Initial reaction: O joy! My opinion is desired! I will discover my authentic identity, just like in a Cosmo quiz! I immediately dived in and started hurling thunderbolts right and left. Sucked! Awesome! Indifferent! ...but then, I started wavering. For example, I really thought "Memento" was boring. It would have made a great short story, but -- watching the trick play out over full movie length was like watching a ball fall through a pachinko machine. A neat trick, but the whole story was just logically determined by the beginning -- there were really no surprises, and I didn't feel like the movie had a heart. On the other hand -- lots of people whose opinion I value (perhaps you, dear reader?) really liked this movie. If I rate it "2" (my inclination), will I deprive myself of the opinion of Memento-lovers in whose other clusters I would dearly like to be included? Or how about my deep-rooted love for "Smokey and the Bandit," or "Animal House?" Dare I confess it to Netflix, or will it constantly tease me: "Hey, check out 'Porky's II' -- you like that kind of crap, right? Heh heh heh..."
Despite my misgivings, I was brutally honest -- Netflix had become my therapist, and I wasn't going to hold anything back --otherwise, how could it reveal my True Desires?
So, having rated 120 movies, and already streamed 2 (Aimée & Jaguar, A Brief Encounter), here's a sampling of what Netflix thinks I should watch:
The Return (2003)
The Sheltering Sky (1990)
All About Eve
Raising Arizona (which I dearly love -- good guess!)
The Squid and the Whale
All delightful, I'm sure -- but as one who has been acquainted with the vagaries of machine learning clustering algorithms, I still prefer the human touch. Indeed, there is a list waiting for me elsewhere, compiled by someone who knows me mainly through the briefest of 140-character flashes of myself upon the virtual wall -- but who has deftly made of the scattershot glimpses a sensitive zoetrope of my inclinations, and seems to see quite clearly which way the horse is running...