[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…
Moisés Arias ruined it for me
This movie feels like what could have happened to the kids from "Stand By Me" a few summers later. As much as that movie was about the end of boyhood, this movie is about the start of manhood. There are several additional similarities, but the other major one is that they both have main characters where there was recent death in the family, and that seems to serve as the main catalyst for their need to grow up.
What this movie is also about, and what it does very well, is explore that great dynamic between two best friends when you add a third element... a pretty girl. These guys are as close as you can get, and they are…
The Kings of Summer might be this generation's Stand By Me. Now with twice as many love triangles and venomous snakes!
Hilarious beginning with great characters After that gigantic plot holes became apparent and the movie really fell off.
A beautifully shot coming-of-age film that however ultimately fails to engage me. The tone is a bit peculiar, a mix of teen movie, comedy, drama and even fantasy that is never firmly defined. It doesn't quite work for me, I don't always get what the film is trying to achieve and that hinders my emotional engagement. The film kind of reminded me of Where the Wild Things Are for a second, it has a similar vibe at some point, although it quickly fades away. There are also some slow motion shots in the film that serve no purpose as far as I'm concerned, I find it a bit puzzling although it doesn't really bother me. It's not an awful movie…
This is a film that I knew pretty much nothing about when I started watching it. I recall that I saw a trailer last year when I was seeing something else in theaters. I actually prefer seeing movies that way. The movie itself is pretty good, but it's drastic tonal shifts feel unearned and heavy handed.
The cinematography is beautiful in that new indie hipster way. Very saturated colors. Lots and lots of golden hour shots. Shallow depth of field is a tool that's constantly employed. I really look forward to seeing the work of Ross Riege.
I don't really want to talk about this movie anymore so if you like stereotypical hipster indie dramedies check it out. Also Nick Offerman is hilarious in this film.
I love Biaggio
This is one of my favorite films of 2013. Holy shit. I can completely relate with the characters and dramatic element of this film. The art house vibes are so beautifully constructed and the soundtrack really stand out. Ryan Miller has crafted a musical masterpiece. Apart from the music, the film carries the viewer through a hilarious and engaging storyline. The actors really shine in the subject matter. Nick Offerman is fucking hilarious, as per usual but I find that the funniest thing in this film has to be Moises Arias' portrayal as Biaggio. I was crying from laughter in every scene he was in. The only thing I wish I got a bit more of from The Kings Of…
I feel like an asshole saying "oh yeah I enjoyed the cinematography" but yeah I enjoyed the cinematography.
- 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!