[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…
This movie somehow remain me of 'Where The Wild Things Are'
This movies tell us about three young boys sick of their controlling parents and decided to live the way they wanted to, being a man, they said
A sweet, unique take on the coming of age story. Thought there were some things that could have been explored more deeply and resolved more thoroughly. Loved Nick Offerman's performance.
I don't understand why this movie has so many high ratings. I don't know why so many people fell in love with it. I cannot comprehend why it's been compared to Stand By Me so many times. It reeks of all the pretentious garbage these indie children are so fond of, that I'm not sure why I picked this up in the first place.
Listen: Stand By Me did not have asshole lead characters who did not learn their lesson at the end. This movie has that - I like to call him a Privileged/Pretentious White Dude (PWD). Therefore, it sucks. I'm not going to mince words for a movie that did the exact opposite, so there you have it:…
I simply love good coming-of-age movies - this one premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, and deserves attention of everyone who loves independent cinematography. It was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize, thanks to the refreshing directorial debut of Jordan Vogt-Roberts and addicting screenplay by Chris Galletta (first produced script), supported by real gems of young actors: Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso and Moisés Arias.
I was immersed into the life of Joe Toy (Nick Robinson), a young man on the verge of adulthood, finding himself increasingly frustrated by the attempts of his single father, Frank (outstandingly performed by Nick Offerman), to manage his life. Declaring his freedom once and for all, he escapes to a clearing in the woods…
I wanna rule!
Fed up with their home lives, three school friends set out into the woods to build their own home. And kinda succeed.
I wasn’t sure I’d like this — it looked Quirky and Indie and Hipster-y — but I wound up rather loving it. It mashes zany ‘comedy’-comedy with indie drama — the kind of tonal disjunct some despise, because they like their films neatly Funny or Serious, but which I always have an affinity towards. Plus there’s an awesome soundtrack and frequently incredible cinematography — many shots are truly beautiful.
Surprisingly relatable, despite its outlandish storyline, this is a film to subvert expectations.
A beautifully made ode to those misspent summers of youth. For the sequel, our lead character visits a faraway theme park called...Jurassic World.
Se c’è un tipo di film che non mi stanca mai, questo è senz’alcun dubbio il coming-of-age (che potremmo tradurre “film di formazione”).
Gli ingredienti ci sono tutti: incomprensioni con i genitori, fuga da casa, voglia di indipendenza, la vera amicizia, i primi amori. La fine della scuola e l’arrivo dell’estate sono il momento migliore, quando questo desiderio di libertà diventa un’ossessione, quando non si riesce più a sopportare e si passa all’azione.
The Kings of Summer è tutto questo. Ma anche di più.
Si può fare un film con una buona sceneggiatura, ma Vogt-Roberts fa di più: crea un cult. Un film che mai mi stancherò di vedere, che ad ogni visione lascia qualcosa di nuovo, un film in…
It was about time I watched this film again, holds up perfectly on rewatch and my star rating doesn't alter. A fantastic film that should be watched.
- 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!