Let’s play a little game: Tell me what your favorite Netflix genre is and I’ll tell you who you are.
While our favorite shows don’t dictate who we are exactly as a person, it plays a role on our subconscious. Our viewing habits tell us the kind of personality we have deep inside, the persona we’re afraid to show to other people, and the emotions we reveal behind our closed doors.
On some occasions, the way we consume content lights up the hidden side of our personalities. So, let me act as Tom Ellis aka Mr. Lucifer Morningstar from the show Lucifer, and instead of asking what is it that you truly desire, let’s share to the world who you secretly are.
If there’s one thing about K-drama that we can all agree on, it’s that there’s always an unexpected twist. K-drama lovers want the unexpected — out-of-the-box ideas, striking and vibrant lifestyles, and pursuing really creative ideas. They prefer unique storytelling and plots that are too surprising and unpredictable.
There’s also a high chance they fancy going to Seoul and reliving the same moments from their favorite shows. Why not, right? K-dramas portray a high-tech and functional country, and that’s something we’ve all been lowkey dreaming of especially when your government loves botching plans for the sake of personal gain.
A lot of Otaku — or hardcore anime fans as they are most commonly known for — are always stereotyped as shut-in NEETs since they like getting scooped in their lairs and if they’re not watching anime, they’re probably playing PC or video games.
But the truth is, they’re actually effective communicators. They can easily learn, understand, and translate different languages and they have a good grasp of their surroundings since their eyes are trained to be appeased by animations and other visual media.
Most people hate bandwagoners because they jump on the next trending show discussed across social media platforms, but they actually play a role in keeping the entertainment business alive. They add to those numbers and metrics needed by show producers to make sure the show is earning.
But above all, bandwagoners are good people who can help you in different social settings. They may seem self-absorbed and addicted to their phones and social media, but they’re up-to-date about the latest talk of the town, and they definitely know almost anything under the sun. Speak to them well, and they might just save you from awkward small talks.
We all have that friend who watches telly on their rest days, playing 80s and 90s sitcoms on a loop. You might’ve gone and suggested watching a series that premiered in 2021, but they still chose to seek solace in old sitcoms that made them laugh out loud. Don’t scratch your head, though.
They’re one of the sweetest and most caring people you’ll ever meet. They come back to their comfort shows because it’s part of their memories — and they don’t want to forget it, just like how they don’t want to forget your friendship and all the moments shared.
While it seems like almost everyone is up-to-date with the hottest Netflix series, there’s a rare breed of humans who love reality TV so much. You’ve probably seen them hyper-focused while they munch on popcorn as if they heard a juicy story and they’re quite keen on getting all the details right.
It might be funny, but people who love reality shows are the best people to ask for advice or wisdom. They know nothing is real with what they watch, but they always keep it real and come off sardonic, sometimes straightforward — which is probably why they don’t have a lot of friends and they spend a lot of time at home watching television.
Thrillers and horror
Those who love thrillers and horror shows are always in for adventures. Yes, even if they’re kind of scared when watching, or screams a lot. There’s a certain range for the kind of thrill-seekers, but one thing’s for sure: They’re your ride-or-die.
They’re always in need of stimulation and adventure, no matter how they look like a scaredy-cat. Surely, they will be with you even when the world’s falling apart. They will want to know how things play out, so expect them to stay when everyone else already left you in the dark.
We all have that friend: the hopeless romantic who switches between tearjerking romance movies and bubbly rom-com movies of the recent past. They might look helpless and too dreamy in love, but they cheer you up, gets supportive in your endeavors, and they definitely want their friends to win — in love, life, career, and everything.
In real life, they take the role of the lead’s best friend. They believe in love, spread love, and hope that love will find them someday. So if you have a hopeless romantic friend, support them the way they support you. Especially when the time comes for them to take the main lead role in their life. You’ll get unconditional love in return. I promise you.
We all have a friend who loves watching fantasy, and live adaptations of anything magical and musical. Some even grew up reading and watching Harry Potter. They might seem to live in their own world, but you can trust them to come up with ideas — simple or grand.
They’re actually observant and pay great attention to details, they can easily read a room and check the social atmosphere. With their imaginative minds, they can surely come up with any solution for almost anything. Their minds are always running wild, so help them pacify it by asking for their help or asking them to rest and watch some good ol’ classic.
Illustrations by Angelikah Gustilo.
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Quick to-watch list you can check out
HBO Go is an often overlooked streaming app. However, there’s more than a handful of gems here that are worthy of being included in your to watch list. Here are my personal recommendations.
Godzilla vs Kong
The pandemic hasn’t been kind to the cinema-going crowd in the Philippines. Movie theaters remain closed thanks largely to the government’s lackluster pandemic response. But that’s a topic for another day. Due to this, we’ve missed going to the movies and seeing blockbusters like Godzilla vs Kong. Thankfully, HBO Go is here to the rescue.
This kaiju showdown is one of many huge films we missed seeing in cinemas. But now, it’s available on HBO Go along with other movies released in 2021 like Space Jam: A New Legacy.
