Film franchises and TV series you can binge watch during quarantine.
In this collectively traumatic experience we are going through due to the COVID-19 pandemic, everyone is hooked to our screens to binge watch films or series to keep ourselves sane while we are staying at home due to the widescale lockdown. From animes, kdrama, cartoons, iconic film franchises and good classic western series, I am sure there is something there that will let you have an escape from reality.
If you are looking for something to watch, let me recommend some from my personal playlist:
Marvel Cinematic Universe
This blockbuster hit franchise broke many box office records and stole millions of hearts from fans around the world. Marvel Cinematic Universe or MCU is divided into solo films which establish the background for each character and story arc that conjunct into each other in the Avengers film series. If you think MCU is just about goody two shoes heroes kicking bad guys asses, well you're wrong. These superhero films explored the personal and political struggles of the Avenger, earth's mightiest heroes as they fight evil here on earth and worlds beyond. Marvel films are not just superhero films. If you're looking for a fantasy, you can watch Thor films. When you are in the mood for some teenage drama, Spider-Man movies are perfect for you. Looking for some space opera with old school comedy? Watch Guardians of the Galaxy.
Tom and Jerry
Remember when times are simpler? You will wake up everyday to eat sandwich, drink your milk and just watch good old Tom and Jerry. This quarantine would be perfect to reminisce this childhood favorite of many generations since the 50s. Tom and Jerry cartoons are plain and simple yet they nrver fail to make us laugh and forget our problems. A good classic like Tom and Jerry is a reminder to us that kids are never gone, they just grow up.
This crime and mystery BBC series starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes became a pop culture icon in the recent years due to its exceptional storytelling and ensemble cast. Unlike previous adaptation of Sherlock Holmes which are usually set in the late 1800's or early 1900's, the BBC hit TV series is set in modern day London where crimes are widespread which compelled Sherlock and his partner John Watson to solve these mysteries roaming around the city.
The Last Airbender A phenomenal childhood classic for millennials and Gen Z kids, ATLA is no doubt one of the most influential series to date. The series is set on an Asiatic world divided by four elements: Water, Earth, Fire and Air. In the Avatar universe, the world is devastated by conquest of Fire Nation against the Water Tribe, Air Nomads and Earth Kingdom. Only the avatar, Aang the last airbender, master of all elements can stop them. Avatar is not just an innocent cartoon because it tackles political issues such as imperialism, sexism, racism, genocide, activism, and cultural diversity.
So that's all for my playlist so far. What's yours? Drop your recommendations now on the comment section!
Movies and Shows to Watch During the Quarantine Period
The quarantine period is still on going and most of us have nothing to do or we did everything to keep us occupied and all of us are getting bored and going crazy for just staying in our houses. I personally love going outdoors and going out once in a while to shop and to treat myself, but during this quarantine period I find myself doing none of those. Instead of complaining on how this quarantine will never end, let us look on movies and shows you should watch.
1. Clueless (1995)
This is personally one of my favorite movies. As with the movie title the main character Cher Horowitz, played by Alicia Silverstone, is a girl who is clueless and doesn’t even know that she was falling for Josh, played by Paul Rudd. This movie is great if you are into romance and a little bit of comedy. This movie actually made me clueless because I was wondering why Christian, played by Justin Walker, is not getting the signs Cher is giving and to only find out he was gay and I did not expect that. I was totally clueless! There is even a game where you play a story in an app called “Episode” called “Clueless: School’s Out” where Josh has broken up with Cher and you are her half-sister, while both of you are going to an internship with Donna Chung.
2. Totally Spies (2001 – 2013)
If you haven’t watched or even heard about Totally Spies, then your childhood was not that fun. I mean this show is very unique with each episode being a different plot. It TV show is all about 3 teenage girls, Sam, Alex, and Clover, who were recruited by WOOP to become international spies. They take their orders but Jerry, which is their supervisor or leader. What makes this show a masterpiece is with how unique it is, they have their own spy gadgets which is handed my G.L.A.D.I.S. Each episode there is always a villain and ends with the villain captured. Let us also not forget that the girls have their own villain which is Mandy.
3. Home Alone (1990)
This is one of my favorite childhood movies. I remember saying how smart this kid was. If I was in his position I would be scared to death especially home invasion is one of my scariest fears up to this day. The best scene is when the invaders keep trying to get the boy even though they have been outsmarted many times. This movie is for you if you want nostalgia, comedy, and some family moments.
