We only recently started using Netflix to stream movies here at Goodfilms HQ, and we were surprised just how hard it is to find something decent to watch. When you do find one, the experience is excellent, but the number of movies that don’t interest me got me thinking - how much of their library is stuff I’d want to watch?
Here at Goodfilms, we’re all about doing interesting things with film ratings data. We’ve developed a new way of rating movies that lets you express your opinions in a much more meaningful way, and we’d like to introduce how we’re using it.
We’re calling this project InGen after the corporation from Jurassic Park (one of our favourite films here at Goodfilm HQ). We admire the innovation and ambition of InGen from the film, and think that as long as we don’t breed velociraptors, we’ll be ok.
Ranking your friends
The first project to come out of InGen is about putting you and your friends’ tastes head-to-head, to see how similar you are. And, by extension, figuring out who is the most and least similar to you, so you know who to go to the cinemas with, and who to make fun of.
For any enquiries, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
A little over six weeks ago, I found out that Goodfilms had been selected as one of the first round of startups to be selected for the AngelCube seed accelerator. Now, one-third of the way through the program I thought I’d take some time and reflect on a major lesson I’ve learned so far, and where Goodfilms is now.
We’ve had a variety of mentors sessions covering a range of topics, but I thought I’d focus on one of the common themes - that you should be measuring everything.
Whereby I try to convince you that all other ratings systems are the lose, and Goodfilms’ is the win. Let’s begin.
First, an observation
Your favourite films probably didn’t win Best Picture.
In fact, I wonder how many Best Pictures you would happily watch over and over again? Critical acclaim doesn’t guarantee that you’ll love a film, and a film doesn’t have to be objectively brilliant for you to list it among your favourites.
Moreover, some films that were shocking or groundbreaking for their time might not seem that remarkabe now, and some that were panned when they were released may achieve popularity and recognition much later.
The point is this - your enjoyment of a film is different to its critical reception. There’s something else at work, and this post is about determining what that is.
You may be asking yourself, why does Goodfilms exist? Aren’t there plenty of sites about movies already? Do we really need another one?
Well yes, there are quite a few already. But they’re all, at least a little bit, balls.
How do I choose something I’ll enjoy?
We’re already have ways of choosing what to watch. You might have a few critics or blogs who you find you have an affinity with, and you watch whatever they recommend. You might trust an aggregate score, believing that what works for most people will work for you. Or, you might watch trailers and base your decision on the number of explosions or how dramatic the voiceover guy is.
And that might be working well for you already. Or you could be regularly watching duds. Either way, I think Goodfilms can do better.
There’s something about writing the first post on a new blog that brings to mind this bit from Red Dwarf ( I suppose I could have looked for a film reference rather than a TV one, but *shrug*). So, in order to not sound like a tool - I’ll simply say that this is where I’ll be explaining how Goodfilms is put together, and why.
Anyway, why don’t we skip over the ‘first post’ nerves and get right to it, hey?