Netflix-o-Matic
May 19, 2015 4:30 PM   Subscribe

Netflix-O-Matic lets you browse a randomly generated list of real Netflix microgenres, like Gritty Drug Movies based on Contemporary Literature or Foreign Slice of Life Documentaries or Goofy Werewolf Comedies. On the main page, click on the arrow to view actual Netflix titles, or click any individual term in a subgenre title to browse a random list of other subgenres containing it (like "understated" or "visually striking"). And if you click on a given movie, it will show you what other categories that movie might come up in.
posted by showbiz_liz (38 comments total) 69 users marked this as a favorite
 
Oh cool.

The interface for Netflix on my TV is severely lacking, discovery-wise. Basically it'll just throw up a bunch of these randomly, I guess slightly based on previous viewing since kids stuff, dicumenatries and SF/Horror predominate.
posted by Artw at 4:37 PM on May 19, 2015


This is fantastic! We access Netflix on the PS3 at home, and every now and then it throws these completely crazy microgenres that we never see again.

Quirky TV Dramas Featuring a Strong Female Lead! YES.
posted by erratic meatsack at 4:39 PM on May 19, 2015


In which Netflix suggests "The Riches" which I'm currently going through and highly recommend. I'm sold.
posted by erratic meatsack at 4:40 PM on May 19, 2015 [2 favorites]


Have already discovered a ton of stuff I didn't know they had to stick on the vast to-watch stack.
posted by Artw at 4:44 PM on May 19, 2015 [1 favorite]


...I tried 3 or 4 - when I followed the links to Netflix none of the titles were available.
posted by bird internet at 4:59 PM on May 19, 2015


this makes me want to make a fake netflix category generator that is sort of like this but has a lot of much stranger words sprinkled in for the worbot jam
posted by NoraReed at 5:03 PM on May 19, 2015 [1 favorite]


Oh, wow, these are real! I saw this a while back and didn't read the About and assumed it was procedurally generated!
posted by ignignokt at 5:05 PM on May 19, 2015


"Irreverent Horror Movies" led me to The Mole Man of Belmont Avenue, so I'd say this is already paying off!
posted by Faint of Butt at 5:11 PM on May 19, 2015 [1 favorite]


Aha, I was remembering The Atlantic's Netflix-Genre Generator. It was accompanied by an excellent write-up about how it was done.
posted by ignignokt at 5:16 PM on May 19, 2015 [2 favorites]


I have to say I'm just as surprised that Exciting Magical TV Shows for ages 11 to 12 has so many results as I am that American Folk & Bluegrass has just one. What's wrong with our priorities?
posted by primethyme at 5:16 PM on May 19, 2015


Best Actor Golden Globe Award-winning Showbiz Dramas

it has all the things
posted by erratic meatsack at 5:19 PM on May 19, 2015


I wish my netflix recommendations were made up of 50% random stuff like this. It would be way better than seeing the same 40 recommendations in 20 different categories. Yo Netflix; I am never watching Full House so you can stop trying to convince me.
posted by Mitheral at 5:19 PM on May 19, 2015 [6 favorites]


This is so great. I always had such a sense of accomplishment by unlocking the weirdly specific genres. I always wanted to see 'em all! Thank you very much for this post.
posted by wyndham at 5:20 PM on May 19, 2015


Thank goodness. I'd been trying to get Netfix to give me the "Featuring A Strong Female Lead" genre for ages.
posted by Mizu at 5:41 PM on May 19, 2015 [2 favorites]


Movies starring Karl Malden

Yes!
posted by sammyo at 5:41 PM on May 19, 2015 [2 favorites]


I kept re-rolling looking for "Zombie Movies to watch on Easter" but came up empty.
posted by T.D. Strange at 6:06 PM on May 19, 2015 [2 favorites]


Wheeeeeeeeee!!!!!!

This is great, thanks, showbiz_liz.
posted by soundguy99 at 6:08 PM on May 19, 2015


AAAAAAAAAA I CAN'T STOP HITTING REFRESH THIS IS GREAT.
posted by rmd1023 at 6:09 PM on May 19, 2015 [1 favorite]


where do i find the comprehensive streaming a-z list?
posted by j_curiouser at 6:09 PM on May 19, 2015 [1 favorite]


Yo Netflix; I am never watching Full House so you can stop trying to convince me.

