Sunday, November 01, 2009

Netflix recommends I watch Wings of Desire (1987), and predicts that I will give it 3.9 stars, based on my feelings for Nosferatu the Vampyre (with Bruno Ganz), Downfall (a great movie also starring Bruno Ganz) and Big(!). The problem is I've already seen it. I rented it from Netflix in 2006 and rated it 3 stars. I guess it went out of print and then a new edition was made, but the rating I gave it in 2006 didn't transfer from that edition to this. I don't remember exactly why I gave it a lower rating. Should I re-rate it 3 stars, in total disagreement with what Netflix knows about me? Or trust Netflix? I feel bad for disagreeing with the Netflix prediction of my rating, because they spent a million dollars to improve their recommendations.

Two things of note: I love Bruno Ganz, as an actor, and I rate every movie I've seen on


  1. I think it's safe to rate it 3 for now, and adjust it if necessary later, if you see it again.

    I'm betting the new Blu-ray edition will be much better looking than every version you've seen in the past, and could boost your enjoyment to a 4, depending on a number of factors.

    I often see movies in theaters, and I certainly don't base my ratings on how poorly they are projected... I just stop going to Birkdale Stadium 16 because they suck. They stick the latest movie in theater 16, guaranteed... which so happens to be the one with the broken projector they refuse to fix, and the sound issues they adamantly ignore.

  2. Hi Becky,
    Noticed you're a Netflix rater too, and thought you might be interested in service I created. It allows you to copy your Netflix ratings to sites like Amazon, share them with friends on Facebook or just download a CSV to play with.

    You can access it from either SaveMyRatings or LikeMinds


    - Alan

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