Netflix, however, really thinks I need to see it. Right now.
I’m wondering if any other Netflix users are noticing what I’ve been noticing lately, namely that the search engine has gotten really sketchy. A handful of recent releases turn up no matter what I am searching for: “The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep,” “In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale,” and “Lars and the Real Girl” foremost amongst them. It seriously compromises the usefulness of the search engine and makes me a little suspicious.
Is a glitch in the weighting algorithm that is overcompensating for popularity? “The Water Horse’s” modest 6.7 on imdb, with only 3,512 votes would seem to make that unlikely. Are we looking at some sort of insidious advertising campaign? Would they go about it so unsubtly?
[Image: I love the way that this poster puts "The Chronicles of Narnia" larger than most of the words in the actual title. For the record, this is not part of that series.]Below are some search phrases I tried followed by the rank from the top at which “The Water Horse” appeared. Most of them are legitimate movie titles.
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer: 8th
The Godfather: 7th
The Rules of the Game: 4th
The Maltese Falcon: 3rd
The Best of Elvis Presley: 3rd
On the Waterfront: 2nd
Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors: 2nd
The Pope of Greenwich Village: 2nd
Attack of the Killer Tomatoes: 2nd
The Yellow Submarine: 2nd
The Tree of Wooden Clogs: 2nd
Dancer in the Dark: 2nd
The Seven Samurai: 2nd
In the Realm of the Senses: 2nd
Stabbed in the Neck: 1st
Aquatic Equestrian: Myth of the Depths: 1st
The Ten Commanments: 1st (this slight misspelling appeared before the real thing)
Porn: Sex with a Horse: 1st
Pretty outrageous? I think so.
If there is anyone else out there going through the same thing, feel free to send in your own amusing search results.