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Mumblecore

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.
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From:loveismywine
Date:May 19th, 2008 04:51 pm (UTC)
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You just made a two-year old reference to an LJ comment. GENIUS!
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From:shagginsaturn
Date:May 20th, 2008 01:57 pm (UTC)
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I agree - I didn't like Napolean Dynomite, either. It was a purely character-driven movie -done brilliantly, I might add. I just didn't like the character. I think it has something to do with hearing all of the jokes 50 times before actually seeing the movie. Maybe if I had seen it opening weekend, I would've enjoyed it. Still, I can recognize that it did something very well.

I was also adverse the (US) Office when it began. It's first episodes were a giant turnoff to me, being beat-for-beat, line-for-line remakes of the brilliant UK version. I felt I was watching a career cover band perform my favorite hits. But then something happened - the show took on a life of its own. Now two seasons beyond the UK version, it has great characters and some really fun overarching storylines. I can't miss it now.

Anywhoo, Mumblecore is a new thing to me and I'll have to check out some of the things you note to actually comment on anything you said besides just throwing in my two cents.

PS - your screenplays can't be as bad as mine was.
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From:toxicsiren
Date:May 20th, 2008 04:07 pm (UTC)
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now you've gone and made me curious...

i've always said that the college years never get any love. my mom said it's because you're automatically cutting out a huge demographic who never went to college. but there's still tons of hilarious things that go on that should make up for that!

the post-college struggle seems a lot more boring in comparison, and still a lot of people wouldn't be able to relate.

And Napoleon Dynamite was a waste of my life. Anyone who says different is lying.
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From:nullset
Date:May 20th, 2008 04:18 pm (UTC)
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I think that all twentysomethings go through the same thing. Admittedly, I'm at the beginning, but most people are starting their careers, asking, "Is this what I'm going to be doing for the next 40 years?". To me it's a feeling of being lost that transcends college status.

College has had it's standouts, Animal House, PCU, Rules of Attraction, etc. I think TV shows are a better example, though I too think it's a bit of an untapped resource. Though it's hard to make a connection to the promiscuity, pining, drunken nights, all-nighters, and struggles if you haven't been there to experience them. Though overall themes work regardless of setting.
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From:toxicsiren
Date:May 20th, 2008 06:49 pm (UTC)
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The "college" movies you listed are ages old now! Even american pie is how old? And it didn't have much to do with it anyhow.

I don't know if I agree that all twenty somethings go through that. It seems more like the college segment does. The ones that didn't go have 4+ years of finding what they're doing or had a career in mind that they went for instead.

I dunno. I think a lot of movies just miss the mark. I hate when they try and cram in relationships that don't belong.

I just realized I've had LOL on my queue forever. Maybe ill bump it cos now I'm curious.
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