4. Parent Trap
This is an Disney original movie and is a remake. This is the version I have grew up with and is the best for me. This movie got me thinking wow they are twins and all my life I thought they were real and are really twins in real life, but no, Lindsey Lohan is only 1 and does not have a twin. Movie editing was actually great in the 1990’s. Let us not forget the infamous Meredith, our childhood villain. It is a good thing the twins tried to bring back together their mom and dad. This movie is for the nostalgia seekers.
5. Freaky Friday
Yes, this is another Disney original movie and another Lindsey Lohan movie, but hey this is a great movie. This movie is fun to watch especially the part when Anna and Tess switched lives. Each character get to understand their lives and understand each other. There may be up and downs but family will always come first. This movie is for people who love old Disney movies and of course nostalgia.
6. Escape the Night
Now this is an YouTube Original. This stars Joey Graceffa as the main character and famous YouTube stars as guests. The plot starts with a story line of a decade and it is like an escape room but all but 2 YouTube stars will survive and the rest will die. Each episode is a different scenario and each ending either with a death, 2 deaths, or no one dying. This is for people who love escape rooms like me.
7. Pretty Little Liars
Pretty Little Liars is one long storyline. It has 7 seasons and the story is that the main character, Alison DeLaurentis is a “rebel” teen who is wild and this is what leads to her disappearance. Throughout the seasons everyone of her friends, Emily, Aria, Hannah and Spencer, are being harassed by a person called A. They have accused a lot of people of being A but no one knows who she/he really is. It is the goal of the friends to find out who she/he is and to find Alison. This TV Show is for people who love mystery, drama, and a little bit of romance.
My Top Picks of TV Series to Binge-Watch While In Quarantine
We are all trying to stay safe — from drinking water every 15 minutes to washing and sanitizing our hands and more. As the quarantine continues, sometimes you need an escape during the current coronavirus pandemic, so take a break from social media first and here's a list of my favorite TV shows that I recommend watching to distract you.
#1 EUPHORIA What it's about: The series follows a group of teenagers as they deal with high school, relationships, and identity, but also learn to cope with addiction, drug use, and abuse. Genre: Teen Drama
#2 AMERICAN HORROR STORY: 1984 What's it about: It's the ninth season of the horror anthology television series "American Horror Story" which has been described as being heavily influenced by classic horror slasher films such as Friday the 13th and Halloween. Set on an 80's themed era, it's a story about a group of friends who went to a summer camp. Genre: Slasher/Horror
#3 THE SOCIETY What it's about: A group of high schoolers leave for a school trip and come back, only to realize all the adults from their town are gone, they have no internet or cell signal, and a strange forest suddenly surrounds their town. This Lord of the Flies–esque series follows the teens as they create their own government and means of survival. Genre: Teen drama/Mystery/Thriller
#4 ELITE What it's about: It follows students at an elite secondary school and their friends. Genre: Thriller/Teen Drama
#5 BLACK MIRROR What it's about: Black Mirror is a show on Netflix that is made for the purpose of opening people’s eyes to the prevalence and danger of technology in society. Every episode is a different story and it highlights all of the focus that people have put on this fast growing market and all of the ways that it could bring detriment to human society. Genre: Sci-Fi
#6 LOVE, DEATH & ROBOTS What it's about: Love, Death & Robots is a very distinct collection of shorts and the series is something very new when compared to what we usually see on Netflix. It’s also definitely worth checking out, and here's why. Genre: Sci-Fi/Animated
By: Jairus Gabriel A. Cardinoza
With the world suffering by crisis and chaos today, where everyone of us seems to be caged, may be in our home, in our thoughts, with our regrets, or even with someone whom we can never have, while sulking in our house with our home works and household choirs, there are those idle moments when I stop and stare into oblivion, I can’t help but to think about those moments where we are the happiest, or we are the most sad, we have our own highlights of our life, either our downfall or shortcomings, sometimes our triumphs, but how about those moments caught in between but played as much as important episode to those we remember the most?
Sometimes you can’t help but to think about those moments in between. We think that our life is built by big moments, but little do we realized how little they play in our lives, we barely even consider the little things, that made a huge impact in our lives, maybe it wasn’t about the medal you’ve got from winning an essay contest, but the stranger who let you borrow his/her pen because you forgot yours at home, maybe it wasn’t the brand new watch that your parents gave you as a present but the person that you saved unconsciously, asking you what time is it because he/she was worried he/she might be late for the class.
