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Sunday, May 03, 2021

I pride myself on having enough hipster cred to have recognized just who was being described in this New York Times mock-memo to Hollywood studio heads:

You all keep trying to make Rock Hudson-Doris Day-style romantic comedies with the golden guys and gals of the moment, and the results are sexless, subtextless, bland career-girl-in-search-of-Mr.-Right retreads. Meanwhile, a bunch of hungry directors with digital cameras, time on their hands and not much money are making free-form studies about tentative hookups and long conversations among actual, overeducated, undermotivated young folks.

Hollywood, it’s time to co-opt those dudes! Give them enough money for song credits and some production values and let them reinvent movie romance for this age of diffident couplings and vigorous social networking. And dudes, remember: you’re never too young or too hip to sell out.

Although maybe typical development hell and mumblecore ethos simply don’t mix:

But Hollywood may not have the patience for Bujalski, Swanberg and the others. Their stories need room to stretch. They don’t scream big box-office weekend, but more like a patient platform release. And while the fits-and-starts of awkward conversation are the tools of their drama, they themselves may have no patience for the confusing, black hole conversations involved in some studio development. These filmmakers want to keep making films, not conference call about it endlessly.

And I would bet that many of these filmmakers have gone down this intensely frustrating development road with Hollywood and, quite rightly, figured that they could have made a movie in the time they were waiting for a call-back.

I guess none of that really matters, since it appears that mumblecore played itself out a couple of years ago anyway.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 05/03/2021 04:27:49 PM
Category: Movies
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