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  1. ejonline's rating of the film Computer Chess

    Rather than being an "accurate" depiction of computer culture decades ago, instead it uses a blend of analog visuals and a world that is slightly off to create a slightly surreal ethnography. At times I had to strain to follow the dialogue and thus characters' ideas. I know I missed the crucial sentences near the end that drew the various threads together, so I was left in the dark at the end. That's OK, though.

  2. mubianer's rating of the film Computer Chess

    Inventive film in a time when inventive films have gone out of fashion. Reminded me about the comic strip Dilbert. There is something about offices/computer environments that opens up for philosophical questions. Most of my favourite films from recent years take place in the past/look back at past events: Ida, Stories We Tell, Bitter Lake, Act of Killing, No (Larrain). Are we (/am I?) too nostalgic?

  3. bartkl's rating of the film Computer Chess

    I was immediately taken by the subtly comical, geeky, quirky and minimalist style. The simultaneous presence of the therapy group invites for philosphical inquiry: emotional passion vs. intellectual curiosity, but there's more to it that I cannot grasp yet. Furthermore, I wasn't particularly impressed with how Peter started losing his sanity regarding chess 'going real life'. It was a nice and authentic film though.

  4. iiifrank's rating of the film Computer Chess

    This and Funny Ha Ha are my favorite Bujalski films.

  5. AugusteB's rating of the film Computer Chess

    Unique in form and content

  6. felix robert's rating of the film Computer Chess

  7. Sheé Magicienne's rating of the film Computer Chess

    feels like a James Orin Incandenza Movie

  8. BernardoDiniz's rating of the film Computer Chess

    A.I. + Existentialism + The Office + Aesthetic

  9. Nathan Hopkins's rating of the film Computer Chess

    Exploring the awkwardness and neuroticism of a group of minds gathered together for a seemingly frivolous task, Computer Chess still manages to weave a few thoughtful critiques about the nature of society and social relationships into its meandering and directionless (mumblecore) story. Furthermore, it successfully manages to avert all the cliches a film of this subject matter could have fallen back on.

  10. Andrew Miller's rating of the film Computer Chess

    The rain comes, but what can it wash away?

  11. Leco's rating of the film Computer Chess

    I was no less than happily surprised with this one... It's been some good minutes after I've seen it and I'm still thinking about it! It's worth mentioning that Bujalski's option for old cameras fits perfectly the constant underlying feel that the movie beams towards the viewers... I'll definitely check this out again.

  12. Zoë Ormonde's rating of the film Computer Chess

    "Between a human being and a person? My money's on the computer."

  13. Allison Rung's rating of the film Computer Chess

    Surprisingly (to me), this is like 4-star on first viewing (loved it) but it didn't hold up for a second showing. I want Bujalski to go more this direction than "Results" though.

  14. Alexander Dunkelberger's rating of the film Computer Chess

    Hilarious in an oddball, Coen Brothers meets the british version of the office sort of way. Shot in intentionally amateurish style, it’s not afraid to ponder the big questions and do it with such delightful comic sensibility, yet never losing its footing. Small little film that is insanely smart and knowing, and an excellently successful experiment in filmmaking.

  15. Rice Dream Girl's rating of the film Computer Chess

    An absurd film that is kinda fun in a nostalgic, quirky sort of way. However, the editing is so self-consciously weird as to be painful. The camera cuts at inappropriate times, audio from multiple scenes sometimes overlaps (rendering dialogue unintelligible), etc. Bujalski apparently thinks himself very clever, but this film has no substance. Or maybe I'm just not smart enough to see the point.

  16. Eric Adkins's rating of the film Computer Chess

    Ah.. Quite a good sequence of code. Soulful, dorky and mysterious while it burns a hole in my Plumbicon Tube. I'll watch the next five movies Mr. Bujalski makes in whatever format that he chooses ––Even if he chooses the CCD or CMOS capturing devices of the future... I mean now. No emoticon could ever state the satisfaction I felt while watching this movie, except for five yellow stars. Love/Life.

  17. ASRagab's rating of the film Computer Chess

    So, yeah mumblecore...so now the label is out of the way - this movie has a stark aesthetic, labored and troublesome pace, and muffled audio but all the more enthralling to watch. There is constant palpable weary paranoia and awkward energy that flows and ebbs through the characters, their dialogue even the AIs seem bothered. By half moves and countermoves this movie jerks along brilliantly. A must watch.

  18. Chris_Parker's rating of the film Computer Chess

    One of the most criminally under-appreciated films in recent years. Andrew Bujalski's insanely dense Computer Chess is an evocative essay on the differences between life & non-life, human & non-human, The poetry in the film lies in its intentional imperfection, This is a film that actually looks like it was filmed in the 70s with an old Sony analog video camera. The final shot send chills down my spine every time.

  19. Jane de Deus's rating of the film Computer Chess

    Somehow this film was pulled off without devolving into retro/irony/hipsterism. Simple and sweet with the right amount of oddness.

  20. Mikhail Karadimov's rating of the film Computer Chess

    Feel as if I crawled directly into the director's ear. Who knew a man's cranium could look like a run-of-the-mill hotel. I hesitate to give the movie a full mark only because I thought it could have gone a little further. And there were a couple of touches that felt like overkill, especially the matter with the cats. I only say this because the movie deserves high scrutiny.

  21. Wee Hunk's rating of the film Computer Chess

    This was on my list of movies I wanted to see. Thanks for bringing it. It was as weird and inventive as I was hoping. Even more impressively they got so many things right.

  22. Mio Alter's rating of the film Computer Chess

    Funny in both a mumblecore awkward/deadpan way and a bizarro Kubrick/Tarkovsky way.

  23. Louis Matta's rating of the film Computer Chess

    One of the true mumblecore kings brings a sweet little comedy about a computer chess competition. It's home video look really makes the movie.

  24. Emil's rating of the film Computer Chess

    Yeah, this is quite cool.

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