ROLFE: A No-Budget Dream (2002)

Mike / November 30th, 2011

This is a documentary made about me, filmed and edited by fellow college students in 2002. It shows a candid and personal side of me. I was very socially awkward and I think I was extremely flattered that somebody wanted to make a video about me.

Comments

  • radiopools

    November 30, 2011 at 12:23 am

    This is awesome. Of all the people you could make a documentary about, James ranks up there with Mark Borchardt. Would be so cool to see a modern version of this some day. We get to see some of it in the Cinemassacre 200 & Dragon in My Dreams.

    It’s kind of cool to see how back in 2002 you wanted to become a sort of cult phenomenon, and with the AVGN series you totally achieved that.

  • NegaNova

    November 30, 2011 at 12:24 am

    That was actually pretty beautiful. You are such an interesting person James, I’m sure you know yourself better than me, you this isn’t new information haha, but seriously. I really enjoyed this, and I know that your work will continue to inspire others, not just me. So thank you so much for existing!Also, to the guys who made the documentary, I loved the way you incorporated the piano at the end, and your close-ups had perfect timing. I loved it.

  • Robs_Alien

    November 30, 2011 at 12:29 am

    Beautiful documentary. I love how it’s pretty raw and straight to the heart.I don’t think there is a day where me and my friends don’t watch a video of yours. Big fan James, all the way from California.Did you ever finish The Confounded Crazy Critters Who Devoured Neurotic Live Stock and Couldn’t Stop Dying So They Had to Carry Their Own Tombstones Over Their Heads?

  • christburner

    November 30, 2011 at 12:34 am

    ….GOD SHOW GUYS!!! to the ones that made this in 2002. great job. i really enjoyed it.

    james,

    fantastic as always. im a huge fan, way to go man. cant wait for the avgn film.

  • christburner

    November 30, 2011 at 12:34 am

    …GOOD SHOW GUYS!!! to the ones that made this in 2002. great job. i really enjoyed it.

    james,

    fantastic as always. im a huge fan, way to go man. cant wait for the avgn film.

  • GabrielLangevin

    November 30, 2011 at 12:36 am

    Really love the vintage stuff :D

    You always seem to keep some in back up in order to play them later.

    Crazy the comment are filling up as I speak.

    I really hope that your movie will reflect that old style of movie making, I’m really not a fan of all those over the top special effect like in rob the robot. Been a fan since the start, seen all episode AT LESS 3 times. Keep up the good work.

  • umojean

    November 30, 2011 at 12:41 am

    Well this was just amazing, you are truly an inspiration Rolfe. I’ve enjoyed your videos since jrhigh or so and i am now a freshman in college. Like you were I am very socially awkward and want to be seen as how you describe. Instead of movies though I make music. I was having an awful day today, and wondering if it was really worth it being in college and everything and for some unknown reason, this made me feel a lot better about myself. You’re the best.

  • TylerJaymesSharkbait

    November 30, 2011 at 12:43 am

    James, you really have followed your dream persistantly, and look where you made it to. You are already an internet sensation, and you continue to push forward towards your dream with giant strides. Like you said about how you are a nobody without your movies, I know exactly your frame of mind when you say that. I am a nobody with out my music, but no matter what happens, I strive towards being an amazing musician just how you strive towards being the next Steven Spielberg hahaha. Don’t ever think that your work is going to shit, because I along with thousands of other people love your videos. Keep making them please hahaha and never give up on your No-Budget dream. PS, this is coming from Reading, PA, I believe close to where you make your awesome movies.

  • malice936

    November 30, 2011 at 12:54 am

    Really cool James. I really like this vid. While you were in school you were still working your ass off to bring a creative and respectable vision to life, far better then some of these FUCKING shitty ass big budget movies, and you’ve managed to become a success not only as the AVGN or Board James but as a person and an artist. I only hope that my vision for the future can reach half as far as yours has.

  • luckystaranimechichi

    November 30, 2011 at 1:06 am

    nice and raw, real life

  • Schwanck-VERIFIED

    November 30, 2011 at 1:07 am

    Nice and raw, real life.

  • gamez

    November 30, 2011 at 1:13 am

    Well obviously you were never a “nobody”. Look at how much you have achieved since then. Sad to know that you felt that way at the time. Well you rose above it. Keep up the great work.

  • AlphonseElric

    November 30, 2011 at 1:35 am

    I’m always moved when I watch this videos about your life, you’re such an interesting person, and in a way I feel that I have to keep on going when I feel like a nobody, thanks for all the inspiration you somehow manage to give me

  • LuisFernandez

    November 30, 2011 at 1:41 am

    very inspirational keep up the good work! love you man!

  • DiscoStick

    November 30, 2011 at 1:57 am

    I’m posting this about 10 minutes after viewing. I just stopped crying. The last part really, really hit me hard. James, I just wanted to let you know that you’re the inspiration the fuels my interest in film-making and art as of right now. James, you’re definitely not ‘nobody’. You’re the fucking life of my party.

