Movielens dot org algorithmic movie suggestion engine

movielens …

is very good.

the way it works is basically you rate about a hundred movies and also up or down vote a few thousand tags or so and then it computes correlations between your ratings, directors, actors and tags for the movies you rated versus how other users rated and it is able to suggest movies to you basically better than i would be able to.

i can only suggest movies that are smart, but you may not be looking for smart movies. you may be looking for movies with a lot of action or movies with sexy girls etc.

basically i can only suggest movies that are good but movielens will suggest movies that you will actually like !

i tested it on my mother. my mother doesn’t like the movies i suggest ( too smart, too violent, too dark etc. for her ). but she loves the movies movielens suggests to her which are basically movies from the 70s which are completely retarded but have her favorite actors in them.

before movielens i was going by generic ratings and it was very hit and miss. for example “Mad Max Fury Road” was at the top of most lists and everybody loved it and it was supposed to be great … it ended up being some of the dumbest shit i ever seen.

movielens is far more accurate. it would not recommend trash like “Mad Max Fury Road” to me because it knows i’m more sophisticated than that. on other hand it recommended “Raw” to me, which i would never see in any list because it’s a niche softcore porn movie in French and yet it was great and i loved it.

it takes some effort to input enough ratings into movielens for the suggestions to be truly customized but it’s well worth it.

apparently the whole movielens is a non-commercial research project in data analytics by university of Minnesota … it’s both completely free and also free of ads ( like this site )

perhaps they’re just trying to psychoanalyze me ? mine data on me ?

their database is very extensive - they can recommend very obscure movies. they also have multiple ways to search for movies and you can always browse through the movies you already rated and change your ratings and so on - it is a very polished product.

anyway i can’t recommend it highly enough.

but yeah it does make you wonder … who is paying for it ? probably the FBI …

Maybe movie companies are paying for it.
Looking for new ways to guarantee a hit or satisfy some niche market.
Or to see just how much LBT… you can sneak into a movie before people tune out.

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spent all day today looking at TVs.

went to a world famous boutique TV shop in upstate NY and actually ran into a YouTuber there who does TV reviews and whom i recognized. we discussed the TVs they had on display there but the specific TV i wanted to see was removed from display just one day earlier.

no worries - i tracked it down at another store.

basically i’m itching to get back into watching movies, i just need a TV.

all the 2022 model year TVs have been announced already in January and i checked out most of them today.

but i will probably go for model 2021 TV because they’re at really heavy discount now that 2022 models are hitting the shelves.

Is there a real difference between 2021 models and 2022 models?
Or is it just marketing?

QD-OLED is a new technology for 2022

also 2022 is first year in which Sony makes Mini-LED TVs

aside from those two exceptions it’s all rehashing of last year’s models

but the extra 50% in price for 2022 models is regardless of whether they are improved or not

it’s just for that 2022 number in the model

What would be good for doubling as a TV and a monitor without burn-in?

Samsung 2021: QN90A, QN800A, QN900A
Samsung 2022: QN90B
Sony 2021: X95J, Z9J
Sony 2022: X95K
QD-OLED: Samsung S95B ( this one obviously might have burn in )

it’s hard to say how much burn in QD-OLED will have as it’s a brand new technology. if you are the only one using the computer you can manage burn in by removing all static objects, using a black background, auto hiding the task bar, randomly moving browser window around and on and on …

if you play a lot of games with static on screen elements or watch channels with static logos or have other people using the computer it will be more difficult to control burn in …

there is also burn in from letterbox bars in movies - the official suggestion from LG is to always watch in a mode that doesn’t have letterbox bars but that would of course cut off some of the image … you will read online that letterbox bars don’t burn in because they’re black … indeed they don’t … it’s the image in between them that burns in - same difference. people are so fucking dumb i have to pinch myself because it seems like i’m in some kind of a nightmare.

