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Bujalski is having fun with Night of the Living Dead, on a community-access palette. But I also can't think of another director who's come closer to capturing how antique technology would dream about us.
Computer Chess is about the dawn - one of many, but that's another story - of the tech revolution. It's also a reminder that you don't need state-of-the-art toys to make a formally playful comedy about man versus machine.
The comedy of missed cues and social misdirection is a universal one, and there are a few more mainstream gags that connect reliably, from missed room reservations to run-ins with a human-potential convention.
It's the year's most singular and adventurous movie to date, to the point where it feels not so much original-a word that conveys a strong sense of craft-as it does "isolated," as in a mutant strain of a virus.
An endearingly nutty, proudly analog tribute to the ultra-nerdy innovators of yesteryear, this quasi-mockumentary is easy to admire in spirit even when its haphazard construction practically defines hit-or-miss.
"Computer Chess" echoes Bujalski's preceding efforts by investigating the pratfalls of miscommunication in continuing deadpan fashion. The shift in this case involves taking that idea to its logical, hilarious extreme of man versus machine.