[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…
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?
Still great. It's tone and lively, youthful exuberance is infectiously entertaining. Not a deep thinkers film but who needs those all the time.
absurd dialogues in a dramatic story.
humour and seriousness in the same great coming of age film.
Kings of Summer works really well as a comedy, with some very funny lines and a collection of montages that create a lovely nostalgia for youth freedom. But as a drama, it is hard to build a real connection to the characters because they are whiny adolescents that take their rather quality lives for granted.
Wonderful cinematography and score.
After watching, I felt somewhat robbed that I never had THAT cool of a treehouse during my childhood.
Original and enjoyable coming-of-age movie; even though sprinkled with clichés at times.
But let's be honest, we'll all be with the comforts of the indoors and the internet this summer, not in the woods with take-out chicken.
Having the elements and ambience for setting something truly enjoyable, this movie simply let down so hard on acting skills that appreciating its potential was out of the question. Luckily it managed to get me smiling every once in a while and it set a good tone with the very, very first scene, which was quite awesome.
I love this movie because it reminded me of how much I want to escape.
Good, entertaining, coming-of-age film.
Underdeveloped, predictable and slightly annoying. The cinematography is interesting, however, and leading actor Nick Robinson turns in a performance that suggests he really is a star to watch. Overall, a weak film that could have been so much better.
A note on the viewing: Viewed in Standard Definition on DVD, upscaled to 2K High Definition. StudioCanal's DVD transfer is fine though of course limited to the restrictions of its format.
A STAND BY ME poked by indie comedy and thoughtful, hipster disco rock. The ambitious story, pulling a seriously weird tone from cute but odd sitcom jokes and fanciful but strange modern myth, makes a splashy sort of film but a very warm one. The off-kilter tone doesn't always work, but I appreciate the commitment. And, believe it or not, it achieves a very intriguing, very well crafted SUPERBAD-like emotional landing. Comparisons to SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED probably aren't just due to casting from NBC comedy but might be caused by similar wise tonal ambition.
Joe Toy (Nick Robinson) -- a teenage boy -- is sick of the family who represses him… the single father, Frank (Nick Offerman), widower to Joe's…
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I rank all the 2013 films I see in my personal order from best to worst!