Happy Pride! To celebrate our LGBTQ+ community all over the world, we asked them and their allies about movies, shows, music, and podcasts you can watch and listen to, along with books you should read.
This list is also a good start to understanding the lives and struggles of our beloved LGBTQ+ community. You may refer to this article — Pride month or not! Here’s what’s Now Playing at Her GadgetMatch!
Videos to watch
MJ: Google concluded the Pride Month with a live stream entitled Pride Conversations, comprised of powerful members of the Filipino LGBTQ+ community sharing their remarkable and inspiring stories — from tales of coming out to their journey in owning their sexuality.
Movies to see
MJ: A modern classic in today’s generation, Love, Simon is about yearning, secrets, and struggle of everyone in the LGBTQ+ community — coming to terms with your identity and getting out of the closet.
Prayers for Bobby
MJ: A heart-wrenching, tearjerker film that every parent must watch, especially when their religion and faith get in the way of truly loving their child.
The Half of It
MJ: Lighthearted yet revolutionary, The Half of It explores an introvert’s young love, sexuality, and loving in secret expressed through a love letter.
Holding the Man
MJ: Raw, honest, and genuine. It’s difficult not to weep after watching a touching piece tackling a love affair weathering the struggles of coming out in the 70s and 80s — remembering the horrors the stigma surrounding AIDS caused.
MJ: Jokingly known as the German version of Brokeback Mountain, Free Fall is a complex, hot, and passionate story about a married man’s internal struggles of falling in love with a colleague.
Blue Is The Warmest Colour
MJ: Blue Is The Warmest Colour is a moving film portraying a French teen’s beatific, intimate attachment to another woman.
Vincenz: Intersex is one of the minorities in the LGBTQIA+ community. This is a locally-produced indie film that shows how one explores and discovers him/herself. Just like the process of metamorphosis, s/he finally accepts and reveals who s/he really is to the eyes of many.
Vincenz: A depiction of complicated homosexual relationships: from hook-ups, break-ups, losing people you value the most, and even getting back together. A slice of life that shows laughs, joys, and tears of gay people throughout their relationship with their friends, family members, and partners altogether.
Shows to binge-watch
Chay: The Fab 5 spreads love in Pennsylvania back in the US in the latest season of our favorite feel-good makeover series. Whenever I’m feeling distress or despair — especially during these difficult times — Queer Eye is the series that never fails to restore my faith in humanity.
Chay: House Evangelista is back for another season of ball culture, voguing, building new relationships and rekindling old ones, and confronting crises LGBTQ+ people of color faced in the ’80s. Prepare not just your favorite bag of chips but your box of Kleenex as well!
Chay: If you enjoyed Love, Simon and find yourself wanting for more a spinoff series premiered on Hulu this month. Love, Victor tells the story of a new student at Creekwood High School — the ups and downs at home, making new friends, and exploring his sexual orientation.
MJ: Being in your late twenties and early thirties can be mind-boggling. Such is the case in Looking, where three best friends in San Francisco tell their explorations in love and in life while each taking separate paths.
One Day at a Time
MJ: A refresh of a hit sitcom in the ’70s, One Day at a Time is a modern comedy that has an upbeat take on tales of coming out yet still portrays the struggles of coming to terms with your sexuality within a family.
TharnType The Series
Vincenz: Not your typical sugarcoated Thai BL series as it eradicates homophobia as well as how they openly portray the sexual desires of two men. Expect a rollercoaster of emotions when you watch this series.
Vincenz: One of the first Filipino BL series that is timely and relevant — especially during this pandemic. Can you believe two gamers ended up falling for each other even with just a series of game battles, chats, and video calls? In my own thoughts: “Sana all hindi pang-quarantine lang“.
Vincenz: What would you do if you were paired up with someone you truly dislike? Hello Stranger exhibits unexpected love at an unexpected time, reminding us that love simply happens for everyone, regardless of your orientation.
Albums/Songs/Podcasts to listen to
Music Universal: PRIDE
Chay: Pop icon and ally Carly Rae Jepsen and artist and activist Mark Kanemura put together a Pride-themed playlist featuring music from different artists and eras that celebrate the LGBTQ+ community and our right to express our true selves. This 90-minute playlist is perfect when you’re working out, experimenting in the kitchen, or walking to your neighborhood cafe for your iced latte fix!
MJ: Lady Gaga’s return with “Chromatica” has sent the LGBTQ+ community reeling over the nostalgia evoked by this eccentric album — bringing back the days of dancing to Gaga’s fabulous and bizarre pop music we loved.