i’m still including S95B as recommendation because reviewers are saying it is on another level to anything else …

i actually saw it yesterday and it was OKAY but it was playing low quality YouTube feed in a very bright store so in a dark room playing a movie it may indeed be amazing … the problem is it’s only 65" max this year ( 77" next year ) but for monitor 65" is good size …

i have a strong preference for 8K monitors even if you don’t have a 8K graphics card - even with just upscaling 8K looks cleaner up close than 4K … for movies no difference at all as even IMAX films are shot in 4K - no movies are being shot in 8K still … but if you have a 8K graphics card your on screen graphics are always 8K and even if you don’t the edges of text etc are such high contrast that you can really tell the difference with TV upscaling to 8K versus without …

obviously the list is somewhat arbitrary … i had the QN800A last year but sent it back because it got bent and had some weird flicker … it is now at a steep discount ( 40% off MSRP ) but i’m a little wary because it’s known to be problematic and mine certainly was … with Costco 5 year warranty i was willing to take a risk but Costco is now out of 85" and without that extended warranty i would rather go Sony which are known to be more reliable …

Try to buy at Costco if you can.

Sony is known to be better for movies ( more accurate, cinematic color and motion ) while Samsung better for gaming and computer use ( more HDMI 2.1 inputs, better VRR Support etc )

Sony is the most reliable brand of TVs while Samsung ties for 2nd with LG and is the best selling brand of TVs mainly due to slim designs, bright colors and contrast designed to appeal to average consumer.

Sonys are considered more premium and designed for videophiles versus Samsung is considered premium but designed for regular people who just want something impressive but don’t actually understand a lot.

That said Samsung still hold their own against Sony even even for videophile use but Sony is still considered THE choice for movies.

One big difference between Sony and Samsung is Sony supports Dolby Vision while Samsung supports HDR 10+ which is their own alternative to Dolby Vision. For some people this is enough to choose Sony over Samsung, while others hold out hope that HDR 10+ with Samsung’s support will catch up to Dolby Vision eventually.

Personally i am currently leaning towards Sony Z9J which i also saw yesterday right next to Samsung QN800A ( which i had last year ). Unfortunately they were not playing the same content but i could still tell Sony was better. Unfortunately the 75" Z9J costs 40% more than 85% QN800A …

if i do end up getting the Z9J it will be purely for build quality. Z9J is built like tank. QN800A is so incredibly flimsy if you shake one it continues shaking for half a minute after you let go. and as i said, mine got bent just from putting it on a stand. this combined with Sony’s statistically higher reliability, higher customer ratings for Z9J vs QN800A and the fact that i had my own returned for TWO separate issues ( bending and flickering ) and the seemingly outrageous price premium for the Sony suddenly starts to make more sense …

historically Sony 8K is not as sharp as Samsung 8K as Sony is more movie oriented where 8K is irrelevant. but comparing Z9J to regular 4K TV in the store it was still clearly sharper than the 4K TV. LG makes the sharpest 8K TV in fact the ONLY TVs that display TRUE 8K but it isn’t a reason enough to go with LG unless you like LG in the first place.

i’m typing this on a Sony TV from 2017 which served me well. it does have the typical Sony issue of not being true 4K just like their 8K are not true 8K but overall it has been good.

use this site:


to check price trends. the Sony Z9J is 35% off MSRP right now while the new Z9K will soon come out at full MSRP. this is pretty typical. you won’t see good prices for 2022 TVs until black Friday but prices for 2021 TVs are good right now and as 2022 models are coming out 2021 ones will soon start to run out permanently. Black Friday prices are basically same as last year model’s prices but briefly available a few months earlier … but keep your hand on the pulse because often the Black Friday sale starts a few days BEFORE actual BF and by the time BF comes the TV you want is already sold out … that happened to me last year when i returned my QN800A just before BF hoping to get it replaced with something at a great price but everything good was sold out … proving i was just an amateur at this game :frowning:


has price trends as well.

unfortunately RTINGS did not test Z9J because at launch it was above their $5,000 upper price cutoff limit for TVs they test, though it’s currently $4,999 …

if it was tested it would likely score the highest among 8K TVs … also Rtings aren’t always right … for example they said QN800A build quality was “excellent” when it was literally trash. on other hand they said QN800A local dimming was trash when it was literally the best.

