When one uses sites like Netflix or Amazon, they keep recommending things to you based on your past searches and purchases. Most of the time, one can see why they recommended the items. But sometimes, they are real head-scratchers where the recommendation seems wildly off or to make no sense whatsoever, and today I experienced one such case.
When Marcus Ranum today reviewed the acclaimed 1969 film Z by director Costa-Gavras, it reminded me that this was a film that I had long meant to see but had somehow forgotten about until he reminded me. This film was released before the days of videotapes and DVDs which have essentially enabled people to have a movie theater in their own homes and so allowed people like me to see films that I missed during their first theatrical release.
I immediately went to Netflix and queued it up but what struck me was that when I did so, the site said that this film had been “recommended based on your interest in The Office (UK) and Monty Python’s Life of Brian”!
My reaction was, of course, “What?!” How could those two British comedies possibly suggest to Netflix that I might be interested in a Greek film of political intrigue? I could see no similarities at all that would explain the choice.