SleeperQuest 3.0: The Live Oak Edition
Once upon a time there was a most fascinating and useful movie search utility – a website named Jinni. Film lovers could search for films based on their own personal tastes to find other ones similar to the titles they already adored. Their database was huge. Their analytics were complex. Their taste-matching algorithm was wickedly spot on. Then the developers slammed the door on general web access and sold out for big bucks to online streaming services; quite probably their plan all along.
Somewhere between the discovery of Jinni and its effective closure, I created a project based on my love of films and my new-found devotion to quality cinema. I documented my processes in my quest for a film with the potential to replace A Love Song For Bobby Long (2004) as my favorite film. Not that I would ever want that to happen, mind you. But the exercise was leading me to the most impressive cache of sleepers that failed to leave an indelible mark on film viewing audiences.
The game of leap-frogging from film to film based upon connections and similarities is over and a new one has taken its place.
Welcome to SleeperQuest 3.0: The Live Oak Edition
Using all available resources, I am on the lookout for SleeperQuest candidates. Potential successors will be reviewed. If they demonstrate merit, they will be added to the list of SleeperQuest favorites and matched with two more established titles that have similar qualities, and then celebrated as the SleeperQuest triple feature.
The project was re-christened with the name “Live Oak” to celebrate the new, fabulous library system I am able to utilize to bring the harder-to-find titles to my doorstep. Please support your local library
SleeperQuest: dedicated to proving, post by post, the American film-viewing audience has taste where it sits.
Hey Jinni? I’m still angry with you putzes.