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.
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…
Features one of the best villains of all time.
Fascinating doc about the battle for the world Donkey Kong record between mild mannered and good natured Steve Wiebe and driven, ruthless long-time champ Billy Mitchell. As e-sports become increasingly mainstreamed this documentary focuses on the human side of what it takes be the indisputable champion. Surprisingly funny and full of memorable characters
This documentary is not just about the earliest competitive gaming scenes, but rather is a lesson on pride, commitment, and dealing with situations that seem unfair and/or frustrating. It was super interesting/frustrating myself to see all of the events that transpired in the earliest times that gaming was recognized as a competitive activity. I loved the ways the interviews took place, as they made all of the people seem very real, exposing both their strengths and their flaws both as players as well as as people. That's is pretty much all I have to say about this movie. I very much enjoyed my viewing, and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a solid documentary.
Sentence: I want to see the documentary about the quest of two rivals to have the most live multi-shines... that would be a movie.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Billy Mitchell is just SUCH a fake ...
so HAPPY it turned out in the end ...
Leave it to a documentary about grown men competing for high scores in arcade games to find the ultimate hero vs. villain matchup. In the red corner, the defending champion and a perfect mold for an evil, cunning, egotistical asshole Bond villain...Billy Mitchell, aka U.S.A. And in the blue corner, the challenger: the humble, sad sack teacher and family-man (except when he ignores them to play arcade games in his garage)...Steve Weibe (of course incorrectly pronounced "weeb").
I loved this when I saw it not long after its DVD release, and it remains fascinating to this day. One of my favorite documentaries, even if it just about a couple of guys playing arcade games. After watching you instantly want to look up everything about these guys.
I enjoyed this even more now than I did when it initially came out. Billy Mitchell remains one of the greatest cinematic villains of the last decade. The cowardly alpha-nerd bully and his gatekeeping sycophants are just as interesting and pathetic as ever, but strangely seem even more relevant now.
A likeable doc telling the story of how the Donkey Kong high score was the Holy Grail for a certain group of gamers. I never really played the game, more of a 'Manic Miner' or 'Jet Set Willy' fan, but it's all relative-I could replay levels in my head years after last playing them.I'm unsure of what the Donkey Kong high score is now but it's funny watching it just to see how one of the guys has never had an 'End game' screen- All I could think was "You'll never be good enough, but someone please tell him".
Funny cast of characters, interesting story, solid doc.
Still the best doc I've ever seen. A fantastic testament to the power of the edit, and ability of a good story to immerse anyone. I've seen many of my friends start off completely skeptical but finish with some pretty strong opinions about the competitive world of Donkey Kong.
The 2015 edition of the They Shoot Pictures, Don't They? 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films list.
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