Doesn't the title of the list explain it well enough? This is a list of 200+ quality "short" films. Easy…
The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters
Don't get chumpatized
In this hilarious arcade showdown, a humble novice goes head-to-head against the reigning Donkey Kong champ in a confrontation that rocks the gaming world to its processors! For over 20 years, Billy Mitchell has owned the throne of the Donkey Kong world. No one could beat his top score until now. Newcomer Steve Wiebe claims to have beaten the unbeatable, but Mitchell isn't ready to relinquish his crown without a fight. Go behind the barrels as the two battle it out in a vicious war to earn the title of the true King of Kong.
“…Those games challenge eye-hand coordination, mind-body coordination, fast reaction time, comprehensive thinking on a level that modern games don’t.”
This is one of the reasons why I love Letterboxd. I put off a movie I’ve been meaning to get to for years, then stumble upon reviews that light a fire under my ass to watch it ASAP.
The King of Kong is one of those kinds of documentaries like The Cove, American Movie or Dig!, where you find yourself immersed in a story so cinematic in its level of entertainment and intrigue that it borders on feeling like a feature film, but this story is all too real and surprisingly much more engaging than anyone could have ever expected. It…
Some people have said that the way the filmmakers put The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters together has in result caused Billy Mitchell to come out as a villain of sorts, which makes me wonder if it was a rumor spread by the "fans" or "henchmen" of Billy Mitchell, the people he has doing all of his dirty work and fueling his paranoia. The only person who causes Billy Mitchell to look like a villain is Billy Mitchell. I do not need a documentary format to piece the facts together, he is a reprehensible spoilsport in his own making.
Steve Wiebe put himself out there on several occasions, even calling Billy Mitchell to personally invite him to a…
Fuck Billy Mitchell.
Fuck his tie.
Fuck his American tie.
Fuck his tie with the shitty looking trees.
Fuck his Miami Vice haircut.
Fuck his shoes.
Fuck his videotapes.
Fuck his shit eating grin.
Fuck his smooth ass beard.
Fuck Billy Mitchell.
Fuck that motherfucker.
A fantastic examination of a very small group of individuals that pursue, verify and log video game highs scores, focusing on two mens pursuit of the Donkey Kong record. Engaging and interesting throughout, King of Kong succeeds where good docs do: They make you care about people and things that have never mattered to you before. It also teaches us that being an asshole is bad, but not as bad as being an ass-hole with a mullet.
I confess, I am not a gamer. I had a very bad experience with a boyfriend in high school who was more interested in tapping away on that console than he was in tapping me. I swore off them forever. When you choose the pixels over the human, something is going wrong.
I thought I would hate this film for that reason. Maybe it was because of the retro charm of the games played, the simplicity of the goals, the actual skill involved (apparently), and the cast of players that you couldn't even dream up, this film is as endearing as it is entertaining. I also understand having an obsession. I understand getting fixated on something so incredibly, that nothing…
Hell-raising musical genius Chet Baker once mused that the purpose of life was to find something you like doing, and do it better than anyone. For loveable everyman Steve Wiebe and hissable villain Billy Mitchell, that thing is Donkey Kong, a near-mythic arcade game that saw the first appearance of a certain red-hatted plumber. Mitchell is the long-reigning world champion, Wiebe the challenger whose posting of the first million score attracts the suspicions of the video game world's self-appointed record keepers.
Seth Gordon's documentary takes a promisingly odd premise and does wonderful things with it, creating a film that's hilarious, affecting and likely to make you rail at the sheer injustice of what you're seeing.
The relationship between Wiebe and…
A David and Goliath story against the backdrop of uncanny Americana and obsessive geeks. Though it's a documentary, it has an impeccable focus on character development and dramatic storytelling, which is what causes it to be such an awesome underdog story. Billy Mitchell's cockiness and sly attitude are underscored by an insecure and manipulative paranoia, pitched right against Steve Weebie's feelings of inadequacy and unflinching resolve. King of Kong does a great job presenting the historical account of the rise of competitive gaming and arcade culture, but its story concerns itself with so much more than Donkey Kong. Obsession, rivalry, overcoming failure, and the drive to succeed, these are the themes King of Kong so effectively explores in its narrative of tense competition in simple America.
Nothing has ever made me so angry.
Simply, a well-crafted piece of underdog cinema. It advocates Steve Wiebe without ignoring Billy Mitchell, who in fact incriminates himself more than Wiebe. Overall, a fascinating look at how competitiveness can charge even the most obscure passions.
When you boil it down, this is a documentary about good versus evil. About half way through I forgot it was even about the Donkey Kong championship title, I just became obsessed with seeing kindhearted Steve Wiebe take on defending champion and coward Billy Mitchell. Mitchell's self confidence is so high I wouldn't be surprised if he had a God complex. Contrast this against soft spoken, under appreciated family man Wiebe and you have a competition for the ages. I have no interest in video games whatsoever and I found this incredibly interesting and entertaining. It is one of the most engaging documentaries I've ever seen!
In my mind, Billy Mitchell will go down as one of cinema's greatest villains.
Spectacular! Great storytelling. However, while I believe that they fairly portrayed the people in the film, they left out some important details that would have changed the story a fair amount. Check out Twin Galaxies official statement about the film: www.twingalaxies.com/forums/viewforum.php?f=86
I avoided this for years, figuring it was a stinky-boy movie of the worst kind: stinky-NERDY boys, Bro-co-playing at something I care nothing about. I mean, it IS that...but was really interesting too. (See also Word Wars).
Classic joystick game competitions are as slow, quiet, and gritty as the era that birthed them. It helps that it is still populated by its original members, I suppose.
Once again, an opportunity to wonder why the heck we care so much about Guiness's bar-bet settling authority. But we do.
Well made and surprisingly entertaining (I'm not very interested in Arcade Games). Pretty biased however.
While video games have been present in most of my life, I have never really been a "gamer" in the common use of the word. Surely I've played stuff from time to time, but never as a hard core fan and almost never competitive. Judging by that, this documentary about a man trying to beat the world record score in 1981's Donkey Kong shouldn't be for me. But the thing is that this is not really a movie about video game competitions, it's a movie about the desire to be the best at something, about the hard challenge to try and become really good at something for once - and that's something I believe me and most people can relate…
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