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½ March 24, 2014
One of several niche-nuzzled documentaries to arrive within a very short period of time. Like "The King of Kong," Ecstasy of Order dedicates itself to an intensely-competitive corner of the video game world, albeit one without as polarizing a figure as Kong's infamous villain, Billy Mitchell. With no exception, each Tetris mega-mind to share this spotlight seems refreshingly earnest, friendly and down-to-Earth. These are guys and girls I wouldn't mind sharing a few beers with over a sticky NES control pad, and it's tough not to sit back, smile, and revel in the moment when they all get together for the very first time, several world records change hands and a spontaneous game of Texas Hold 'Em breaks out. In some ways, I think that's a symptom of the broadly different approaches of the two games: where Donkey Kong is about fire, death and imposition, Tetris is more in line with a timed jigsaw puzzle. It's quiet, inwardly-focused and nuanced, and thus so are its greatest players. Depending on the viewer's mentality, their ultimate enjoyment of the two films may vary appropriately. Sprinkled with a set of widely-varied contenders, more than its share of mysterious intrigue and the pointed quest to crown the world's best player in a first-ever champion's tournament, this is a startlingly arresting subject and a dense display of cerebral gamesmanship. Well worth watching.
November 4, 2013
'Overly geeky documentaries about competitive gaming' is slowly becoming one of my favourite genres in film. After 'The King of Kong' comes this documentary, not about Kong this time but about Tetris and the (often hilarious) brilliant minded geeks that compete for the title. Mesmerizing.
½ October 13, 2013
Not as good as King of Kong, but if you've ever played Tetris, you'll probably get a kick out of it.
May 16, 2013
I liked this movie, sort of reminded me of King of Kong......
February 22, 2013
this movie is everything
January 30, 2013
So glad i finally got to see this movie! it was amazing and inspirational and so much more... ive been waiting to see this movie for over a year and it was worth the wait
January 18, 2013
It's the Tetris equivalent of The King of Kong. Of course I love it.
½ December 19, 2012
a great doc following the history of Tetris as well as the buildup to the Tetris World Championship. Excellent watch, especially if you like King of Kong or Chasing Ghosts
½ December 2, 2012
This explains so much of how my brain worked from 1988-1992.
August 27, 2012
Everyone loves Tetris, and the super Tetris players are loveable as well.
June 18, 2012
just saw this at alamo, austin film festival fan choice of the year. good to know i'm not the only one that dreams of tetriminos.
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