Saturday, August 18, 2007

Movie Review: The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters

The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters is an absolutely awesome documentary about the man who has held the record high score of Donkey Kong since 1982, and the guy who decided to challenge that score over 20 years later.

Just came from a showing with a Q&A with the director/producers. The filmmakers started out with the intention of making a simple "sports" documentary set in the world of competitive gaming, but came away from it with a different drama altogether, complete with a scared, arrogant champ, a scandalously corrupt scoring process, an incredibly determined challenger and a gallery of goofy grown men who have dedicated thousands of hours of their lives to becoming champions at games like Missile Command, Joust, Burger Time and Mappy.

It's a small indie documentary, and the filmmakers encouraged the audience to spread the word if we liked the movie... so go see it if/when it comes to your city - preferably opening weekend, which always counts the most.

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