They’ve Netflixed Me Again!

2 Jun

June 2, 2011

Awhile back I wrote about the weird suggestions Netflix was giving me, like watching The Larry Sanders Show because I enjoyed Pulp Fiction. I figured that there had to be some logic behind the lunacy and finally realized the connection- Larry Sanders and Pulp Fiction each featured cheese as a significant plot point.

Well, no, they didn’t, but that makes about as much sense as anything else.

With that in mind, and with just a hint of trepidation, I went back to see what Netflix might think I’d enjoy now that I’ve watched more movies and rated some more films. Here is what I got.

The thing to bear in mind is that I wasn’t even searching for Dinosaurs. That came up in a list of films that I might enjoy. Why? I don’t know. This was even before I rated Jurassic Park so maybe this is just something everybody gets. Whatever.

But The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg? What is the connection between dinosaurs and Hank Greenberg? Well, first, both are dead. Secondly, Hank Greenberg was Jewish and so was the Hebrewsaurus. And lastly, neither one is something that I would bother watching. I guess Netflix may be smarter than I thought to come up with all of that.

When I got past that screen I got the same old suggestions from last time and, scrolling past, I got to a new movie I might enjoy.

Really? The Odd Couple? Because I enjoyed The Twilight Zone? Is it enough for Netflix that Walter Matthau was in an episode of The Twilight Zone? Honestly, I don’t watch that show just for him. And it is a good thing because I am pretty sure he wasn’t ever in one. And neither was Jack Lemon. I’m just going to have to throw my hands in the air and give up on that one. (For the record, I happen to love The Odd Couple but it has zero to do with The Twilight Zone.)

Maybe Netflix simply needed some more information. I’d only rated about 1,000 films for them, maybe a couple more would do the trick. So I went and rated some more films and I guess Netflix’s program started getting tired of my hitting “haven’t seen it” for every silly chick flick and anime mish-mash they popped on screen and started asking me questions.

How do I answer that? On the one hand I never saw a Harry Potter film in my life but on the other hand I love Escape from Alcatraz with Clint Eastwood and Patrick McGoohan. I guess “never” would be the best answer since I don’t think there are
very many prison movies like Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. All I can think of is what if HBO’s OZ was produced for the Disney Channel? Someone needs to program some better algorithms into Netflix’s software.

Again, WTF? Wrath of Khan is easily the best Trek film (and no arguing with me in the comments section!) and a personal Top Ten Must Watch. If it is on TV, I watch it. (Goodfellas is on that list too, with Jaws.) And yes, Kirk’s mid-life crisis is a theme of the film, but to call Star Trek II a mid-life crisis movie is like calling Halloween a film about a babysitter. Well yes, but…

And speaking of horror films:

I’ve seen Meatballs. That is a summer camp film but it is nothing like Friday the 13th. I’ve seen Race for your Life Charlie Brown and that is nothing like Friday the 13th. For the third time I hit the “never” button and wondered why I was bothering.

Now here was a dilemma. The question is perfectly proper. But how to answer it? I have seen Crouching Tiger twice. I used to watch those old kung-fu flicks channel 5 used to show on Sunday afternoons but those were dubbed. (And pretty badly too.) I knew
that if I hit “sometimes” I’d get nothing but films I couldn’t understand and probably wouldn’t watch even if I did, so I hit “never” again.

After I had all I could take I went back to see what new suggestions Netflix had for me.

Damn! Netflix is determined to get me to watch that film? And the connection between The Odd Couple, Dirty Harry, Psycho, and Casablanca? Each featured cheese as a significant plot point.

8 Responses to “They’ve Netflixed Me Again!”

  1. Thomas Stazyk June 2, 2011 at 12:29 am #

    I wonder if the political parties are using the same marketing algorithms that Netflix uses. That could explain a lot.


    • bmj2k June 2, 2011 at 12:35 am #

      One thing that is becomming ridiculously clear to me is that no matter what the rhetoric, both parties here in the US are pretty much the same, at least at the Federal level.


      • JRD Skinner June 2, 2011 at 3:05 pm #

        That’s my impression. It’s a shame the two-party system is so entrenched. You guys need some Canadian style multi-party anarchy to shake things up.

        Anyhow, am I right in remembering that Prisoner of Azkhaban (or whatever) was the Potter film in which he escapes from a maximum security facility by hiding his tunnel behind a poster of Rita Hayworth?


        • bmj2k June 2, 2011 at 4:58 pm #

          Well nowadays I guess it would be a poster of Lady Gaga, but yeah, that’s the film.


  2. Mac of BIOnighT June 4, 2011 at 12:43 am #

    “I don’t think there are very many prison movies like Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”
    😀 😀


  3. Ignorethebucklesonmyjacket June 4, 2011 at 4:13 pm #

    As weird as it sounds, I might just watch that “Greenberg” story. I think it is more interesting than people would imagine.


    • bmj2k June 4, 2011 at 8:14 pm #

      I like baseball and I like history, so if I were flipping around the channels I’d probably give it a chance, but I’m not going to go out of my way for it.
      Of course now I have to give it try. 🙂


  4. tonyk33 October 7, 2011 at 1:21 pm #



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