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TIFF11: "Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope" is a Delight for Fans and Non-Fans Alike

by Christopher Campbell
September 17, 2011 6:21 AM
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I cannot lie. This movie made me very happy. Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope, Morgan Spurlock’s fluffy and consistently funny (and shockingly not first-person) look at the San Diego Comic-Con, is not just a puff piece advertising this huge event, which doesn’t really need help attracting crowds anyway. It’s a puff piece, no doubt, but it’s also an endearing profile of a phenomenon that non-geeks may think is impossible to understand or relate to.

As it turns out, what goes on at this annual convention of outcasts-turned-incasts (if only temporarily) seems pretty universal. And indicative of the human spirit and our common desire to be comfortably social among likeminded souls. Those of us cinephiles seeing the doc at a film festival perhaps know what that’s like. Others of you may relate through acknowledgement of your own passions and hobbies.

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