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Film Geek (2005)
Spoiler is in plot description
To say in the plot description, "The story of Scotty Pelk, a socially inept video store clerk who gets fired from his job and becomes a sensation as an online film critic," is itself a spoiler.
Thank goodness I watched the movie without taking a look at its IMDb page.
I would rather see something like, "The story of Scotty Pelk, a socially inept video store clerk who gets fired from his job and tries to find another way to put his encyclopedic movie knowledge to good use."
I thought the movie was rather sweet, and a useful portrayal of a misfit who I assume suffers from Asperger's Syndrome.
Man Push Cart (2005)
Influenced by Gogol
I believe much of the plot is an interpretation of the short story "The Overcoat" by the Russian author Nikolai Gogol. It took me a few days of reflection to figure out why the story was familiar to me.
It's appropriate that 'Man Push Cart' is complimented by other reviewers as a realist film, given that Gogol is often called the "father of modern Russian realism" (from Wiki) I describe this post as containing a spoiler since anyone familiar with "The Overcoat" will have a pretty good idea of how the movie will turn out.
As an aside, Gogol also wrote "Taras Bulba," which was made into a movie starring Yul Brynner and Tony Curtis.