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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.
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…
“…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…
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…
Christopher Guest wishes he could make up characters as wacky as these people. A super hilarious documentary
everyone in this movie seems like a really unpleasant person
A humble gamer named Steve Weibe breaks the Donkey Kong world record, inadvertently inviting a host of controversy by the previous record holder, Billy Mitchell, and the gaming organization, Twin Galaxies, that officially keep track of such achievements. This documentary chronicles an epic passive aggressive confrontation between Mitchell and Weibe as the two fight to defend their respective Donkey Kong legacies.
Many would rightly credit this movie as pivotal in bringing retro gaming back into the limelight. For the first time in mainstream movie history, The King of Kong allows the world to be privy to the very real underground existence of professional gaming. What a story this documentary managed to stumble upon too with such dynamically opposed personalities in the form of the egotistical Billy Mitchell and the modest Steve Weibe! Even people with no interesting in video games will find this documentary very compelling if only for the eccentricities of the cast involved.
I hate Billy Mitchell, and you will too.
Curioso documental que retrata el interesante universo del la competición videojueguil retro (y mafiosa). Hace gala de una estupenda estructura alrededor de las figuras más importantes de esta batalla de reyes del Donkey Kong. Potencia ese gran villano que es Billy Mitchell (qué arrogancia más insufrible) para elevar todavía más la humildad del underdog Steve Webie. Me he descubierto vitoreando todos sus logros.
"On my cellphone it says 'never surrender' " -Billy Mitchell
You had me at, "I'm more controversial than abortion."
Fuck, Billy Mitchell.
Give me a fistful quarters and some of Billy's hot sauce to chase it with because I'm Donkey Kong for this doc!
Fascinating and depressing.
for a minute of my life donkey kong was more important than anything else ever
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