Movie Recommendation- King of the Hill
KING OF THE HILL (1993)
King of the Hill is probably the least-discussed entry in Steven Soderbergh’s filmography. That doesn’t mean it’s a lesser work, though. Perhaps its diminished presence in the culture is due to its lack of a salacious hook (sex, lies and videotape or the later The Girlfriend Experience) or maybe its lack of major starpower (Ocean’s Eleven or this week’s Contagion). It does feature a number of actors that would go on to greater fame – Katherine Heigl and Adrien Brody among them- but the film is the story of Aaron, played by Jesse Bradford, a teenager and, for all practical purposes, an orphan living in St. Louis during the Great Depression. Though the film is very narrow in scope, barely reaching outside of Aaron’s lower class neighborhood, it contains all the polish and vibrancy you’ve come to expect from Soderbergh. Unfortunately, it’s not currently available on Region 1 DVD but it’s well worth jumping through hoops to see.