May 2007 Archives

goodbadugly.png With all the technology in this world that can read our thoughts even before we have them, I am still baffled with some items that a computer will spit out. You would think that with all the abilities we have built into computers that the image to the left wouldn’t happen. Of all the technology built around searching and compiling items specifically for you, this one took me by surprise.

Look at the image carefully and see if you notice it.

Finished looking? Have you figured it out?

So, Netflix has recommended a movie to me based on a selection of movies that I have rated. To date, I have rated 1150 movies, and Netflix has 1115 recommendations for me. This is to say that they have a pretty decent sampling to recommend from. Now, I do believe that they have made a very nice recommendation as I have never seen “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” and would love to see it, but look at why it was recommended.

First one is because of “Unforgiven.” OK, I can see this. Both are Clint Eastwood movies and both are westerns. I loved “Unforgiven” and this would be a solid reason to recommend this movie to me.

Second one is because of how I rated “Apocalypse Now.” OK, sure, I can somewhat follow this. Both are probably very story driven, serious movies with a good bit of action and a few twists. No problem. A slight stretch, but I’ll buy it.

Lastly, we have a movie that just follows no reasoning that I can think of, “Caddyshack”! Now, both movies may share an actor/actress, I don’t know, but even if they do, how can “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” get a recommendation because I found “Caddyshack” to be one of the funniest classics of all time? Completely different genre, completely different time setting, completely different everything. Of course, since I have not seen this movie, maybe there are comedic elements that I may be missing, but something tells me this is not the case.

It would have made sense for them to include my ratings on many other movies as their reasoning, such as “Tombstone”, “Young Guns”, “American Outlaws,” “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” “Open Range,” and even “Brokeback Mountain,” but “Caddyshack”?

So, for all of you out there, if you liked “Caddyshack”, don’t hesitate, go pick up “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” tonight!