No, it's not a new musical genre (see: babysealcore), it's a film genre. I don't know how I feel about it, but it brings up a bunch of emotions. The movies are, for the most part, filmed like an episode of The Office (a point which I don't enjoy a whole). I can't even put the experience into words, it's mind blowing in the sense that I don't know how I feel. The stories of twentysomethings not knowing what they're doing hits home for me, but the visuals are almost distracting, and I don't know if it's because I've trained myself to recognize "good" camerawork, or if it's just bad and I'm trying to make it something it's not. I try my best to avoid liking things just because others like them, though sometimes I go the other way and end up hating things, or coming late to the game on things that I might have otherwise liked, just because it's popular. So really, if your band, movie, tv show is popular I'll hate it, until 2 years later, when I'll regret hating it. Unless we're talking about Napoleon Dynamite, that movie is still a steaming pile of crap. I feel like this is a point I'm going to have to get over come film school, but at the same time I don't want to lose my ability to call "good" movies shite, if I believe they are so.
So back to mumblecore for a moment. I've watched The Puffy Chair which I enjoyed (I've realized I'm a geek for the road movie), and Funny Ha Ha which I didn't enjoy as much. If a movie is supposed to be the most interesting 2 hours of a persons life, Funny Ha Ha is some other two hours. The Puffy Chair makes me happy because it was shot on a camera equivalent to my XL-2, which adds credence to the claim that tools don't matter as much as story. Unless you're Michael Bay.
Screenplays to be finished shortly. They may go up here, probably as a friends only post, so if you wanna read and you're stalking me, send in your requests for my bad writing.