Saturday, January 9, 2010

What's In Your Netflix Queue?

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Richardson's #1 Rental

The New York Times has published a fascinating time waster, "A Peek Into Netflix Queues", which allows you to "examine Netflix rental patterns, neighborhood by neighborhood, in a dozen cities," including Dallas and nearby suburbs.

After the jump, an analysis of mine and my neighbors' tastes in movies.

The most frequently rented Netflix movies for my own Richardson ZIP code are:

  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • Slumdog Millionaire
  • Seven Pounds
  • Changeling
  • Doubt
  • Gran Torino
  • Valkyrie
  • The Soloist
  • Body of Lies
  • Twilight
Of these, I've seen just four. That's four of the top six, mind you, so I'm somewhat in tune with my neighbors, but still. Four of ten is not very good correlation.

In contrast, here are the top ten rentals from ZIP Code 75205, Highland Park.

  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • Slumdog Millionaire
  • Rachel Getting Married
  • Doubt
  • Burn After Reading
  • Frost/Nixon
  • Milk
  • Vickie Cristina Barcelona
  • Twilight
  • Wrestler
After the top two, there's a divergence in tastes between my Richardson neighbors and Highland Park. Hmmm... I've rented eight of top ten movie rentals in Highland Park. I wonder what that says about me.

P.S. Look at the contrasting rental patterns in Dallas for the two movies "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" and "Milk." American culture isn't as homogenized as some might think.

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