All the New Netflix Releases We're Excited To Watch This April 2020
Outer Banks (April 15)
Set in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Netflix's upcoming young adult series follows a tight-knit group of teenagers from the wrong side of the tracks. When they set out to find their ring leader's missing father, they stumble instead upon a treasure map that's meant to uncover a long buried secret.
Starring: Madison Bailey, Madelyn Cline, Jonathan Daviss
The Midnight Gospel (April 20)
From the creator's of Adventure Time comes The Midnight Gospel, a trippy existentialist cartoon based on interviews from the Duncan Trussell Family Hour podcast. The series centers on Clancy, a space caster who traverses different universes in search of the meaning of life.
Extracurricular (April 29)
If you enjoyed watching Kim Dong-hee in Itaewon Class, catch him taking on an entirely different role in Extracurricular. The dramatic action thriller trails the dangerous lives of a group of high school students who fall into a life of crime and violence in order to earn money. Dong-hee plays Jisoo, a model student driven to commit a series of felonies so he can pay for his college tuition.
Starring: Kim Dong-hee, Jung Da-bin, Park Joo-hyun
Never Have I Ever (April 27)
Inspired by the life of the show's creator, actress Mindy Kaling, Never Have I Ever chronicles the coming-of-age of a first generation Indian-American teenage girl amid the complications of the modern age.
Starring: Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, Poorna Jagannathan, Richa Moorjani
The King: Eternal Monarch (Coming Soon)
Get ready to fall in love once again with Lee Min-ho in his comeback TV series. A romantic fantasy drama, The King follows a Korean emperor and a police inspector each hailing from differing parallel universes. The two eventually cross paths when the former attempts to close the gateway between their dimensions.
Starring: Lee Min-ho, Kim Go-eun, Woo Do-hwan, Kim Kyung-nam, Jung Eun-chae
Coffee & Kareem (April 3)
12-year-old Kareem isn't too happy about his mom's relationship with police officer James Coffee. As a way to break them up, he tries to enlist the help of criminal fugitives to take out James once and for all. However, Kareem's plan goes completely awry when he exposes a secret network of criminal activity, making his family and James their largest target.
Starring: Ed Helms, Taraji P. Henson
Tigertail (April 10)
At the request of his stubborn daughter, Grover reminisces on his difficult childhood and growing up in Taiwan. Once harboring vibrant dreams for the future, he ends up a shell of the man he once was after he leaves the love of his life behind for America and another woman he has absolutely no connection with.
Starring: Christine Ko, Fiona Fu, Tzi Ma, Hayden Szeto
Love Wedding Repeat (April 10)
A mountain of trouble ensues as Jack goes through different versions of the same day to make sure his little sister gets the perfect wedding. Included in the revolving door of obstacles he has to face are an angry ex-girlfriend, an uninvited guest with a secret, a misplaced sleep sedative, and an unexpected reunion with the girl of his dreams.
Starring: Olivia Munn, Sam Claflin, Eleanor Tomlinson
Sergio (April 17)
When United Nations diplomat Sergio Vieira de Mello is caught in a bombing in Baghdad that causes the UN headquarters to collapse, he struggles to get out alive so he can return to the woman he loves. The movie is based on the true story of the late well-respected diplomat.
Starring: Wagner Moura, Ana de Armas
Extraction (April 24)
In this action-packed thriller, Tyler Rake, a fearless black market mercenery with nothing left to lose agrees to retrieve the kidnapped son of an imprisoned international crime lord. What was supposed to be a routine extraction however, turns into his most dangerous mission yet, forever changing his and the boy's life.
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, David Harbour, Randeep Hooda
This story originally appeared on Preview.ph.
* Minor edits have been made by the Candymag.com editors.
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"Today, I Won"
I always caught feelings for someone, and hoped so much that one day there could a thing between the two of us. I'm usually the one that makes the effort to buy and/or make cute gifts, chats them every other day, and stays up all night with him.
When I was 16, my childhood crush suddenly came back into my life. We'd constantly send updates to each other, recommend favorite songs and talk even the most random things. He'd even text me as early as 6 to just greet me good morning almost everyday. I hoped so much that when I confessed, he suddenly stopped talking to me.
