Thursday, January 22, 2009


"The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters" is a documentary by Seth Gordon that dives into the underworld of competitive gaming. And when I say competitive gaming I'm not talking about Halo or any modern day hits for that matter, I'm talking about arcade classics like Donkey Kong, Galaga etc. Sounds lame, I know...but the overall documentary captures a side of man that can be applied to us all. A compelling analysis of mans ego, the need to win, the formulation of clicks, and in the end...honor. Billy Mitchell is a washed up arcade celebrity who has built a small fortune from hot sauce and wing houses, and is challenged by Steve Wiebe, a middle class school teacher who threatens his most auspicious title - the King of Kong. Considering the filmmaker stumbled upon this gem of a plot and had no intention of covering such an angle...brilliant, with a dash of pure luck. Highly recommended, do not sleep! -Mr.-

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