basically don’t overthink it. buy from Costco so you can return. you will not know if it works for you or not until it’s set up in your room with your source etc. my QN800A for example threw rainbows all over the screen from my window and i had to tape that window off with a piece of cardboard. you will not know things like this until you try it yourself. even the best research like mine is only a starting point. at the end of the day you have to test it in your own room.

a few more notes …

  • all WRGB OLED panels are made by LG
  • all QD-OLED panels are made by Samsung
  • neither Samsung nor Sony make their own panels for their QLEDs

TCL ( Chinese ) seems to make the panels for Samsung. TCL not only make their own TVs but were the first to make MiniLED TVs years before Samsung and Apple. Sony only just came out with MiniLED this year.

However ironically the quality actually goes in reverse order Sony > Samsung > TCL

you would think if Sony buys tech from Samsung and Samsung buys tech from TCL then TCL > Samsung > Sony but it’s the other way around …

TCL is the best budget brand and is likely to have the same panel in it as your Samsung or Sony but they will always fall short somewhere …

ironically BECAUSE Sony doesn’t make much of the technology in their own TVs is what makes Sony TVs the best. because everything Sony does is ON TOP of what others have already done.

in that sense Sony to Samsung is like Apple to Samsung. Apple sources a lot of their parts from Samsung yet is considered a higher level product than Samsung. Sony TVs are like that too. and TCL would be something like Huawei or ZTE which actually may be responsible for the underlying 5G technology but are 3rd rate after Apple and Samsung.

look at Sony first, then Samsung, then LG and then TCL

LG’s TVs are known to be best for gaming like Sony’s are known to be best for movies. Samsung is in between the two.

TCL is very hit and miss - they sometimes make good TVs by accident - only buy TCL if you’re getting a specific model that is known to be good.

Samsung is the safest all around bet and that’s why they’re number 1 - they’re cheaper than Sony, thinner and better for gaming and computer use for the most part ( Sony doesn’t always render full resolution as they prioritize video quality over graphics and text … though TVs will usually have a game or graphics mode that helps … but sometimes it isn’t enough as the chipset may not physically support the bandwidth )

Sony is the safest bet for movies. Remember that Sony is actually a movie studio - that’s why Blade Runner 2049 has SONY banners all over the dystopian Los Angeles …

Sony TVs are really an extension of that business … they take technology from Samsung and others and apply their Hollywood expertise to processing of the picture to make sure it looks as cinematic as possible. This is what Sony is basically about.

You would think that since Sony makes the Playstation that Sony TVs would also be good for games … but for whatever reason this is simply not the case.

I don’t play games and the TV i need to pick up will be 80% movies 20% computer monitor use so for me i think 8K Sony is what i need. Sony for movies and 8K for small text and graphics as a monitor. That’s my logic.

Ok…A lot to digest.
So for 80% monitor use and 20% movie use, Sony 2021 Z9J?
I know you said Samsung is better for monitor use, but if it is as flimsy as you describe, I can’t take the chance.

well if you order your Samsung with installation and it gets damaged it will be replaced for free. if you move it 5 years from now to another room and it gets broken in the process you got 5 years out of it and can put the $1,500 you saved towards a new one.

definitely do not buy the Samsung from any shady place no matter how good the deal is - only buy from places that will take it back if there is a problem.

i was getting my Samsung from Costco with free 5 year warranty and no questions asked 90 day return period. it was a great deal. they still have the 75" in stock i just don’t want it because it would be exactly the same one i returned and i want something different. to go to 85" would have satisfied my condition of it being different but it’s out of stock at Costco.

if i go to Best Buy instead they only have 15 day return and no extra warranty at which point the Sony starts to look good.

what makes Samsung better for computer use is the processor - it is a more all-rounder while Sony processors are more movie oriented.

