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Nappily Ever After, The Flash: Now Playing

It’s time to let your hair down and enjoy!

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October has been hectic for the GadgetMatch team, with recent launches such as the LG V40 ThinQ, Microsoft Surface line, Nokia series, Realme 2 Pro, Google Pixel 3, and Razer Phone 2 happening consecutively.

There’s still so much to see for the rest of October, and here’s what’s keeping us sane this month!

Movies to see

Nappily Ever After
MJ: Nappily Ever After is a story about an advertising executive who has the perfect life: a successful job, a relationship with a doctor for two years, and gorgeous hair. She is the embodiment of perfection until a series of unfortunate events happened and she realized she’s not living the life she really wanted. It’s a powerful movie that highlights the importance of loving yourself and enjoying a life that isn’t perfect. Sometimes, you gotta let your hair down!

TV shows to binge watch

Stay Here
MJ: I’m always fascinated with beautiful interiors and makeovers, so when I saw Stay Here on Netflix, I immediately started watching it. Designer Genevieve Gorder and real estate expert Peter Lorimer look for vacation rental owners who need help in turning their short-term rentals into beautiful, profitable properties.

The Good Place
Dan: The Good Place is currently running its third season and I strongly suggest that you start watching the first season before jumping to the latest episodes to avoid any spoilers. The premise of The Good Place is very interesting and it’s about the afterlife. It starts with Eleanor Shellstrop finding herself in the good side of afterlife (a.k.a. the Good Place), but she’s there by mistake. She was not really the best living person and things started to get crazy. The story even gets more interesting and twisted in the second season. Season one and two of The Good Place is available on Netflix, while the latest episodes are uploaded every week depending on the region.

The Flash (Season 5)
Rodneil: A new suit, a new speedster, and of course, a new big bad. These are just some of the things we can look forward to when The Flash zooms in around the second week of October. The series made a shift back to a lighter tone in season four but some thought it fell short overall. Here’s to hoping season five carries that lighter tone, but delivers on more action and story with fewer plot holes.

Titans
Rodneil: Good news if you’re not in the US and don’t have access to the DC Universe app! One of DC’s newest flagship series Titans is coming to you via Netflix. The series features Batman sidekick Dick Grayson coming into his own and transitioning from Robin to Nightwing. The series will also feature longtime Titans members Starfire, Raven, and Beast Boy.

Terrace House: Opening New Doors (Part 4)
Marvin: Just when I thought this season of Terrace House couldn’t get any crazier, Part 4 proves that new housemates always mean more trouble. Brace yourself for more rejections, sadder exits, and two of the most unexpected pairings this season — that’s saying a lot considering how wacky the first three parts were. Of course, it ends in yet another cliffhanger, making us want Part 5 even more.

Code Geass
Rodneil: This animé sneakily became available to watch on Netflix recently. Funny thing about this series is the first episode I saw was the finalé and that made me want to check out the rest of the series. It did not disappoint. Code Geass tackles the journey of Lelouch Vi Britannia as he vows to take revenge on his father — the King — for the murder of his mother and to protect his sister and give her a better life. If you enjoyed Death Note then there’s plenty to love about Code Geass. The protagonist acts more like an anti-hero and while he gains a special ability to advance his cause, it’s his cunning wit and strategic thinking that ultimately drives the story forward.

Hilda
Dan: If you’re into kids’ animation, you should check out Hilda. It’s a British-Canadian animated television series that’s showing exclusively on Netflix. It’s based on the graphic novel series of the same name by Luke Pearson. It’s about the titular character who had spent her entire life in the wilderness and when she moved to the city, she met new people and continued to enjoy her childhood. The story involves fantastical creatures including elves and giants, and superb emotional writing that’ll be of good teaching to children and even adults. The curious characters matched with exceptional animation will surely delight viewers.

