I’m in the Mood for…

Trainspotting, at least according to the What to Rent algorithm, which bases movie rental suggestions on personality and mood. The film suggestion generator even prescribes that I watch my suggested film in the letterboxed edition for maximum pleasure (dude, I know that already).

On subsequent logins, the generator prompts you to find out how satisfied you were with the recommendation. I think the mood questions are a bit broad (Do you want to see something similar to your usual tastes? Do you want a popcorn or a “red wine” flick?) to really be useful, but then I’ve seen way too many films.


  1. Chris Said,

    February 9, 2004 @ 8:40 pm

    It recommended 25th Hour for me… I still haven’t seen that, and I’ve wanted to check it out. Glad it reminded me.

  2. chuck Said,

    February 9, 2004 @ 11:32 pm

    You probably know that I really like 25th Hour. It may be Lee’s best film.

    I just found the generator to be kind of goofy, but it can certainly be helpful. It did remind me that I haven’t seen “Igby Goes Down,” which I’d like to watch at some point.

  3. silvergirl Said,

    February 10, 2004 @ 1:40 am

    well, it’s certainly not the only source that has recommended “secretary” to me, and now that i have validation from a machine, i’ll have to check it out.

    thanks for the good wishes, by the way!

  4. chuck Said,

    February 10, 2004 @ 1:52 am

    I had some mixed feelings about Secretary. It’s a beautiful film–the performances and Amy Danger’s art direction are amazing. But I recall feeling a little uncomfortable with the film’s treatment of S&M. If you do see it, let me know what you think.

  5. Rachael Said,

    February 10, 2004 @ 4:27 pm

    I’d be very interested to hear more on your impressions of Secretary. I found myself intrigued by the performances and especially by the s&m parts and yet the ending wasn’t what I had expected (or hoped for). I should see it again to formulate a more thoughtful opinion, I suppose. What made you uncomfortable about the s&m aspects?

    And thanks for the What to Rent link! Fascinating.

  6. chuck Said,

    February 10, 2004 @ 5:10 pm

    Here is my original review:


    I don’t really like that reading very much anymore in that I think it reads the film too tightly on a “representational” level (i.e. “good” and “bad” images of men and women), but I can’t quite shake my discomfort at the ways in which Lee (Maggie Gyllenhaal) becomes so explicitly identified with a passive position. It’s certainly one of the most complicated films I’ve seen in a while.

  7. Ryan Said,

    February 10, 2004 @ 8:28 pm

    First it referred me to *Almost Famous* which indeed would be a good film, but renting it would be stupid, since I own it. It then sent me on to *Secretary* as well, which is up soon on my Netflix queue, and should get a viewing within a month. Not bad, Not bad.

  8. chuck Said,

    February 13, 2004 @ 12:25 am

    Sounds like the “What to Rent” database is really pushing “Secretary.” It was one of the films recommended to me that I had already seen.

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