TrustMovies that Mr. Bujalski (shown at right) has upped -- just slightly at least -- the odds, the energy and the needs of some of his characters so that there is a bit more "drive" involved in each successive film. This is also true of Computer Chess, but here the filmmaker (who writes and directs all his work) has broken ground into some other new areas, too. First off, instead of setting his movie in the "now," he's given us some big-time nostalgia by placing the time frame in the long-gone 1980s' world of early computers and those chess matches that pitted man against machine. But then, as the film moves along, Bujalski turns that nostalgia trip into a very weird "head trip," thanks to pressure, lack of sleep, drugs, desire and -- perhaps most of all -- the genuinely weird personality of one of his characters. By its end, Computer Chess has turned into something like little you will have earlier encountered.
posterization and finally some bleached-out color (along with some off-track lip-synching). I don't know that the filmmaker has much of anything new to say about Artificial Intelligence or the military industrial complex -- both of which come up during the movie's 92-minute length, but the askew and conspiratorial views we get of these and other topics just increase our confusion and oddly-inspired pleasure.
Kino Lorber, has its U.S. theatrical premiere this Wednesday, July 17, in New York City at Film Forum, and will then, in the weeks and months to come, open in some 20 cities and theaters around the country. Click here to see all currently scheduled playdates.