The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters

A Movie ReelThe King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters: 8 out of 10.

Let's see... there's the Leafs vs. Habs, Celtics vs. Lakers, Red Sox vs. Yankees... then there's Ali vs. Frasier, McEnroe vs. Conners, Kobe vs. Shaq, and Billy Mitchell vs. Steve Wiebe.

What? You never heard of that last one? Neither had I until last night, but I've caught up quick. If you, like me, came of age in the era of Pacman, Donkey Kong, Centipede, Asteroid, Zaxxon, Q-Bert, Frogger and the classic arcade games, you will love this documentary about the underdog Wiebe coming at the great ego of Billy Mitchell.

And check out this sweet soundtrack that complements this ultra cool flick. "Pictures Of You" performed by The Cure, "Obsession" performed by Animotion, "You're The Best" performed by Joe Esposito, "Eye Of The Tiger" performed by Survivor and "Everybody Knows" performed by Leonard Cohen.

Note: You crazy canucks with TMN have The King of Kong sitting there On Demand just waiting to be viewed. Trust me, you'll love it.

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If you're anything like me, you checked what's the CURRENT top score... guess what? It ain't Wiebe:


July 20, 2008 @ 2:02 AM


Thanks for posting this...I loved that documentary even though most people I've recommended it to have simply questioned the mental state of Steve and Billy. They just don't appreciate the drama.

There's another doc out recently entitled "Chasing Ghosts"...about the same Golden Age of the Arcade. I'm trying to find it on DVD.

The other effect King of Kong had was my need to download some MAME ROMS and fire up Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Jr. and Popeye. I've abandoned Crysis and other hardware-punishing games for these sweet treats.

Watch this movie if you've ever spent more than $10 at a sitting on the old Kong!

July 20, 2008 @ 5:59 PM

Toronto Mike

It brought me back to Saturday afternoons at the arcade on Yonge Street.

We'd hit up the dude in the booth for quarters and play. Paperboy, Wonderboy, Super Zaxxon, Sprint and yes, Pacman.

And pinball, too. I was a big pinball fan.

I miss the simpler games. I miss Popeye. I miss the arcades when you could actually play a game for a quarter.

July 20, 2008 @ 6:05 PM

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