On The Job: The Missing 8
Speaking of the atrocities that go on behind the scenes of the politics in the Philippines, the long-awaited follow-up to 2013’s On The Job will also stream on HBO Go. The movie will stream as a six-episode series on HBO Go. The first three episodes will show the events of the 2013 film and the last three episodes will follow the events of The Missing 8.
The story is set in a Philippines that’s leading up to a presidential election. It’s a timely watch for Filipinos that can hopefully be eye-opening for registered voters.
This 2012 series depicts a fictional, dramatized version of a broadcast team. It follows an ensemble of cast members featuring everyone from the newscaster to other newsroom staffers.
While it is indeed, dramatized, it’s still a pretty good look at what a sector of “the media” goes through. It’s a recommended watch for people who wish to be a little demystified about media work. It shows some of the unglamorous side of news, the battle with executives for views/clicks, and the consequences of bungling a major news story.
For people like myself who have previous experience of working in different types of newsrooms, be ready to get war flashbacks if you decide to binge-watch this series.
Superman and Lois
Superman and Lois is likely the best live action adaptation we’ve had of the Big Blue Boy Scout. Instead of a brooding god-like figure trying to figure out how to coexist with humanity, the Superman in this series is more akin to his comic origin — an earnest, clumsy farm boy who uses his abilities to save people.
To ground Supes a little bit, the story features Clark balancing his duties as Superman and as a husband and father. The married couple dynamic between Lois and Clark is refreshing. Just as refreshing is the brotherly chemistry between their twins Jon and Jordan Kent. It’s a thoughtful take on Superman and one that everyone should see.
Yes, the cool-looking one. Unceremoniously replaced by Teen Titans: Go (which is also available on HBO Go), this early 2000s series is a show I used to watch religiously as a… much younger person. It’s the first animated series in the 2000s to heavily feature sidekicks and tells various stories of friendship and teamwork.
While we’re at it, the HBO Go app is a treasure trove of DC animated series and movies. Classics like Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, Flashpoint Paradox, and many more are available to wash-off the aftertaste of the DCEU.
For some really quality shows, available on HBO Go are all of the Emmy Nominated shows. These include Lovecraft Country, Mare of Easttown, and The Flight Attendant, and more.
Watch on a big screen
These are all best experienced on a bigger screen. However, not just any big screen will do. It has to be the Samsung Neo QLED. We have an entire feature detailing why it’s an awesome TV. But that’s not all. If you purchase any participating Samsung TV product, you also get six (6) months worth of subscription to HBO Go.
You’ll have no shortage of fantastic shows and movies to watch with this HBO Go and Samsung TV combo. This offer is available until November 31, 2021.
Netflix unveils first look at live-action Sandman series
Plus a lot of other trailers
Netflix has grown beyond expectations in the years since its rise as a streaming platform. In fact, the company already holds its own massive event called TUDUM. And yes, it’s named after the now-iconic sound that plays before every Netflix show. And (also) yes, a lot of new trailers and sneak peeks were unveiled during the event. Though the event had a lot of amazing content, the first major sneak peek of Netflix’s The Sandman headlined the entire crew.
The live-action adaptation of one of the world’s most regaled comic book series of all time has been a long time coming. Netflix announced the title in the past and revealed a stellar cast to go along with it. Playing the Lord of Dreams is Tom Sturridge. Meanwhile, Kirby Howell-Baptiste and Mason Alexander Park play Dream’s siblings Death and Desire, respectively.
Unfortunately, Netflix has not announced when the title will premiere on the platform. However, they have finally unveiled our first look of the series. The minute-long teaser shows Dream’s capture, the first story arc in the series. Though it was short, it revealed how the series will look and how Sturridge looks as the character. Currently, the Sandman series is still “coming soon” without a definite time yet.
Besides the teaser, Netflix also unveiled a few more teasers and trailer including the much-awaited fourth season of Stranger Things. The fourth season has been in the works for a while but suffered delays because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The platform also released trailers for the upcoming live-action adaptation of Cowboy Bebop and the second season of The Witcher.
There’s a real Super Mario movie coming with Chris Pratt
Coming next year
Earlier today, Nintendo hosted its Nintendo Direct presentation for the month of September. As expected, the presentation teased a barrage of amazing titles coming for the holiday season. However, amid the new titles, Nintendo also announced a stranger title that didn’t fit in with the rest: an upcoming Super Mario movie.
If you grew up in the 90s, you might be familiar with the old Super Mario Bros. Super Show, a live-action adaptation of the iconic gaming franchise, and a more controversial movie. Though it was watchable fare for kids, the series never made an impact especially compared to the original games. Some people even view it with ironic appreciation. Undoubtedly, the new announcement is raising its fair share of eyebrows all over the world.
Nintendo has not shared any plot details or a trailer for the film yet. However, we do know that it will be an animated film from Illumination Entertainment, the same studio who made the Despicable Me series. It will also feature all the familiar characters from the franchise.
Marvel actor Chris Pratt will voice the titular plumber. Opposite him, Anya Taylor-Joy will voice Princess Peach. Charlie Day will voice Mario’s brother, Luigi. Jack Black voices the franchise’s villain, Bowser. Keegan-Michael Key makes an appearance as Toad. Finally, Seth Rogen is Donkey Kong.
The upcoming film is set for a 2022 launch.
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