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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
These nerd-voyagers are on the frontiers of new mental worlds.Their awkwardness showing their indifference to human reality,as the machines become more human,showing traits of consciousness and moods.Chess is really a Maguffin,since you do not actually see any games carried out in detail.Instead the film shows the point when human intelligence merges with computation,the eccentric frontier and its border guards,geniuses,weirdos,geeks of all persuasions,dope-freaks,conspiracy theorists,mavericks,folkies.Read more ›
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I like this film less and less the more I think about it. The few good features vanish from memory and I am left thinking much more of all the bad features. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Christopher Ammons
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