E.g., if I'm feeling sad, I'd like to get distracted to get out of this mood. Or I want to amplify this mood, so I might need another movie.
“What? Why did you schedule that?” It defeated the whole purpose of the mood organ. “I didn’t even know you could set it for that,” he said gloomily.
-- Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Phillip K. Dick
First, it’s not really different from Netflix-style sliders, except it’s hiding more things behind clicks. Second, finding a good recommendation isn’t the hard problem…it’s getting people to hit play on what’s being recommended. I don’t know how many times I get recommended Vanilla Sky, I can’t seem to work up the fortitude of committing a couple hours to watching Tom Cruise.
This is why clips and auto-play experiences are so big these days. It takes away the need to hit play and the investment is low. It’s why Netflix is rolling out the Play Something experience.
Just give me a proper blurb about the show/movie. Just because I'm in an app to watch things doesn't mean you don't still have to sell me on watching something. Hell, personalising a text blurb to my tastes and mood could be really powerful. Even showing me the trailer rather than starting the movie would be an improvement.
This sort of stuff, plus the complete disrespect for the emotional downtime needed at the end of some episodes* makes me think the people in charge of these places don't even fucking watch TV.
* The show makers get this, the episode smash cuts to black and the credits roll with a slow, quiet song while you decompress. Then BAM next episode, no moment to think about and enjoy the experience you just had.
God yes. I use the Netflix app on mute and do this silly dance around between titles while I'm considering them to avoid it.
It probably looks like I'm really 'engaged'...
More broadly, when friends recommend a book, show, movie, new snack, etc., is it possible to divorce the "content" being recommended to them from the other information in the recommendation?
RE: Vanilla Sky
There are interesting moments to that film, (like the holographic jazz player at the fancy party) but it isn't worth sitting for to see Cruise if you haven’t already seen Top Gun, Mission Impossible, Day After Tomorrow and Minority Report.
If they bring back enforced auto-play, then I’m deleting the fucking account.
I can't stand this whole "engagement" agenda that media/entertainment tech companies are pushing so damn hard down our throats more and more everyday.
Now the good show I was watching is over... now what? Watch something else? Maybe I ran out of good things. Do I really need to keep paying for this service? I've already watched all the good stuff.
To me, seeing 20 movie thumbnails at the glance adds noise and makes the decision harder.
Play Something's Netflix experience seems the way to go
I used to spend hours researching for a movie to watch, looking at reviews on IDMd, genres, actors, trailers...
Ironically, I feel like the abundance of movies is making it harder to pick one.
I've noticed I tend to watch movies based on how feel so I tried to mimic this behavior with Mood2Movie.
1/ It maps your feeling to movie genres you might be interested in.
I.e. if you're sleepy you might want to watch an action movie or a comedy
2/ It only fetches great movies with a rating > 6.7 on IMDb
If you're also picky about which movie to watch, give Mood2Movie and try, and hopefully, it'll work for you too.
Enjoy the show!
if you're sleepy you might want to watch an action movie or a comedy
If I'm sleepy, I want to watch a calming movie, or something thoughtful because I'm going to sleep soon. Watching an action movie when I'm sleepy might be good for you, or maybe a long-haul trucker. But not for everyone.
This is where every recommendation engine from Netflix to Facebook to Apple Music falls down. People are messy. And there's too many of them to generalize.
It only fetches great movies with a rating > 6.7 on IMDb
Using online ratings services is a bad idea. They've become polluted. Movies that are enormously important or entertaining or just plain good are losing more and more ratings points because they're being re-rated by non-experts and people who don't understand the context or history. The movies haven't changed. The people rating then have. So what you end up with is the lowest common denominator films getting the highest ratings.
While some viewers might change their ratings, I believe the crowd will surface the truth at the end
That's why some web sites show separate ratings based on who's rating them. They tally the ratings of professional film critics separately from those of the hoi polloi.
1. I'm not really sure what making this so interactive accomplishes. The result seems akin to a listicle: "X Great Movies to Watch When You're Feeling Y", except with a lot more clicks required and, importantly, no curation. I think I would prefer to see a static list of recommendations with a "random" button and a cool blog post linked about how the recommendations were generated. Furthermore, it seems fairly safe to say (?) that the site isn't dynamically generating recommendations because the list exhausts rather quickly, after 10 or so. Just make a list!
