[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…
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 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…
"Porque vivir cuándo puedes gobernar?". Buenas interpretaciones a cargo de los no-tan-jóvenes Robinson y Basso. Moisés Arias demuestra que dejó atrás la etapa de Disney y se roba casi todas las escenas de la cinta.
I don't normally connect with US teen coming-of-age dramas, generally due to the cultural gap (no proms or massive social divides in the schools I attended in the 80s - all very dull and tedious) but Kings of Summer felt like something I'd lived and experienced. I've never spent the summer in a makeshift house in the forest, or even lived near a forest, so it wasn't the storyline but this film captures the disconnection from parents, the joy, carefree excitement and the heartbreak of mid-teens. Like Son of Rambow but, dare I say, better. A confident debut by the director and I look forward to more of his work.
I loved every single second.
This is the most fun I've ever had, we build this house together.
One of the greatest coming of age movies I have ever seen. This is a tale of something every child has thought of. Running away, and living alone. It is that very related act of wanting to run away from either the over-bearing parents or the near abusive parents that really pulled me in. The whole time in the woods is very good, and it has some great visuals to go along with it, but it always feels like their world is small because the real world is not that far away, and I like that.
One thing I wasn't a huge fan of is the constant…
These fuckin' ingrate kids (spoken like a true parent).
I was torn between a a 3 and a 3.5 on this one. Consider it like, a 3.14 or so. I was able to predict every plot beat from the word go, but it has just enough charm to stand out. There were some lines that the writer was very clearly too proud of to cut. (Anything involving the cops). Even still, it has the right amount of heart.
I am a sucker for these types of movies though, so if you aren't you will probably enjoy it considerably less.
It's the cast of Sillion Valley!
This is weird. Not Wes Anderson quirky weird. More Napoleon Dynamite weird but still quite different from that too. My immediate initial reaction was this is irritating. Then I started to get into it and the comedy was making me laugh at how absurd it all was. It didn't keep it going all the way to the end but I enjoyed it throughout. I just think it lost its way towards the end. None of the characters were that spectacular. Maybe the weird Fogell-like kid and the grumpy sarcastic father were the best two. None of them were bad. I recognised Alison Brie and the bagman guy from Veep/Arrested Development whiny guy. I got the impression the father is famous…
This is really a gem, well written teens (who er the right side of Kids style nihilism) and magic hour visuals that really help illustrate their newfound connection to nature.
Also most people who don't like this movie are over thirty so...
The term 'independent movie' doesn't mean anything at this point really, and is certainly not a particular genre. Most of…