[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
The Kings of Summer
Why live when you can rule.
Joe Toy, on the verge of adolescence, finds himself increasingly frustrated by his single father, Frank's attempts to manage his life. Declaring his freedom once and for all, he escapes to a clearing in the woods with his best friend, Patrick, and a strange kid named Biaggio. He announces that they are going to build a house there, free from responsibility and parents. Once their makeshift abode is finished, the three young men find themselves masters of their own destiny, alone in the woods.
Features the most accurate depiction of a game of Monopoly.
Okay kids. Storytime.
So last fall I was having a conversation with C. Robert Cargill, the guy who wrote Sinister.* This was right after a screening of Sinister and I asked him if he was considering making the leap to directing. And his answer was something that's stuck with me ever since.
He said no, because he thinks that you're born with the ability to direct a movie. It's not something that can be taught or can be learned. It's a spark that you either have or don't have, and he doesn't think he has it.
I fully agree, and in extreme cases, you can see that spark. I like to say nobody taught…
This year has given me two absolutely wonderful viewing experiences, both centred around a classic coming of age tale. Mud took the serious route and The Kings of Summer the emphatic and comedic one. Different films with at their centre a similar heart. And I love them both equally.
The most impressive thing about The Kings of Summer is that it manages to capture the magic and problems of childhood in such a way that it never feels like it's manipulating you with cheap sentiment. It is an honest film, that finds its drama in small moments and its humour in playful absurdity and witty dialogue.
The story is the perfect for exploring the central themes of friendship, family and…
Ah, the Summers of my youth. When the weeks stretched languorously before me like the naked women in my dreams, and all seemed possible and achievable. The world was my oyster and I could be the master of my destiny - as long as I was home for tea time and I took my shoes off before I came back in the house.
The Kings of Summer captures that feeling brilliantly, except the Ohio setting is far sunnier, more exotic and a bit more wooded than the Scottish Borders. Someone would have noticed if I'd built a makeshift bothy in the middle of some arable farmland, and I doubt the farmers would have liked me hunting their cattle. And on…
Vivaciously adventurous and sweetly nostalgic, The Kings of Summer is bound to strike a chord with anyone who once dreamt of escapism and the embracement of simplicity – which, let’s face it, is basically all of us. The film provided a visceral experience which subsequently evoked memories of my own childhood and my juvenile wishes for minimalism. The highs and the lows, the recollections of the things I built and the places I gallivanted around insistently simmered to the vanguard of my mind thanks to this delightful trip down memory lane (even though I don't have nearly an inch of the audacity to leave home like these guys did).
Set in the current day, The Kings of Summer nevertheless taps…
I do not necessarily feel for these characters but since I am probably on the same age group as they are, I feel somewhat attached to this film. It has definitely given me lots of possibilities and realities to think about.
Do I hate my parents? Nah. But they do get on my nerves sometimes. And they're most definitely not the most understanding parents alive. They're not the kind of people you can talk to about your interests. First of, they're homophobic and they talk about how homophobic they are all the time when bringing up a certain closet gay cousin. Second, they always say how supportive they are of me going into college and choosing to study something that…
the shot was beautiful the story bite me a lil bit and good filmaking, i like it personally
Although I enjoyed this quit a bit when I watched it, I'm not sure I'll remember it very well. The best thing about it is the way the characters are balanced. They're all just selfish enough to propel the story but not so much that they're completely unlikable. The performances are all really nice, and it's pretty hilarious all the way through. I especially like the ending. There's some really great music and cinematography too. Wow, when I describe it like this it does sound really phenomenal. But something about the way it all adds up is just the tiniest bit underwhelming. Still a cool flick though.
"Let's go get egg bagels" hahaha
I really liked this movie, it was more fun then I imagined tbh
I remember really liking this at the time but holy shit what was I thinking?! was I drinking? what was I drinking? why wasn't I thinking?
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Indiana Jones was correct. You should be afraid of snakes.
A neat little film. The cast was terrific and although it was a very predictable movie, I enjoyed it. I wish there was a little less comic relief, as a majority of it did not land very well. It was a visually pleasing film full of quirks and definitely made me feel the need to get outside.
Man, this was a really fun movie. Probably one of the best coming of age movies I've seen in a while. Loved the performances, the emotion, the music, everything.
one of the greatest 'coming of age' films in the past decade, a terrific assessment of teenage boyhood
these are films that just make me feel GOOD. whether I'm sick, sad or just feeling a little bit under…