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…
Que puta maravilla de documental. Al principio no puedes evitar tomártelo a cachondeo, pero según pasan los minutos acabas implicándote casi tanto como los protagonistas.
Many people could learn something from people like Steve Wiebe.. Very recommended
What Rocky is to fictional boxing, this documentary is to real life competitive gaming. The rivalry between school teacher Steve Wiebe and Donkey Kong record holder Billy Mitchell makes for gripping viewing, even if video games are not your thing. It’s just the documentary makers have managed, perhaps by a little bit of manipulation and convenient juxtaposition, to create a classic story of an underdog trying to make it to number one under adverse circumstances. Mitchell, presented as a narcissistic perfectionist who surrounds himself with lackeys and manipulates Twin Galaxies record keeper Walter Day into accepting his scores via dubious means, makes for the perfect villain of the piece. Boo hiss. Probably the best film about video games out there.
This film is one of the best examples of how to use the documentary genre well; what is captured as just information about different actual people is edited and thus fed to the audience as a relatable and familiar human story. These are not bad or good people, but the way they are portrayed in this doc gives them qualities of heroes and villains.
Like most children of the NES and arcade generation I was besotted with this post-modern underdog story, with its cast of oddballs obsessed with mastering the demanding rigors of certain archaic 8-bit platformers and their sadistic difficulty curves for the amusement of other overgrown manchildren. There's a goofy everyman hero and a slick narcissistic Boy Wonder and a gripping David vs. Goliath narrative leading to a dramatic mano-a-mano showdown in the ruins of a decaying video arcade. It's all so very classically Western and cinematic.
Natch, at least 90% of this narrative is either misrepresented or fabricated by means of misleading editorial decisions, convenient elisions, factual distortions or just plain bullshit. Would that the filmmakers were upfront about their story…
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 ...
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