What to watch? Ask jinni and use the power of the Movie Genome!
Jul 14, 2009
Many of us have found new music on www.pandora.com based on pandora's "Music Genome" that analyzes different artists and songs and matches them with songs and artists that you have rated well while listening to the online radio. Jinni works in much the same way. In fact, they have what they call a "Movie Genome"
Once you get registered to jinni you can jump right in and start with their "Taste Type" ratings. Here is where you start interacting with the 'genome'. They have created various types of movies and separated them into categories. In each category is a selection of movies, you then rate those movies on a scale from "Awful" to "Must See". For movies that you haven't yet seen you can choose "Likely to see" or "Not for me" or skip that title entirely.
When you're done with the guided "Taste Types" you can go in and rate as many movies as you can think of. As you might imagine, the more you rate, the better the movie recommendations.
When you have supplied sufficient data, the fun begins. You can type what you're looking for in the search box. For example, I typed "smart and funny action film with a twist". Based on what I typed and what I had previously rated, it came up with 6 recommendations:
Rock and Rolla
Die Hard 3
Die Hard 2
The Big Easy
I have no idea why Die Hard isn't on the list and I'm not sure that Devil's Advocate would be called and Action Film, but jinni is still in beta.
If you have no idea what you type have no fear, you can do "squeeze" out a selection. On the left side of the screen are different criteria that you can check off. This will narrow a search that returned a lot of recommendations and it can also serve as the search. This "squeeze" method gave me good results.
A cool feature allows you to connect your jinni account with your Netflix account. More features are on the way. In fact, they have a "Community" tab that is currently inactive.
Right now you can search for Film, TV, Online Movies and Short Films. It's kind of fun to pick out some online short films and get right to seeing stuff that you might never have known about.
We have choices for movie recommendations friends, reviews, trailers, etc. If you like film and want to add another way of finding stuff you'll probably like, give jinni.com a look. HINT: Check the blog (http://blog.jinni.com) for a link to get an immediate beta invite. I also have 7 left to give away so hit me up if you'd like to try it out.