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Computer Chess (2013)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 7 November 2013 (Germany)
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A 1980s-set story centered around a man vs. machine chess tournament.

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Andrew Bujalski

Writer:

Andrew Bujalski
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kriss Schludermann Kriss Schludermann ... ADVANTAGE Member
Tom Fletcher Tom Fletcher ... DEEP SPEED Member
Wiley Wiggins ... Beuscher
Patrick Riester Patrick Riester ... Bishton
Kevin Bewersdorf Kevin Bewersdorf ... Cameraman
Gene Williams ... MONSIEUR D'ECHECS member
Jim Lewis Jim Lewis ... John
Cole Noppenberg ... CAPA X Member
Myles Paige Myles Paige ... Papageorge
Gerald Peary Gerald Peary ... Henderson
James Curry James Curry ... Carbray
Bob Sabiston Bob Sabiston ... McVey
S. Kirk Walsh S. Kirk Walsh ... Hotel Clerk
Daniel Metz Daniel Metz ... Reini Urban (as Daniel C. Metz)
Stephen Wheeler ... Panel Skeptic
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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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Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 November 2013 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Компьютерные шахматы See more »

Filming Locations:

Austin, Texas, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,000, 16 August 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$101,218, 8 November 2013
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1.33 : 1
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Quotes

Pauline: Peter, did you ever stop and ask yourself how many squares are on a chess board?
Bishton: 64. It's an 8 by 8 grid.
Pauline: Well... but don't you see how limited that is?
Bishton: No, it's actually very complex once you start to think about it as a programming problem. Just the number of possible games explodes exponentially with each move, it's close to 10 to the 120th power. And to try and compute all those games might take even longer than humanity would be around to do so.
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Featured in The 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards (2014) See more »

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Watching the Grain Growing
By Collie Ryan
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A worthwhile experiment.
27 December 2013 | by Sergeant_TibbsSee all my reviews

Computer Chess may have an unconventional and experimental style, but its story is simple. It's very much like a Christopher Guest competition mockumentary setup with a similar satirical sense of humour and fortunately its exposition is welcome and well-handled. Its video and black and white cinematography feels more than a gimmick and places the film convincingly in the 80s. At least it makes better use of it than last year's disappointing No. Although it's intended as a character-based film, peering into the lives of the contestants rather than concerned with the competition itself, it's the area it struggles with most. It's difficult to keep track of characters and many feels like cartoons. But its themes still work. It makes you think about the progression of technology and its integration with society as well as what you should live for. It's more of a directors movie with hints of surrealism and meta scenes where the gimmick breaks the mold which results in making Computer Chess interesting, thoughtful and entertaining film but wildly inconsistent with the places where it doesn't know what it's doing.

7/10


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