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Cinemania (2002)

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Genre: Documentary

This movie gets: 8.00 (1 rating) Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

Cinemania (2002) is also mentioned in pearly's review of Almost Elvis (2000).

"Watching the wheels go 'round and 'round" - a review by pearly

When making a documentary about a person or people, there is absolutely nothing more important than choosing people who are interesting and watchable. No amount of amazing direction or whacky camera angles can make a bunch of boring people into a good film. And one thing is for sure with Cinemania, and that is that the people that it's about are interesting. They are not the kind of interesting that means you could have a good conversation with them at a party, but a similar kind of interesting to the subjects in American Movie (1999) - so intriguing (and odd) that you cannot help but be pulled right into their story.

The stars of Cinemania are a group of New Yorkers who are absolutely, all-encompassingly obsessed with film. One of them wants to find a French bride so that he can move to France, because there are more cinemas there than there are in New York. Another describes going to the cinema as "better than going to a party, better than sex". More than one of them map out their cinema-going schedules in databases, to ensure that they're fitting the most they possibly can into their days (it's not uncommon for them to go to 5 films in a single day).

Watching this film is a kind of voyeuristic pleasure; delving into their lives just a little, and trying to figure out what makes them tick. If you're an avid cinema-goer, a very organised person, or both, you'll probably see a little of yourself in these people; but you'll probably be hoping you don't see too much of yourself.

Do not go into this documentary expecting to learn a lot about the cinema scene in New York in 2000ish, because that's not really what this is about. It's more an exploration of people, and the extreme personalities that are out there. I really love a good character piece, and this is probably why I enjoyed Cinemania so much. If it were a book, you wouldn't be able to put it down.

pearly gives this movie 8 out of 10.
Review created on Sat 3 Aug 2002

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