[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 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…
Visually beautiful and the definition of adventure. Ups and downs, romance, friendship, adventure, that's life, isn't it? A nice movie which is a good insight into many teenagers lives, relatable in a sense which makes you appreciate the realism of this movie. There were some shortcomings, but all in all, a nice watch which makes you laugh and feel sympathetic for all of these characters.
La repetí, porque la ví hace tres años en una pantallita de ipad, compartiendo audífonos con mi boo Jorge Lopez, sentados afuera del aeropuerto de Cancún esperando nuestro vuelo a Morelía, la volví a ver con la g-friend, y pues sí muy buena película.
a lot better than I expected it to be for sure.
Everything about this movie is just flipping wonderful.
Every year there's another indie summer film about a bland and personality-less teenager who comes of age via rebellion. There's always a talented cast wasting their time trying to prop up the lead. There's quirk and a hint of directorial vision. There's a desire to be seen as profound and understanding of well-trodden material on teen angst
This film has three such leads, is almost desperately quirky, it's screenplay humour and drama show through at every turn, and it all comes back to the same place these films all do. Growing up is hard, adults don't understand, friendships can weather hardship, and so on.
This is a particular recurring sub-genre that has been explored long past the point of enjoyment and this film brings nothing new to the table.
Good for a few laughs. And some of the situations are just pictured really well, like it is in real life (especially in the beginning with the problems in the family of the young ones). The problem is that other parts are definitely made too crazy and over the top ruining the really well made other parts and ruining the essence of the film.
Such a good coming of age film! It is truly flawless in my opinion!
A delightful coming of age drama from director Jordan Vogt-Roberts.
The term 'independent movie' doesn't mean anything at this point really, and is certainly not a particular genre. Most of…