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6 Unique Ways to Find Movie and TV Show Recommendations

What movie or TV show should you watch next? These websites have unique ways of recommending movies and series that don't just rely on the usual algorithms.

Contents1. Cinetrii (Web):Find Influences for Every Movie, According to Critics2. What to Watch on TV (Web):View episode-by-episode ratings for TV shows3. They Love Pictures (Web):Recommendations from Famous Directors4. Director's Alerts (Web):For Busy Movie Fans5. Every Movie Has a Lesson (Web):Find movies by the message they teach6. AFI Film Club (Web):New movie recommendations and discussion every day What TV show should you watch next?

The internet is full of different movie recommendation engines that ask you to tell them a few movies or shows you like and suggest similar titles. While this is a great way to find new things to watch, it's not necessarily the best way.

Instead, these sites tell you what to watch based on their influences, famous director picks, the ability to chat with others, or even the lessons you'll learn through the movie. .

1. Cinetrii (Web):Find influences for every movie, according to critics

Cinetrii is a brand new version of a movie recommendation engine. Instead of going through "what other users liked", it associates a movie with movies it has been influenced on and movies it has influenced in the future. It's a fascinating way to find movies you've never heard of before.

At the base of all this is an algorithm that analyzes articles from film critics. When a critic reviews a movie, they often talk about movies and related influences. This includes references to other works, directors, comparisons and contrasts. Based on this, Cinetrii builds a tree structure of related movies. When more reviewers make the same references, the link becomes stronger.

So when you search for a movie on Cinetrii, you get a tree of old movies it was influenced by and movies it later inspired. Click on any bubble to see the article referenced on the link and visit its IMDb page. You can also open the bubble wrap Cinetrii page, going down a rabbit hole of recommendations.

It's a powerful and completely new way to find movie recommendations based on a movie you like. After all, if you liked something, you'd probably like to watch its predecessors and successors.

2. What to watch on TV (Web):View episode-by-episode ratings for TV shows

On IMDb, users can rate every episode of a TV series except for an overall rating. What to Watch on TV brings all of these ratings together in one place, to give you an episode-by-episode chart of whether a show is getting better or worse over time. It's also a "season ranking" in its own way.

Find a show you want to watch or filter the list by rating. You can choose to view shows with a 6+, 7+, 8+, or 9+ star rating and sort them alphabetically or by overall rating. Spoiler-wise, the highest-rated show is Breaking Bad. You can also get recommendations by clicking the "Random" button.

For each show, you'll see the breakdown of ratings per episode, average overall rating, and watch time to mass watch the entire series. It also shows the three highest-rated and lowest-rated episodes, as well as a graph showing how a season fared against the overall rating.

3. They Love Pictures (Web):Recommendations from Famous Directors

You like a few directors. Wouldn't you love to watch the movies these directors loved? They Love Pictures features movie recommendations from your favorite directors.

To get started, you will need to upload your Letterboxd notes. If you're not already on Letterboxd, it's easy to get started and well worth having an account as it's one of the best alternative social networks for movie buffs. Once you've added the ratings, They Love Pictures will see the directors you like the most, creating your own profile. Based on this, you will get a list of what to watch.

You can check out a sample list that already includes some of the most famous directors, including Alfred Hitchcock, Billy Wilder, Stanley Kubrick, Martin Scorsese, Kathryn Bigelow and others. That in itself is a must-have list of classic and modern cinema that every movie buff must have seen.

4. Director's Alerts (Web):For busy movie fans

Incidentally, if you have favorite directors but aren't someone who follows the latest releases, this is a nifty service. Add your favorite directors to Director Alerts, and the next time their movie comes out, you'll get a notification in your inbox.

There's nothing else, and it's totally free. You can be a movie fan while being too busy to keep tabs on every new movie that hits theaters or streaming services.

5. Every Movie Has a Lesson (Web):Find movies by the message they teach

Don Shanahan is a middle school social studies professor in Chicago. He believes that every movie has a lesson we can learn from. In a world of film critics breaking down every flaw, it's a remarkably positive mindset that we'd do well to adopt.

His blog is a mix of movie reviews and other movie-related posts. Critics seek to find that message that the film is trying to teach, that we should all learn from. Don admits these lessons range from the serious to the ridiculous, but they are generally messages of hope, positivity, and growth.

A quick way to view the lessons is to visit the Blackboard gallery on the site. This is where he highlights the big message, scribbled like chalk on a blackboard given the teacher he is. Each movie usually has several lessons it finds, so read the full review to really be inspired.

In a world where anyone can be a movie critic and the internet is full of commentators offering their opinions, Every Movie Has a Lesson is refreshing. It's a more positive view of watching movies and learning something from them to become better.

6. AFI Film Club (Web):New movie recommendations and discussion every day

The American Film Institute has opened a virtual film club during the COVID-19 pandemic. This way, moviegoers around the world could stay at home and still have the joy of watching a movie at the same time as others and discussing it.

Every day, the AFI Movie Club issues a new movie recommendation. Accompanying this is a clip of cast and directors introducing the film or why it mattered to them. It also tells you where to stream the movie using Reelgood's engine. Once you're done, you can join a conversation about the film on Twitter, Facebook or other social networks using the AFI Movie Club hashtags.

The post-movie discussion is a big part of the movie club experience. AFI offers a few family-friendly discussion topics on each film's page. It also adds trivia and fun facts to make you appreciate the movie more.

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to the rise of other similar movie clubs, such as Vulture's Friday Night Movie Club and Vanity Fair's Shut-In Movie Club. Search the internet to find these and many more that can be a good source of movie recommendations and discussions with other moviegoers.

Which TV show should you watch next?

It seems like you'll still get movie recommendations easier than TV shows. But since binge-watching is now the new norm, you want to have a few streaks lined up for the weekend, right?

Try other quirky apps we have already talked about to find the best TV series. There's an AI that predicts how you'll rate a show, and then there's a website that randomly recommends an episode of a show.

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