Albums/Songs/Podcasts to listen to

“Electric (feat. Khalid)” by Alina Baraz
MJ: If you’re looking for a relaxed song, then “Electric (feat. Khalid)” by Alina Baraz is a song you should listen to. Played in Netflix’s Nappily Ever After, the lyrics pretty much resonate a love burning with passion, accompanied by a slow tempo composed of electronic beats. Depending on your mood, this song can be a good companion for lazy afternoons or when making love at night. ❤

“Sunflower – Synth Reprise” by Allie X
MJ: This is the only good thing about Netflix’s Sierra Burgess is a Loser (aside from the character, Veronica). “Sunflower” is a song written by the protagonist, Sierra Burgess, which tackles her insecurity about not being chosen by anyone because of who she is. This version is a bit upbeat and accompanied by an electronic 80s vibe that makes you sad yet interested in the lyrics.

Cities/Places to visit

Koh Samui, Thailand
Marvin: Known as the second-largest island in Thailand — next to the popular Phuket — Koh Samui is filled with beaches to visit, temples to explore, and of course, food to indulge in. Because it’s so densely packed with forests and surrounded by vast coral reefs, the island is perfect for both ATV and snorkeling adventures. Be careful, though: Like Phuket, there are a lot of tourist traps in the more popular sections of Koh Samui.

Lakawon Island
Marvin: Sometimes referred to as the “Maldives of the Philippines” (although this isn’t the first time I’ve heard an island resort being called this), Lakawon is a fun, banana-shaped island off the coast of Cadiz in Negros Occidental, Philippines. It’s a perfect getaway for those who want a secluded yet safe place to rest and relax on. For IGers, there are loads of Instagrammable spots and clear sea water to take photos in. Sadly, there’s only one resort available on this island, so you’re at the mercy of their monopoly on lodging and food.


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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Netflix will release a new movie every week in 2021

Who isn’t looking forward to 2021?

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While 2020 was a disaster for most industries due to lockdowns and restricted movement, Netflix gained the most. The streaming service attracted a lot of users who’re just looking for entertainment without leaving the house. And, Netflix wants to ensure you continue streaming endlessly even when the pandemic ends.

With a promise of “a new movie every week,” Netflix announced the titles that will be premiering on the streaming service in 2021.

Netflix has put together some of the biggest names in entertainment for its 70-star studded line-up. The features include the Zack Snyder-directed Army of the Dead, Jennifer Lawrence starrer Don’t Look Up, musical Tick, Tick… Boom! and Dwayne Johnson’s action movie Red Notice, among others, many others.

 

If the above names weren’t enough, you’d also get to see Chris Hemsworth, Gal Gadot, Ryan Reynolds, Zendaya, Jason Moma, and Leonardo DiCaprio. Netflix has also unveiled a trailer that offers sneak previews of the upcoming titles.

52 titles shall be in the English language, eight will be animated, and 10 shall be non-English language films. One of the most imminent releases is Malcolm & Marie, starring John David Washington and Zendaya, filmed during the Coronavirus pandemic.

This is the first time Netflix has announced a yearly features slate. Though it also means the brand wants users to be excited about upcoming content and continue subscribing.

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Netflix’ Bridgerton is fun, raunchy, and visually appealing escapism at its best

The Duke of Hastings is enough reason to binge this show.

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If Jane Austen wrote Gossip Girl, this would probably be it. Bridgerton is Netflix’ latest offering for people looking for a bit of an escape — this time, to the Regency era where life was seemingly less boring than one might imagine.

The show is based on the first book of Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton series: ‘The Duke and I’. For comparison’s sake, I found myself reading the book after finishing all of its eight episodes. Personally, I find the small screen adaptation proves to be quite respectful to the canon. Some adjustments were made to make it a slightly better fit for today’s audience.

Seamless in injecting diversity

A racially diverse cast that doesn’t feel forced for the sake of being woke is something I truly appreciated. Show creator Chris Van Dusen reimagined the Bridgertons’ world with people of color having status and power. This was actually addressed by some of the characters, complete with its own narrative that fit — quite seamlessly — into the plot.

