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‘Core Concerns: The Duplass Brothers’ “Cyrus”

'Core Concerns: The Duplass Brothers' "Cyrus"

Earlier this year Noah Baumbach’s widely released indie Greenberg represented the first tentative sign that the divisive movement known as Mumblecore was crossing over into the mainstream, as it featured ‘core fixtures Greta Gerwig and Mark Duplass in important roles. But Cyrus—directed and written by Duplass and his brother Jay but distributed by Fox Searchlight; executive produced by another, albeit more famous, pair of filmmaking siblings, Ridley and Tony Scott(!); and starring John C. Reilly, Marisa Tomei, Jonah Hill, and Catherine Keener—leaves no room for doubt: Mumblecore has fully arrived in the larger cultural landscape. This is significant not because it demonstrates that the culture has “caught up with” Mumblecore by paying heed to exciting visions that until now only existed on the margins of American cinema, but because it proves how primed for easy marketability and consumption the movement has been from the word go. Read the rest of Michael Joshua Rowin’s review of Cyrus.

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