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"Before you know it as the years go by, you're just like other people you have seen, with all those peculiar human ailments. Just another vehicle for temper and vanity and rashness and all the rest. Who wants it? Who needs it? These things occupy the place where a man's soul should be." -- Henderson the Rain King

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

King of Kong

Film #24 of my '07 movie list was also film #1 of my Seattle International Film Festival.

King of Kong is a documentary about Redmond, WA's own Steve Wiebe a former Boeing engineer set on breaking the world record for the arcade version of Donkey Kong. Along the way he encounters a delightfully evil advisary (Billy Mitchell) and a number of unbelievable obstacles. Avoiding the formulaic approach of similar eccentric competition-based documentaries, the film provides a fresh take on the genre. The result is a delightful film that was a big hit with the SIFF crowd.

Opens in theaters in August. According to director Seth Gordon a feature film version is in the works. I'm picturing Ben Stiller as Billy.

Official site
Another officialish looking site
Philly.com review
Geeks of Doom review

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