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Andrew Bujalski’s Computer Chess turned out to be the feel good film of Sundance and that’s not because the early gamers are particularly charming, but rather, better things come in small packages. Following Funny Ha Ha (2002), Mutual Appreciation (2005) and Beeswax (2009), this 30-something filmmaker, who in some circles is known as the godfather of the Mumblecore movement didn’t waste much time between the ’13 Sundance Film Fest Alfred Sloan Feature Film Prize winning micro-feature and his fifth, more macro-type budgeted ensemble project. Guy Pearce toplines alongside Cobie Smulders, Kevin Corrigan, Giovanni Ribisi, Brooklyn Decker, Anthony Michael Hall, SXSW Special Jury Prize Best Actor winner Tishuan Scott (The Retrieval) and Boyhood‘s Zoe Graham. Filming began in mid-summer on Results, and we’re assuming correctly by the first glimpse (see pic above) we got in September that this will bow in Park City with the director’s habitual stopover at SXSW. »
- Eric Lavallee
New York City may not want for nascent filmmakers, but said filmmakers are certainly in need of more grassroots screening venues. Fortuitously, The Tank, a Midtown West arts presenter that specializes in comedy, dance, music and storytelling, is rebooting its film program, dubbed Filmmaker Breakthroughs, this October. Headed up by critic Nick McCarthy, the programming seeks to showcase exciting new talent across short and long form narrative, documentary and animated formats. A one-time haven for Andrew Bujalski’s Funny Ha Ha, as well as Hal Hartley and Jem Cohen’s early works, McCarthy hopes the latest iteration of The Tank’s film arm […] »
- Sarah Salovaara
Directed by the godfather of the American mumblecore movement, Andrew Bujalski (Funny Ha Ha, Mutual Appreciation and Beeswax), and selected by The New York Times last summer as one of 'Twenty Directors to Watch', Computer Chess (2013) is poignant, absurd and downright hilarious. To celebrate the Dual Format release of Bujalski's new film this coming Monday (20 January), we have Three copies of Computer Chess to give away to our readers, courtesy of UK distributors Eureka. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.
- CineVue UK
★★★★☆An alumni of the mumblecore school for young American filmmakers, Andrew Bujalski is generally regarded as having made the first 'official' film of this demonstrably divisive sub-genre with Funny Ha Ha (2002). His fourth feature, Computer Chess (2013), successfully utilises this minimal and heavily naturalistic approach to tell the tale of a fictional chess competition between competitive computer programmers in the early 1980s. It may only be recent history, but in this tablet-obsessed world the sight of a computer the size of a washing machine being wheeled around for chess feels truly ancient.
- CineVue UK
4 items from 2014
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