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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.
“…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.
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…
Entertaining from start to finish. What a bunch of characters.
The King of Kong is a completely bizarre and highly entertaining documentary on two men who are in pursuit of classic arcade game immortality by posting the highest score ever recorded on Donkey Kong. Like any great piece of fiction there's the cast of colorful characters, a conspiracy, a good guy, a bad guy and only one can be "the man". But this isn't fiction, and the story of one man's quest to be the best at something, anything is fascinating.
Billy Mitchell has been the recognized "King of Kong" since 1982 when he appeared on the cover of Life magazine and was later named "Gamer of the Century". He's also the Guinness Book of World Records holder on Centipede,…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I don't know enough about video game history to make any concrete claims about the people in this movie, but here's what I gather from seeing King of Kong:
1. Billy Mitchell is the worst.
2. THERE MIGHT BE A DONKEY KONG KILL SCREEN COMING UP IF YOU'RE INTERESTED
3. There's an alternate universe where this movie is a Christopher Guest mockumentary. See: the scenes where billy mitchell is talking about his sauce company, and the folk singer singing a song about him.
I felt that there were some odd editing montages and gaps of dramatic inertia when I watched this, but this film absolutely nails the “talking heads” style of documentary storytelling. Each interviewee is on the same page, and so all this documentary needs to do is go from one person to the next to tell the story.
The cast of characters is so strange too. The personalities come alive and it reminds me of the 30-60 minutes that I saw of Computer Chess in that this popular game has such a small and weird community of competitors. And the competition is so unique here. The way Billy Mitchell and Steve Wiebe respond to each others’ latest record breaking scores is…
If Donkey Kong frustrates you to no end as a game, the film about the battle between two exceptional players of the game will REALLY make you nuts.
Steve Wiebe got screwed. Big time. Billy Mitchell comes off like a sullen little bully who doesn't like admitting that anyone is as good as--or better than--he at the game. It's a funny, sad, interesting little story that will entertain you and annoy you at the same time. If you've no touch with the world of competitive gaming, prepare to scratch your head at the intense rivalries and the unimaginable lengths these players go to in order to win the title of "The Best."
Confession: because of this film, I got to see boards of Donkey Kong I'll never see on my own. I stunk at this game as a kid, and nothing has changed.
We all know people like Billy Mitchell in our lives. Nobody likes them. Don't be like Billy Mitchell.
What I expected from "The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters" was an interesting documentary about the game of Donkey Kong. What I didn't expect was a documentary version of "The Prestige", where magic is replaced with gaming. I was pleasantly surprised to see that not only was it joyously entertaining, sweet, funny, and beaming with an affection for classic arcade games, but it was also a gripping study of what the competitive spirit that humans possess can lead to.
Here, we see displays of obsession, corruption, dishonesty, rivalry and gamesmanship between the main competitors, Steve Wiebe and Billy Mitchell, which…
Billy Mitchell is evil.
An awesome documentary that tells the story of a hardworking man trying to beat the Donkey Kong World record. You really cared for him and hated his rival. A truly nice documentary.
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