Friday, February 06, 2009

Netflix read my mind

The chick-flick He's just not that into you opened today at the box office. Since I loved Drew Barrymore's technology monologue in the trailer, I was interested in knowing whether the movie was any good. (Well, from the reviews, it turns out that the Barrymore monologue is pretty much the highlight of the movie, see, e.g., Roger Ebert -- so I guess I'm watching it on DVD).

But anyway -- after reading Manohla Dargis' withering take in the NYT, I wanted to see what some other critics thought of it -- so I went over from metacritic to Owen Gleiberman's review in Entertainment Weekly. The review mentioned John Hughes' Some Kind of Wonderful ("always underrated", says Gleiberman):
But then I realized why Gigi and Alex really do seem like characters out of Some Kind of Wonderful. There's nothing to their relationship — nothing at all — but the thin, Hughesian predicament the two happen to be in.
I popped over to Netflix to put it in my queue and guess what? Check this out:

There it was, Some Kind of Wonderful, staring right back at me -- I didn't even have to go and search for it.

I guess the stars aligned for Netflix today -- if more stuff like this happens, people are going to believe that the folks at Netflix are wizards or something. (Or maybe their algorithm mines our thoughtstreams. Ha.)

7 comments:

Harini Sridharan said...

Oh I was also hoping for a decently good/fun movie based upon Drew Barrymore's line too :(.

Btw, the review referred to some line from another reviewer that I loved - "The covers of this book are too far apart."
:)

Shameek said...

why were you searching for anil raj?

scritic said...

who is anil raj?

Shameek said...

Thats what the search box at the bottom of the screenshot says.

scritic said...

ha ha - man - tere power of observation ko manna padega! i don't remember now, i think he was in the program committee of some conference ...

Shameek said...

cool......still presenting papers at conferences?

scritic said...

am getting rejection after rejection.