A review was sent my way of a new mumblecore horror film titled Silver Bullets . Supposedly there is a scene where Joe Swanberg, one of the chief architects of the Mumblecore aesthetic, "play[s] a character who makes shitty looking mumblecore movies that are an excuse to get women naked (which more or less sums up Swanberg’s directorial career thus far) gives a long speech about how he doesn’t like even watching movies, let alone making them, but he keeps on doing it because he doesn’t know what else to do with himself."
He keeps on doing it because he doesn’t know what else to do with himself? This scene symbolizes the intentions of any and everywhere Mumblecore filmmaker.
Such cinematic malaise is represented in every Mumblecore film. It is even apparent from the directors mouths. Their insistence on a DIY and autobiographical aesthetic has the makings of a movement, but the critics and academics who 'identified' Mublecore failed to then criticize it. This coming from the complete lack of understanding of what constitutes good cinema, that if it was present, would lead to the critical and theoretical community being more assertive. Even when something resembling a moment (60's-70's) when film-form was studied and experimented with, they wouldn't have to jump on a bandwagon because 99% of modern cinema is so deplorable.
To get more specific they fail to notice the horror of these films. The lack of skill in story telling, the boring lives these filmmakers must lead if they are autobiographical films, the continuing 21st century 'End Of History' meaningless these directors seem to override with films that are just meaningless, etc. Then the most unacceptable thing critics have done is liken this meaningless cinema to the meaning found in Cassavettes.
To surmise, these films never had the potentiality of advancing the medium of cinema. Rather they are taking composite elements of what cinema could be: the low budget capabilities, elements of 60's-70's cinema and the usage of online propagandizing. Swanberg calls these films making films "just about people," but these films are made by a minority that doesn't know what to do otherwise, as the the scene in Silver Bullets symbolizes. This added with a non-understanding of film-form, so its nothing heightened by nothing. This makes people who watch any Mumblecore cinema film ask the same question the reviewer Faraci asked "could this movie have completely ruined my love of film?"
Such is offensive when there is so much to say in our age and so much more that can be done with cinema in the modern.