I’m an unapologetic fan of Mumblecore films, and for a long time I thought of Andrew Bujalski’s Funny Ha Ha as a litmus test for whether a girl was worth talking to or not. Basically, if a girl came over to my apartment I’d say “let’s watch a movie” and start playing the mumblecore classic while gauging her reaction. If she started snoozing, sneering, or annoyingly said “I don’t get it” then we clearly would have to stick with talking about the weather or whatever.
So… when I found out that the “Godfather of Mumblecore” was doing a film on chess, I nearly lost my mind. Shot entirely on vintage video cameras and without a script of any kind, Bujalski’s “Computer Chess” is a celebration of nerds and their dedication, in which the goofy and the profound can seem to be one and same.” mumbles the L.A. Times. From the review at Sundance, it looks like it will likely reach a large audience and I can’t wait to watch it. Check out this awesome trailer and absurd promo video. The music in these videos is incredible! The first video is a game by David Levy- a famous I.M. who wrote many books, among them a collection of the late Gligoric’s games. Incidentally, I’ve recently come into possession of an old polaroid of David Levy sitting on a couch next to Gligoric, the two looking smart in suits and smiling. At the moment, I’m using it as a bookmark in my copy of “I Play Against Pieces.” In any case, I can’t wait to see this film! Chess club movie night anyone? Who is down?