LG processors are more gaming oriented.

panels are outsourced but LG, Samsung and Sony use their own processors ( though Sony also uses Mediatek, which is trash and is mostly what cripples Sony TVs in terms of 8K, HDMI 2.1 and so on )

LG QNED 8K would be best for computer display as it is closest to a monitor - applies the least processing - both Sony and Samsung use dither to enhance viewing angles and Sony’s implementation loses more detail in the process than Samsung’s. this varies by picture mode but fundamentally VA panels used by Sony and Samsung need dither to get wide viewing angles whereas IPS panels used by LG QNED do not need dither at all … but have crap blacks making them garbage for movies.

i think most gamers just go for LG OLED and then 5 years later replace it when it burned in. full array local dimming TVs like all the ones i listed don’t do very well in games because to get fast response time a lot of processing has to be disabled and FALD screens lean on processing for image quality whereas with OLED it’s sort of native to the panel so they can get fast response and maintain picture quality.

LG OLED i think has fastest response time, Samsung has good response time but loses some image quality in game mode, Sony is the worst for games all things considered … but i don’t play games.

problem is games have static elements that burn in … but also you really need OLED for games to look good because FALD ( full array local dimming ) can’t process fast enough …

so gamers are screwed … luckily OLED came down in price so they can replace them every 5 years …

overall Samsung TVs have the flimsiest build quality. they don’t seem to actually die from getting bent but they do get bent. i mean Samsung sells folding phones ( and they used to sell curved TVs ) so they know how to make a device survive getting bent but i would rather not have it bend in the first place.

they just seem to think it is acceptable to have a bent TV - they know the customer will buy the thinnest TV not the one that is most durable and they also know that some people will return the product no matter what ( some people replace TVs multiple times in hopes of getting the cleanest panel ) while others will not return a TV even when the is an obvious defect. so there is no incentive for them to improve quality. their goal is to make it as cheaply as possible and have it as thin as possible. they know the customer is too dumb to appreciate quality anyway, only thin-ness.

there is nothing special about Z9J it’s just a good TV. it has flaws like every other TV but it’s well made overall. but it’s also overall priced pretty high even for a 8K TV. it also only accepts 8K input on one HDMI port whereas Samsung and LG will accept it on all 4.

Samsung and LG also can natively play 8K YouTube in internal app while Sony can’t.

overall Sony 8K just isn’t as 8K as LG and Samsung basically.

but it’s still more 8K than a 4K TV …

if you can buy a Samsung from Costco i would go that way because even though many of them are defective it’s Costco’s problem … just research the potential issues and with Costco you will have 90 days to find those issues in your unit and return it.

you might get lucky and get a unit with no issues. for example most Samsungs have dirty screen effect or white dot pattern but mine did not. it had other problems instead. but the point is you might get a completely pristine unit and if you don’t just return it.

if you get a completely flawless Samsung unit you will have saved good money versus Sony and still have a great TV with additional perks like four 8K HDMI 2.1 inputs.

basically just don’t buy problematic TV from a store that doesn’t have an excellent return policy like Costco.

you don’t “need” to get Sony. Samsung is number 1 in sales because they understand customers and know how to please them. Sony is more focused on videophiles - it’s now a somewhat niche / boutique brand while Samsung is a more mainstream premium brand.

if you walk into Best Buy, Samsung always has the biggest display area and they also have the most 8K TVs on display BY FAR compared to any other brand. you will have a hard time even finding a 8K sony on display. I had to drive 150 miles just to see one with my own eyes.

samsung 8K is made in Mexico which for a Korean company means their 8K is actually a mass market product and you’re getting quite a value ( if it isn’t defective ). sony 8K is not supposed to offer value at all, but Sony bins the panels and calibrates TVs at the factory for the Z9J model and all other master series models ( basically ones with 9 or 90 in the model )

BUT if you get lucky and your samsung unit is clean you will have basically same TV for 2/3 the price. i wasn’t lucky but you might be.

