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The King of Kong
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…
I love that a film like this has a villain. I really enjoyed it
The ultimate battle between good and evil...The King of Kong. This extremely well made documentary is so hilarious that sometimes I couldn't even believe it was real. Yes, it is about Donkey Kong, but it is about so much more. Each character is so unique- they drive the film straight to success. This is as good as any sports drama you will ever see. Sorry Rocky. I had such a fun time watching The King of Kong and highly recommend it to everyone.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I casually caught this on TV tonight and, wow, what a wonderfully engrossing documentary. Can I say that Billy Mitchell is my new most-hated villain? LOL! Very interesting to see how obsessed these guys are with all this records. And even though it was sometimes worrying to see how far people like Wiebe would go to achieve them, I couldn't help but smile at the film's coda where it said that he had broken Mitchell's record again. Very good film.
(written in 2011)
Billy Mitchell is like a really bad 80s movie villain.
The world record score on classic arcade game Donkey Kong is battled for in this documentary.
Sounds dreadful doesn't it? As a result I went in with low expectations and after a while found myself thoroughly engrossed. There is an entire subculture of (lets face it) geeks who have dedicated vast amounts of time to these arcade games and will sit and watch (for hours) video recordings of someone else amassing huge scores. What makes this so watchable are the characters. In the mid eighties Billy Mitchell bestrode this world like a colossus - he held records in several games and his Donkey Kong score - a full 40% higher than his nearest competitor was a record that has stood…
I really enjoyed it, although I would've personally liked to see a more verite-style approach to Donkey Kong itself, and more of the old woman playing Q-Bert. I remember seeing this a long time ago on G4 when the film was still new, so it holds a little nostalgia for me as well.
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