Help by 10cm
Vincenz: Although the music video only showed minor scenes of how people consider same-sex relationships in public a taboo, the song’s message should dig deeper into our minds and hearts that we should ask for somebody’s help when all of these deep-seated issues come in mind.
Oh my God by (G)I-DLE
Vincenz: Originally a Now Playing: Volume 3 entry, he message of the song this time is clearer because it’s in English — and we can’t deny it’s all about two women having love and affection for one another.
Books to read
What If It’s Us?
MJ: Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera’s novel about two men stumbling upon each other in New York City is a refreshing take on common, gay love stories. It tackled love, signs, and universe — reminding us that we meet people in our lives for a reason.
Call Me by Your Name
MJ: A powerful, coming-of-age, and tale of coming out stirring a pot of raw emotions. Call Me by Your Name explores sexual awakening, yearning, and obsession over the course of summer in Italy, in the year 1983.
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!
Netflix working on live-action Gundam movie
Helmed by the director of ‘Kong: Skull Island’
If you like movies featuring giant robots, you’re gonna like this latest development — Netflix, working with Legendary Pictures, is set to make a live-action Gundam movie.
The live-action Gundam movie will be directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts who also called the shots for Kong: Skull Island. Other than the fact that it’s happening and who’s directing it, there are no details yet. Clearly, the project is still in its very early stages. It’ll be curious to see which one from its wealth of source materials will the team behind the live-action film pull from.
Grab your Mobile suits! Jordan Vogt-Roberts has been set to direct and produce Legendary’s first-ever live-action feature film version of Sunrise’s GUNDAM for Netflix.
— NX (@NXOnNetflix) April 12, 2021
Legendary Pictures is the same company responsible for the Pacific Rim movie franchise as well as the “Monsterverse” movies featuring Godzilla and King Kong.
h/t: The Verge
Netflix unveils official casting for the Korean adaptation of ‘La Casa de Papel’
Featuring Korea’s top talents
A few full moons ago, we heard Netflix is about to release a Korean adaptation of the popular Spanish Original Series La Casa de Papel, also known as Money Heist. We even made hilarious suggestions on who’s going to perform the role of Arturito.
The Heist comes to Korea! Netflix announces the Korean adaptation of its Spanish original series #LaCasaDePapel 💸
And we all know who’d be the perfect Arturito 😅
But, no more guessing. Netflix has just announced the official casting for the Korean Original Series. The show will feature Korea’s top talents including Yoo Ji-Tae from The Swindlers as the Professor, Kim Yunjin from Seven Days, Ode to My Father as Seon Woojin, an inspector at Task Force Team. (Think: Raquel Murillo.)
The Korean adaptation of La Casa de Papel — which will launch globally as a Netflix Original Series — centers around members of the gang recruited by the Professor. It will be similar to the well-loved series, complete with hostages, and a Task Force Team tackling the heist.
More details are yet to come, but one thing is certain. The show’s creators will breathe new life into the familiar storyline to global audiences with 12 episodes. And we’re all aboard the hype train.
The Korean adaptation is directed by Kim Hong-Sun, written by Ryu Yong-jae, Kim Hwan-chae, and Choe Sung-jun. Meanwhile, BH Entertainment and Contents Zium serve as the production companies.
The official cast
Gang Members: Yoo Ji-tae (“The Professor”), Park Hae-soo (“Berlin”), Jeon Jong-seo (“Tokyo”), Lee Won-jong (“Moscow”), Kim Ji-hun (“Denver”), Jang Yoon-ju (“Nairobi”), Park Jung-woo (“Rio”), Kim Ji-hun (“Helsinki”), Lee Kyu-ho (“Oslo”)
Task Force Team: Kim Yunjin (“Seon Woojin”), Kim Sung-o (“Cha Moohyuk”)
Hostages: Park Myung-hoon (“Cho Youngmin”), Lee Joobeen (“Youn Misun”)
Netflix new anime features Record of Ragnarok, Resident Evil
And many more titles
Anime fans will have their fill as Netflix is serving a bountiful anime buffet in the following months. Staying true to their announcement at the all virtual AnimeJapan 2021 event months back, more titles are coming our way.
During the virtual stage event, Netflix announced the upcoming worldwide release of Record of Ragnarok (premiering June 2021), an anime adaptation of the hugely successful manga of the same name. The story about the epic fight for the fate of humanity will join an ever expanding slate of anime, including previously announced titles like the comedic, slice-of-life series The Way of the Househusband (premiering April 8, 2021) or the popular RESIDENT EVIL: Infinite Darkness (premiering later this year).
