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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…
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.
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.
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…
Love him or hate him, it's clear that Billy Mitchell elevates this film to spectacular heights. The filmmakers struck gold in having a top alpha male like Mitchell to play heel in this standard underdog narrative. He's what makes the experience of rewatching the film such a pleasure (Walter Day, less so).
As 'nice' a guy as Steve Wiebe may actually be, it's not his character that is so interesting, rather it is the threat that he poses to the Twin Galaxies institution that the film has spent a good deal of its first half detailing in all of its hierarchical layers. And since Mitchell is key to the power relations in the competitive gaming community, the challenge to his position gains revolutionary traction. It's great fun to scoff at his cowering sycophants as they worship the phallus that Mitchell literally displays in his upright posture. And of course, who can forget that tie?
Steve Wiebe decide que nunca ha sido el mejor en nada en su vida, así que decide batir el récord del Donkey Kong que lleva así desde los 80, se compra una maquina y lo convierte en su obsesión.
Para lograrlo deberá luchar contra Twin Galaxies una organización encargada de certificar los récords y el poseedor del antiguo récord, Bill Mitchell, un tío de lo mas mezquino.
El documental mas friki que he visto.
This is a documentary about competitive gaming, but you don't need to have any interest in games in order to enjoy it. What I thought would be a quirky look into the world of arcade game competitions, turned out to be an affecting story about ambition, sacrifice and if you ask me, bullying.
I won't reveal too much, because part of the enjoyment is watching the personalities of these two men start to unveil during the movie. Competition and the desire for recognition can bring out surprising characteristics from people, and that really shows in this documentary.
Like I said, there's no need for you to like video games in order to like The King of Kong. If you're interested in people and the weird ways they construct their identities in, this is a documentary for you. It's funny and mind-boggling, and surprisingly enough, even a bit touching.
What I love about this film is that it really is set up like a nerdy inspirational sports movie: You have the (asshole) undisputed champ, the humble underdog with untapped potential, the wife trying to be supportive but losing her patience with her husbands new hobby, and an entire arcade boys club setting up hurdle after hurdle between our hero and title recognition for his score.
According to Wikipedia, The Allmother of Truth, there's disputes to how accurately this film depicts the events at Funspot. I take some comfort in that as a few moments had me raging. Midway through there is a scene where Billy Mitchell sends a dubious video tape to the arcade and a circle jerk commences…
Escapisme in een notendop
Sinds 1982 domineert dezelfde club nerds de wereld van de arcadegames. Robert Mruzcek is als scheidsrechter met zijn bedrijf Twin Galaxies verantwoordelijk voor de onfeilbaarheid van deze tak van sport en speler Billy Mitchell fungeert als het uithangbord van de speelhallen. Samen plukken ze met een kleine groep vrienden al jaren de vruchten. Want Mruzcek beoordeeld met zijn bedrijf alle wereldrecords, die met videobanden worden ingestuurd, en Mitchell is de wereldrecordhouder van Donkey Kong.
Het is op zich opmerkelijk dat Mitchell en Mruzcek zo verbonden zijn. Terwijl de een de ander moet beoordelen. En dat blijkt ook een van de addertjes onder het gras in een soap die zich langzaam ontvouwd. Regisseur Seth Gordon introduceert namelijk…
i find something inherently funny about tiny subcultures and their weird heirarchies. "king of kong" is especially wonderful with this - billy mitchell looks for all the world like the star of some early nineties vigilante tv series, while his rival steve wiebe is this fantastically blank and rather zen figure. then there's the awfully nerd toady that is brian kuh (rightly, his kill screen scene is a comic highlight), kuh's weird opposite number roy "mr awesome" shildt, the peculiar wannabe singer songwriter referee that is walter day, the elderly q*bert expert doris self... even wiebe's sceince students are vividly realised in their tiny cameos. it's also beautfiully structured, to the extent that if this was made into a film…
Maybe not for the Mature or Baby Boom generations, but Billy Mitchell (Darth Vader) and Steve Wiebe (Luke Skywalker) certainly are sub-culture icons who will seem magical to 90% of Gen Y and Xers.
THE KING OF KONG is an engaging, enjoyable trip into the world of competitive players of old-fashioned video games, complete with an appealing underdog hero and a smarmy cheater of a villain. As a matter of fact, when I look back on the documentary and I think about the tournament and all the brouhaha around it, I swear I can hear the sound effects of Super Mario happening in my head, accompanying the real-life, real-time obsessive geek-fest. Score!
Steve Wiebe. You are my hero.
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