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I used to be a big movie buff until I started this blog. Now I have no time for movies, and the last two Blu-ray disks from LoveFilm have been collecting dust in the beamer room for over a month.
I love writing, but I love movies more. The only problem I have is that my other half does not always support my movie choices and vice versa. Having wasted enough time watching blockbusters, I switched to independent movies entirely. To help my movie selection process, I scanned all the latest independent film festivals, and put them into the rental queue on Lovefilm.de.
A year later they began to arrive (foreign movie releases are very slow here in Germany, not least because of the dubbing process). I really liked those movies but after a while found myself alone (husband long asleep on the couch) and in tears (because, let’s face it, many indie movies tell heart-breaking stories). Good for me, not good for the family. I had to stop and “regroup”.
There is no really good system for movie recommendation that I found so far. I did look at Rotten Tomatoes, and those with high ratings have usually been good. But what if I am missing out on all those with a lower rating, which would just work for me?
When Filmaster, the HackBox from Poland, released its beta version earlier this month, I signed up and rated a long list of movies that I have seen. Based on this rating, Filmaster has given me a list of movies I must watch. Some of them I’ve already seen and enjoyed. Some I have never heard of. I did not get around to test the recommendations yet. I am busy blogging, you see, but I do want to watch them soon.
Here are a few examples from the list of movies I must see:
The list continues and even though there are quite a few Polish movies (why not, I like foreign films), I like what I see on it. I wonder if my husband will too?
Synopsi.tv from Slovakia might just solve the problem of selecting movies for groups. When I spoke to Rastislav Turek in Bratislava during Credo Week, he told me that the system can suggest movies for an event: to watch them alone, with a partner or with the entire family.
Synopsi.tv raised seed investment from SLOVAK business angels this year. Officially it is an undisclosed amount, but somewhere in the depths of Slovak blogosphere I saw a figure of 500 000 Euros, which is more than double the 190 000 Euros Filmaster received from HackFwd in July 2011.
Yesterday Synopsi.tv released a closed beta version, and I can’t wait to test it. Once I have rated the movies on Synopsi, I want to compare them to the list from Filmaster, watch the top 5 films from each list and tell you which one worked best for me AND my husband. Even if I have to do it at the expense of blogging. Or marriage. Or both.
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