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Friday, June 28, 2013

Bleep Blorp Let Me Help You Pick a Movie

Posted by Erik Henriksen on Fri, Jun 28, 2013 at 3:31 PM

Do you, like no one, miss huddling around a computer to play You Don't Know Jack? Then you're in luck, because I'm pretty sure Netflix hired the same guy who shouted at you during that game to be Max, their "new, innovative" digital assistant who "calls out to you differently in amusing ways," provided you use Netflix on a PlayStation 3. Like that fucker Clippy, Max is ostensibly here to help—in this case, he'll probably be most helpful if you lack vertebrae or have few to no strong opinions, are unable to find the two minutes it takes to read an entire movie review, don't like looking at Netflix's already-there "recommended for you" section, dislike talking to friends to get their movie recommendations, or are intensely, desperately lonely. Oh, also, as Netflix's Todd Yellin notes,

Randomly, Max sometimes will offer a suggestion after asking only one question, or “when intoxicated by past success, Max will get a little cocky and offer a suggestion right away, no questions required." (Via.)

Great, a drunk robot who knows how much Xena I watch. What could go wrong? Let's see Max in action!

WAIT, THE MOVIE MAX PICKED FOR A FUN, GIFT-WRAPPED SURPRISE WAS INTO THE WILD? THE MOVIE ABOUT A KID SLOWLY DYING TO DEATH IN THE WOODS?

I pretty much love Netflix and use it just about daily (for Xena), but this seems dumb. At the very least, I wish they would've gotten Patrick Stewart or Ian McKellen or Danny McBride to do the audio for it. There are some voices I would trust, even if all they ever said was, "Oh, you're in the mood for a slapstick comedy? How about Into the Wild?"

Via The Mary Sue.

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