January 13, 2010 | 12:16pm
The New York Times' got a hold of NetFlix rental habits in major cities in America, and it's pretty fascinating. Miami is included, and the maps gives you a chance to see what your neighbors are renting. More interesting, perhaps, are the patterns that emerge.
We All Love Grandpa Babies
In all but about two zip codes The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is the number one rented movie. It's in the top ten everywhere.
Madea vs. Milk
People who love seeing Tyler Perry in a dress, stockings and granny wig apparently have little interest in watching the story of a gay rights icon. Virtually un-rented in the rest of the county, two Tyler Perry films -- The Family that Prays
Madea Goes to Jail
-- perform strongly in heavily African-American zip codes in the middle of Miami-Dade. Meanwhile, just about no one there wants to see Milk
, despite the fact it's one of the top-rented films in areas closer to the shore.
Politically Liberal Movies Popular in Politically Liberal Areas
Check out this map of Miami-Dade precincts that voted for Obama
. Then check out where politically-left films like Religulous
, and Milk
are the most popular. Oh, unsurprisingly they're the same places. Meanwhile, bang-bang shut-em-ups like G.I. Joe
and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
did much better in McCain strongholds.
Outside of South Beach and UM, No One Likes Indie Films
Smaller films like Rachel Getting Married, Vicky Christina Barcelona, and Burn After Reading make the top ten in zip codes representing South Beach and University of Miami campus, but they aren't nearly as popular in most others.
Apparently No One is Into Southern Vampires and Hard Drinking Ad Men
DVDs of cable dramas True Blood and Mad Men aren't amongst the most popular included but they atleast show up on the map in the other cities. But not a single zipcode in Miami rents these in great rates.