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Cannes '08: Tweetscanning Cannes -- What films are festivalgoers tweeting about?

May 22, 2008 | 10:17 am

While Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic aggregate film critics reviews for moviegoers trying to figure out if a newly released film is worth seeing or renting, it can be harder to research films out on the festival circuit, especially if they don't yet have distribution.

Hoping to take a live pulse on films premiering here at Cannes, it occurred to me check out the Twitter Movie Reviews filter from Twitterverse. It tracks Twitter users' reactions to films, grouping them by Good, Bad and Indifferent. Unfortunately, for my purposes here, the films tracked are mainstream and in theatrical release.

Then I remembered there's a newish Twitter filter called Tweet Scan that facilitates real-time Twitter searches. I plugged in the titles of Cannes Official Selections and here is what I found. (User names are blue and movie titles are green.)

In addition to getting a feel for what films other Cannes Film Festival attendees are "tweeting" about here, it can also be amusing to read movie reviews condensed down to Twitter's 140 character limit.
baires : I really need to see "Vicky Cristina Barcelona". Scarlett Johansson + Penélope Cruz + PopCorn = Make my Week 2008-05-15 14:44:55

frances : Waiting in the rain in the queue for soi cowboy. 2008-05-16 04:16:36

Film4 : Feel much more positive about three monkeys second time around. Still don't think it's great, but my mind is now at rest! 2008-05-16 09:00:07

justjennifer : I wish kung fu panda was in theaters already, I need something to do with these kids for a few hours and it looks like rain. 2008-05-17 20:29:34

Toonerstan : Animated film Waltz with Bashir at Cannes :  Drawn with rotoscoped look. 2008-05-17 01:26:45

acserrano : just saw the italian movie in competition called Gomorra: beautiful, fragmented, transporting, and literary is how i might describe it... 2008-05-18 20:49:53

davidsim : Beautiful Cannes morning. Saw Harrison Ford on red carpet. Indy is back! Some good reviews. Thx Rene. 2008-05-19 03:20:58

sperling : Saw "Two Lovers", the James Gray film starring Joaquin Phoenix and Gwyneth Paltrow. It was rather trivial and completely predictable. 2008-05-19 19:50:11

-- Sheigh Crabtree