GreenCine’s David Hudson disagrees with some of Amy Taubin’s observations in the latest issue of Film Comment. Specifically, it involves her criticism of the whole “mumblecore” label and some of the films. Among David’s well-written points:
I’m taken aback by the suggestion – from, again, a Bujalski fan – that anyone who picks up a camera is morally obligated to use it to issue a state-of-the-world manifesto or to be thematically strapped in any other way. Mostly I’m surprised, though, for how little consideration is taken for the way Joe’s films are made, shaky cameras and nude scenes aside.
Does Amy Taubin know that Hannah, for example, was co-concieved by a woman playwright (Greta Gerwig) or that the entire cast and crew has emphasized again and again, in countless interviews, that Hannah could hardly have been a more collaborative effort? Many of the criticisms leveled over this entire year at the loose bunch of films tumbling, willingly or not, into the “mumblecore” bucket are well worth taking seriously; that won’t happen if we go rushing out into the night, torches held high, looking for a straw man.
And, with all due respect to Taubin and Film Comment, if a collection of films is so insignificant and unimportant… why dedicate so much of your space to it?