Here’s everything that’s coming soon that you should watch out for:
Record of Ragnarok
Global Premiere Date — June 2021
Record of Ragnarok is the story of 13 gods from across the globe and 13 of the world’s most notable humans fighting it out in one-on-one battles to decide the fate of humanity. Based on the manga created by Azychika, Shinya Umemura and Takumi Fukui, an earnest battle of transcendental rage begins!
- Based on a manga by Azychika, Shinya Umemura, Takumi Fukui
- Director: Masao Okubo
- Series Composition: Kazuyuki Fudeyasu
- Character Design: Masaki Sato
- Music: Koji Takanashi
- Animation Production: GRAPHINICA
- Voice Cast: Miyuki Sawashiro, Tomoyo Kurosawa, Tomokazu Seki, Hikaru Midorikawa, Wataru Takagi
Global Premiere Date — April 29, 2021
In a war-torn feudal Japan filled with mechs and magic, the greatest ronin never known, Yasuke, struggles to maintain a peaceful existence after a past life of violence. But when a local village becomes the center of social upheaval between warring daimyo, Yasuke must take up his sword and transport a mysterious child who is the target of dark forces and bloodthirsty warlords.
- Director, Creator, Executive Producer: LeSean Thomas (Cannon Busters)
- Character Design: Takeshi Koike
- Music & Executive producer: Flying Lotus
- Animation Production: MAPPA
- Voice Cast (Yasuke) & Executive Producer: LaKeith Stanfield
Global Premiere Date — May 27, 2021
Thousands of years in the future, a city known as “Eden” is inhabited solely by Artificially Intelligent robots whose former masters vanished long ago. On a routine assignment, within the depths of the city, two maintenance robots accidentally awaken a human baby girl from stasis questioning all they were taught to believe– that humans were nothing more than a forbidden ancient myth. Together, the two robots secretly raise the child in a safe haven outside Eden.
- Director: Yasuhiro Irie (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)
- Producer: Justin Leach
- Character design: Toshihiro Kawamoto
- Concept design: Christophe Ferreira
- Screenplay: Kimiko Ueno
- Background art director: Clover Xie
- Music: Kevin Penkin
- Animation Production: CGCG
The Way of the Househusband
Global Premiere Date — April 19, 2021
Feared among the yakuza as “The Immortal Dragon”, Tatsu is a legend of the underworld with an impressive number of defeated rival gangs under his belt. However, hoping to wash his hands of his past, Tatsu gets married and devotes himself fully to the way of the househusband by diligently undertaking the cooking, cleaning, washing and grocery shopping each day. On the other hand, there’s one person who’s not happy about Tatsu’s new domestic life — his tough, former yakuza underling, Masa. As Tatsu tries his best to pursue the way of the househusband, one assassin after another tries their hand at taking him out!
- Based on a story by Kosuke Oono
- Director: Chiaki Kon (Nodame Cantabile, Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal)
- Series Composition: Susumu Yamakawa
- Theme Song performed by UchikubiGokumonDoukoukai
- Opening song, Shufu no michi / ending song, ”Kiwami”meoto kaido
- Animation Production: J.C.STAFF
- Cast: Kenjiro Tsuda, Shizuka Ito, Kazuyuki Okitsu
Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness
Global Premiere Date — 2021
In 2006, there were traces of improper access to secret Presidential files found in the White House’s network. American federal agent Leon S. Kennedy is among the group invited to the White House to investigate this incident, but when the lights suddenly go out, Leon and the SWAT team are forced to take down a horde of mysterious zombies. Meanwhile, TerraSave staff member Claire Redfield encounters a mysterious image drawn by a youth in a country she visited, while providing support to refugees. Haunted by this drawing, which appears to be of a victim of viral infection, Claire starts her own investigation. The next morning, Claire visits the White House to request the construction of a welfare facility. There, she has a chance reunion with Leon and uses the opportunity to show him the boy’s drawing. Leon seems to realize some sort of connection between the zombie outbreak at the White House and the strange drawing, but he tells Claire that there is no relation and leaves. In time, these two zombie outbreaks in distant countries lead to events that shake the nation to its very core.
- Original Work/Production/Supervision: Capcom Co., Ltd.
- Full 3DCG animation production: Quebico
- Production: TMS Entertainment
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