Admit it, or not, we have all took those moments for granted, those moments when everything is in between. In times like this, where a crisis is on the midst, our mind often wanders elsewhere, there will always be that moments that the silence of our room will be filled by the cacophonies of our thoughts that strangle us in the subtle ways. The only solace we could find in this misery is sometimes our memories, not the big ones but those moments we once thought idle, who would have guess that the last time you drink your favorite coffee was a month ago, or the comfort of your favorite street you passed after school, hoping you could meet the person you want to talked to accidentally, the way you rush to the favorite fast food chain after a tiring day, hoping for a cone of ice cream, our life will always be built by these moments.
There will always be something in between, that stiches two extremes into a one fine art, between love and pain, there is learning, the midnight always reminds us that yesterday is over but there is always a tomorrow waiting for us to rise, between our dreams and our failures, there is hope, the wisest person sometimes understand that life is a prism, it can blind us with all the colors and wonders of its side, but there is one source of light that made all those colors possible. Take a chance to be that light, that sees not only the parts that we hide, nor the highlights of our lives but those moments of everything in between.
TITLE: Good night
It was the morning of May 5; I went to the ICU to take the morning shift. I peeked from the sliding door and saw a female doctor and 3 nurses probably making their rounds. Half asleep, I entered the room not realizing what was happening. I sat in front of my grandma’s bed, waiting for the doctors to leave. My aunt was crying from the corner of the room, I thought that perhaps my grandma was deteriorating. Then the monitor on the upper left part of the bed kept beeping, then the lady in white coat announced “time of death 8:50”.
Everything froze, I didn’t understand a thing. I saw my aunt hug our grandma so tight, shaking out of grief and desperation. I sat there frozen and speechless, it was so surreal I thought it was a dream. My sister who was sitting beside me took a few heavy steps towards grandma’s bed. She hugged our grandma and whispered words lost in between her sobs.
When it was my time, I held her right hand, the hand I used to wipe and hold. It wasn’t cold, it was still warm, soft and wrinkly. The bruises from countless injections she endured. I pressed her hand trying to wake her up, more tears rolled when she wouldn’t respond. “Inang! Agriing kan a, bigaten!” (Granma wake up, it’s morning already) I wrapped my hands around her, she’s the same Inang I used to hug but this time she isn’t hugging me back. I tried to wake her up a couple more times more desperate than the last. I wanted to see those little eyes open again and look at me. I wanted her to ask me “apaya nakkong?” (why my dear?) once more. How about calling me miss Universe when she forgets my name. I loved her and will love her even if she calls me the wrong name.
I still remember the night she held my hands so tight she said “ haan nak panpanawan a, ta nu matay nak ket haan ko nga maymaysa.” (Please don’t leave me so that if I die, I will not be alone “I hope I fulfilled my promise to her I hope she didn’t die lonely but happy. The room was enveloped with grief engraved in the cries we made but in the middle of the room, there she lies. She laid still, she looked so serene and peaceful. It looked like she was having a good nap. It was the first time in years that I saw her sleep so tight.
After all the restless nights she can finally sleep. I wiped my tears as I marvel the way she looked. It was a painful but beautiful sight. I wanted her to wake up but how could I ask that if she looked so peaceful now? After all the pain she endured she is finally resting. I couldn’t ask her to come back when I know she’s in a better place. She is free now, free from pain and suffering. I stop waking her up and held her hand tightly, in between my cries I bid goodbye. To my dearest Inang Nani, go on find the light. I know Tatang and Tito are waiting for your arrival. Rest well Inang, Good night.
Loneliness that Turned into Beautiful Solitude
Are you one of those many people who experienced loneliness? The moment where you do not have someone else to rely on. Have you experienced it? Going home with a lot of thoughts running in your mind but no one was there to listen. Have you ever felt bad for yourself? In realizing that you were the only one left. When every one else was leaving. When most people around you have chosen others over you. Have you experienced the pain? The pain of being alone? A lot of people are afraid to be alone for various reasons. Some people says that they are just used to something that there is always someone out there for them. Someone who is always there. Someone who is always ready to accompany them in all. Someone who is always willing to stay. Stays in your best and most especially at your worst. While others simply do not have the courage to face the world of loneliness. I, experienced the pain of loneliness but gained a lot of benefit from it.
