Like so many indie film movements, mumblecore burned brightly for a few years (specifically from about 2002 to 2008) before fading out, its various adherents scattering to the cinematic winds. Some entered the studio world (like Greta Gerwig and filmmaking team Jay and Mark Duplass, the latter of whom also has a steady career as an actor), others decamped for television (such as Lena Dunham and, to a lesser extent, Lynn Shelton, who has helmed episodes of “New Girl” and “Mad Men” in between features) and still others have ventured down even more rarefied avenues (take mumblecore “founder” Andrew Bujalski, whose third feature Computer Chess seemed to have been made for an audience of maybe 500, all of whom loved it). But Chicago native Joe Swanberg is still slugging it out in the trenches, churning out the same small-scale, heavily improvised slice-of-life portraits at the same rapid pace as he did back in mumblecore’s heyday. The one thing that has changed for Swanberg recently is the earning power of his various casts. For his 14th feature, 2013’s Drinking Buddies, he traded in his usual assortment of no-name or little-name actors and actresses for a star-packed lineup that included Olivia Wilde,… Read full this story
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