Saturday, October 24, 2009

Odd Netflix Recommendation Rationale

My Netflix account recently made the following recommendation.

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Because you enjoyed:
The Twilight Zone: Vol. 16
• Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
• Mary Poppins

Dude, you like the Twilight Zone? Then you gotta see A Charlie Brown Christmas!

By the way, I just checked Amazon for a product description of The Twilight Zone Vol. 16:
Product Description
Episodes: "And When the Sky Was Opened" (Ep. 11, December 11, 1959) - Col. Clegg Forbes (Rod Taylor) and two fellow astronauts have returned from their first space flight. They soon discover that no one remembers them--as if they never existed. "In His Image" (Ep. 103, January 3, 1963, 50 min.) - Alan Talbot doesn't understand why his hometown seems so unfamiliar; why is he driven to kill and what are those strange noises in his head? He's about to get some answers when he comes face to face with his double. "The Last Night of a Jockey" (Ep. 125, October 25, 1963) - Mickey Rooney is Grady, a former jockey, banned from horse racing and down on his luck. When he gets one wish, he grows to over eight-feet tall--which, he'll find out, can be too big.


  1. Dude are you kidding? When they are all dancing at the christmas play haven't you wondered, "what planet am I on?" The obvious plot parallels are staggering. Will Mickey Rooney grow taller? Will Pigpen take a bath? No one knows the astronauts exist? Well, no one pays any attention to Charlie Brown's direction including the girl with the red hair that Charlie is so keen on. Add in the homicidal rampage of Woodstock I think it is a perfect match. Don't scoff to easily my friend Netflix KNOWS what it is doing.
    (Although I admit comparing it to Mary Poppins is a bit of a stretch.)

  2. Mike Kaz8:55 PM

    Netflix actually acknowledges that their recommendations are bad, which is why they've offered one million dollars as a prize to anyone or any group that can improve their recommendation system by 10%. It's a brilliant way to improve their service as they really don't have to do any work for it. The contest actually just ended, so hopefully we can expect a slight improvement soon.


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