Official Trailer for Netflix's Rubik's Cube Short Doc 'The Speed Cubers'
by Alex Billington
July 1, 2020
"Between two friends there can only be one champion." Netflix has debuted a trailer for a documentary film titled The Speed Cubers, marking the directorial debut of filmmaker Sue Kim. The 40-minute short doc is premiering directly on Netflix later in July. The film focuses on two competitors in the world of competitive speedcubing — solving Rubik's cubes and other puzzles as quickly as possible. The two top "speed cubers" are Feliks Zemdegs from Australia, who had reigned as king of the cubers for nearly a decade, and Max Park from California, who originally emerged onto the scene in 2017, beating Zemdegs' 3×3 world record. Discover the special bond — and uncommon competitive spirit — that has connected these two as they battle over Rubik's cubes. This looks really good! An inspiring, uplifting story about two competitors and friends.
Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Sue Kim's short doc The Speed Cubers, from Netflix's YouTube:
Speed Cubing, which is the competitive sport of solving a Rubik's Cube in mere seconds, has grown into a worldwide phenomenon in recent years. For nearly a decade in the sport, Feliks Zemdegs from Australia, has reigned unchallenged as the king of cubers, the greatest of all time. That is, until now. The cubing world was stunned when an unknown challenger named Max Park from California took home the Gold in 2017 and emerged onto the global stage. Since then, Max's rise to the top has been swift and steady, save for one obstacle in his way – Feliks. The two have been trading wins and world records steadily, neither one able to truly dominate while the other still competes. But rather than developing into a bitter rivalry, Feliks & Max have instead grown their competitive relationship into a tender yet complicated friendship. The Speed Cubers is made by filmmaker Sue Kim, making her directorial debut. Produced by Evan Krauss and Chris Romano. Netflix will debut The Speed Cubers short doc streaming exclusively starting July 29th.
Nice guys. I mean, they really look like nice guys ...
shiboleth on Jul 1, 2020
I'm a speedcuber. the whole community is like that. if you want a fun hobby/lifestyle (yes. lifestyle.) with the nicest people on the planet, pick it up. look up max park's story about his autism. his parents credit cubing and esp the community for his tremendous progress in social skills. (EDIT the trailer kicks right off with that then lol didn't see it when commenting) the worst thing i've seen so far (aside from a few cheaters deliberately peeking through blindfolds) was a guy who went around harassing everyone to add more rounds of a certain event (blindfolded AGAIN!) so he could try to break his record.
Paul on Jul 14, 2020
Thanks for your thoughts. I absolutely appreciate your kindness and suggestion. When I saw the trailer I saw decent people doing something that really motivates them and they all seem to make an interesting crowd or subculture or something like that. Which is something that should be cherished and respected. In my view, a at least. But, despite that, I have to decline your invitation into that community since I'm full of things that I do myself (films being one of them). However, I'm mostly bookish guy who finds, reads books and then writes about them. It's a cool thing since there are so many great books and community of bookish people can be a great thing too. I guess, my comment here went into some kind of direction which says that there are other groups of people that are decent and are doing decent things in this messed up world. I might not have the time and energy to be part of that too, but I'm glad I'm noticing such stuff. Best wishes to you and to your community. Cheers ...
shiboleth on Jul 16, 2020
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