IFC’s original web series Like So Many Things arrives on the crest of Mumblecore, the approximately five year-old strain of independent filmmaking characterized by low-low-low budget production, unfussy shooting styles, stories focused on the romantic tribulations of young, post-collegiate urban hipsters, and, most notoriously, awkward and hesitant dialogue. I have no idea how connected, if at all, its creators are to this “movement” - I couldn’t find any links to Mumblecore pioneers like Andrew Bujalski
or Joe Swanberg
- but Like So Many Things possesses all the above qualities: a two-actors-and-a-camera cost overhead, dialogue-dependent camera angles, inarticulate and gawky romantic leads played by Greg Keller
and Marin Gazzaniga
(the latter is co-founder of the company, ThisThing Films
, that produces the series), and lines like this: Karl (spotting Lucy from across the street): Hey! Hey! Lucy: Hey. Karl: Long time, no see. Lucy: What? Karl: You want to know who I am?