[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?
Mostly fantasy. Mostly wonderful. Doesn't quite achieve the magic of Moonrise Kingdom, but it has a lot of nice moments, as well as featuring a Who's Who of semi-famous comedic actors playing semi-comedic roles. Oh, and Nick Offerman is in this, and that in and of itself elevates the film. Also, I thought the young actor playing Joe was quite good. I quite enjoyed the movie.
Three teenage friends, in the ultimate act of independence, decide to spend their summer building a house in the woods and living off the land.
A rewatch of one of my favourite films of last year and I still love it. In the last 12 months there has been quite a few coming of age films released and this for me is top of the pile, Mud might be a superior film but for sheer enjoyment TKOS wins out.
These sort of films hold up or fall by the relationship between the young characters and if the audience can believe in said relationship. In TKOS you have two main teenage characters who have obviously grown up together and while Biaggio…
wonderful film such an amazing feeling the direction is so close to the nature it was like a nature documntary very sweet movie!!!!
A coming of age story in the realm of Stand By Me, but alas it doesn't quite contend with that film. While still building on the nostalgia factor for the teens and wanting a simpler life, the connection between the 3 boys isn't as strong as one would hope. One kid, Biaggio, is practically a stranger to the others. All the great delivered lines of comedy come from Nick Offerman. Everything he says is amazing. Although the plot becomes frustrating when it throws all the friendship building out of the window for a love triangle drama. Maybe it's frustrating because growing up is frustrating? Possibly. Either way, it's still a fun movie and a good way, but not much you haven't seen before. Other than the most realistic depiction of Monopoly. The people who play like this, are the reason I don't play Monopoly.
Perfect pre-summer viewing.
The best word I could think of to describe this movie is 'refreshing'.
I don't find coming of age movies all that engaging, truth be told. They end up being terribly cliché and very predictable, but this film managed to subvert my expectations and turned out to be full of surprises. The reason I call it refreshing is because I really haven't seen a comedy that made me laugh so hard I had to pause the TV, a feat that hasn't occurred to me since Shaun of the Dead. Comedy as of late has turned out to be quite formulaic. Too many tropes for my taste. On the other hand, this film doesn't constrict itself, and generates comedy using much…
Al menos está Nick Offerman
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.
- Ferris Bueller's Day Off
- Teen Wolf
- American Pie
- Fast Times at Ridgemont High
- 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!