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Computer Chess (2013)

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

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kriss Schludermann ...
ADVANTAGE Member
Tom Fletcher ...
DEEP SPEED Member
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Beuscher
Patrick Riester ...
Bishton
Kevin Bewersdorf ...
Cameraman
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MONSIEUR D'ECHECS member
Jim Lewis ...
John
Cole Noppenberg ...
CAPA X Member
Myles Paige ...
Papageorge
Gerald Peary ...
Henderson
James Curry ...
Carbray
Bob Sabiston ...
McVey
S. Kirk Walsh ...
Hotel Clerk
Daniel Metz ...
Reini Urban (as Daniel C. Metz)
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Set over the course of a weekend tournament for chess software programmers thirty-some years ago, Computer Chess transports viewers to a nostalgic moment when the contest between technology and the human spirit seemed a little more up for grabs. We get to know the eccentric geniuses possessed of the vision to teach a metal box to defeat man, literally, at his own game, laying the groundwork for artificial intelligence as we know it and will come to know it in the future. Written by Production

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An artificially intelligent comedy from the director of Funny Ha Ha and Mutual Appreciation.

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Компьютерные шахматы  »

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$3,000 (USA) (16 August 2013)

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$101,218 (USA) (8 November 2013)
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Beuscher: Is there any possibility that this is uh... some kind of uh... very advanced... I mean, we just gave up a queen to get his queen and now we're basically just... um...
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Featured in The 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards (2014) See more »

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Sweet Bea
written by Eugene Cho
performed by Eugene Cho and Lage Lund
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Clever and original, if uneven
31 July 2014 | by (US) – See all my reviews

This low key mockumentary is so dry in it's humor that it's more likely to produce a nostalgic or rueful smile than a belly laugh. Set at a 1980s man vs. computer chess competition, and shot on what looks like a video camera from the time, it certainly succeeds in capturing a time, place and atmosphere.

On the other hand, some of it starts to get a bit repetitive and meandering. Unlike Christopher Guest's hysterical mockumentaries, this is so close to 'real' for much of it's length that it started to wear down a bit. And then when it switches to a more 'over-the-top' tone, as when one of the young leads is hit on by a pair of middle- aged swingers, it suddenly feels like a scene from another film.

None-the-less, this is an impressive accomplishment, using it's lack of budget as a plus to create the feel of a truly home made documentary of the time. It may not be brilliant, but it's sweet, inventive, and fun, which puts it well ahead of most of what's out there.


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