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Angela Christlieb and Stephen Kijak direct the documentary Cinemania, concerning five individual New Yorkers with self-styled movie obsessions that border on the psychotic. Living on disability is Eric Chadbourne, who is an obsessive collector as well as viewer; Harvey Schwartz, who has memorized countless amounts factual data like movie running times; and Roberta Hill, who is such an aggressive audience member that she has been kicked out of several theaters. Unemployed and living in denial,
Jan 1, 2002 Wide
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I know people like these, and I understand their desire to be absorbed in the darkness and fantasy.
There's a certain smugness to the proceedings, like an episode of Cops where the camera lingers a bit too long on a police suspect's trailer-trash housekeeping.
It's too short, and it doesn't delve deep enough. But it's thoroughly enjoyable.
What Christlieb and Kijak do so well is keeping these folks from not seeming like loons.
Are we expected to sympathize with this motley bunch? Admire them? Laugh at them? Or, perhaps, relate to them? Against all odds, we do a little of each.
Ultimately not a particularly deep or resonant portrait, but it is as entertaining as a film about people who obsessively slave over film schedules to maximize their viewing can get.
Cinemania might have been a more edifying experience if it really delved into the roots of this obsession.
There's never a moment in Cinemania where we don't want to know any more about these people.
You might know film buffs. You might know people who enjoy going to the movies alone. But your friends have got nothing on the stars of Cinemania.
Some will find it depressing, especially those who realize the doc hits a little too close to home.
Creepily fascinating. For all that they consume, they seem little interested in the films themselves, as an art form or as an industry.
Fascinating in much the way a car crash is. It's hard to believe people say these things, much less believe them, but it's difficult to turn off because it's so fascinating.
Do not mutter, 'Get a life.' These people have a life, in the cavern of dreams. No film critic is in a position to criticize them.
[Ends up] focusing on the dismal fact that their subjects have cut themselves off from real life in favor of reel life.
Think of Cinemania as a troubling portrait of a cinephilia that borders on psychosis.
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