Computer Chess

As the Cinefamily crew returned from Sundance one year ago, Computer Chess was certainly the film we most wanted to talk about, and marked a breathtaking new direction for indie stalwart Andrew Bujalski, here departing from the mumblecore naturalism of Funny Ha Ha and Mutual Appreciation to present a left-field melding of the fantastical and the mundane. With its nerdcore aesthetics par excellence in place — complete with a perfectly recreated ‘70s B&W PortaPak video look, and gaggles of perfectly-cast-and-costumed, four-eyed computer jockeys that were downright Tumblr-iffic in their consistently pleasing, unified look — it had some pop appeal. But it’s the laid-back, off-the-cuff surrealism, and the Altman-like diagonal wanderlust that make Computer Chess the oddball artfilm film we thought would connect with a younger arthouse audience — if only they got their eyeballs on it. No film released in 2013 comes even close to its wholly unique balance between playful emotional resonance and keen aesthetics — and no other indie film in recent memory evokes the warm feelings of a bygone era with such empathetic zeal.
Dir. Andrew Bujalski, DCP, 2013, 92 min.

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