Samsung 2021 models end in “A” and 2022 models end in “B”

Sony 2021 models end in “J” and 2022 models end in “K”

LG OLED from 2021 was C1, G1 and in 2022 it’s C2, G2 …

G stands for “gallery” and it is for flush wall mounting and doesn’t come with a stand out of the box … if you plan to wall mount the G is probably worth the extra money over the C, but picture is the same.

Sony OLED has 80 and 90 series and frankly there isn’t much difference other than for about $1,000 more with the 90 you get backlit remote ( Z9J gets the same remote )

for 2022 both Sony and Samsung also get a 95 which is a QD-OLED and is actually a quantum ( literally ) leap forward in picture quality … in only 55" and 65" sizes … and only 4K

if you’re fine with 4K 65" then QD-OLED image is in a class by itself and even though you will pay a price penalty for getting a 2022 model year TV it is still going to be cheaper than Z9J by quite some margin …

but Z9J is bigger and 8K … and won’t burn in …

try to see them in store and then test them at home and return if they suck …

i can’t just tell you get such and such model - it is just not that simple …

keep in mind the stores are quite bright so they will tend to favor brighter TVs … actual movie watching at night favors OLEDs … but OLEDs don’t do very well in bright rooms especially if you have idiots in the house that will leave them on all day on some static screen …

2022 OLEDs are brighter in both QD-OLED and regular WRGB OLED versions … the ones i saw yesterday were actually brighter than Sony X95K which is the 2022 flagship 4K QLED from Sony using MiniLED backlight …

the Z9J is brighter than X95K but the point is that 2022 OLEDs are actually brighter than cheaper QLEDs … Sony does not make high end 4K QLEDs - they only make high end OLED and 8K sets … Samsung Q90A / Q90B are about as high end as 4K QLED gets

when comparing brightness of OLED and QLED and QD-OLED have to keep in mind that they achieve peak brightness in different scenes … QLED is limited in small highlights … QD-OLED is limited in full screen brightness and OLED in both full screen brightness and in bright colors … so it’s not an apples to apples comparison at all …

also some people are more sensitive to some artifacts than others and so on …

i wouldn’t get a QLED for 100% movie watching ( due to poor blacks ) or OLED for watching videos of flower fields ( can’t hit bright colors ) whereas QD-OLED can do both but is small …

Thank you.

just one correction - not all Sonys with 9 or 90 in model are master series - that was a brain fart of mine.

Sony X90 and X95 are not master series because they are 4K QLED TVs and Sony doesn’t make high-end 4K QLEDs

i actually don’t remember if X95 comes with backlit remote or not … there are also some semi-master series Sonys - it’s all BS anyway - my point is that not all “9” are the same in Sony land … 9 simply means best in a particular type of TV but the best Sony 4K QLED is still only a mid-range TV despite having 9 in it …

a high end Sony is one that has a 9 or 90 or 95 in the name and ALSO is either OLED, QD-OLED or 8K

Sony fundamentally believe that you should either get OLED or 8K and if you don’t then you deserve to get trash

ever since they rolled out 8K sets their best 4K sets ( not counting OLEDs ) were actually basically getting worse every year ( on purpose ) … they simply believe that 4K non-OLEDs should top out at mid-range, not because they can’t make them better but because they feel if you want the best you should either go OLED or 8K …

other companies may have slightly different approaches …

basically the reason to go 8K with Sony is simply to get the high end model as they only come in 8K.

in case of Samsung their best 4K and 8K sets have comparable picture quality. in case of Sony the 4K sets are not allowed to compete with 8K ones. the lowest end Sony 8K sets ( Z8H ) are above the highest end Sony 4K QLEDs ( X95K ) ( in terms of brightness, dimming zone count, build quality etc ).

so 8 can in fact be above 9 in this sense.

just wanted to issue this correction so that you don’t get X95J/K and then say i told you it was the best TV.

anyway it’s all BS. it honestly doesn’t matter at all which TV you get as long as it’s big enough. it was your own mistake to ask which one is good - you should have known better than to ask an Autistic technophile questions like that :slight_smile:

Hahaha :grinning:…you are right…why don’t you work for them? Your analysis is better than the review sites.

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