Progenitor of the early-2000s indie filmmaking wave that would come to be known as mumblecore, Andrew Bujalski has retained the handcrafted, DIY spirit that defined the movement even as his productions have grown (modestly) in budget and scale. His films are humorously offbeat, precisely observed snapshots of hyperspecific social microcosms—from a 1980s AI nerdfest in COMPUTER CHESS to the world behind the counter of a Hooters-like sports bar in SUPPORT THE GIRLS—lent vivid authenticity through their unfailingly naturalistic dialogue and keen understanding of human relationships. […] Link