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Tips on How to Watch Netflix with Your Friends during Lockdown

Tips on How to Watch Netflix with Your Friends during Lockdown

This is a guest post written by Brad Smith

Brad Smith is a technology expert at TurnOnVPN, a non-profit promoting a safe, secure, and censor-free internet. He writes about his dream for a free internet and unravels the horror behind big techs.

The coronavirus outbreak has made widespread social distancing necessary. In most parts of the world, authorities have ordered movie theatres, bars, restaurants, and other social spaces closed to combat the spread of the deadly virus. Residents have been forced to self-isolate and work from home where possible.

So, what can you do with all that time we have quarantining? Well, you can stay at home and binge-watch movies and TV shows on Netflix — with your friends.

That’s right. Even as you try to avoid public places and coronavirus, you can still spend some quality time with friends and loved ones as you bond over movies and TV shows on Netflix safely. Do not let the Covid-19 pandemic keep you from enjoying a good watch party with your loved ones. In this article, we look at the 5 Netflix features that elevate your streaming experience while staying at home self-isolating. Read on.

Netflix Party

A new browser extension for Google Chrome is making it possible for people to host virtual movie nights on Netflix. Netflix Party turns streaming on Netflix into a place where people can enjoy themselves as a group while separated. Friends and family can revel in their favorite movies and series on the popular streaming service without worrying about getting each other sick. It’s simple, download the extension from Google Chrome, install it, and log into your Netflix account.

Scener

Looking for a way to watch Netflix movies and TV shows as a community? Scener is another excellent option to consider. You can watch Netflix with a group of up to ten people when using Scener. This lightweight tool has you covered when it comes to virtual movie night or date night this lockdown season. Scener features HD video chat allowing you to share every moment as if you were sitting right next to each other.

TwoSeven

TwoSeven is another great service that allows users to watch streaming content with friends and loved ones, no matter where they are in the world. With TwoSeven, you can gather as many people as you like for your watch party. The browser extension uses your webcams to facilitate live chats and real-time reactions when watching. The TwoSeven browser extension is available on both Google Chrome and Firefox.

Metastream

Only available in the beta version, Metastream is a handy tool that allows people to watch streaming media with friends and family. This browser extension allows you to watch Netflix and other streaming services such as Hulu, Amazon, etc. with your friends and family as you chat in real-time. Metastream browser extension is available for Google Chrome and Firefox users.

A VPN to Unblock Restricted Content on Netflix

Last but not least, VPN. Short for Virtual Private Network, VPN is a service that offers an encrypted internet connection over public Wi-Fi networks. A VPN also hides your IP address and allows you to connect to a server in a different region effectively changing your virtual location. VPN service allows you to watch movies and TV shows that are blocked in your country. Downloading a VPN expands your library of movies and TV shows on Netflix to a great extent.

For instance, if you are a big fan of the popular British show Doctor Who (which is only available on Netflix UK), you can use your VPN to connect to a server in the UK where you will be able to access Doctor Who episodes. You can do the same for other geo-blocked Netflix TV shows and movies such as Star Trek: Discovery (available on Netflix everywhere except the United States and Canada), and Blackadder (only available on Netflix UK).

The Covid-19 epidemic has us trapped in our homes with nothing to do — in most cases. However, there are things we can do to feel less isolated as we self-isolate and practice social distancing. If you love watching movies and series on Netflix, you don’t have to do it alone. You can gather a few friends and loved ones for a movie night and watch together using these tools.

Vivegam Review

Vivegam Review – Vivegam is a Tamil Action film released in 2017.  AK is part of a secret agent team that is on a rescue mission for a console that can trigger an underground weapon to cause mass destruction.

Well, there has been a lot of negative reviews downpouring on this one. I watched this after all the expectations died down. Here is my neutral take on the movie. Vivegam coming from Director Siva I did not have many expectations as I did not quite like Veeram or Vedaalam. However, Vivegam teaser was quite impressive as it promised to be an out and out action movie. Ajith’s physical transformation added more reasons to watch this one.  Although there were many loopholes and weak points in the script this one appealed to me better than Veeram and Vedalam.

High Points:

Ajith carries the movie on his shoulder throughout. His physical transformation and his performance where he has to interrogate the villains mercilessly he scores high. The action sequences, editing, and cinematography has been done very well. Kudos to Siva and team for having pulled an out and out action entertainer with a high production quality. The chase sequence involving Akshara Haasan is one of the high points in the movie that would keep you engaged.

Low Points:

Hero worship and the force-fitted tale of romance have made the screenplay weak. In many sequences, unless you are an ardent Ajith fan you would be like “Really?”. The first five minutes of the opening sequence is a great example of this. The majority of the audience would have been lost by then. Thanks to the engaging first half which kind of compensates for the damage done.  The family and emotional angle could have certainly been avoided as it slowed down the pace of the story. Kajal’s character looks so disconnected from the movie. Vivek Oberoi is new kind of villain who overpraises the hero to have a kick in defeating him. But this has certainly not worked in the movie. The last climax fight sequence, the director has tried to recreate the effect the Dhool climax with a song in the background. This too hasn’t worked well as you don’t emotionally connect with the scene.

