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'the puffy chair' by the duplass brothers // 2005
81.18
'the puffy chair' is considered 'mumblecore'



in the ‘alt lit’ community, many ppl may have heard this term via tao lin & megan boyle’s 2011 documentary-style film of the same name (if not otherwise)



as an independent film subgenre, mumcor cropped up around 2005, w/ adherents who seem to emphasize lowbudget, improvisation, ‘mundane’ settings, awkward humor, ‘nerdy’ relationships, imperfect main characters, etc



i must say i’ve enjoyed every film considered ‘mumblecore’ that i’ve watched
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i feel like it serves in some ways as a cousin to ‘alt lit’, primarily bc it exists as an ‘alt’ approach to film that, like much of alt lit, is less traditional/stuffy/polished/formulaic/formal/etc & more ‘loose around the edges’/honest/quirky/peculiarly funny/absurd/irreverent/etc



all these adjectives don’t, of course, do full justice to the genre – they’re simply the words that arise when i think about the films i’ve watched



//



the puffy chair was made in 2005 / directed & written by brothers jay duplass & mark duplass w/ mark starring



mark’s character ‘josh’ has an emotionally needy girlfriend ‘emily’



the film, shot on a digital camera like almost all mc films are, begins w/ josh & his gf speaking in baby voices to each other



at first i wondered if they’d talk like this the whole movie



luckily they don’t, but ‘the voice’ creeps back in periodically after the opening scene to complicate the dynamics btwn josh & emily



josh has found on ebay a replica of his father’s once old favorite chair



he decides to buy it & make a road trip in order to take the chair to his dad for his dad’s bday



his gf wants to go w/ him & he reluctantly decides to take her



they stop by the house of josh’s brother ‘rhett’ who’s a spacey nature lover/’far out’ kind of guy who’s bent down in the weeds filming a lizard when they pull up



against their secret wishes, rhett ends up tagging along in josh’s big van w/ them, insisting that everyone share their emotions more directly & honestly (which accentuates josh’s lack of communication & ‘sincerity’ throughout)



emily seeks constant affirmation about josh’s love for her, which is both annoying & revealing of josh’s confusion



the chair ends up being ratty, stained, lopsided & smelly



josh says YOU MEAN TO TELL ME THE CHAIR IN THIS PICTURE IS THE SAME AS THIS CHAIR HERE



rhett marries a woman who he meets in the movie theater as they ‘kill time’



he divorces her the next day



the film is made of all kinds of such surprises



for instance, after they’ve picked up the reupholstered chair, late at night when josh is sleeping rhett breaks into the van, pulls out the chair & sets it on fire



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i’m not sure how mumblecore hasn’t become more ‘hip’ yet



'mark my word' it will



beach sloth has ‘shouted it out’ a few times, telling ppl to watch stephen michael mcdowell ‘midgets’ movie, which he claims is ‘mumblecore’ (i won’t argue w/ that – & i enjoyed stephen’s movie)



the puffy chair, as seen in its title, explores the ‘absurd’



it uses mundane settings/situations for the purposes of comedy/insight/emotion



i legitimately cried during a few scenes then felt self-conscious abt crying, even tho i was by myself,



i didn’t know if the film desired to make me cry



then i thought who cares what the film ‘desires’ me to do i do what i end up doing



i cry when i end up crying & get bored when i end up bored



this film made me think a lot about relationships/the ‘spark’ that so often dissipates/the selfish nature of most ‘love’/the insecurity of the human project



if you haven’t watched any mumcor movies watch this one you will like it



& when you watch it feel the way you feel regardless of how you think the movie wants to make you feel

'the puffy chair' by the duplass brothers // 2005

81.18

'the puffy chair' is considered 'mumblecore'

in the ‘alt lit’ community, many ppl may have heard this term via tao lin & megan boyle’s 2011 documentary-style film of the same name (if not otherwise)

as an independent film subgenre, mumcor cropped up around 2005, w/ adherents who seem to emphasize lowbudget, improvisation, ‘mundane’ settings, awkward humor, ‘nerdy’ relationships, imperfect main characters, etc

i must say i’ve enjoyed every film considered ‘mumblecore’ that i’ve watched

i feel like it serves in some ways as a cousin to ‘alt lit’, primarily bc it exists as an ‘alt’ approach to film that, like much of alt lit, is less traditional/stuffy/polished/formulaic/formal/etc & more ‘loose around the edges’/honest/quirky/peculiarly funny/absurd/irreverent/etc

all these adjectives don’t, of course, do full justice to the genre – they’re simply the words that arise when i think about the films i’ve watched

//

the puffy chair was made in 2005 / directed & written by brothers jay duplass & mark duplass w/ mark starring

mark’s character ‘josh’ has an emotionally needy girlfriend ‘emily’

the film, shot on a digital camera like almost all mc films are, begins w/ josh & his gf speaking in baby voices to each other

at first i wondered if they’d talk like this the whole movie

luckily they don’t, but ‘the voice’ creeps back in periodically after the opening scene to complicate the dynamics btwn josh & emily

josh has found on ebay a replica of his father’s once old favorite chair

he decides to buy it & make a road trip in order to take the chair to his dad for his dad’s bday

his gf wants to go w/ him & he reluctantly decides to take her

they stop by the house of josh’s brother ‘rhett’ who’s a spacey nature lover/’far out’ kind of guy who’s bent down in the weeds filming a lizard when they pull up

against their secret wishes, rhett ends up tagging along in josh’s big van w/ them, insisting that everyone share their emotions more directly & honestly (which accentuates josh’s lack of communication & ‘sincerity’ throughout)

emily seeks constant affirmation about josh’s love for her, which is both annoying & revealing of josh’s confusion

the chair ends up being ratty, stained, lopsided & smelly

josh says YOU MEAN TO TELL ME THE CHAIR IN THIS PICTURE IS THE SAME AS THIS CHAIR HERE

rhett marries a woman who he meets in the movie theater as they ‘kill time’

he divorces her the next day

the film is made of all kinds of such surprises

for instance, after they’ve picked up the reupholstered chair, late at night when josh is sleeping rhett breaks into the van, pulls out the chair & sets it on fire

//

i’m not sure how mumblecore hasn’t become more ‘hip’ yet

'mark my word' it will

beach sloth has ‘shouted it out’ a few times, telling ppl to watch stephen michael mcdowell ‘midgets’ movie, which he claims is ‘mumblecore’ (i won’t argue w/ that – & i enjoyed stephen’s movie)

the puffy chair, as seen in its title, explores the ‘absurd’

it uses mundane settings/situations for the purposes of comedy/insight/emotion

i legitimately cried during a few scenes then felt self-conscious abt crying, even tho i was by myself,

i didn’t know if the film desired to make me cry

then i thought who cares what the film ‘desires’ me to do i do what i end up doing

i cry when i end up crying & get bored when i end up bored

this film made me think a lot about relationships/the ‘spark’ that so often dissipates/the selfish nature of most ‘love’/the insecurity of the human project

if you haven’t watched any mumcor movies watch this one you will like it

& when you watch it feel the way you feel regardless of how you think the movie wants to make you feel