2. The lack of curation leads to a lot of strangeness in the recommendations. For example, my first choice was feeling "weird". I got a bunch of blockbuster action films: Justice League, Avengers: Endgame, Thor: Ragnarok, Interstellar, Black Panther, Captain Marvel.
This sounds like the difference between Optimizing and Satisficing personality traits.
An optimizer wants to find the best choice. The more choices, the harder that is.
The Satisficer just wants to find one that's good enough. Having more choices generally makes that easier, if it comes with a directory or some way to search.
I personally find that I'm sometimes in the mood for a hilariously shitty B-movie, like The VelociPastor (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1843303/) or Cat-Women of the Moon (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0045609/), I feel like they could be included in certain moods, e.g. "weird" or "playful".
We might end up missing some good movies. Maybe adding a choice would be better?
Anyway, love everything about this whole open startups(1) thing. Really amazing to see what happens behind the scenes!
Don't you mean, movie2mood.com ? Ask, "how do you want to feel" and gimme movies which makes me feel so. ?
Simple lovely website and beautiful execution. Good-luck on the launch!
Lists of "popular movies" on Netflix etc never click with me. Most stuff out there is too kitchy for me.
One tool that works for me is Gnovies, which finds a mix of 3 movies you put in:
The reason I mostly use Gnovies is that I often watch together with my girlfriend. So we each put one movie into Gnovies "enter 3 movies you like" form and after some experimentation we usually find a new one we both enjoy.
I wonder why I never stumbled upon it…
Good idea, just needs a little more polish.
The entire set of recommendations for that is rather eyebrow-raising.
Applications that leverage YouTube go far in helping Google to maintain it's market dominance, they should help reliant apps to operate smoothly because it greatly supports the company, but if the service is faulty or unreliable over a long period of time without any fixes available, it's probably just a willful handicap to drive people back to YT as a platform rather than truly enabling content sharing.
I understand that there are often valid reasons behind removing videos from display, but YT should at least allow for the title to remain, or a link back to the poster's channel, after a video is no longer available so it doesn't just display a "Video Not Available".
If someone publishes a video, but then needs to edit out parts, the video still exists, but all prior links to it are suddenly broken. That makes using YT for embedded video difficult even though they're the #1 video content platform.
App developers can't simply stand up a "bootleg" streaming service of their own with the level of diverse content that YT has, therefore YT has a bigger responsibility to fix the stability of the content they provide, possibly by allowing creators to replace videos instead of having to completely re-upload them with a new content ID. We're really not able to properly innovate unless we're truly solving traditional and not letting long-standing problems persist.
When I say that I’m feeling humorous, I want to see movies that are primarily comedies. Not dramas and all sorts of other things and might also have a few comedic moments.
Match on the first tag, ignore the rest.
Or, if I select that I’m feeling romantic AND humorous, then match on movies that are both romantic AND comedies, not just one or the other.
You could improve your system's recommendations by combining your approach with a collaborative filtering algorithm. Mine's very accurate on small data sets, and a detailed description of it can be found here: fmjlang.co.uk/morse/MORSE.html
> Karnan, a fearless village youth, must fight for the rights of the conservative people of his village, due to the torture given by a police officer.
I don’t think this would fit my mood. From skimming the comments it seems like this was intended to counteract my mood.
I guess that might be valuable to other people but for me I’d rather find something compatible with my emotional state, not challenging it, especially if I’m tired.
The suggestion did make me laugh, so I guess the task failed successfully?
Just a quick note, something's wrong with the movie 'Retfærdighedens ryttere', gets a 404 and doesn't load the youtube preview.
Also, a very, ~very~ minor gripe but the little flashing, color-changing heart keeps catching my eye and is a little distracting. One man's opinion!
It would be great to have something to give feedback on whether it actually picked a movie that lines up with the mood I've picked.
App is deployed on Heroku & movies data come from RapidAPI
+ Romantic and - Drama
+ Romantic and + Comedy
Also, I love the Horny gag.
Thanks for the recommendation