Computer Chess (2013) - dir. Andrew Bujalski

Welcome to the minute world of 80s programming. It’s full of wire-frame glasses, cats, drugs and well… pretty much everything you find on the internet, but in actuality instead. The film itself uses its comedic subtext and pits it against the film’s dramatic eye. There’s a beautiful juxtaposition where the parts of the story that are serious become outlandish, and the outlandish parts turn out more serious.

These characters come with a lot more than meets the eye. There’s a vulnerability to each of them. As an audience member its hard not to get caught up in their enthusiastic and seemingly outrageous minds hard at work. This is a great film for many reasons and immediately threatens the big blockbuster films with its poise, demeanor, and knack for character.

8.5