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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.
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…
“…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…
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…
Showing up in amusement arcades during the summer of 1981, "Donkey Kong", to make a bad pun, was a *game changer* in the revolution of video games, up there with "Pong", "Space Invaders", "Pac Man", and "Super Mario Bros." While not my favorite at the time (how could it be with the multitude of *bigger* titles that followed?), I grew up enjoying the original "...Kong" on my Nintendo Entertainment System - and, with each subsequent year that's gone by, I've come to further appreciate its ingenious simplicity, immense replay value, historical importance, and massive nostalgic quality. There were dozens of imitations available on the NES: the original "Mario Bros.", "Popeye", "Burger Time", etc, and all of these are (more or…
This was wild.
A well made doc that demonstrates the mundane and silly can make compelling viewing.
Absorbing documentary set in the high pressure world of competitive classic arcade gaming (yes, there really is such a thing), focusing on the battle to set a new world record high score on Donkey Kong. The main players are Billy Mitchell, a smug prick with a mullet who's held the Donkey Kong record since the 1980s, and challenger Mike Wiebe, a middle school science teacher and family man who simply yearns to make his mark on the world somehow. Color commentary is provided by a variety of other major playas in the competitive video game world, i.e. a bunch of sad sack middle aged fanboys who have probably never seen a naked woman.
I swear this movie plays like one…
This is compelling, engrossing, hypnotic stuff.
It's amazing how much of a conventional, manipulative, 'fictional' narrative Gordon is able to weave with this story, and yet it feels totally natural and genuine. When Billy Mitchell's disciple continually calls him with updates on Steve Wiebe's score, it's just as hilarious and ingenious as if it had been scripted. Consequently, when Mitchell's taped video of his high score is allowed to take the world record from Wiebe mere hours (days? weeks? the film is decidedly unclear) after he set it, it's heartbreaking and powerful and infuriating. I wanted to throw something at the TV.
But, unlike the inspirational sports movies it's aping, this is not artistically bankrupt and utterly bland. Gordon's camerawork…
Billy Mitchell is a sauce peddling dildo deluxe.
Why was this even made? Billy Mitchell makes my head hurt. But I mean, they tried.
Who knew the world of Donkey Kong and vintage video games would be filled with intrigue and scandal? I've watched a couple other documentaries about the early days of video games. There is an excellent one about many of the people you'll meet in The King of Kong. I can't remember the name or find it on Google at the moment. But it's a perfect companion piece for this film...I'll try to think of it. But this doc is wonderful. It shows the extremely serious side of competitive retro gaming. The whole scene is cutthroat rather than playful and the movie hits a perfect note. It doesn't take itself too seriously, but it doesn't make light of what is dear to these people, either. Informative and fascinating, if you grew up in 80s, playing Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, and the rest in those big arcades, you'll love this.
DCP. Arclight, Hollywood.
The 2015 edition of the They Shoot Pictures, Don't They? 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films list.
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Total Run Time of 90 minutes or less. Have I seen them all? Yes, but that doesn't mean I'll vouch…