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Stranger Things, Jessica Jones, Spider-Man: Now Playing

It’s a superhero month!

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We’re halfway through 2019 and we all know that the best phones have yet to come. While we wait for new launches, here’s what’s Now Playing on GadgetMatch:

Movies to see

Spider-Man: Far From Home
Rodneil: This might just be Spider-Man’s best appearance on the MCU to date. It manages to address the somber events of Avengers: Endgame — a film it immediately follows — while maintaining its comedic tone. It’s perfect for what it’s trying to be — a Spidey film set in a larger Marvel universe.

The Carter Effect
Rodneil: This documentary details the massive impact of eight-time NBA All-Star Vince Carter on pop culture and the Canadian basketball scene. It’s a timely watch as the Toronto Raptors — the team that Carter helped put on the map — recently won the NBA Championship and with Carter entering the final season of his NBA career.

Black Hole Apocalypse
Kevin: What exactly are black holes? I played this documentary as background noise but then, like a black hole, it sucked me in. It explains what astrophysicists think about these hard-to-explain concepts and how they might behave. What got me hooked are the CGI-driven dramatizations of theories like what would physically happen to a person if they go near and into a black hole. It may not be for everyone but for the wondering minds, it’s really interesting.

TV shows to binge-watch

Marvel’s Jessica Jones (Season 3)
MJ: In the past two seasons, Jessica Jones didn’t give a shit. This time, she has no choice now that she’s branded as a hero. Now running on its final season, Jessica teams up with Trish to take down a genius psychopath, despite being haunted by a traumatic past that broke their relationship. The show also tackles every character’s moral compass and the concept of heroism, as well as their growth throughout the series.

The Kirlian Frequency
Kevin: Think The Twilight Zone or Tales from the Crypt — only in animated form. The Kirlian Frequency is a collection of short stories revolving around the small, creepy town of Kirlian in Buenos Aires. This Argentinian web series follows a radio DJ who broadcasts his show only at night and tells the different stories of people losing their way to Kirlian. What happens next is for you to find out.

Stranger Things 3
Chay: The year is summer 1985 in Hawkins, Indiana. Our protagonists have grown up and are on a break from school, busy exploring being teenagers — they’re all in a relationship except for Will, who just wants to play Dungeons and Dragons. Who can blame him? He missed out on his childhood no thanks to the upside down. One thing that struck me this season, and what I think made it the best season yet, is the pattern of its strong female characters taking charge and telling us to 👏🏻 listen 👏🏻 to 👏🏻 women 👏🏻 — from Eleven fighting the Mind Flayer, to Joyce solving the mystery of her fridge magnets, to Max teaching Mike a lesson, to Nancy pursuing a story even if it means being fired by middle-aged misogynists, to newcomer Robin cracking Russian codes, to Erica (Lucas’ younger sister) taking no shit and standing up for herself.

Albums/Songs/Podcasts to listen to

FEVER by GFRIEND
Vincenz: GFRIEND has managed to keep their signature style with a newer song concept. Unlike their previous classical tracks, this one is a Moombahton summer song — and it’s a bop. Their vocals are still powerful even if they haven’t showcased the usual adlibs. The music video visuals blend well with the song’s rhythm, which captivated me a lot.

Racecar by Gabe Bondoc
Rodneil: Fil-Am acoustic artist Gabe Bondoc hasn’t released new music since 2016 so “Racecar” completely took me by surprise. The song talks about spending time with a person you want to get with. The song gives off a sexy vibe and I’ve had on repeat since its release.

Stranger Songs by Ingrid Michaelson
Chay: You might know her for the song “You and I”, but Ingrid Michaelson’s newest album sounds nothing like the popular hit from 2008. Inspired by Stranger Things, the songs on the album are actually tied to the show. My favorite tracks include “Pretty”, which is about Eleven becoming her own person, and “Young and in Love”, a fun bop that reminds me of the blossoming love stories in the show’s third season. Stranger Things fan or not, you will enjoy and occasionally find yourself singing along to the songs, as their themes are universal and relatable.