Living alone is not a simple thing for me to do but for me to survive and acquire proper education, I have to. I have to learn to live alone. In living alone, I had face a lot of difficulties. I encountered a lot of problems that were made to be fixed by many but was able to get it fixed by myself. Yes it was hard, it is hard. It was never easy to begin with. There will be times or days that it can make you drain and cause you countless sleepless nights. Yes, it is painful. But we have to realize that in loneliness, we can also find peace in ourselves. The "YOU". The genuine "YOU".
People are so afraid to experience loneliness. Most of us do not realize that with so much fear of being alone, we started to forget that good things come from being alone. As time pass by, I got used in solving problems by myself, I learned to live alone, I saw the "beauty of loneliness" that's how my loneliness slowly turned into beautiful solitude. As time passes by, I realized that there are a lot of good things that you can get in being alone. So, for those who are reading this, I hope you guys learn to appreciate the beauty of being alone.
Old is New
The issue of the pandemic, COVID-19, have resulted to quarantine. Stuck in the house and only going out when needed. This may be a boring routine but to me, this is an opportunity to get to take care of myself and pay attention to myself.
Since I started college in 2019, I rarely get to do any of my hobbies and sleep has become a diamond in the rough. This is because I was focused on my classes and getting my school requirements done but now that face-to-face classes have been suspended and the school has decided to resume it through the use of the internet, this gave me time check on myself even if it's only for a short while before I get back on finishing the tasks given.
For the passed months I have been spending time with my family, eating, and sleeping more along with doing my school requirements. We got to get to tell stories about what has happened before the quarantine. I have also gotten back to recording songs in Smule, an app I use a lot before, learned a few recipes and I have even started learning songs to play on my piano keyboard.
Since we're in quarantine, I recommend everyone to try and get back to what they like doing and/or even learn new things. My sister heard me trying to learn a song and asked me to teach her, so I did just that. I taught her a song she wanted to learn which is "Love Is All That Matters" by Eric Carmen. But I am not a professional, I mostly search for sheet music and tutorials on YouTube.
When it comes to learning a song, I usually only learn the chords and sing along to the melody, but my sister wanted to learn the whole song so I did my best to learn not just the chords but also the melody on the piano. My sister has only learned to play the melody but is having a hard time playing it together with the chords. I can see her determination in learning the piano because whenever she comes home from work, I hear her practice the song on the piano and every time she practices, she improves.
Me, on the other hand, have been and singing with my friends on Smule. Despite the pandemic going on right now, I have managed to go back to my old hobbies, pay attention to myself and even spend time with my family. I hope everyone is also for happiness during this dreadful times.
Things Every Titas of K-pop Went Through
For someone who has been a K-pop fan since 2009, I’ve witnessed how the Korean wave continuously stayed on our shores and how it blossomed from the 2nd generation of K-pop Idols to the 3rd generation. And before we can even enjoy social media and live-streaming today, we had a hard time fangirling back then and here, I’ve listed the struggles only Titas of K-pop can relate to.
1. Dealing with a slow internet connection
For some reason, the internet back then was significantly slower than it is today. Youtube videos take too long to load and watching your favorite Korean music show online requires you to dwell on the never-ending buffering that the slow internet connection gives. Patience is a virtue, sis!
2. Downloading k-pop songs
Before we can even enjoy the existence of Spotify, the only way to revel in our favorite k-pop songs multiple times is to have them downloaded or sometimes, you have to buy the physical album first and have the songs ripped from the CD. The struggle is real, I know!
3. Your favorite k-pop group just don’t visit your country
Since K-pop is still not popular in the country back then, when your favorite K-pop group announces world tour, there’s a zero probability that you will get to see your bias in the flesh because Philippines is not always a part of their tour. It’s seriously heartbreaking, tbh!
4. Buying a merch is a rough quest
Few years ago, K-pop was not as popular than it is now, so there are only few k-pop shops online who ship merchs in the Philippines but when they do, the shipping fee is way too expensive and sometimes they cost more than the merchandise itself. But now, you can drop by Divisoria or anywhere in Manila and you’ll find a k-pop merch at a cheap price! Imagine!
5. Watching videos without subtitles
The struggle is real when the most anticipated appearance of your idol on a TV show comes out only to find out that there are no subtitles! So you just end up waiting for someone to upload the subtitles and for the extreme level, you find time in learning the Korean language and wish to speak Korean so you can watch in peace. To become a fan might be one of the most challenging roles to play but believe me when I say that it is just one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
/Cover photo from SM Entertainment