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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I sort of think I know what the hell I just watched, but I guess I am not really supposed to look very deep into it, other than a daring and weird audiovisual experiment. It's kind of boring but also kind of exciting, you guys. No, but really, I didn't find one minute of it dull, because it was 100% creepy and magnetic.
Pretentious, empty, and a waste of time. Film gives no insight into AI, programming, or into programmers. I say this as someone who has entered collegiate programming contests. Hipster directors need to start doing their homework instead making posturing garbage like this.