Games to play

Super Mario Maker 2
Luigi: Finally, the perfect Mario game comes to the Switch! Like Super Mario Odyssey before it, Super Mario Maker 2 fits perfectly in the Switch’s pantheon of games. You can breeze through thousands of creatively themed levels or take near-sadistic puzzles with you on-the-go. Most importantly, you can get those creative juices flowing in the improved game design mode with so many possibilities.

Matchketeers’ Pick

Lucifer
GadgetMatch: Our dear Matchketeers’ recommendation for this month is Lucifer. Based on DC Comics, it tells the story of what happens when the Lord of the Underworld decides he just wants to take a break. He ends up in Los Angeles where he meets Chloe — a female detective who’s presence renders him powerless. Lucifer enjoys the thrill of actually brushing with death and decides to play consultant to the smart and steadfast Chloe. It also helps that the Tom Ellis — the actor who plays Luficer — is a real charmer guaranteed to steal your heart.


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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Sony confirms ‘Horizon’ and ‘God of War’ shows are coming

And a Gran Turismo show

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After years of terrible video game adaptations, the entertainment industry just can’t get enough of them in the past year or so. Shows and films based on popular video game titles are setting the world on fire. If Sony’s latest investor’s meeting is anything to go by, it looks like we’re not done with the genre. Horizon Zero Dawn and God of War are reportedly getting TV series soon.

Sony had a lot to say during its latest meeting. However, amid all the announcements, the general implication was simple enough to understand. The company wants to expand and grow its branches outside of console gaming. That plan includes adapting more of its exclusive properties into television.

Reported by analyst David Gibson on Twitter (via IGN), Sony has officially confirmed development for a Horizon series on Netflix, a God of War series on Amazon, and a currently untethered Gran Turismo series.

Unfortunately, the presentation did not reveal any other details for the upcoming shows. Plot and casting details are still an unknown.

All three titles, especially Horizon and God of War, are part of Sony’s prized possessions. An adaptation for any of these titles is huge. However, it’s always a hit. Most recently, Sony allowed an Uncharted film to show in theaters, and the response was… mixed. While the sheer number of video game adaptations are impressive, their quality is definitely all over the place for now.

SEE ALSO: Sony might stop releasing PlayStation 4 games by 2025

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Stranger Things 4: 4 Big Things To Expect

Every Ending Has Its New Beginning, Indeed

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Writing this specific article makes me remember my early days in GadgetMatch where I wrote two special articles about Stranger Things 3 — especially because I’m the biggest fan in the team (been a fan since Season 1).

After almost three years of (patiently) waiting, we’ll finally be able to watch Stranger Things 4 on our screens again!

Special Screening in Cinema 11

Seven days before the actual release of Stranger Things 4: Volume 1, Netflix Philippines invited us for a special screening of its first episode — right at Power Planet Mall’s last cinema booth, Cinema 11 (y’know, Eleven 🥁).

Wear anything “retro”, they say

The littlest set details outside the cinema made me cherish the good ol’ days of the First Season of Stranger Things from 2016. From those bright neon lights, a retro-styled photobooth, and ST4-branded popcorn box, soda cup. Even the “swag set” full of ST4 goodies that imitated the look of the spooky creel house, This also reminded me of how the series (as well as the fanbase) expanded entirely until it became a hit globally.

A single photobooth access plus a single swag set for that single Stranger Things fan, please

Although I went there all by myself, I still enjoyed every bit of the screening. To best describe everything, here’s my Instagram Reel roundup of it:

4 big things to expect

After watching the first episode of Stranger Things 4: Volume 1 for about an hour and fifteen minutes, there are four things I think we should expect in the series.

1. Out with the old, in with the new?

After the devastating phenomenon that happened in Hawkins last season, several characters have moved into a new town. The Byers, together with El(even) in mind. That also means Will and El have to deal with a new set of people in a seemingly unfamiliar environment.

