Netflix freakout

Michael Geary | Sun, 2005-05-29 15:30

Netflix has been freaking me out lately.

At lunch couple of weeks ago, a friend of mine recommended the Alfred Hitchcock classic Dial M for Murder. That night I logged into Netflix, and as usual, they told me You Have Recommendations! And right there at the top of the page was Dial M for Murder.

I thought that was a pretty good coincidence, but tonight I was reading Engadget’s article on the Robot Gunslinger from Westworld. I saw that movie years ago and thought I would check it out again. So over to Netflix, where of course You Have Recommendations!

No, it wasn’t Westworld. My top recommendation was The Magnificent Seven. And just before visiting Netflix, I’d read this line in the Engadget article about Westworld:

“Yul Brynner plays a robotic reproduction of Yul Brynner playing Chris from the Magnificent Seven.”

I think Netflix has hired someone to spy on my lunches and blog reading. There is no other possible explanation.