Netflix is acting a damn fool

Netflix ‘suggestions’ really seems to be kind of phoning it in lately.  Seriously.  Ninety percent of the recommendations it gives me are because I enjoyed Annie Hall, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Blue Velvet.  Surely those three films can’t give away so much of my film taste, can it?  Here are some of the dumbest suggestions Netflix came up with today.

Is it just me, or is one of these things not like the other?

An epic biopic about Genghis Kahn, to a documentary about a very, very specific geometric pattern. Whaaa?

What about these three films says I’ll like a silent vampire film? Surely they can come up with a better algorithm than this. Get that other Facebook guy to do it.

Somehow a Spanish horror film, a throwback to Douglas Sirk romances, and a very white comedian translates into a documentary about whales.


No sense here, either.

It seems they figured out I’ll probably like The 400 Blows since I liked… The 400 Blows. Now you’re just being a bitch, Netflix.

Does anyone know of a better film recommender. If you do, it’d be best if I can import my Netflix ratings. I have no desire to re-rate 2000 movies.

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12 Responses to “Netflix is acting a damn fool”
  1. LOL! but Daria is goood!
    candice frederick´s last blog post ..DVD Review- Let Me In

  2. Univarn says:

    This reminds me a bit of my IMDB Known For post a while back. If I remember correctly, Netflix doesn’t base their recommendations so much on what you like as they do on what others liked relative to something you liked. Though I have to be honest, this is taking it a bit far.
    Univarn´s last blog post ..No Commercial- I Dont Want to See More

  3. I’m glad it’s not just me. The other night, Netflix told me Last Tango In Paris was like a Canadian TV show called Da Vanci’s Inquest.
    Unfinished Person´s last blog post ..My life viewed as one dead-end job after another

  4. cindy says:

    it seems netflix got you spot on with daria…right?

  5. Fletch says:

    Yup, what Univarn said.

    This is funny, but you can’t interpret their recommendations so literally. If you like Mongol and I like Mongol and you like Sunshine……..then Netflix thinks I’ll like Sunshine. I know it ain’t that simple, but I think that’s the gist.
    Fletch´s last blog post ..Enough about movies… TV is where it’s at!!!

  6. Blake says:

    @ candice frederick – I agree! I recently watched the entire series (without the movies). and I thought it captured the Zeitgeist of the time very well. Not to mention I was a high school student at the time…

    @ Univeran – I’m not familiar with the post, I’ll be searching your blog tonight. Thanks for the insight about the recommendations. They really havebeen baffling until this point.

    @ Unfinished Person – I’d be very cautious before renting Last Tago in Paris. It’s a rare film that was able to make me blush!

    @ cindy – You know me far too well. Seriously. I’m embarrassed.

    @ Fletch – I’m learning that. I just thought the algorithm was much more efficient. Learning that it’s not. I’ll have to take my suggestions from a much more literal place, like my blogging friends. :)

  7. Fletch says:

    Hell yeah…you want recommendations, I got ‘em! (mostly)
    Fletch´s last blog post ..Enough about movies… TV is where it’s at!!!

  8. Eric says:

    Haha, those are pretty random. I have had similar problems with Netflix, although it seems their “Top Picks For You” section is more accurate (at least for me, anyway).

  9. cindy says:

    hahaha true true. also i’m nervous you really are mad at me so i’ve succumbed to only communicating to you via your blog. and i’m going to go watch daria now…maybe.

  10. That must be really frustrating, but from an outsiders perspective I have to say it really made me giggle!

    And, it’s odd I had heard that the recommend function was really good – maybe they sue a different one up here in.ca land.
    Shannon the Movie Moxie´s last blog post ..I Am Number Four and Water for Elephants Posters

  11. Will says:

    I don’t know about the others but I can shed some light on the Nosferatu one. Apparently you liked Werner Herzog’s Rescue Dawn, so it is recommending Herzog’s version of the vampire tale. I don’t know what it shares with 2001 and Annie Hall though.

  12. Will says:

    I don’t know about the others but I can shed some light on the Nosferatu one. Apparently you liked Werner Herzog’s Rescue Dawn, so it is recommending Herzog’s version of the vampire tale. I don’t know what it shares with 2001 and Annie Hall though.

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