Computer Chess

Computer Chess

Computer Chess

Set in the early 1980s and shot in black and white, a group of computer software geniuses attempt to create a program that can beat a human chess player. While there's not quite an artificial intelligence on display to rival 2001:A Space Odyssey's HAL 9000, there's still plenty at stake in this weekend tournament pitting Man against Machine. The fourth feature from the so-called 'Godfather of Mumblecore', director Andrew Bujalski (Funny Ha Ha, Mutual Appreciation).

"As the nerdy guys sweat through various social situations (especially with the one girl there), and the convention overlaps with a group of new-age couples in therapy, things get really strange. Writer/director Andrew Bujalski has created a playful, emotionally resonant period piece bolstered by keen aesthetics, which launches us back into the awkward and uncertain time when the hopeful wave of the ’60s and ’70s was about to crest into the Reagan ’80s. As high-definition video tries to replicate film while threatening to lose all of its original nuances, Bujalski brings the beauty and contrast of early PortaPak video techniques back from the landfill." (Sundance 2013)

Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize winner at Sundance Festival 2013.
2013Rating: M, Offensive language, sexual references, nudity92 minsUSA
Comedy
Director:
Andrew Bujalski ('Funny Ha Ha', 'Mutual Appreciation', 'Beeswax').
Writer:
Andrew Bujalski
Cast:
Kriss SchludermannTom FletcherWiley Wiggins
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Nostalgic fun

I wasn't gonna see Andrew Bujalski's mockumentary, until I read Steve's Flicks review. I'm glad he turned me onto it, because this fake 80s-style satire is a real gem. Shot on video in a 4:3 ratio, its nostalgic fun reminded me of cult UK TV comedy Look Around You. Those who don't get the joke of A carefully crafted faux-doco (from the likes of Forgotten...

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Nostalgic fun

I wasn't gonna see Andrew Bujalski's mockumentary, until I read Steve's Flicks review. I'm glad he turned me onto it, because this fake 80s-style satire is a real gem. Shot on video in a 4:3 ratio, its nostalgic fun reminded me of cult UK TV comedy Look Around You. Those who don't get the joke of A carefully crafted faux-doco (from the likes of Forgotten...

4.0
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