“The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters” (2007) dir. Seth Gordon


One of the best documentaries ever made … hell, one of the best movies I’ve EVER SEEN is the 2007 film “The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters.” The film chronicles a real-life battle between two men for the world “Donkey Kong” champion. Yes, that’s “Donkey Kong” the video game.

On the surface, the premise may seem silly, weird, geeky, trite, and more than a little precious. But damn, “The King of Kong” is so much deeper than that. I’m not kidding or being facetious when I say that “The King of Kong” is more exciting, suspenseful, and thrilling than almost any big-budget Hollywood blockbuster of the last several years. Much of this looks like a Christopher Guest mockumentary or a Robert Altman-directed eccentricity fest. But it’s totally real. And the fact that it’s a documentary only makes it more riveting. This could potentially be the best Erroll Morris film Erroll Morris never made.

If you’ve never seen this film, it’s a total must-see. I promise you it’s one of the most exhilarating and fun films you’ll ever watch.