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What are some more movies about lives being consumed by objects or crafts?

There are a few movies (docs) I've seen in the last year about people whose lives are overtaken by their love of something: Cinemania (2002), Vinyl (2000), Rewind This (2013, about VHS tapes), So Wrong They're Right (1995, about 8 tracks). I'd like to know about more movies like these, and I'm not sure how I can search these out - there are others that I think kind of fit too, like Objectified (about design) and Helvetica (typography), where people just talk about craft and stuff. Then there are movies like Married To The Eiffel Tower (about object paraphilia), which is a bit different but very much about relationships between humans and objects.

What are some more movies about lives being consumed by objects or crafts? Not just similar to the above topics, anything and everything.
posted by dimejubes to Media & Arts (33 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
 
Trekkies
posted by Rob Rockets at 2:19 PM on February 27, 2015


Do you only want documentaries, or also fictional stories?
posted by mbrubeck at 2:21 PM on February 27, 2015


Patton Oswalt is very good in "Big Fan"
posted by Brainy at 2:22 PM on February 27, 2015 [1 favorite]




The King of Comedy - it's awesome (fictional, if that matters)
posted by sallybrown at 2:23 PM on February 27, 2015


You want Fast, Cheap and Out of Control
posted by Mchelly at 2:23 PM on February 27, 2015 [4 favorites]


All the listed ones are documentaries, but if they're good then yes fictional would also work.
posted by dimejubes at 2:25 PM on February 27, 2015


Marwencol
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 2:26 PM on February 27, 2015 [8 favorites]


Not a bad obsession, but that's what Jiro Dreams of Sushi is about.
posted by Gilbert at 2:28 PM on February 27, 2015 [2 favorites]


King of Kong is about two men obsessed to a worrying degree with winning the world Donkey Kong championship. And it is spectacular.
posted by chaiminda at 2:33 PM on February 27, 2015 [11 favorites]


Close Encounters of the Third Kind
posted by Melismata at 2:34 PM on February 27, 2015 [2 favorites]


The World's Fastest Indian is the (mostly) true story of the New Zealander Burt Munro who spent 25 years cooped up in his workshop, rebuilding and tuning a 1920 Indian motorcycle... a bike which helped him set the land-speed world record at Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats in 1967.
I recommend this movie, I liked it a lot.
posted by Too-Ticky at 2:45 PM on February 27, 2015 [2 favorites]


Would Spellbound count?
posted by SisterHavana at 2:51 PM on February 27, 2015


Lars and the Real Girl - about a guy who has a lifelike doll for a partner
posted by lizbunny at 3:13 PM on February 27, 2015


Man on Wire.
posted by Violet Hour at 3:28 PM on February 27, 2015 [4 favorites]


King of Kong!

On preview, sorry chaiminda got there first!
posted by prewar lemonade at 3:31 PM on February 27, 2015


In A Dream
posted by gudrun at 4:37 PM on February 27, 2015


Adaptation
posted by nicebookrack at 5:00 PM on February 27, 2015


Speaking of dolls, this Channel 4 documentary stymied a lot of folks round our way recently: Secrets of the Living Dolls. Not sure where you would find it to watch though.

Erich von Stroheim's rather famous 1924 film Greed is about a slowly developing obsession.
posted by glasseyes at 5:32 PM on February 27, 2015


Heavy Metal Basement
posted by doctord at 5:50 PM on February 27, 2015


Ecstasy of Order: the Tetris Masters follows master tetris players to the championship.
I Think We're Alone Now about two fans/stalkers of singer Tiffany.
posted by Trivia Newton John at 11:42 PM on February 27, 2015


American Movie one man's quest to finish his film in the face of adversity.
posted by Trivia Newton John at 11:50 PM on February 27, 2015 [1 favorite]


Maybe The Rock-afire Explosion (about animatronic rock band) and Wordplay (crossword puzzles). Also recommending King of Kong mentioned above.
posted by wintrymix at 6:56 AM on February 28, 2015


Room 237, the documentary about The Shining, fits the bill. These people obsessed over every bit of minutiae in the film -- the pattern of the carpeting, the labels on the canned goods in the pantry, the floor plan of the set construction. Everything in The Shining came under the most intense scrutiny for a hidden, deeper meaning they were absolutely convinced Kubrick had put into the film.
posted by Bron at 7:40 AM on February 28, 2015




The Flying Scotsman (adapted drama)
posted by hydrophonic at 8:17 AM on February 28, 2015


It's fictional, so it's not going to be as serious as some of the other works mentioned here, but we kind of liked the movie Butter which was about a woman obsessed with the political benefits of winning a butter carving contest.
posted by cali59 at 8:22 AM on February 28, 2015 [1 favorite]


Finding Vivian Maier is a documentary about a very private street photographer who took thousands and thousands of portraits during her lifetime and basically hoarded the results, made by a guy who bought most of her possessions after her death and who has in turn kind of been consumed by her photos and objects.
posted by bcwinters at 2:54 PM on February 28, 2015


Jean Jaques Beineix's "Otaku" (1994).
posted by cleroy at 3:42 PM on February 28, 2015


Safe (featuring Julianne Moore).
posted by jbickers at 3:52 PM on February 28, 2015 [1 favorite]




The Object of Beauty
posted by BWA at 7:32 AM on March 1, 2015


Thanks for all the suggestions! I'll be checking out a lot of these.
posted by dimejubes at 6:05 PM on March 1, 2015


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