With the advent of Netflix, Hulu, and other endless online repositories, spending a night in and watching a movie has turned into the classic frugal entertainment. How do you find new movies to watch, though?
Usually, I find myself scrolling through Netflix until my eyes glaze over, dizzied by the selection and still not finding quite what I'm in the mood for.
Enter Funkyflick. Funkyflick is the new kid on the block in movie recommendations, and I am extremely impressed with the spot-on accuracy of the recommendations it was generating for my queries. How it works is it takes whatever movie or topic you give it, and goes and reads the Wikipedia page on that topic to synthesize a list of movies that should be related. You know what's on Wikipedia? Everything. So all of your obscure interests can now be used to generate a concise list of movie suggestions!
For instance, I searched for Frederic Chopin and received well-known movie suggestions like Immortal Beloved, Amadeus, and The Pianist -- but also equally intriguing titles I'd never heard of like Copying Beethoven and The Piano.
Tongue-in-cheek, I searched for movie suggestions based on the query "Narwhal." (What? Narwhals are cool!) Funkyflick doesn't disappoint. It suggested the obvious: Free Willy, and Moby Dick -- but also a handful of quirky little things like The Island at the Top of the World, a forgotten Disney film, which, you know? I think I would actually watch.
When you click on a move title that interests you, Funyflick pops up not only a synopsis and a -- get this -- trailer, but a handy list of places you can find the movie for instant viewing. (Amazon and Apple iTunes are what I saw most represented.)
Are you a Fault In Our Stars fan? They've got recommendations for that, too. :)
All in all, Funkyflick seems like a really powerful tool for discovering new movies you'll actually really like. And the best part? Their lists of suggestions are so concise! In an era of endless scroll I find this oddly liberating.
So hey! Check it out!