A tireless champion of low-budget indie films and filmmakers over the years, Amy Taubin delivers a surprisingly harsh critique of the so-called mumblecore movement (dissing Joe Swanberg and also offering a passing swipe at SXSW’s Matt Dentler) in the latest edition of Film Comment. She starts it, “Adieu, mumblecore, the indie movement that never was more than a flurry of festival hype and blogosphere branding”…
At GreenCine, David Hudson offers a defense, appropriately asking, “The ‘mumblecore’ backlash was always a given, but who knew it’d be so damn personalized?” While Dentler counters, on his blog, “If a collection of films is so insignificant and unimportant… why dedicate so much of your space to it?”
A supporter of the spirit & substance of the films/filmmakers gathered under the mumblecore umbrella, I’ll acknowledge that Taubin raises the right questions. She represents some commonly held criticisms. But by piling on so personally, she undermines her points.
Pictured: Mumblecore folks on stage at SXSW earlier this year.