After watching Lena Dunham’s, Tiny Furniture and being bored to tears, I was hoping that this new Mumblecore movement was more than whiny 20 somethings moping because they can’t figure out what they want in life. Being optimistic, I went on-line in search of other mumble directors and then, thanks to Wikipedia, I stumbled upon Joe Swanberg.
Where have I heard that name? Oh yea, he just filmed a scene from his new film, Drinking Buddies, at Revolution Brewing. I also found out that Drinking Buddies leading role went to Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air) and will also star Ron Livingston (Office Space). Hopeful and excited, I pranced to an offbeat movie rental place in Logan Square in search of Swanberg films.
I walked in and looked around trying to find them on my own and then saw the two malnourished hipster employees. By the looks of these two, I thought Mumblecore would be right in their wheelhouse, but when I asked if they had any Swanberg films, they both looked at each other and snickered. I guess they’re not fans.
I asked them about the quelled giggles and they straight up told me thought Mumblecore was shit. Slightly embarrassed and trying my best not to look like a weenie, I blurted out that wasn’t a fan of Tiny Furniture, but was hoping Swanberg would change my mind about Mumblecore. Again, they told me they couldn’t sit through them, and they hated everything about them. Still smirking, the employee handed me, Hannah Takes the Stairs and LOL, two well known Swanberg's.
After watching Hannah Takes the Stairs and LOL, I decided I can’t get on board with this. The micro-budgeting, the character driven realism and the artistic integrity of Mumblecore is inspiring, but the problem I have with this film movement is I’m not rooting for anyone! There is no protagonist.
You can’t expect many people to root for well educated white people that sit around and mope because they don’t understand the opposite sex, and they don’t understand why life is so hard. Cry me a river.
Films that are this character driven are usually meant to inspire and I was not inspired Swanberg's new film, Drinking Buddies, is supposed to have a bigger budget thanks to the collaboration with one of the producers of Tiny Furniture.
Ok, so we already established that I am not a fan of Mumblecore, but I am still hopeful for Drinking Buddies. Swanberg is a talented director and he seems like an all around good guy. I’m hoping adding a touch of Hollywood to Mumblecore may just be what Swanberg needs. Given the fact that there will be credible actors in this character driven film, it will give naysayers like me something to look forward to.
Drinking Buddies is currently in post production, I’ll let all of you know when the release date is posted.
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