[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.
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…
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…
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…
I never thought I would enjoy these coming-of-age movies this much, especially with the new wave in recent years - they're everywhere - but here we are. While this isn't one of the best it has a few things working in its favor, most notably an adventurous spirit and a distinct sense of defiance and stubbornness found in the three main characters. They are misunderstood (or so they think) teenagers who are fed up with their uncool, annoying parents. They decide to get away from their boring families and build a house in a nearby forest so they can be their own masters, with no one left to boss them around.
There's quite a bit of humor in the movie…
Why live when you can rule?
There was a specific moment where I knew I loved this film. Well, I had been having a blast up until this point but when this part happened I was hooked. The main character Joe, is sitting in his best friend Patricks basement and they are playing SNES. Street Fighter 2, to be exact. Patrick starts comparing his mother to the SF character Blanka. "Look at him. He is this wild animal that just makes guttural noises and no one understands him."…
Continuing my coming of age marathon of sorts. The Kings of Summer is about 3 teen boys who decide that they have had enough of their home life. They decide to run away to the woods and create a sanctuary of sorts. The summer they have is poignant, real, and amazing. A very fun summer film. Recommend.
A coming of age story that reminds you to hold on to those you have.
I bloody love Biaggio.
Absolūti burvīga filma ar lieliskiem jaunajiem aktieriem, šarmantu skaņu celiņu un tam visam pa vidu vēl vizuāls baudījums acīm. Negaidīju, ka filma par padsmitniekiem var sniegt tik daudz atziņu par cilvēka rakstura un darbību īpatnībām.
I love coming of age stories, especially when they are done as well as this. Great actors in this, some good laughs, and a lot of emotion.
One day I won't love a coming of age film. That day is not today.
Jordan Voght-Robert’s directorial debut, The Kings of Summer, is an artistically shot poignant drama about the wilderness years between childhood and manhood that also just happens to be blisteringly funny.
From a screenplay by Chris Galleta, a writer the Late Show with David Letterman, Kings of Summer is story of three mid-teens from Midwest America who build themselves a dream home in a nearby forest as a means of gaining life experiences and becoming ‘men’. In reality, for two of these boys, it’s also a way to escape their overbearing parents. Joe (Nick Robinson), the brains, has become isolated from his father’s coldness. Patrick (Gabriel Basso) is the muscle and has begun to break out in hives in reaction his…
Just like me when I was a teenage boy... except I built Warhammer, not houses in the woods... and no girls ever came to visit them. Gave me some nice feels.
Muero por encontrar un lugar asi.
- Ferris Bueller's Day Off
- Teen Wolf
- The Breakfast Club
- American Pie
- Fast Times at Ridgemont High
- Before Midnight
- Only God Forgives
- 12 Years a Slave
- The Rover
- The Wolf of Wall Street
- Inside Llewyn Davis
- American Hustle
I rank all the 2013 films I see in my personal order from best to worst!