#201 Mutual Appreciation (2005, Andrew Bujalski)
Probably the best “mumblecore” film I’ve seen (faint praise?).
It is what is expected of the territory, (Bujalski is something of a grandfather of mumble, supposedly. Goofy hipsters talking about relationships and things, adorning wigs and drinking beers in order to be less awkward. This one felt particularly ‘late night/early morning’ which I enjoyed. it rarely grated. The characters felt believable. The situations and discussions entertained. Enough.
The Bujalski as a modern Cassevetes comparison is pretty baseless (its in 16mm and about relationships?!) but he writes good dialogue and characters and I’m looking forward to seeing more of his stuff. Computer Chess was probably my most anticipated of 2013 before watching this, and this has done nothing to dampen any expectation.