Mumblecore is/was a revolutionary uprising in independent, micro-budget film that utilized non-actors, largely improvised dialog, modern and authentic interactions between characters, and little to no budget. I believe the term ‘mumblecore’ likely came from the films’ tendency to be very dialog-heavy. As the genre has changed over the years, many of the incidental masters of mumblecore have gone on to get noticed and begin making films with real budgets and bigger names; some of the nobodies in the original line of mumblecore films are even now starring in big-budget and traditional independent films.
While not every release is something ingenious or even entertaining, the mumblecore genre brought us slices of life that were personal, relatable, and uniquely authentic. Mostly geared towards the twenty-somethings and the post-graduates of our generation, they usually have something real to offer that anyone from any stage of life can attest to. Natural lighting or black and white; long, digressive discussions of a ridiculous or sometimes even philosophical nature shared amongst actors who are hardly acting; characters so real that you feel you know them, know someone like them in real life, or can genuinely love and hate them; plots dealing with the unremarkable but common struggles in modern life, whether it be relationships or just figuring out where to go next.
I’ve seen all of these films on this list and won’t add more until I’ve seen them. Some of the titles, while I do not really agree they fall in line with what mumblecore is, were included because they directly involved prominent names in the genre and/or were listed on the Wikipedia page.Read less