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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…
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…
One of the best documentary features out there for sheer entertainment. Sure, parts may have been dramatised for effect but the overall result is worth it with some truly memorable characters and a feel-good factor that is rarely matched in docs.
Just because you play a game from the 80s, doesn't mean you should still live in the 80s.
It's been a few years since I watched this and Billy Mitchell is still a total tool. Seriously, this is one of the best underdog stories I've ever seen. I think everyone can relate to Steve Wiebe on some level even if they don't enjoy playing video games.
Despite feeling bias a times (as most documentaries of this nature do), this is a really good film. The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters compares and contrasts elements of popularity, pride, and arrogance against traits like independence, humility, and character. While it wasn't necessarily as "life-changing", or "eye-opening", as other documentaries I've seen, it feels as real and down-to-earth as possible in it's portrayal of a man who has come up short in a lot of areas in life. Overall a solid movie.
The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters is a pretty simple premise for a documentary that I normally wouldn't go out of my way to watch but one night I decided to give it a go and within an hour I was completely immersed in this almost cinematic style storyline of an ordinary guy taking on a world record held from a man that has been living off his well earned glorified success for over twenty years and the trials and tribulations the man has to go through in order to break the world record. Now since the documentaries release, there's been alot of discussion on how the final version has been structured together, with Walter Day of Twin…
One of the most intense documentaries I've ever witnessed and most likely the most eccentric one I've seen since Grey Gardens.
Love how you get invested in this guys struggle while simultaneously thinking it's largely a waste of time.
Seen a few times and all the deleted scenes. Love it. Mitchell is a bellend.
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