Cinemania Review

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There's something reassuring about documentaries like this, in which stories of obsession and neurosis make our own idiosyncrasies seem trifling by comparison.

Focusing on a group of film fanatics in New York City, Cinemania offers a drily funny but sympathetic insight into a world where benign fandom teeters just on the right side of fanaticism.

Some plan their days with military precision, even monitoring their diets to curb toilet breaks. Others feel compelled to collect everything from programme notes to ticket stubs, the latter causing problems when one character tries to strangle an usherette for tearing hers in half.

Mostly, though, this is an affectionate portrait of passionate (but unsexy) people, and hearing Jack talk about the poor quality of projection these days will strike an uncomfortable chord with even the most jaded viewer.