as they try to bounce back after relegation from the Premier League.

Recommend to Netflix

Not everything is on Netflix and they’re the first ones to admit it. Fret not, if a title you’re looking for isn’t there, you can let Netflix know that you want it. Tucked away in their Help Centre is a little page that lets you recommend TV shows or movies for Netflix to add to their service.

You access this either through a web browser at help.netflix.com/titlerequest or by clicking on “Help” in your account menu. Personally, I’ve previously requested for Kimetsu No Yaiba (Demon Slayer) and for all the three Rurouni Kenshin live actions movies. Kimetsu No Yaiba is actually available to watch now, so I’m crossing my fingers that the live action Rurouni Kenshin movies come next!

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10 films and shows about motherhood you need to watch

Untold struggles and stories that every mom experiences

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Fierce, strong, brave, loving, gentle, and caring.

When we’re describing mothers, the list of adjectives can go on and on. Often, they’re selfless — putting their kids’ and families’ needs first.

To celebrate the women we hold dear, we have an annual holiday where everyone shares their love for their mom in one day. The internet turns into a forum of stories glorifying mothers, painting them as superwomen worth looking up to.

However, mothers don’t need to be celebrated in just a single day. So we’ve compiled a list of TV shows and films you can watch by yourself or with your mom. From comedies to documentaries to thought-provoking dramas, they highlight the untold struggles moms experience and stories of our relationship with them.

After watching a few from this list, you might come into realization how strong our mothers really are. If you’re a new mom, a mom taking a break from your busy life, a partner to a mother, or a daughter or son who loves their mom so much, these shows are definitely worth watching. Express your love and celebrate each day like it’s Mother’s Day!

Becoming

This new Netflix documentary tells the story of Michelle Obama, from her humble upbringing on the South Side of Chicago to getting her law degree, to meeting Barack Obama, to being a mother to Sasha and Malia, to their journey to the White House, and beyond. It’s a story of love, loss and hope, successes and failures, fulfillment and hard work, and bringing about change for oneself and for others.

Wild

Cheryl Strayed decides to build her life again in this movie adaptation of her memoir with the same title. She sets out for the great outdoors and hikes the Pacific Crest Trail alone after losing her mother, going through divorce and addiction.

Unorthodox

Unorthodox is a short but profound story of a former member of New York’s Hasidic Jewish community. Esty’s journey is a story of self-discovery and questioning what happiness truly is — is it one that you find for yourself or that which your circumstances dictate? Is becoming a mother a choice you make yourself or one that’s made for you by society?

The Joy Luck Club

Based on a book of the same title, The Joy Luck Club explores the lives of four Chinese-American women and their Chinese immigrant mothers that defy what it means to be a woman.

Marriage Story

Despite what the title suggests, Marriage Story is a deep dive into the ugly, painful process of divorce. It’s an intimate story of a couple breaking up and a family coming together.

Workin’ Moms

Four urban moms find each other and become friends over their shared struggles in raising children in the city, their careers, and trying not to lose their sense of self.

Tully

Comical yet eye-opening (and somewhat depressing after some realization kicks in), Tully tackles the struggles of motherhood — juggling responsibilities while tending to your family’s needs, sometimes forsaking the need to take care of yourself.

Egg

There’s a reason why some women choose motherhood, and some fear it. Over a heated discourse, Egg cracks open different ideologies about bringing new life into the world. With complicated characters and truth bombs being thrown left and right, this comedy will make you laugh while making you realize why it’s perfectly okay to have your own definition of motherhood.

Brave

A Disney-Pixar favorite, Brave is about a mother-daughter relationship going astray because of indifference. Merida defies an age-old custom of forced, arranged marriage by her mother, Queen Elinor, to pursue freedom which led to chaos and a striking realization about changing fates.

Bad Moms

Three over-stressed moms went on a quest to break free from the usual responsibilities of every mom. Most of which are imposed by a clique of women dedicated to becoming devoted, perfect moms. This film highlights every mom’s breaking point caused by overworking and over-exhaustion. One night, they just decided to be the ‘bad moms.’ But in reality, they’re not regular nor bad moms. They’re the cool moms.

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Now Playing: 2gether, Final Fantasy VII Remake, Animal Crossing

Quarantine edition!

