Will I "Really Like" this Movie?

Navigating Movie Website Ratings to Select More Enjoyable Movies

Movielens Knows About Your Ratings

In the connected world that we live in, everyone knows us. The NSA, TSA, political campaigns, and Netflix are among the organizations who have profiles on us based on information we’ve supplied on the internet. If you have doubts about this there is a website called AboutTheData.com that will provide you with the data that has been collected on you for the use of various marketing organizations. In the age of Big Data we have sacrificed privacy for the convenience internet access provides us.

Movielens also has a profile on you based on the movie ratings you have provided the website. Unlike so many of the Big Data organizations out there, Movielens shares with you what they know. When you open their website there is a drop down menu right next to their logo. ( MovieLens logo )   The second column in the menu is titled YOUR ACTIVITY. Click on the link titled ABOUT YOUR RATINGS and a page full of graphs and information is provided to you that will offer you insights into your taste in movies.

A review of my ABOUT YOUR RATINGS supplies the following information:

  • December 22, 2006 was the first day I entered movie ratings. I rated 49 movies that day. On May 13, 2016 I rated my 2,009th movie.
  • My most common movie rating is a 4.0 (a “really like” rating) which I’ve given to 494 out of the 2,009 rated movies.
  • 433 of my rated movies were released between 2005 and 20015.
  • Drama is my most watched and favorite genre with 1,371 movies and an average rating of 3.71. The next closest genres were Comedy, 588 movies with 3.48 avg. rating, and Romance, 580 movies with 3.61 average rating. Of genres with at least 100 rated movies, Comedy is my lowest average rated.

ABOUT YOUR RATINGS also provides you with a list of movies that you dislike the most when compared to the average rating. These are my candidates for Razzies (the awards for the worst movies presented the day before the Oscars):

  • Requiem for a Dream (2000)
  • Dancer in the Dark (2000)
  • The Browning Version (1951)
  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992)
  • There Will be Blood (2007)
  • The Other Side of the Mountain (2001)
  • The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)
  • How Green was my Valley (1941)

My unusual likes (or guilty pleasures) when compared to the average rating are:

  • Saturday Night Fever (1977)
  • The Karate Kid (1984)
  • Titanic (1997)
  • Pretty Woman (1990)
  • Ghost (1990)
  • Notting Hill (1999)
  • Somethings Gotta Give (2003)
  • A League of their Own (1992)

Now you know a lot about my taste in movies. Start rating movies in Movielens and you can discover a great deal about your taste in movies as well.

In the age of Big Data it is refreshing to find an organization with the transparency of Movielens.



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