Computer Chess Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Computer Chess

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Coarse language, drug use and nudity.

  • The pitch:

    Check it, mate.

  • Starring:

    Kriss Schludermann, Tom Fletcher, Wiley Wiggins, Patrick Riester, Kevin Bewersdorf, Jim Lewis, Gerald Peary, Freddy Martinez, Cole Noppenberg, Myles Paige, James Curry, Robin Schwartz

  • Directed by:

    Andrew Bujalski

  • Running time:

    91 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 15 (UK), NR (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    A man is slapped. Theft, electrical sparking. Raised voices, arguing. Suicides, missiles, World War III, getting killed, getting shot mentioned (figuratively).

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Full-frontal female nudity. A man is invited to participate in a threesome. Provocative behaviour, undressing, kissing. Prostitution implied. Cleavage, swimwear.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    People share a marijuana joint. A man consumes pills. Stealing pills discussed. LSD, hallucinations discussed. Alcohol (beer, wine, spirits), bar setting. Smoking (marijuana).

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words. Nerd, gender, hippie stereotypes. Religious references. Sexism.

  • THEMES:

    Chess, man versus machine, artificial intelligence, tournaments, technology, Nikola Tesla, competition, military applications, programming, therapy, humanity, geeks, software, computers, self-expression, sentience, theories, confirmation bias, group sessions, re-birth, rivalry, swingers, hotel rooms/reservations, paranoia, rumours.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Re-birthing exercise. Cats. Cat allergies, teleportation mentioned. Shot mostly in black-and-white and 4:3 aspect ratio.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Intriguing, unique, oddball, cerebral, playful, surprising, charming, entertaining, offbeat, deadpan, erratic, believable, peculiar, sneaky, singular, adventurous, isolated, fun, heady, eccentric, avant-garde, laudable, inventive, intelligent, profound, zany, idiosyncratic, creative, low-budget. Complex mise-en-scène, weird subplots, riotously funny, great filmmaking, cleverly fragmented plot, naturalistic dialogue, unknown performers, grungy imagery, meticulous re-creation of 80s production design and fashion, a comedy breakthrough, actively non-commercial.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Weak, dull, inert, unambitious. Too quirky, cheap special effects, dated subject-matter, very limited audience appeal.

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