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The year 2020 ushered a sudden change in our day-to-day lives. With social distancing and staying at home becoming our new normal, it’s unsurprising that this pandemic has taken a toll on people’s emotional and mental health. The GadgetMatch team may be used to working remotely, but we’re experiencing this crisis, too. Here’s what’s Now Playing and what’s keeping us sane during the lockdown!

Games to play

Final Fantasy VII Remake

Rodneil: There were so many things that could have gone wrong for a title that was so hotly anticipated. Instead, what we got is a thoughtful expansion on a game and story so dear to many gamers’ hearts. FF7R is not perfect, but it does more than enough to quench the thirst built up over five years (since it was confirmed to be in development) while also making us want more.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Leez: At this point, who wouldn’t want to escape the impending doom of millions of people dying across the globe by going on a small island getaway, making it your own, and socializing with friends? Animal Crossing: New Horizons is addictive with more customizable features for you and your island to make every detail your own. This game is definitely one to add to the list of games and reasons you should get a Nintendo Switch if you don’t have one by now.

Stardew Valley

Luigi: If you’re a fan of the life simulator genre (à la The Sims or Animal Crossing), then you’ve heard of Stardew Valley before. Released in 2016, this cozy farm simulator is one of the best companions when you’re stuck at home in quarantine. With tons of things to do and villagers to warm up to, Stardew Valley can keep you entertained for hours on end.

Resident Evil 3 (Remake)

Kenrick: Capcom just can’t get enough of Resident Evil remakes. Last year, fans of the beloved action-horror game were treated to a glorious remake of Resident Evil 2. This year, Resident Evil 3 becomes the latest installment to be remade. The remake will surely please fans as it sticks to the story of the original. There’s just so much to love about this game as it breathes new life to the characters of Jill, Carlos, and the dreaded Nemesis.

Shows to binge-watch

Community

MJ: When life throws you a curve ball, that’s the universe’s way of redirecting you to a new path — it’s a lesson I gleefully accept. Community reminded me of my younger days. I remember an unexpected disaster that threw me to a bunch of misfits who I now call friends. The hit sitcom finally found its way to Netflix where you can binge-watch its six seasons, giving you real good laughs and serious life lessons in every episode.

What We Do in the Shadows

Luigi: In the month or so that we’ve been under quarantine, you might’ve found yourself stuck with the quirkiest of housemates. Nothing gets stranger, however, than the weird vampire (and vampire wannabe) quintet of What We Do in the Shadows. Inspired by Taika Waititi’s 2014 eponymous film, FX’s mockumentary comedy series follows the adventures of the most dysfunctional housemates: a 757-year old vampire and his familiar, an overtly sexual vampire and his wife, and an energy vampire.

The Last Dance

Rodneil: The Last Dance is a 10-episode documentary detailing the last 6th and final championship run of the Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, and Phil Jackson Chicago Bulls. Seeing as live sports is currently postponed until further notice, the documentary is a much-needed dose of entertainment for basketball fans who badly miss the game.

2gether: The Series

Vincenz: Tine (aka Mr. Chic) is a playboy who’s desperately look for a girlfriend to replace his ex. But here’s the catch: a guy named Green likes him so much and follows him around to the point that Green looks like a leech attached to its host. The only way to get him out of the way is to beg Sarawat, a campus hottie, to become his fake boyfriend. He saw Sarawat as his savior to get away from an obsessed gay admirer. Little did he know, Sarawat was already head over heels for him long before they agreed on a pretend relationship.

Unorthodox

Carol: A closer look at the lives of Hasidic Jews in New York and a young woman’s struggle when she finds out the world she’s always known isn’t really for her. The story takes viewers from a secretive part of New York to the freedoms of Berlin. A poignant story spread out in four episodes based on the life of writer Deborah Feldman. It’s so good, you’ll end up wishing for a second season.

Chay: Unorthodox is a short but profound story about self-discovery and questioning what happiness truly is — is it one that you find for yourself or that which your circumstances dictate? The only bad thing about the series is it doesn’t have enough episodes!

TWICE: Seize The Light

Rodneil: This is a YouTube Originals documentary following K-Pop girl group TWICE during their TWICELIGHTS world tour. It also dives deep into their time as trainees and how they overcame hardships together as a nine-member group. It’ll surely be an emotional roller coaster for ONCEs — their devoted fans.