Overall Vivegam stands out from the normal masala movies for its high-quality action sequences and good production value but suffers from weak characterization. You might enjoy this one when played on TV.

Wait for TV/DVD

Rekka Review

Rekka Review – Rekka is a Tamil action drama released in 2016.  Shiva helps in kidnapping a girl from her wedding against her wish. The groom happens to be a fearsome don and he awaits an opportunity to avenge Shiva.

Rekka is an out and out masala movie with some mindless action scene. If you are in a mood for watching a mindless action movie then Rekka will not disappoint you. But if you are going to the theater to watch a Vijay Sethupathi movie you might get a bit disappointed.

The movie has resemblances of action blockbuster Ghilli in many parts. They even show Ghilli scene playing on TV. This one just assumes unlimited power for the hero. There might be hundreds of men flocking together but not able to lay their hands on the hero when he elopes with the girl.  He just seems to be invincible. When he has such a power one has to wonder why he got into the trouble (as shown in the movie) in the first place. If you are able to forgive such mindless sequences there is a lot to enjoy in the movie.

High Points: Vijay Sethupathi’s presence, Masala elements for entertainment have set in well.

Low Points: But for the hero all other characters are too shallow, mindless action sequences.

Overall this is a perfect script for Vishal but starring Vijay Sethupathi. If you are in a mood for a mindless action movie then Rekka would not disappoint you, if not you can watch this when aired on TV.

Wait for DVD/TV

Joker Review

Joker Review – Joker is a Tamil political satire film released in 2016. In a small town near Dharmapuri a common man Mannar Mannan assumes that he is the president of India and sets out to implement a vision of cleanliness and literacy to Indian citizens.

Joker, the name itself is a satire as it is by no means fun. It is a hard-hitting drama that highlights the corruption in every walk of life, many of which the ordinary man is so used to by now that it has become a walk of life. The one who raises voices against these is looked upon as suffering from mental illness.

Guru Somasundaram has given a very powerful performance as Mannar mannan. He is ably supported by rest of the crew. The first 45 minutes of the movie stays true to the satire genre. Although the scenes are funny it makes a strong statement against the present day politics. They have walked the line without pointing fingers to any political party. Every scene is crafted to hit at a social issue in a comical way. The collector not worried about the common man’s cry considering going to a function to distribute freebies to the voters, a shopkeeper watching cricket without  listening to the cry that soft drinks are poisonous, those magnificent hoardings depicting the local minister as the famous movie characters, the toilet doors colors used for photo shoot drawn from our tri color. All are hilarious at the same time thought provoking.

However when the movie switches back to the flashback story it turns into a more melodramatic movie. Probably the director felt that was the only way to create an impact. I would have preferred the movie stayed to the tone of satire itself.  The movie does talk about many social reforms including toilets for every home, banning sand mafia, illegal construction, lack of basic safety and  more.

High Points: Political satire has worked out well, Performance of Guru Somasundaram is very good.

Low points: The length of the movie could have been done in 90 minutes to be more impactful, the melodrama could have been avoided for this genre.

Overall Joker is a movie that all of us should watch at least once. It is not only a well-made movie but calls for awakening.

Worth a watch

Pather Panchali Review

Pather Panchali Review – Pather Panchali is a Bengali drama directed by Satyajit Ray, released in 1955. The movie is based on the novel by Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay by the same name. This was also Satyajit Ray’s directorial debut. The story revolves around a poor family in the rural area of West Bengal. It is the journey of the family struggling to make the ends meet.

This movie is now a landmark in the history of Indian Cinema. Ray took the film to outdoors and started the trend of realistic movies in Indian Cinema. The movie introduced many legends to Indian Cinema. It took 3 years to make the movie due to funding issues. If you are interested in the journey of the making of the movie then read the article Song of the Little Road from this site. Thanks to Bangalore International Film Festival, I was able to enjoy this movie on a big screen in Gold Class.

The movie is very engaging from the start. Given the limitations of the technology and challenges in lighting the output still brilliant. Ray paints the picture of the family in the rural area. The household set has been brilliantly designed and is utilized to the maximum. There is a scene in which the mother pushes her daughter out of the house and closes the door. Through the hole in the wall, Ray has captured both the characters and their emotions at the same time without resorting to any split screen editing. You would see many such brilliant moments in the film.

The music composition pandit Ravi Shankar is just brilliant and adds soul to the movie. The sound recording captures the sound you would experience in a countryside. The two kids in the movie are the ones that win you heart as compared to the others. They have performed very well.  Although the family is going through financial troubles the world in the eyes of the kids is still beautiful as they take extreme pleasure from the smallest things. The activities they do would have been nostalgic for many of the movie goers during that time.  As the movie is based on a popular novel the story itself is very compelling and Ray’s visual language gives a new dimension to the story.

High Points: The outdoor sequences, Scene compositions, performances of the actors, nostalgic moments, background score, use of the sets, the iconic train scene

Low Points: The only low point is the legend Ray is not with us now

Get ready to travel to a countryside and relive the early 20th century. This is a milestone movie in the history of Indian Cinema that had got a lot of attention from the world. Don’t miss if you get a chance to watch this one.

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