Computer Chess

Computer Chess

Computer Chess

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  1. Dan D. "Dan D." says:
    6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A fun and quirky movie, October 13, 2013
    Dan D. “Dan D.” (Tampa, FL) –

    I saw this movie with my girlfriend at the screening in Tallahassee, just around the corner from Florida State University. I’m a lifelong computer nerd and Computer Science student that appreciates quirky movies, dry humor, and whatnot. I also grew up during an era of computers that came just after those depicted in this movie and so that aspect was very nostalgic for me. My girlfriend, on the other hand, isn’t a computer nerd at all. So, I think the fact that we both found this movie very enjoyable and almost fell out of our chairs laughing at least once or twice makes for a pretty good vote of confidence. I admit that this one isn’t for everyone but I also think that a lot of people could really enjoy the movie. It’s very different but I found that quite refreshing and I think that others will as well.

    I think that out of everything which I enjoyed about the movie, it was the characters that really took it home for me. They’re all so different and each have their own little back story which makes for interesting interactions among the characters. I think that these back stories were developed well enough so that some of the characters really had a good sense of depth. But at the same time, this movie wasn’t always about depth. A lot of it was very situational; you get to enjoy watching how the characters interact or get involved in some pretty awkward situations.

    So, give it a chance. I think that you could come away very happy that you gave this somewhat “artsy” or “indy” film a chance. I know I did.


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  2. Dan Barbazette says:
    6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Quirky and interesting, October 12, 2013

    This review is from: Computer Chess (DVD)
    Computer Chess is one of those movies you leave thinking about for a bit afterwards. There are several parts which, to me at least, are somewhat puzzling in a good way as if there’s deeper meanings. Meaning as in whatever you make of it, a style I personally love most of all in a movie experience.

    The humor is quite dry and awkward, so it won’t appeal to everybody, but “everybody” humor is stale and dumb; although I don’t deny their funniness, I think I’ve had enough Sunny in Philadelphia or Family Guy-type obnoxious comedy. The performances are pretty good in a plain sort of way, as in they are acted realistically to the uber-nerdiness of the characters. Some of them feel like their just playing themselves, and they’re all very lovable. Well written dialogue and direction for the actors, who pulled off quite the feat with Computer Chess’ home-video feel; the movie gives a very nice documentary realism to me not only in the performances, but also the cinematography.

    As an amateur B/W film photographer, I really appreciate the B/W use in Computer Chess; I absolutely adore the old-school video, which is how they shot most of the movie–a major experimental part of the film. Funny, usually experimental is synonymous with being new–avante garde–yet, for Computer Chess it is simply harkening back to long forgotten technology. Even the era of the movie also lends itself to the smart use of B/W and the movie’s believability as a documentary. When there isn’t B/W, or the footage quality shifts to higher resolution, cues me for a major sign of hidden meaning to theorize and decipher–another cool part of using old digital filming technique. Personally, I love visual hints in the photography of films rather than being written out before me through obvious dialogue. There are also of course other times in the movie where the editing gives a clue about having to pay closer attention and even re-watch to figure out an abstract statement of the overall story.

    So, there we are, pretty much all I had to say about a good movie. Thoroughly enjoyed the acting, comedy and visual style from the B/W usage and home-video recording as well as a bit of trippy editing, too.

    Oh! By the way…

    …Wiley Wiggins.

    Enough said.


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  3. Lucas Simon Foster says:
    8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    one of 2013′s best, October 12, 2013
    I went to see ‘Computer Chess’ at a theatre in Los Angeles and noticed that the filmmaker, Andrew Bujalski, was standing in the theatre’s lobby, near me. I spoke w/ him briefly to tell him I was a fan of his previous films, and then he put the microphone he was using to speak before the screening to my mouth, telling me I could say whatever I wanted to, which made both of us chuckle. He smiled and shook my hand and told me he was happy I was at the screening, and then I watched the film.
    It seems hard to review a movie that comes from such an intelligent, brave filmmaker. I think this movie is better than me. I felt entertained and pleasantly challenged by ‘Computer Chess’ throughout. The dialogue feels at once extremely realistic and ‘trippy’ in a powerful, totally unique way. Most scenes made me genuinely laugh b/c of the ‘awkward’ characters, or rendered me silent w/ awe b/c of a moment that I felt was visually stunning– the b&w and vid camera make for, i feel, consistently stimulating visuals– or philosophically profound. This movie felt like a masterpiece to me in the way that listening to ‘OK Computer’ felt like a masterpiece to me when I first heard it towards the end of 5th grade. I hope I have been successful in persuading you to watch this movie.


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