Chasing Ghosts: King of Kong meets American Movie

You'd think 4 hours of Pinball would be enough videogaming for a day, but afterwards when I got home last night I saw a new movie listed on Netflix: Chasing Ghosts, a movie about Twin Galaxies and the Video Game Era.

This behavior reminded me of the Simpsons' episode where Homer gets kicked out of all-you-can-eat night at "The Frying Dutchman," ("'tis no man... tis a remorseless eatin' machine!") and Marge ends up being deposed about their evening...

Hutz: Mrs. Simpson, what did you and your husband do after you were ejected from the restaurant?
Marge: We pretty much went straight home...
Hutz: Mrs. Simpson, you are under oath!
Marge: We drove around until 3AM looking for another all-you-an-eat fish restaurant.
Hutz: And when you couldn’t find one?
Marge: We went fishing...
Hutz: Do these sound like the actions of a man who had all he could eat?

Still, I clicked "watch now" on Netflix and settled back. I'm completely happy with that decision: Chasing Ghosts isn't just a retread of King of Kong, it has all the best parts of King of Kong combined with the directorial cruel wit of American Movie, which made Chasing Ghosts an uncomfortably fun flick to watch, with lots of video game sound effects thrown in.

The director gets more and more cruel as the movie progresses, but I'm sure it was all done out of love.

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