Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope 2012 CC

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A film by Morgan Spurlock explores this amazing cultural phenomenon by following the lives of five attendees as they descend upon the ultimate geek mecca at San Diego Comic-Con 2010.

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Seth Rogen, Kevin Smith
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1 hour 27 minutes

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Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope

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Genres Documentary
Director Morgan Spurlock
Starring Seth Rogen, Kevin Smith
Supporting actors Seth Green, Stan Lee, Eli Roth, Paul Scheer, Adrianne Curry, Paul Dini, Jon Schnepp, Holly Conrad, Jessica Merizan, Scott Mantz, Michael Bender, James Darling, Eric Henson, Mish'al Samman, Maxim Stoyalov, Edgar Gallego, Chuck Rozanski, S.K. Darling
Studio Gravitas Ventures LLC
Captions and subtitles English Details
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I had been waiting to see this documentary for a long time.
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A good look at the world inside Comic-Con, for fans or those who just want to know what the heck goes on in there.
Nicole G
As a comic book geek it was fun to see what all goes on at comic con.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Travis Hopson on April 11, 2012
Format: DVD
The great thing about Morgan Spurlock's latest documentary, Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope, is that you don't have to be some comic book fanboy with stacks of funnybooks up to your eyeballs(like yours truly) to get it. Spurlock, the innovative and fun loving documentary film maker behind investigative pieces like Super Size Me and The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, isn't trying to expose much of anything here. He just seems content to revel in the geeky pop culture goodness, and that's why this is undoubtedly his most fulfilling film to date.

That's not to say this is Spurlock's most insightful work, because clearly it isn't. At it's core, this is a celebration of all that the San Diego Comic-Con stands as now, and that is the holy Mecca for lovers of...well, anything pop culture related. Comic books, anime, role playing, you name it and it's there. But the event has also come to be a place of opportunity for many others, and besides highlighting the adults who walk around dressed up like Darth Maul or Sailor Moon, the main focus is on a handful of people who are relying on Comic-Con to change their lives.

There's the two wannabe comic books artists looking to impress an editor and hopefully get a job at a major publishing company. The harsh reality of the comic book industry is that maybe 1% of all art submissions gets approved and lead to careers, and Spurlock, who usually takes a tongue in cheek approach to even the most serious subjects, doesn't flinch away from the truth. The film also shows us a young, nerdy(we nerds can call one another that) couple attending the event, with the guy planning to pop the big question at a Kevin Smith Q&A.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Samuel McConnell on April 25, 2012
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Comic-Con Episode IV is the most beautiful movie about fanboy culture I've ever come across. Morgan Spurlock has crafted this look into San Diego Comic-Con without the cynicism or sneering most movies about comic book fans/cosplayers/D&D fans/etcetera tend to come with.

The movie follows a few people and a few groups, detailing what makes Comic-Con special to them. Some people are there for their careers, some people are there to get rich, some people are there to get rare items for their collection, while some are there just for the love of the art. All valid reasons, and all beautifully touched upon. Expect some celebrity cameos, too, explaining why they too love Comic-Con.

One part of the movie they briefly touched on, but would have liked to have seen expanded, is how Comic-Con is less about Comics and more about fanboy culture in general now. That expansion has brought many more people in to the show, while leaving others alienated.

I wish I could own this movie, but for now I'll settle for a rental. Thank you, Morgan Spurlock, for making everyone else understand the beauty of Comic-Con.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Theo on May 10, 2014
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This documentary explores Comic-Con through the eyes of its participants: Principally those of a comic book dealer, two aspiring comic book artists, a costume creator, and a fanboy and fangirl couple. Celebrity-level participants such as Stan Lee, Matt Groening and Joss Whedon also get regular look-ins. As a whole, the film is an affectionate homage to geek culture.

The problem with this film is that it's EXACTLY what you'd expect given my short four-sentence summary above. At no point does the film provoke us, surprise us, or yield unexpected insights. There's really nothing wrong with it. But it's not like there's anything that stands out as especially right.

Unless the world of pop-culture geeks is a complete mystery to you, I honestly don't think you'll come away from this experience knowing a single thing that you didn't already know going in - except perhaps that the most expensive Marvel comic book on the collectables market is apparently Red Raven #1. Oh, and the convention itself is now dominated by electronic arts rather than comic books per se. But again, no real surprises there. All dead-tree media are in trouble.

Morgan Spurlock, the director of this film, makes some major departures from his usual style. Better known for more controversial offering such as Super Size Me and POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, what Spurlock has served up here seems rather tepid and lifeless by comparison. In this film Spurlock himself spends no time in front of the camera, and his usual sense of mischief and flair are nowhere to be found.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Santacruz on August 7, 2013
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This was a fun documentary to watch. It is obviously edited to make things dramatic but if you want to get a taste as to what comic-con is and a have a tear and a laugh along the way. you will enjoy this movie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scotman's Critic's Corner VINE VOICE on July 29, 2013
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I thought this film was well-made, using an interview format to tell the real story about Comicon. I actually went to the 2010 show that Spurlock used to document SDCC and I was surprised to see myself in the photo pit with others shooting the Mass Effect cosplayers. Maybe I should get a residual.

The film follows some fans and their stories, what their goals are for the con and a nice wrap-up with what they actually achieved. I especially liked James and his girlfriend as he prepared to propose marriage to her at the Kevin Smith panel. Very funny, especially when she makes the remark "I hope James doesn't ask any stupid questions." Indeed.

The clips from fans and actors was cool as well. The Kevin Smith F-bombs at the end though, I could have done without.

I've been following Mile High Comics outspoken owner Chuck Rozanski for some time, since he used to write for the now defunct Comic Buyers' Guide. His insight into the comics business and getting in a free plug for Mile High was a smart business move getting it all on film. Chuck is not totally correct that San Diego is not focused on comics.

They are right though that comics have fallen to a secondary status with the A-List stars and Hollywood's impact on the show.

To have to show dial down a bit to two shows has been proposed, aka Anaheim and San Diego. Another alternative was for the Hollywood end to go to Los Angeles.

Film is recommended and very cheap on Amazon Instant Video, only 99 cents to rent!
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