With the recent mainstream indie success of Mumblecore pioneers Joe Swanberg’s Drinking Buddies and Andrew Bujalski’s Computer Chess, it seems the poorly named but important movement has officially come of age. In the mid-2000s, the films and filmmakers broadly lumped into the sometimes pejorative term “Mumblecore”, were often low-budget, low-production value films with non-professional actors navigating the conflicts and relationships of middle-class white male Americans in their late 20s.
Mark and Jay Duplass’ first film, The Puffy Chair, is a quintessential Mumblecore entry. Low-concept, relationship drama-driven, and heavy on the zoom button, the film mixes the unpredictability and reality of a documentary with the character malleability of a narrative in [...]
Mark and Jay Duplass have been brought on to adapt Mule for Todd Phillips to direct and produce. It's an curious pairing if not a super exciting one.
Here is a list of the movies the Duplass Brothers have written: The Puffy Chair, Baghead, Cyrus, Jeff, Who Lives at Home.
Here is a list of movies Todd Phillips has directed: Road Trip, Old School, Starsky & Hutch, School for Scoundrels, The Hangover, Due Date, The Hangover Part II
Those are two very different lists of movies. The Dup-Bros pioneered the somewhat comedic, but in a VERY minor way, genre of Mumblecore and Phillips works in the area of Naked-Face-Tattoo-Dudes-Core. [...]