Full House is not going to happen. Stop trying to make Full House happen.
posted by DoctorFedora at 6:09 PM on May 19, 2015


... I'm pretty sure that Action Adventure based on real life from the 1980's returing 'The Bounty' did pick the 80's... just not the 1980s...
posted by Nanukthedog at 6:19 PM on May 19, 2015


I think the "from the $DECADE" genre clause refers to the year of the film, not the event.
posted by rmd1023 at 6:22 PM on May 19, 2015


Full House is not going to happen. Stop trying to make Full House happen.

Fuller House, however...
posted by Sys Rq at 6:40 PM on May 19, 2015 [1 favorite]


Is Fuller House like Too Many Cooks? Because I'd watch that.
posted by uosuaq at 6:49 PM on May 19, 2015 [1 favorite]


Snowboarding movies? There are two.
Understated Norwegian movies? There are two.

Not the same two.
posted by Foosnark at 7:15 PM on May 19, 2015 [2 favorites]


I think this is based on Netflix in the UK -- if you have American Netflix many of these titles won't be there.
posted by ostro at 8:28 PM on May 19, 2015


Movies That Would Make Your Father Disown You For Watching
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 8:59 PM on May 19, 2015


Movies about bestiality and/or model airplanes.
posted by dr_dank at 4:58 AM on May 20, 2015 [1 favorite]


Movies about beans starring George Wendt
posted by Foosnark at 5:24 AM on May 20, 2015 [5 favorites]


I think this is based on Netflix in the UK -- if you have American Netflix many of these titles won't be there.

The categories are great, but I kept getting non-viewable results which took some of the fun out.
posted by Dip Flash at 5:28 AM on May 20, 2015


I just wish I had time to watch Netflix, or any TV. The DVR is filling up and we're still only half way through Daredevil and House of Cards 3. I'm really going to have to retire to get through my queue.
posted by octothorpe at 5:35 AM on May 20, 2015


Diet/Food Proseltyzing Documentaries With Strong Women Narrators.
posted by raysmj at 8:27 AM on May 20, 2015


I'm guessing "Movies in which Sean Bean doesn't die" is pretty thin.
posted by infowar at 7:44 PM on May 20, 2015 [1 favorite]


Now how about some more True Crime.
posted by Betty Tyranny at 9:06 PM on May 20, 2015


Snowboarding movies? There are two.
Understated Norwegian movies? There are two.

Not the same two.


Would you accept an understated Swedish skiing movie?
posted by Sys Rq at 9:43 AM on May 21, 2015 [1 favorite]


where do i find the comprehensive streaming a-z list?

AllFlicks, apparently!
posted by davidjmcgee at 2:29 PM on May 21, 2015


(ooh, looks like they have a bunch of Netflix regions too, not US or UK specific!)
posted by davidjmcgee at 2:32 PM on May 21, 2015


Oh man. The drill-down on these is occasionally very entertaining:

Exciting Canadian Action Sci-Fi & Fantasy →
Canadian Biographical Sports Movies →
Canadian Independent Crime Comedies →
Canadian Vampire Horror Movies →
Canadian Kids' TV for ages 5 to 7 →
Canadian Period Pieces →
Family-friendly Canadian TV Shows →
Canadian Independent Crime Movies →
Canadian Independent Mysteries →
Gory Canadian Revenge Movies →
Canadian Teen Screams →
Canadian Faith and Spirituality →
Canadian Indies →
Canadian Science & Nature Documentaries →
Canadian Political Movies →
Suspenseful Canadian Serial-Killer Movies →
Feel-good Canadian TV Cartoons for ages 5 to 7 →
Canadian Music and Concert Movies →
Critically-acclaimed Canadian Independent Dramas →
Gory Canadian B-Horror Movies →
Violent Canadian Movies Featuring a Strong Female Lead →
Suspenseful Canadian TV Shows →
Violent Suspenseful Canadian Movies →
Canadian Spy Movies →
Canadian Gay & Lesbian Dramas →
Canadian Gay & Lesbian Documentaries →
Canadian Miniseries →
Canadian Teen TV Shows →
Canadian Zombie Horror Movies →
Heartfelt Canadian Dramas →
Violent Canadian Movies Featuring a Strong Female Lead? SOLD!
posted by schmod at 3:07 PM on May 22, 2015


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