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Film, "Computer Chess": The Whole Technology Debate, Circa 1980

"Computer Chess": The Whole Technology Debate, Circa 1980

Andrew Bujalski's thought-provoking Computer Chess is a throwback to an era when computers were still abstract to the general public, bulky beige machines with mysterious and possibly sinister applications. Shot on a 1969-vintage video camera with mostly non-actors, the picture…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Beeswax</i>


While no one’s idea of an action film, Andrew Bujalski’s Beeswax feels less charmingly aimless than its radically slight precursors Funny Ha Ha (2002) and Mutual Appreciation (2006). Have Bujalski’s feckless characters joined the workaday world? As its title suggests,…
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Film, Disaster Ahead

Disaster Ahead

It took nine years for Godzilla to rise up out of the ashes of Hiroshima and wreak his destruction on the good people of Tokyo in 1954. Here in America, it's taken just over six years for the idea of…
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Calendar, Night&Day Cut Me Some Slack

Cut Me Some Slack

If you missed it while you were out thrift-store shopping, the semi-esteemed New Oxford American Dictionary picked mumblecore as one of its runners-up for the 2007 Word of the Year. According to the erudite yet trend-happy editors, mumblecore is "an…
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Film, Colloquial Williamsburg

Colloquial Williamsburg

Andrew Bujalski has produced only a pair of microbudget 16 mm features since 2002 — but it's taken this narrow-casting, 30-ish Harvard grad only those two features to stake out a particular territory as well as a fan base. Bujalski's…
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Calendar, Night&Day Real <i>Funny</i>

Real Funny

First, the salient facts: Funny Ha Ha was shot in 20 days, acted by amateurs, and funded by kindness. It's a slacker, twentysomething, identity-driven movie, landing awards and accolades for director Andrew Bujalski, all of which leaves a certain impression…
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Film, Zoom Lens Zoom Lens

Zoom Lens

As long as there are independent film festivals, there will be independent films about how goddamn hard it is to make it in the film business. Our sixth IndieFest opens accordingly with Break a Leg, whose title isn't the cleverest…
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