Thursday, April 28, 2011

The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2007)

This hilariously riveting documentary follows the epic battle to set a new world record for the arcade classic - Donkey Kong.

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I want to show this movie to anyone who thinks Christopher Guest's mockumentaries are unrealistic. The characters in this film are as (if not more) over-the-top than anything Guest has ever committed to celluloid. AND IT'S ALL REAL! Even Steve Wiebe, the every-man "hero" of this story, is an obsessive-compulsive who borders on neglect towards his family. But the real draw for this film, the thing that makes it sing, is hot sauce empresario Billy Mitchell. Mitchell's ego is a thing of wonder. So many quotables. I honestly watched this film three times in one week it's that good. And streamable!

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