IMDb Movie Roulette!

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The idea, is that there should be a "roulette"-option in the watchlist that chooses one movie at random from your favorites that would help you choose tonights movie for you! Like my watchlist, I have so many films I have never seen, and I often cannot decide one movie from all of these. Therefore I would like IMDB to choose the film FOR me. You could call it "roulette", "movie-roulette", "movie of the day", "choose movie" or something - though something with "roulette" would be a great name for it! The same idea could also be implemented in the imdb top 250 movies, or maybe movies based on your taste.I think this would be a VERY popular option!!
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This is an interesting idea, although I personally would probably not use the feature. A general implementation of this would apply to all title lists, including the IMDb Top 250 and IMDb Top 1000.

IMDb has had a something similar for a long time. There used to be a link to this feature on the IMDb home page. It is still available on the Site Index [http://www.imdb.com/a2z ]
Random Title - Go to a random popular title
http://www.imdb.com/random/title
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Funny that something similar have existed, but this idea, a movie-chooser from your own personal watchlist would be a whole other thing! :-D You're left with all these great movies you really want to see, but you're stuck between choosing!! This feature would really be the solution for this, and I hope many of the users on IMDB agrees! :-)
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Heyo, IMDb Random Title [chrome.google.com]
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Björn Kuipers

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Was looking for something similar myself. So I hacked a simple script, you can try it out here: http://random.moviehint.net

Maybe it will help you as well :)
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Hi, cool! :-)

Doesn't seem to work for me though. I have set my watchlist to public, but still get errors like "Not Found -The requested URL /<title>404 Error</title> was not found on this server."

I pasted my AuthorID which is 'ur25035606'.

Thanks!
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Okay, it should work now :) I think you may have tried it before changing your watchlist to public. I'll add an additional check at a later time, I've added a check, to prevent this from happening in the future.
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No, I tried after changing - even relaunched my browser - but anyhow, it's working perfectly now! Thank you so much for this, big help! :-D
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Oh, sorry my bad then. I'm glad it works now :-) If you have any further improvements/suggestions, don't hesitate to let me know :-)
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Steffen Garnås

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I'll let you know! :-)
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had the same idea yesterday, and someone redirected me here. bjorns script not working fro me unfortunatly. :(
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Is your Watchlist public?
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yes
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Björn Kuipers

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Hi Nathan, sorry to hear it is not working for you. Can you give me your watchlist ID so I can see why it is not working? :)
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ur33192239, mines not working too :( I was looking for a feature like this for a long time!
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Björn Kuipers

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I'm affraid something has changed at IMDB's side, downloading a public list does not seem to work anymore when not logged in. My own list is not working anymore either :-( I'll take a look at it some time this week and place an update here.
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Ahhhh, are you using the download as CSV link?

If so, then see Giancarlo Cairella's statement here:

https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/cant_export_the_watchlist_as_csv_without_being_logged_in



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Yep.. ah thank you for the confirmation. I hope they will revert this sudden change, as many automated tools work with the CSV. It's much more suitable for synchronizing a persons watchlist, than the RSS that only reports additions and is limited in length.
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Sorry for the delay, I have uploaded an update and things should be working again :)

http://random.moviehint.net/

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Works like a charm thanks a million!
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I made a Google Chrome extension> IMDb Random Title [chrome.google.com]
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Björn Kuipers

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Nice idea, great that it also works for selecting a specific genre :) Something I still wanted to add to moviehint
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Doesn't work :-( although my watchlist is public
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Christopher Lupo

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Whats the url of the page? Does the button appear? Is a new tab opened when you click the button? A little more detail please
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T. Peters

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Used the Link from Björn, because I use firefox (not chrome).

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Björn Kuipers

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Sorry for the late reply. If you give me your author-id, I can help you out.

Please note that since early this week, the RSS-feed from IMDB seems to be broken (is returning a webpage instead). I'm waiting for a fix from IMDB, but am also working on a plan B.
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Thanks a lot for the updates, hope you can fix soon!
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Dominic Read

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I'd love to see this implemented, really. I struggle so hard to choose films nowadays and what with my Watchlist at 1200+ I need IMDb to at least give me the option to pick a title for me!
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Update, Moviehint is working again! http://random.moviehint.net/ Happy picking and watching! :)
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Thanks for your feedback Grobar. You're right, I overlooked something and only last 100 entry's are used. I'll fix it as soon as possible :)
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Seconding Grobar, I thought it was a bug with my list at first! But I also get the same films multiple times and he's definitely right about only pulling the last 100 or so.
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The problem should be fixed now. Thanks for your feedback Grobar and Dominic!
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Dominic Read

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Thank you for constant support and fixing! It's so nice to have a developer that's dedicated to their site 24/7! Never ever take down http://random.moviehint.net!
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Björn Kuipers

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No problem :)
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled idea for the site: add a button to randomly pick a movie from your watch list.

idea for the site: add a button to randomly pick a movie from your watch list, with the idea to watch that movie that day.(only released movie in ones own country ofcourse)
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I'd personally much rather have a *randomize* or *shuffle* button on Title Lists that would shuffle the whole list than just a button that picks one movie at random.  If you just want the random movie, it'll appear at the top of the shuffled list!  :)
I just noticed that this idea/page is from 3 years ago and it only has 10 votes (mine made 11)?  Stinks... I've been looking for a way to shuffle or randomize my IMDb lists for years now, and it appears, unfortunately, that there isn't one.  
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I'd personally much rather have a *randomize* or *shuffle* button on Title Lists that would shuffle the whole list ...
             
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