Friday, April 03, 2015

Attack Ships on Fire

I’ve ... seen things you people wouldn’t believe.

An uppity computer claiming mate in two when it isn’t. I watched Ginger coming over all International Arbiter in a game with Scary on a tour bus (which may or may not have been near the Tannhasuer Gate at the time). Glaring continuity errors lost in time like chess scenes edited out of a movie script.

Yes, sometimes Chess goes to the Movies. If it doesn’t always travel very well, one honourable exception is Blade Runner. The director’s cut of Ridley Scott's hugely marvellous film is released in cinemas for the first time from today and your author is rather delighted to have a ticket for the first screening at the British Film Institute on the Southbank.

If dystopian futures aren’t your thing but you want to go to the pictures (as we used to say when Batty and Deckard were first giving it large on rainy Los Angelesian rooftops), perhaps you’d prefer Dark Horse.
One-time Maori speed-chess champ, Genesis Potini, lives with a bi-polar disorder and must overcome prejudice and violence in the battle to save his struggling chess club, his family and ultimately, himself.
 it says here.

Chess but without the pollution, Voight-Kampff tests, or - presumably - murderous robots. You pays your money, you makes your choice.

Dark Horse is also out today.

Chess goes to the Movies Index

Dark Horse

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Australian GM Rogers reviewed The Dark Horse in his blog -