The Life Unwired with Ben Combee (unwiredben) wrote,
The Life Unwired with Ben Combee

MovieLens and RSS

MovieLens is a collaborative film rating system run by the University of Minnesota. I've been using this for a couple of years, and currently have given ratings to about 750 films, all ones that I've seen. The system builds a profile based on your ratings and makes surprisingly accurate predictions about how you'll like or dislike other films. Usually, its prediction is within half-a-star of what I really think about a film. In addition to tracking your ratings, it also has a wishlist feature where you can tag films that you're interested in seeing, and then you can sort through that list by genre or predicted rating.

Well, I just discovered that they are offering RSS feeds that are based on search queries. These feeds can be private or public. I've just setup a feed based on the search for films that I've rated that have been released within the last 90 days, and it's published to the public at this RSS feed link. Feel free to subscribe to it to find out what I've seen, and what I thought. This does tend to highlight one of MovieLens' biggest problems; often it takes a couple of weeks for a new movie to be added to the film list, so if you see something on opening night, you might not be able to rank it for several days. They're getting better at this, but there are still holes; for example, there's no entry for Control Room, the documentary I watched last week, right now, although the system indicates that it has been put in the suggestion pool for the site.
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