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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.
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.
“…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…
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…
We all know people like Billy Mitchell in our lives. Nobody likes them. Don't be like Billy Mitchell.
What I expected from "The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters" was an interesting documentary about the game of Donkey Kong. What I didn't expect was a documentary version of "The Prestige", where magic is replaced with gaming. I was pleasantly surprised to see that not only was it joyously entertaining, sweet, funny, and beaming with an affection for classic arcade games, but it was also a gripping study of what the competitive spirit that humans possess can lead to.
Here, we see displays of obsession, corruption, dishonesty, rivalry and gamesmanship between the main competitors, Steve Wiebe and Billy Mitchell, which…
Billy Mitchell is evil.
An awesome documentary that tells the story of a hardworking man trying to beat the Donkey Kong World record. You really cared for him and hated his rival. A truly nice documentary.
What a great film! The characters... you just couldn't invent them. All out of a Napolean Dynamite movie. I was cheering at the end!
Really great little doc. At first, you're laughing at these guys and how seriously they take gaming. And later, well, you still laugh at them, but a bit less, and your laughter gets infused with a very real understanding of the spirit of competition, the thrill of being the "best" and the anxiety of potentially losing that title.
Pride's on the line with these guys. Recognition. And that's not nothing.
In addition to all that, you also get to see the inner-workings of a very specific community -- the Nerds -- and what happens when an outsider tries to be part of what theirs. At its core, a lot of basic human emotions here. You know all these characters in one way or another, and it's great to see them in this context, so engaged and in their element.
Steve Wiebe > Billy Mitchell
The King of Kong dirigido por Seth Gordon é uma ode a cultura gamer e nerd (a de verdade, não essa glamourizada atual). Na disputa para ver quem é o melhor jogador do clássico game Kong conhecemos um grupo que organiza, até hoje, eventos de jogos clássicos do arcade (muitos foram parar no Atari como o Kong que é, na verdade, o primeiro jogo do Mario).
A disputa acirrada se dá por dois sujeitos, um 'tortuoso', insuportável e muito metido chamado Bill e o outro obstinado chamado Steve Webie. É uma obra que quase me levou as lágrimas.
Sometimes people just want to be respected and validated. To be champions of 'Donkey Kong'.
Say what you will about the guy, Billy Mitchell has an amazing mullet.
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