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While fellow mumblecore alumni the Duplass brothers and Joe Swanberg have brought their intimate, stripped-down style to a larger audience, frontrunner of that short-lived movement, Andrew Bujalski, has taken his work in a decidedly more esoteric direction. The result is the wonderfully weird and playfully dreamlike Computer Chess. Bujalski has actually taken that lo-fi template he once helped create and he’s managed to drag it back to its even fuzzier roots. Imagine an episode of The Office, crossed with George Lucas’ visually-stark monochrome 1971 debut Thx 1138 and you’re still not even close to the eccentric charms on offer here.

Set sometime in the early 80s, a devoted, socially-awkward group of software programmers take over a bland hotel for a weekend dedicated to a series of computer chess tournaments. Tempers occasionally run high as contestants struggle with bug-ridden chess programs and the increasingly bizarre and inexplicable incidents which occur »

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