50DMC – 5 – Favorite Documentary

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The 50 Day Movie Challenge asks one question every day, to be answered by a few paragraphs and a clip, if possible. Click here to see all 50 questions in a nice and organized list. It’s such a pretty list.

TODAY: What’s your favorite documentary?

I’m not really much of a documentary person, to be honest. All you really have to do is take a look at my Flickchart to see that this is in fact the case. There’s a whopping 12 films total, give or take a few stragglers. I’m not even sure if one of those films actually counts as a documentary (*ahem*JACKASS: THE MOVIE*ahem*). That said, there’s one documentary that stands out among the rest as my favorite: King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters.

It’s pretty much the “hero’s journey” as Steve Weibe tries to take the world record for Donkey Kong from long-time champion Billy Mitchell. Weibe is instantly likable and his passion for his hobby infectious. At every turn I was with him as he struggled to establish himself among the other hardcore gamers and prove that he was a formidable player. My only real complaint about the film is that it never plays for ambiguity, keeping Mitchell a very stereotypical “bad guy.” But even that is kind of a nit-pick as I still really enjoyed the film anyway.

Here’s the trailer for King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters