Thursday, March 5, 2015

My suggestions to Netflix

I have a love/hate relationship with the Netflix app on my smartphone. Wait, perhaps I should clarify and say I have a love/hate relationship with the people who choose the content for Netflix. Sometimes they have some good things to watch. And sometimes I question whoever does the ordering of movies/shows for them? Like, are you high?

I don't think they take my past viewing history seriously when their suggestions for "Top Picks for Sandy" include movies like Liz and Dick or sitcoms like Leave it to Beaver. Sounds like bad porn. Maybe someone at Netflix is playing a joke on me.

Recently I was bored so I checked what They picked for me and I was happily surprised. The Twilight Zone. Roseanne. Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Weirdness, and sarcasm and slapstick hilariousness. Finally, they get me!

I really should write them with a few suggestions. For example, more classic movies and less movies I've never heard of. And while I do enjoy a good conspiracy theory I could do without all the doomsday shows. I know that in years to come our planet will either combust or plunge into a deep freeze; get taken over by aliens, zombies, or mutant killer bugs; or get hit by an asteroid or meteor. I just don't need to watch it. Repeatedly.

And could someone in charge of programming please add The Addams Family? I'm talking about the TV show not the movies. Yes, I enjoyed the movie versions but I love the original black & white show.

Also, Dirty Dancing is on some such TV channel every other week so is it really necessary to have it available on Netflix for months on end? Does someone really say Damn! I missed Dirty Dancing for the 1,257th time while it was on TBS. Now I'll have to go watch it on Netflix? Yes, the movie was great and yes Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze (may he rest in peace) were great, but come on.

My diversity in movie viewing is almost like sour patch kid candies - sour and sweet. Sometimes I want to watch old, romantic favorites like  Sleepless in Seattle and sometimes I want to watch action-packed, excessive violence like, The Expendables. And sometimes I want to binge-watch all the James Bond movies because he was a sexy badass who drove cool cars and had great music. Netflix, this is a not-so-subtle hint to you.


  1. I no longer trust movie recommendation services ever since called me a bleak, disturbing, mentally unstable prostitute. To be fair I had been watching quite a few David Cronenberg movies that month, but I still think it was uncalled for.

    1. Ouch, that's harsh. On the other hand, I'm pretty sure Netflix thinks I'm a comedic idiot with romantic ideals and psychopathic tendencies.