For short, he ghosted me. Those 6 months I spent talking to him, allotting my time for him, and staying up until 3 am for him - all gone in a simple confession. Although I had a few crushes before him, he's the only one that got me in real pain. It was the kind of pain that I never thought I'd experience. It was the kind of pain that I couldn't believe.
After 7 years (it happened back in 2017), I thought he came back into my life to stay, but I guess he's just one of the guys who distanced. I felt a complete loser that time. But during this quarantine, everything was different. I caught feelings for someone else, but he treated me with the best kindness yet.
It happened at 2 am, May 30, 2020, when I impulsively confessed my feelings through messaging him. After saying my feelings, he responded with genuine and kind words. We both even complimented each other. Although the feelings didn't reciprocate, I still found a connection that can't be replaced with any guy.
To my 16 year old self, here I am, 18 and happy. You may have felt that time was the biggest regret and loss, but I'm here to tell you, we won. Today, I won.
Why our high school barkada is the best?
Remembering our high school years entails quite a lot reminiscing of the things we all been through when we were younger. You’ve experience a lot of new things during those 4 wonderful years and did most of them with the few people you consider your barkada. And through a series of all the lunch breaks you had together, the walks you took on the way home, and taking the same classes, you never thought you’d survive, you have made your life’s greatest friends.
Here are some of the reasons why your high school barkada is the best:
1. You figured out early teenage life together. The transition one have undergone from being a kid to a teenager wasn’t easy. For a moment you are not sure whether you should have played with your friends during recess or you should have just sat down and ate your food because you were too old for games. But whatever it is you chose to do, having friends who were as clueless as you make everything feel easier because you know, deep down, you’d figure things out eventually. You just need good company.
2. They were with you during your “jeje“ days. I bet you have pictures taken with Camera360 and Retrica. You also have pictures edited using Pizap with embarrassing captions and you somehow kept some of them so you could have something to post online during their birthdays.
3. They know all your exes. They will never EVER forget the name of an ex-boyfriend, an ex-fling, an ex-crush, and an almost you had. They will remind you of your every questionable love decision but you’ll just laugh anyway while saying “Past is past”.
4. They never judge you. They have welcomed you to their lives when you thought jelly shoes and checkered polos were the bomb! They were quick to have told your teachers that you were not feeling well so you could go home when you really just needed to poop. You tell them every embarrassing story you have and were fine with it.
5. You can always count on them. From the moment you first fell in love and the moment you first had your heart broken, they were with you. They were with you the moment you lost a parent and at moments when you thought you had nothing. Through every break-up and breakthrough, they were there to be your support system.
6. They are your family. Your high school friend’s family is your own family’s extension. Their parents are like your own. Don’t you feel a little kilig whenever your friend’s parents call you “anak”? And then eventually calling them mama and papa became so natural? I felt that, all the time.
7. They will always be your home. They are your place of refuge and security, the place who offers you their hands when you feel lost and the place you run to when you need saving. No matter how much time and distance separate you, they will be the one’s that you always long for and they are the one’s that you will always return to.
You're gonna bend and break and then at some point in your life, you feel like you don't want to fall in love again.
Not because you're no longer capable of loving but because you're so afraid to get hurt again that you don't want to take a risk anymore. And you're gonna wake up one day and realize that you're not the same person as you were yesterday. The heart aches, heartbreaks, frustration, you'll see, those will transform your whole being into something better.
Honey, move forward. Let go off all the things that are not meant for you. Let go of all the people who hurt you and take you for granted. Don't be stuck feeling miserable.
And don't turn that love into hate when you resent someone for hurting you or for breaking your heart. Just wish them well and let them go. Welcome the possibility of a beautiful love that will come your way. You're worthy of love that you keep on giving to other people. Keep that in mind.
I wish you well and all the happiness. You deserve it.
Here we are — with rough hands entwined, damned hearts at peace, broken souls resting with ease —savoring each passing moment before we part ways...hoping things will turn out to be okay. Here we are — standing still, keeping our earnest desire and ardent passion for each other at bay — hoping the Universe will finally grant us of the day that we no longer have to pretend... that things will no longer have to end.
Here we are — with crooked smiles, lingering touch that will last for a while -- gathering all the remaining courage to set each other free. Wishing for the day that our hearts will no longer have to worry. Here we are letting each other go. Even though we both know that the future is uncertain. Even though we're unsure if our paths will cross once again.