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If, like many people, you’ve been in front of TV more than ever in the past year, you are not alone. And thanks to new extensions and functions Streaming services, We can host long-distance movie nights with people who don’t live with us (or even in the same state) and watch things on Netflix, Hulu, Disney +, Prime Video, and YouTube.
Setting up this part is pretty easy. The hard part is choosing something to watch. Even people who seem to have everything in common can have different opinions when it comes to entertainment. And this is not limited to people outside of our household.
While many people have multiple screens, fighting over what to see can be a potential strain on all types of relationships during the pandemic. And there is Movie Matcher come in. Here’s how it works and how to use it.
How to use Movie Matcher
The idea here is to help you and a friend / partner / family member / pen pal choose a movie that you can both enjoy together – rather than having a person who doesn’t like superhero movies sit down and watch something the other person likes. (Once again.)
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This is how it works. Go to The website and enter your name. Then decide if you want to match with a partner (used here in the UK version rather than someone you want to breed with) or a movie star. Go with “buddy”. (We’ll get into the movie stars option in a minute.) You will be given a link to copy and send to your friend.
Both parties are then asked to make some decisions. First, select three genres of movies that you don’t want to see (ex. Science fiction, war, drama, etc.). Then for three types of movies they are in the mood to watch them (i.e. feel good, detective, superhero). And finally, how far back in time they want to go (i.e. movies since 1970).
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Using data from IMDb and your settings will give you a recommendation for a movie that you both should probably either agree to or at least agree to. If you want something different, just click “seen” and other options will appear. Once you’ve decided on something, you can click “More Details” to go to the IMDb page of the recommended movie for more information.
How to match with a movie star
Individuals who don’t have someone to watch movies with remotely (or in the same house) but still want to play can do so by selecting the option that matches a movie star. Small illustrations of various film characters are then shown, including Sister Mary Clarence / Deloris Wilson, Princess Leia, Shrek, Harry Potter, Mary Poppins and a few others.
What is not clear, however, is whether you will be compared to a movie star (as advertised) or the character shown in the picture. For example, I would be very keen to fit in with Carrie Fisher, but would pass on Princess Leia. Anyway, that’s a fun thing and I’m ruining it, but you get the picture. In the end, you will receive a recommended movie for you and either a movie character or the actor who played it. Then you can enjoy it alone.