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.
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…
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…
The arcade showdown. A goodie, a baddie and a game. A documentary which plays out like a sports drama that feels too scripted and manipulated, but still manages to work on a basic level. Rooting for Wiebe (Weebee!) and booing for Billy, who really is one of the biggest sleazeballs ever to appear on film. Strange little world, Twin Galaxies, Funspot and whatnot, too bad Gordon only provides us a superficial glance.
I loved, loved Donkey Kong as a youth...so much so that I would often steal my moms food stamps, take 'em to the grocery store, buy something for a quarter, and take the rest of the change and play Donkey Kong in the arcade across the street.
Me and my friends played a lot of games in the arcade, then later on in the crib-Atari, Intellivision, Sega Genesis, etc. But, Donkey Kong was always one of the favorites. I did pretty well, my highest being 300,000.
Never knew about any competition or contests involving video games.
"King of Kong" is good, but it feels like a small story, takes place mostly in New Hampshire and Florida. The movie plays like…
Dorks galore in this great documentary about the cutthroat competition over high scores on arcade games that were last popular in 1983. You ever casually play pool or darts with a guy and after a few minutes you start to realize that he's not playing for fun? Rather, he's obnoxiously competitive. There's nothing at stake and nobody cares, but he needs to win.
That's who this movie is about. Except the game here is Donkey Kong (and other 80s arcade games) and there's a whole COMMUNITY of guys—it's all guys, of course, except for the 80 year old lady who's a Q-Bert master—who devote their lives to it.
There are two main players:
1) Steve Wiebe, the challenger. The hero…
Saw this for the first time this morning. Loved it so much that I watched it for a second time tonight. Had to show this to my wife.
Billy Mitchell is the most ridiculous caricature of a villain from a cheezey 80's B-action flick. He's got great hair... but a heart as black as night.
I love that the music scoring some of the most effecting scenes was played by Steve himself. What a talented dude... And truly one of the good guys.
Feel good story of the century.
One of my favorite documentaries that I've revisited on numerous times since seeing it while at a journalism camp in D.C. It tells a wonderful story with its subjects without being overtly manipulative.
🎶 Looooooved it 🎶
A fascinating peer into an intricate microcosm of perfection, determination, rivalry, intensity, drama, and - dare I say - athleticism.
Love this movie, and I'm happy we got to kick off our CineSnob screenings at Alamo Drafhouse with this film.
The 2015 edition of the They Shoot Pictures, Don't They? 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films list.
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