Last year I created a similar list so it was about time I did another for those upcoming films that…
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.
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…
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…
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."…
This is quite the charmer and visual delight to behold. It's all about the performances, the character and the heart and if you can handle the montage-fest and the level of whimsy, you will fall in love with the woods in all it's lens flared glory. Performances are consistently solid all round with some quirky characters and sly humour in the mix. Nothing to hold you back from sailing along in it's breeze - and come on - Who doesn't like a good 'coming of age' drama?
Típico, hay momentos en los que no aguantás a tus papás y qué mejor que abrirte de todo, juntar un par de cosas y aventurarte junto a tus amigos a vivir por tu cuenta en una casa que te vas a construir con ellos EN EL BOSQUE. No, sí, normal deletreado y en negrita. La verdad es que, a muchos seguro nos pasó lo de implementar el camping hasta en la pieza misma con tal de aislarnos de la rutina y así poder despejarnos de nuestra adolescencia por un rato y creernos el cuento de que podemos ser independientes y valernos por nuestra cuenta sin matar a nadie o morir en el intento. También creo que sabemos que todo esto…
The movie is about three boys ran away from home for a short period of time to build a house in the wood. They bond together through the time they spend with each other. Friendship is the main theme of the movie. It also reflects the common reactions of the boys when they reach teenage years (rebel, crush, heartbroken, etc). Overall, I really enjoy the movie. The cinematography is gorgeous! It makes me want to live in the nature again.
I preferred it when it was called "Moonrise Kingdom" and "Stand By Me".
Biaggio is a non-sequitur personified.
Nick Robinson looks like Ryan Gosling.
That's all I've got.
Slightly overwritten and heavy handed comedy but the film has a certain unique charm....helped somewhat by some good soundtrack selections.
I had high hopes for this film after seeing The Spectacular Now and The Way, Way Back, two other coming of age films from 2013. However, this film never brought me in. The characters were either to weird or not especially likable. Overall the film left me somewhat irritated and dissatisfied. Perhaps that was just me.
I really like coming of age movies. I don't know, I think there cool and stuff. These kids are crazy, I really felt for them. There is one bit in the movie where something happens and I was like "OH GOD DAMM I FEEL SO MANY FEELS FOR YOU" yeah.
I really like this movie, reminds me of having sex with a door. you ever had sex with a door?
I love watching camera test videos on Vimeo.com. Usually they show off beautiful details of nature, close-ups of faces, lens flares, slow motion, and other random shots. This movie reminded me of a feature length version of that except with annoying lead teenage characters and a decent soundtrack. The lead role also made me appreciate the whining of the kid from the Way, Way back. Sheesh, did this kid need to get his ass kicked. I'm all for movies about the joys of youth but this generation sucks.
This was really funny. Offerman was great. Highly recommended.
- Before Midnight
- Only God Forgives
- 12 Years a Slave
- The Rover
- Ferris Bueller's Day Off
- Teen Wolf
- American Pie
- Fast Times at Ridgemont High
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
- 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!