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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.
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…
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…
Strangely liked this movie no matter how creepy mullet hair is. Watched for Reading Popular Culture.
(Original review outdated, re-evaluation required at later date)
Secate se igrice Donkey kong? E pa ovo je prica o dva lika koji su sampioni ove igre i o njihovom odnosu. Totalno ludilo, postavljanje rekorda koji ulaze u ginisovu knjigu na osnovu video kasete, vicesampion koji ide s jednog kraja amerike na drugi da bi igrali uzivo i utvrdili ko je bolji i lik koji se ne pojavi da brani rekord u svom gradu, vicesampion koji obara rekord i dete koje je sralo i pocinje da urla iz susedne prostorije i tera ga da prestane da igra.... Tu je i gomila frikova kao sto je sudija ovakvih takmicenja koji od svojih uloga prave uloge dostojne VIP osoba....obavezno pogledajte. Na kraju imamo i triler tvist :)
Documentaire sur les jeux vidéos des années 80 et principalement centré sur le record du monde de Donkey Kong.
Tout est parfait : c'est absolument billant dans la mise en scène (ce qu'ils parviennent à faire dire aux participants à la lumière de leurs actions). Les personnages sont hallucinants mais aussi très attachants, on se laisse porter par le récit, on vit différentes émotions (rire, frustration/colère, ...)
Très bon documentaire à voir pour tout fan de jeux-vidéos mais aussi pour l'incroyable histoire humaine derrière.
A true, canonical movie villain. The makers of this must have known they had struck gold when they met Billy Mitchell, as he's the kind of overblown, entitled petit prince of a niche pursuit who cannot stop informing you of his centrality in relation to the position of the universe.
Classic good-vs-evil story sweetened by the subject matter. I have such a weakness for miniature-world stores, where you have literally never spent a moment regarding the subject (as was the case here; video games are not my forte) and dive into the upper echelons of the culture.
SAW: at Brendan's
watched this in high school n really liked it thought id log it on here
Que puta maravilla de documental. Al principio no puedes evitar tomártelo a cachondeo, pero según pasan los minutos acabas implicándote casi tanto como los protagonistas.
Many people could learn something from people like Steve Wiebe.. Very recommended
The 2015 edition of the They Shoot Pictures, Don't They? 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films list.
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