Whenever my friends and I get together for a movie party, the toughest part of the evening is collectively deciding what to watch. There’s always one person that shoots a good suggestion down with a curt, “I’m not in the mood for that”. Moviora is an app that aims to make that process a little easier.
It’s a strange thing. Streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Instant Video certainly provide a plethora of video content for our viewing pleasure, but oftentimes the biggest challenge is narrowing down all of those options to just one title.
Netflix offers a list of recommendations by sifting through our viewing history, but it’s far from perfect. I’ve watched a lot of stupid crap, and so have all of my other friends I share my Netflix account with. More often than not, my searching on Netflix will end up in mired in a list of obscure, low-budget B-movie titles that I have no intention of ever watching.
Moviora is an app that attempts to discern what we’re in the mood for watching by essentially playing a game of ten questions. For example, it asks if you’re in the mood for a “drama”, and you narrow the choices down by answering yes or no. Once you’re cycled through these prompts five to six times, you’re provided with a movie recommendation, along with a trailer, some reviews from Rotten Tomatoes, and links to the film on Netflix and iTunes.
When I answered “yes” to drama, “no” to comedy, “yes” to romance, “yes” to action, and “yes” to adventure, it provided me with Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, which is actually a movie I haven’t watched yet and wouldn’t mind seeing at all.
It doesn’t always provide you with the perfect choice, but there’s an addictive quality to the ten questions aspect and it’s certainly a lot better than aimlessly meandering through Netflix’s movie titles.