Computer Chess(Andrew Bujalski) 2013 **** 1/10/2016

A fake documentary in faked black and white about fake intelligence.  I’ll avoid the cliché by simply commending the acting.  For once a movie gets nerds right as I know them.  These nerds are the highly intelligent programmers of computer chess software, assembled at a hotel to pit their machines against one another.  In the same conference room are New Age searchers doing couple’s therapy before them throughout the movie.  A malfunctioning program from the Caltech machine, Tsar 3.0, provides a throughline; it is heavily implied the machine has developed some sort of consciousness, and dark whisperings of the Pentagon & DARPA.  A movie that speaks very well for itself, and is hard to speak for.

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