[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…
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…
love love loved this
perfect coming of age
the weird kid's humor was weird and not funny weird but otherwise hilarious and fantastic
By the books "indie" movie that gives us nothing new or inventive. The acting was alright with some names you'll recognize but don't contribute anything. I'm getting sick of movies like this that follow instead of lead. Play it safe, I guess. One thing that I've noticed lately (with few exceptions) is no one knows how to write good/convincing dialogue. Scenes have no purpose and always end with a really stupid joke. Oh, that kids awkward so he's gonna say something awkward. No one talks like this!
I'm gonna give this movie a sound effect instead of a star rating. (Raspberry)!!!!
Beyond pretentious. Three suburban kids go live in the "woods" for a few weeks one summer because they're so over their families. One has a depressed widower of a father (Nick Offerman, still fun to watch), one has overbearing parents and one is a caricature of the quirky sidekick. The main character is the most pretentious creation I have seen in a film in recent memory and he is somehow lionized by the end for his woodsy skills... also they build a house that would never stand... very lame film.
I'm not sure what it is about this movie, but it really, really resonates with me. I love the music, the style, the characters and the jokes. It's just a very simply told, easy to watch, yet broodingly moving coming-of-age tale.
All three of the main lads are very engaging, and seriously talented in their own right. The environment and scenery is gorgeous to watch, however perhaps at times, the film could be accused of being guilty of 'tree porn'!
2013 was a seriously good year for coming-of-age movies, and this potentially was headlining the list...
De haberla visto a los trece se hubiese convertido en mi película favorita.
TKOS is a delightful film that reminds you of how dearly you sometimes wish that the world was a simple paradise for you and your family (figurative family).
I love Nick Offerman and his wife's character in this film reminds me a lot of my mom.
Not everything's about you, and that's a huge part of growing up. TKOS teaches this lesson well.
When I watched the trailer to this film I got really excited. It looked so visually beautiful and straight up good. I have to say my expectations were a bit too high, but at the same time I did end up liking it. It's a typical coming-of-age tale: teenager is tired of his/her parents nagging, teenager fights with his/her parents and runs away, teenager learns something from it. What made me really like this one was that it depicts drama between teenage boys and not girls (of course the drama involves a girl, but still). I love how I expected Kelly to crawl into Joe's bed but instead goes for his best friend. I also liked how he didn't get…
Beautifully shot and superbly edited, this manages to tell the classic 'coming of age' narrative without ever feeling clichéd or derivative. Some great comedy moments and excellent acting keeps thing fresh. The overall tone will leave you feeling warm.
- Ferris Bueller's Day Off
- Teen Wolf
- The Breakfast Club
- American Pie
- 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!