Other characters have remained in the OG town, though. From the Wheelers, SinclairsDustin, Joe, Robin, and even Max, they have continued with their lives despite being stuck in the same ol’ town. And oh, as the gang turned from kids to teens, do expect some dramatic changes in the way they act — especially after what happened.

P.S: There’s a new school club, too, that’s hilariously fun and cool despite its degrading image to the eyes of many.

2. Familiar and unfamiliar faces

Other than the remaining original cast from Season 1, a new season also means expecting new characters on the block. Apart from new schoolmates, there are also people that might help the initial set of kiddos who have saved Will from the darker underworld a.k.a the Upside Down.

The first few minutes of the episode was also revealed through Stranger Things’ YouTube channel showing how the Hawkins Laboratory had more than 11 Eleven-like superchildren that are being tested and experimented — until everything fell apart because of one superchild that ruined how things work inside the lab.

3. Jim isn’t dead

Jim Hopper’s sudden disappearance after the closing of the Upside Down had a lot of fans shaking their heads. Most (including myself) have speculated that he already died. Well, we can’t afford losing one more main character after the death of Bob from Season 2. Plus, Billy and Alexei just last season.

Fortunately, Jim, in his new haircut, appeared on the official trailer of Stranger Things 4. And just as shown in the first episode of the first volume, his presence can be felt — just from another side of the planet.

4. Another monster to kill

The Demogorgon and Mind Flayer are two of the most wicked supervillains ever existed. Whether that may be in the history of Hawkins or just in the eyes of people.

But the two evil creatures aren’t the end of the gang’s fate. A new town means there’s a new monster, too.

As shown at the end of the official trailer, the new horrendous creature is in human form. It can manipulate the mind of the affected individual — even the dimension where s/he’s at. While I won’t be specific about what happened, it sure is a powerful, demonic creature. It can truly make someone disturbingly psychotic and literally broken inside and out.

Biggest season ever with super-sized episodes

After watching the first episode of the first volume, I can say it was a rollercoaster ride of emotions. First it was thrilling, then it became a full-on comedy show. Next thing you know, you’re already mindf*cked with what’s happening. I always say this but still, hands-down to the team behind Stranger Things for making the fourth season more exciting to watch (despite being borderline creepy and horrifying).

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The First Volume of Stranger Things Season 4 will be released only on Netflix on May 27, 2022 (Friday) with seven episodes. Most episodes are reported to be as long as a full-length film.

On the other hand, Volume 2 with a whopping total of nine episodes will be released after two months: exactly July 1st — just four days before the independence of the United States of America.

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Netflix is losing a lot of long-term subscribers

People are switching

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The Netflix revolution was indeed televised. However, after enjoying years of success as the streaming platform of choice, a lot of users are now leaving Netflix for greener pastures. Over the past few months, the company has struggled to patch its failures. A recently released data report does confirm that the platform has a right to worry. More and more long-term subscribers are reportedly cutting their subscriptions short.

According to The Information, around 13 percent of Netflix cancelers in the past quarter are from accounts that have been with the platform for over three years. The data, which was reportedly obtained from Antenna, pegs cancelations at around 3.6 million Americans, a big increase from the 2.5 million of the past five quarters.

Though 13 percent isn’t exactly a giant figure, it’s still a blow to Netflix’s empire. While streaming platform rightly focus on gaining new subscribers, losing the loyalty of long-term users isn’t something to shrug off.

Since announcing lost expectations, Netflix announced ways to save on costs and retain its subscribers. Other methods include canceling projects, opening a games division, and potentially charging users more for account sharing. Naturally, not every plan hits users the same way.

In the meantime, other platforms — like Disney+, HBO, and Hulu — are attracting more users with more varied and exclusive content. Regardless, Netflix is skidding down a slope. Only time will tell whether its latest strategies will stave off more losses.

SEE ALSO: Netflix is experimenting with livestreaming content

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