Why R U?

Vincenz: BL (Boys’ Love) series are common in Thailand, and these are based on fan novels. In Why R U, Zon has a younger sister (named Zol) who became popular because of the BL novel she published online. The characters were named after him and Saifah (the person he hates the most). Other than them, Fighter and Tor are also part of the novel (and they both consider each other as enemies). What if one day, you suddenly realize that you and the person you hate are already falling for each other? Would you still think it’s a curse that’s why you fell into the world of a BL novel? Or would you believe that homosexual love is the reality all along?

Ugly Delicious

Chay: Award-winning chef David Chang takes us on a culinary trip around the world; watching this felt like traveling while in self-isolation. Not only does the show combine two things I love, it also tackles racism, history, and what the future of regional cuisines as we know it might be like.

Movies to see

Contagion

Kenrick: A timely movie to watch? While the fictional virus in this movie is much more intense than the current COVID-19 pandemic, the story itself remains faithful to how society will respond to a health crisis. While the movie is almost nine years old, the current situation has revived interest in it as people try to understand just how a pandemic will affect the global society.

Godzilla: Resurgence

Rodneil: This feels like a very unique attack on Godzilla/Kaiju movies. Instead of having the protagonist be a regular citizen with some ties to people researching the creature, the film focuses on how the government responds to its emergence. That seems mundane at first glance but the pacing will keep you engaged. It does a good job of maintaining tension with well-timed reminders that ordinary people are dealing with a threat that can end mankind.

Albums/Songs/Podcasts to listen to

Human. :||: Nature. By Nightwish

Luigi: I’ve always been a huge fan of the hard rock and metal genres coming out of the “it’s just a phase, mom” era. If you want a taste away from the ordinary fare, Nightwish, a paragon of symphonic metal, brings together brutal guitar riffs, operatic vocals, and a full orchestra. Their latest album, “Human. :||: Nature.” comes in two discs: one, a masterpiece of melodic metal; and, the other, a full orchestral arrangement thematically highlighting the human journey of art and discovery. Listen here.

Social Distance

Chay: A daily podcast from The Atlantic tries to make sense of the grim reality that we’re living in. Journalist and physician James Hamblin answers executive producer for podcasts Katherine Wells’ questions about the pandemic and its consequences. Listen here.

Foam and Flotsam

MJ: Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘s Chelsea Peretti (known as Gina Linetti) may not be in the popular sitcom anymore, but she knows how to keep us entertained with her humor. The artist dropped “Foam and Flotsam”, a concept comedy album about coffee. These coffee-centric tracks may give you laughs while jamming due to its lyrics, but the songs tackle the complexity of human emotions, only told through coffee.  Listen here.

“Easily” by Bruno Major

Rodneil: It’s a song from 2017 but I only chanced upon it recently. The lyrics suggest it’s a song about taking a chance on a relationship. While the thought has crossed my mind, I just really flow with the song’s melancholic but soothing vibe. Listen here.

Redraftables by The Ringer

Rodneil: With the NBA postponed indefinitely, Bill Simmons of The Ringer decided to do an NBA redraft. The rules are simple: How would we rank the players in a certain draft class knowing what we know now. They start with the notable 1996 draft that featured the likes of the late but great Kobe Bryant, and cultural icon Allen Iverson.

Oh My God by (G)I-DLE

Vincenz: A powerful love song with an unusual concept talking about how one woman is going crazy over another. Homosexuality in South Korea (and several parts of the world), is still a taboo. The music video depicts how same-sex love is considered a sin/crime while the lyrics suggest real intimacy and attraction between the two people. Soyeon, the member who’s responsible for writing the lyrics of the song, said it’s open to interpretation.

Doors by Ben&Ben

Vincenz: Just like anyone, we “open our secret doors” to people who we fully trust. This is an empowering song that tells us not to be afraid of opening up ourselves to those we hold dear. At the end of the day, people who truly love and care for you will be there in your darkest times. Listen here.

Sugar Calling

Chay: The Internet’s agony aunt Cheryl Strayed seeks wisdom and advice from writers like Margaret Atwood, Pico Iyer, and George Saunders. The reassuring podcast comes at a time when nothing makes sense and the future seems more uncertain than ever. Listen here.


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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