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      Reviews 59% 250+ Ratings Audience Score The filmmaker delves into the world of record collecting. Read More Read Less

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      Audience Member The director/narrator is far too self indulgent and makes the film more about himself than the interviewees, often directly projecting his insecurities on to them. Still there are valid points there and some of the odd people featured make it all interesting enough. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/10/23 Full Review Audience Member In depth look into the lives of some hoarding record collectors. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member Very lo fi but surprisingly interesting Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/29/23 Full Review eric b Personal identification was a major factor for me here -- I'm pretty close to the mentality of the lone-wolf record collectors in this documentary but, thankfully, far enough removed that I can tell myself, "Well, I don't go *that* far." And more often than not, I also prefer CDs. So take that, you oldies-minded purists! Regardless, it's fascinating to hear these collectors (mostly forlorn, homely, underachieving bachelors) detailing their record-buying habits more with shame than joy, as if it's a destructive addiction they're struggling to master. However, director Alan Zweig's own self-filmed musings grow tiresome -- he has a grating voice and manner (imagine a more Jewish version of Kevin from TV's "The Office") and just wasn't someone whose company I wished to share for almost two hours. (The 110 minutes pass slowly, considering the footage is virtually nothing but raw interviews in dingy living spaces.) I would have enjoyed more "fun" exposure to the nutty rarities that these people own, but "Vinyl" really isn't about music. It's about the psychology of collecting. Wherein these weary misfits buy piles of records that they may not enjoy or even play, seemingly because they're just afraid of regretting a missed purchase later. Or because they don't want the records to fall into enemy hands. Or simply because a kitschy sleeve gives them a laugh. (Heck, we've all bought records for this reason, haven't we? Um...haven't we?) Writer/artist Harvey Pekar, actor Don McKellar and director Guy Maddin turn up without any special introduction -- in fact, I can't even recall where Maddin appeared. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Low budget documentary about record collectors: the music lovers, the vinyl obsessives, the Elvis fans who own his every song 10 times over; the deluded redneck who thinks he's close to owning every record ever made, and that there are only four bands whose names begin with Q.... So far, so typical I guess. What makes it interesting is that the film-maker, himself a collector, is really more interested in exploring why he, and other collectors, don't have girlfriends. Those who *do* have girlfriends are quizzed as to how that is possible, while he psychoanlyses those who don't, trying to find out what is wrong with them, and if record collecting is just a substitute for not being in a relationship. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Audience Member Amusing look at record collectors. I'm glad I don't have enough money to let my collection get this out of hand. The director's lonely musings is entertaining at first but gets annoying when it goes on for way too long. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/28/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis The filmmaker delves into the world of record collecting.
      Alan Zweig
      Executive Producer
      Bruce McDonald
      Original Language