The Boston Diaries

The ongoing saga of a programmer who doesn't live in Boston, nor does he even like Boston, but yet named his weblog/journal “The Boston Diaries.”

Go figure.

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Mind-bending African-American musicals based on a book set in prehistoric times from the 1970s about parenthood

As our interview concluded, I pulled my computer back out and showed Yellin this one last chart. Take a good look at it. Something should stand out.

Sitting atop the list of mostly expected Hollywood stars is Raymond Burr, who starred in the 1950s television series Perry Mason. Then, at number seven, we find Barbara Hale, who starred opposite Burr in the show.

How can Hale and Burr outrank Meryl Streep and Doris Day, not to mention Samuel L. Jackson, Nicholas Cage, Fred Astaire, Sean Connery, and all these other actors in the top few dozen?

No, the strange thing is that these lists seem pretty spot-on, except for this weird Perry Mason thing.

Granted, the existence of all these Raymond Burr and Barbara Hale altgenres doesn't mean that Netflix users are having these movies pop up all the time. They are much more likely to get Action Movies Starring Bruce Willis.

But, then, why have all these genres?

What was the deal?

Via violet impudence, How Netflix Reverse Engineered Hollywood - Alexis C. Madrigal - The Atlantic

Not only is it remarkable that Netflix has classified its movies into 76,897 genres, but that Raymond Burr is the top one! Odd, given that Bunny and I caught several “Perry Mason” episodes on vacation last month. Coincidence? Hmm …

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