If Woody Allen was a young filmmaker today, he would've never been able to make a masterpiece like Manhattan due to The Big Apple's altered urbanscape of gentrification. Perhaps that's why we're seeing a plethora of low-budget indies set in “authentic” Brooklyn, where the young and creatively clueless can actually afford to pay rent, while enjoying the somewhat dubiously glorified status of hipsters.
But besides the Brooklyn-based visual clichés, generic film titles, and post mumblecore walk-and-talks that this new trend has spawned, even Woody Allen would admit that some of the following films are definitely better than others:
Appropriate Behavior (dir. Desiree Akhavan)
“I'm just having problems dealing with Brooklyn parties, and everyone talking about their Kickstarter campaigns,” vexes Maxine (Rebecca Henderson) outside a New Year's Eve party. Being a hater is how twentysomething bisexual Shirin (writer-director Desiree Akhavan) bonds with her first real love.
Like many indie anti-heroes, Shirin is confused, unemployed, yet has a typically quirky girlfriend to gripe to. She even has repressively “perfect” parents – who partially fund her apartment and creative forays – and a star older brother whose reputation she can't quite seem to live up to. But what makes Appropriate Behavior stand out is its original detail and profundity in observing – and sometimes scorning – both the hipster Brooklyn and Iranian immigrant setting, as well as Akhavan's willingness to be gawky, hilarious, and exasperating at the same time.... More films.