I’m pretty sure I speak for a lot of us who watched the show that this was something we welcomed. After all, this adjustment gave us Regé-Jean Page as lead character Simon Basset — the ‘Duke’ the book title refers to. The story revolves around the courtship between him and Bridgerton eldest daughter Daphne, played by Phoebe Dynevor.

*Spoilers are coming. You’ve been warned.*

It’s London in the early 1800s and Daphne has debuted into the marriage market. Despite rave reviews from their print-era version of Gossip Girl, Lady Whistledown, her prospects are looking pretty bleak. The Duke who doesn’t wish to marry to avoid fathering children finds himself in an agreement with Daphne that will make her more popular among potential suitors. And as for him, it will ward off determined mothers from foisting their marriageable daughters on him.

They pretend that they are courting and their ruse eventually leads them to develop feelings for each other. Surprise, surprise. And that’s where things get interesting. Despite the steamy adventures of eldest Bridgerton brother Anthony, things are a little slow during the first few episodes. The fun only starts to pick up midway into the series.

Expect to see Nicola Coughlan of Derry Girls fame as the daughter of Bridgerton neighbors, The Featheringtons. She plays Penelope who’s in love with Colin, one of Daphne’s brothers. I actually love her character and that of another Bridgerton sister — Eloise.

To see what happens to them, however, we’ll have to pray for more seasons of the show. This season is all about Daphne and the Duke of Hastings. I did enjoy the series, especially the parts where they tried to inject as much female empowerment that 1800s London can take. However, I still found some parts of it fell short.

Bridgerton: escapism but still a tad problematic

As a woman living in 2021, it was quite hard to relate to Daphne’s character who had her whole life pegged on marriage and having children. Sure, it’s the Regency era and women had limited options for a good life. So while these things should have been understandable, I felt horrible for Simon when she practically forced him to have children with her.

The act was much worse in the book but thankfully, Van Dusen made this part a tad bearable in the series. I have to admit, I lost much respect for Daphne after that. Without Page playing the Duke, I probably would have lost interest and hit fast forward just to find out who Lady Whistledown is.

At a time when there’s so much more to being a woman and consent is a major issue for both genders, I hope impressionable viewers won’t take Daphne for a role model. There’s always Eloise for this season. Pick her!

Bridgerton is fun, quite raunchy, and pretty exciting thanks to the mystery that is Lady Whistledown. I absolutely loved how cheeky she was.

It’s a visually appealing series with gorgeous sets and costumes in aesthetically pleasing color palettes. Well, except those worn by the Featheringtons. Oh, and did I mention Julie Andrews is the narrating voice of Lady Whistledown? That, in itself, is more than enough reason to grab that remote and give the series a try.

Catch the first season of Bridgerton on Netflix.

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Netflix’s Space Sweepers tackles spaceships and robots

Get on a space battle!

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Sci-fi lovers, heads-up! Netflix has a new film, and it’s entitled Space Sweepers. It’s a space opera regarded as the first Korean space blockbuster, directed by Jo Sung-hee of A Werewolf Boy and Phantom Detective.

The film is set in the year 2092, where a spaceship named Victory is one of the many that live off salvaging space debris. It’s crewed with a genius space pilot Tae-ho (Song Joong-Ki), a mysterious ex-space pirate Captain Jang (Kim Tae-Ri), a spaceship engineer Tiger Park (Jin Sun-Kyu), and a reprogrammed military robot Bubs (Yoo Hai-Jin). Together, the spaceship Victory surpasses all other space sweepers.

After successfully snatching a crashed space shuttle in the latest debris chase, Victory’s crew finds a 7-year-old girl inside. They realize that she’s the humanlike robot wanted by UTS Space Guards, and decide to demand ransom in exchange.

With stunning space action and thrills coupled with a comical tension between the crewmates who do not harmonize with each other, Space Sweepers is setting up to be a one-of-a-kind space drama.

Space Sweepers will stream on Netflix on February 5, 2021.

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