Watch: Computer Chess 2013 123movies, Full Movie Online – 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..
Plot: At the American Computer Chess Convention, enthusiasts gather to pit their programs against other computer chess programs and human players in a tournament for a grand prize of $7500.
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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.
A worthwhile experiment.
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.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 32 min (92 min)
Rated Not Rated
Director Andrew Bujalski
Writer Andrew Bujalski
Actors Kriss Schludermann, Tom Fletcher, Wiley Wiggins
Country United States
Awards 2 wins & 8 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix N/A
Aspect Ratio 1.33 : 1
Camera Bolex 16 RX (some shots), Sony AVC-3260
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 16 mm, Digital, Video
Cinematographic Process Spherical (some shots), Video (1125/60i analog)
Printed Film Format Digital