Computer Chess (2013)

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A 1980s-set story centered around a man vs. machine chess tournament.

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  • Jonny Mars, Wiley Wiggins, Chris Doubek, Anne Dodge, Tishuan Scott, and Gordon Kindlmann at an event for Computer Chess (2013)

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23 September 2013 | rgb0829
4
| unfulfilled potential or no hope?
The look and feel of the movie and of the characters was spot on, certainly, and I felt the cinematography added rather than subtracting from the movie. On the other hand, the amount of time and energy spent on the new-agey people and watching Papageorge chew the scenery left me wondering, "Why did we have to go the Christopher Guest route?" I felt deeply disappointed and bored by the way things played out and found myself saying something along the lines of "There's plenty of material in the early computer chess/computer nerd theme for a light, funny mockumentary without having to go the lowest-common-denominator route of throwing in a bunch of new-agers and off-the-reservation nutbars." The follow-on thought was "Unfortunately, these movie makers didn't feel themselves able to make that movie." I'd guess that indie movie makers generally don't like to have the term "lowest common denominator" applied to their films, but the shoe fits.

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