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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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Amazon Prime Video expands content for Philippine viewers

Including a new Amazon Original

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Starting August 2022, Amazon Prime Video will expand its content for Philippine viewers. It will add more local titles featuring the country’s top celebrities as well as exclusive Asian shows.

The move will be highlighted by the release of a new Amazon Original, Comedy Island: Philippines (Base Entertainment) which is a comedy challenge show featuring comedians and other celebrities.

Local Originals will include Big Night starring Christian Bables, How To Love Mr. Heartless with Sue Ramirez, and Whether The Weather Is Fine featuring Daniel Padilla.

Thanks to local licensing deals, Filipino streamers will also be able to watch exclusive Korean titles and anime hits, such as:

  • Nothing Serious (Son Seok-gu/Gong Min-jung)
  • Toy Soldiers: Fake Men 2 The Complete (Julien Kang)
  • Demon Slayer
  • Jujutsu Kaisen O

Other Hollywood blockbuster films and series subscribers may enjoy include The Good Doctor, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, and Thirteen Lives.

To cap it off, a local campaign featuring Anne Curtis has also been launched to encourage more viewers to subscribe.

Prime Video will be available in the Philippines for an introductory offer of PhP 149 a month until December 31, 2023.

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Netflix’s The Gray Man is getting its own cinematic universe

A sequel and a spin-off is coming

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Netflix isn’t shy to spend the big bucks on big names. Last year, the platform gambled on a blockbuster called Red Notice featuring A-list celebrities like Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot, and Ryan Reynolds. This year, the big budget went to The Gray Man, a thriller from MCU stalwarts, the Russo brothers.

Much like the former, The Gray Man opened warmly towards audiences, amid colder reception from critics. The latter doesn’t really matter to Netflix, though. Hearing the applause from the audience, Netflix has decided to jumpstart more titles situated in the universe.

Announced today, the Russo Brothers, Ryan Gosling, and writer Stephen McFeely are returning for a sequel to the original film. Further, Netflix has also greenlit an untitled spin-off film set in the same universe as the original. It will be written by Deadpool writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, potentially hinting at a more comedic take on the universe.

The original film was based on a book series written by Mark Greaney. Netflix has a wealth of content to adapt for its platform. Similarly, the Russo brothers are well acclimated to cinematic universes, having directed the most ambitious team-up movies in film history, Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame.

For its part, Netflix is adamant to create its own hit cinematic universes. Besides The Gray Man, the platform has also invested in follow-ups to its popular titles such as The Witcher, Squid Game, Stranger Things, and Army of the Dead.

In the meantime, The Gray Man is available for streaming now on Netflix.

SEE ALSO: Now Playing: The Gray Man

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MCU unveils plans for Phase 5 and 6

The Infinity Saga is officially over

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Years after the end of the Infinity Saga, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is still alive and kicking. More movies and series are coming out to set up what’s next for the future. Besides the slate of post-credits stingers, Marvel has another one tried-and-tested method to stoke the hype: San Diego Comic Con. During this year’s event, the MCU once again unveiled unannounced titles and offered more peeks at already announced ones. Without further ado, let’s unravel what’s coming to the Multiverse Saga.

What remains of Phase 4

With a bunch of Disney+ shows and theatrical releases already in the bag, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is winding down Phase 4. The recent lineup of titles both introduced new characters and dealt with the aftermath of Thanos.

The final titles for Phase 4 will do more of the same, while ushering in the start of Phase 5. During this year’s SDCC, the MCU revealed new trailers for She-Hulk: Attorney at Law (coming to Disney+ starting August 17) and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (coming to theaters on November 11). Wakanda Forever will notably end Phase 4.

Oh, and if the main MCU entries are too much, Marvel also revealed a new trailer for I Am Groot, a series of shorts featuring Baby Groot. It will start streaming August 10 on Disney+.

Phase 5 builds on the future

While Phase 4 focused on bridging old Marvel with the new, Phase 5 shifts attention to the future. It starts off with Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, coming to theaters on February 17, 2023. There are no trailers yet, but we have a poster. Plus, Marvel confirms that both Kang and MODOK will be villains for the feature.

After Ant-Man 3, Secret Invasion will drop sometime in the spring of 2023. The thriller will feature Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) and the Skrulls as the world takes on an invasion of alien shapeshifters.

Then, James Gunn is unleashing the third volume of this cosmic saga, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which will feature the return of Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Rocket Raccoon’s (Bradley Cooper) origins, and the debut of Adam Warlock (Will Poulter). It shows on theaters starting May 5, 2023.

The Marvels will premiere on July 28, presumably featuring Kamala Khan from the recently concluded Ms. Marvel series.

The next film will take a while, though. Sprinkled between and around them, Disney+ has a flurry of shows to stave off any superhero cravings, including Echo, Loki Season 2, Ironheart, and Agatha: Coven of Chaos.

Blade is also coming to cinemas on November 3, 2023. Finally, on May 3, 2024, the Captain America franchise comes back to the big screen. This time, Sam Wilson is at the helm in the aptly titled Captain America: New World Order.

Then, in a blockbuster announcement, Marvel has confirmed that Charlie Cox is returning as Daredevil in his first MCU show, Daredevil: Born Again. Vincent D’Onofrio is also returning to the franchise. It premieres during the spring of 2024.

Finally, Marvel is capping off Phase 5 with Thunderbolts, coming to theaters on July 26, 2024. It will star Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Valentina Allegra de Fontaine and (presumably) Wyatt Russell’s John Walker.

Phase 6 brings out the big guns

Though it’s still quite some time away, Marvel has already announced a few big titles coming to Phase 6. Much like Phase 3 from the Infinity Saga, Phase 6 is a doozy, featuring big names and catastrophic implications for the distant future.

First up, Marvel has confirmed that Fantastic Four is coming to theaters on November 8, 2024. Marvel’s first family is finally debuting. Fans already got a taste with John Krasinski’s cameo in Multiverse of Madness. This time, it’s for real. With the family’s debut, the studio might also be ready to unleash its other recently acquired titles like X-Men.

Finally, presumably the climax of this multi-title arc, Phase 6 will feature a two-parter Avengers movie. Avengers: The Kang Dynasty will show on May 2, 2025. Meanwhile, Avengers: Secret Wars will premiere on November 7, 2025.

While the name doesn’t indicate much, Secret Wars means untold implications for the multiverse. The first Secret Wars comic event introduced Spider-Man’s Black Suit, which eventually evolved to become Venom. The second one, which concluded in 2015, saw the death of the entire multiverse, merging Marvel’s comic books into one smooth timeline. Only time will tell if the MCU’s Secret Wars will feature the same implications.

Also, don’t expect Phase 6 to be just a three-title phase. Marvel will likely announced more for the Marvel Cinematic Universe as time goes by.

SEE ALSO: Marvel’s Midnight Suns available for pre-order; release date announced

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