How Good Are Movie Recommendation Services?

How Good Are Movie Recommendation Services?

Jesse Leikin
Apr 29, 2011

When it comes to movies, we all have different preferences and taste, so finding the perfect movie can be difficult. Sites like IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes can only go so far, as your likings might be different than the majority of others. Luckily there are some great resources to help you find the right movie for YOU! I mean, what is the point of an awesome home theater if you don't have something good to watch.

FlickChart: Unlike traditional movie ranking sites, FlickChart makes ranking both simple and fun. Instead of having to decide what the difference between an 8 and a 9 is, you simply choose the better of two movies displayed. If you haven't seen one of the movies, let FlickChart know, and it will swap it out for one that you have seen. After you rank enough movies, FlickChart starts to generate personalized lists that rank you movies. What is even better is that based on both you preferences and other users, FlickChart is able to intelligently recommend new movies that you have not yet seen.

TasteKid: If you don't have time to create your own personalized lists, give TasteKid a try. While not nearly as personalized as FlickChart, TasteKid allows for you to simply type in a movie that you like, and get a generated list of movie suggestions based on your taste. If you don't have much time, or if you are antsy to start watching your next flick, this little recommendation engine goes a long way.

Netflix: While Netflix provides an awesome way to rent movies, it also happens to be a very good movie recommendation tool. Because they have data on all of their users movie rental habits, Netflix is able to find people who rent similar films and make recommendations based on movies not in you rental history. This powerful, often overlooked feature, can be the difference between discovering a cult classic and watching a blockbuster bust.

Do you use predictive recommendations? How reliable have they proven in relation to your viewing habits/preferences?

(Top Image: Flickr user Wahlander)

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