Thursday, August 25, 2016

Listen Up Philip (2014)

Just as the Dogme 95 gang had to leave behind the affectations that united them in order to move on to more ambitious work, so too must the Mumblecore kids. But it's not easy. There is safety in numbers. This is why most will cling to that group label like a safety blanket as they go about re-making the same film until they die...or the money dries up. Striking out on your own means you might fail but you gotta shake things up if you want to stand out from the pack. And it doesn't have to be anything big either. You don't need fancy cranes and computer effects. With a movement like Mumblecore it's possible to distinguish yourself with elements as simple as narration, score and good-looking cinematography. And this is why we know the name Alex Ross Perry and we don't know countless others. He has the daring to be maximalist in his minimalism.

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