  • SuicidalSpree

    November 30, 2011 at 2:08 am

    ither its the pre-prepaird speeches or just in the moment kinda thing

    you seem alot more confident in the movies you make now

    this you seem shy witch is ironic in a way “the one who uses the Camera hates being on it the most” good luck with the AVGN Movie!

  • JamesYochem

    November 30, 2011 at 2:10 am

    I’m loving the Peter Gabriel!

  • ClaudioPaola

    November 30, 2011 at 2:11 am

    Very inspirational James. I’m looking for that drive to produce my short films and no word of a lie, every time you release a new video, I get closer to my goal. You released two videos today so I’m twice as inspired ;)

  • TimArnold

    November 30, 2011 at 2:27 am

    Kinda felt like crying at the end….

  • You Only Live Thrice

    November 30, 2011 at 2:48 am

    good stuff, keep following your <3

  • TheoSariklis

    November 30, 2011 at 3:01 am

    You are an amazing person James. I wish I could’ve met you back then because you are an inspiring person to me. I’ve always wanted to make films and it’s when I see yours I feel like it is always possible even when my parents hate the idea of me doing so. For that I thank you.

  • MRCAB

    November 30, 2011 at 3:22 am

    Interesting

  • BrockLobster

    November 30, 2011 at 3:23 am

    Thank you, James. Unlike what some people might say, seeing you grow as a film-maker is incredibly important for a fan base. If I could listen to Dream Theater when they were first beginning to create music together and all their jam sessions, I’d pay to hear it all. I am glad you offer these to us for nothing in return. Thanks again, Sir, for all your efforts, and may your future endeavors ring truly to your dream in film-making.

  • LicaWolf

    November 30, 2011 at 3:24 am

    This was moving, and inspiring… but in a different way than how the original filmmaker intended, probably, since we watch it now with a completely different apreciation, knowing that James was going to eventually obtain some of the cult-following he wished for back then, but he couldn’t imagine then how or when.

    I’m not a film maker but I’m struggling too with my own creative goals, and this was truly inspiring.

    The Confounded Crazy Critters Who Devoured Neurotic Live Stock and Couldn’t Stop Dying So They Had to Carry Their Own Tombstones Over Their Heads. That title is just too awesome not to repeat it.

  • SmellThat7

    November 30, 2011 at 3:54 am

    James I’ll just say one thing: You ARE the life of the party.

  • DennisTreder

    November 30, 2011 at 4:03 am

    loved this documentary, wished it was longer, like showing some work on set and actual filming.

  • pascal99388

    November 30, 2011 at 4:32 am

    guys dont be silly, this is no ‘documentary’ its an act ;)

    Hey but besides that, its still very good & cool

    • RobbyK27

      November 30, 2011 at 5:11 am

      @pascal99388 Did you ever meet James in real life? He is pretty shy. You wouldn’t expect it but he is a real nice guy.

    • RistoUusimaa

      November 30, 2011 at 9:47 am

      @pascal99388 Go suck a dick you insensitive fuck.

  • KamilJanicki

    November 30, 2011 at 4:44 am

    Interesting movie About JAMES :D So skiny :D Damn :D Students !!.. Nice first cinemassacre :D LOGO 8 Bit RLZ…Have a question in 43 sec to 57 is Awsome SongWhat names this Song can you help me?? i cant find TY :D

    • bhaschalk

      November 30, 2011 at 8:23 am

      @KamilJanicki Down The Dolce Vita, Peter Gabriel

  • MihalyKarsai

    November 30, 2011 at 4:48 am

    I feel the same about my work. I’m an unpopular artist, i think.

  • FeastOfVSenses

    November 30, 2011 at 5:15 am

    Very nice and personal touch, I’ve been following you since maybe.. 2006? A huge fan of all your work, I’ve probably seen everything on Cinemassacre and I check for updates every day. Regards, a swedish fan.

  • MrTeaBelly

    November 30, 2011 at 5:45 am

    “My dream would be to maybe make a really big cult sensation, to have people going nuts in the theatre like the Rocky Horror Picture Show…”

    You’re not far off James…

  • MAUXHOUSE

    November 30, 2011 at 5:51 am

    If james could get Mythbusters for the movies that would be sure to get into cinemas.

  • RichardCarlJr

    November 30, 2011 at 5:56 am

    we love your movies, James. mission accomplished =) Godspeed, my friend.

  • donaldallan

    November 30, 2011 at 6:12 am

    james,

    To be honest, ten years ago when I was in high school and probably even in college I would have dismissed you but seeing your work over the past couple of years and having got an idea of your vision I am very proud to say I support your vision. Keep going after your dream because that what anyone of us wants. Good luck man, and hopefully your movie will catapult you into the big time.

    sincerely,

    - Don Allan

  • Bobby1001

    November 30, 2011 at 6:21 am

    This is an awesome documentary of you James!

    Anybody have a master list of all the Cinemassacre movies?

  • donaldallan

    November 30, 2011 at 6:22 am

    And by the way man, with your up and coming feature full length film you are the life of the party. You’ve provided years of entertainment for me and my friends and we are plenty appreciative. Keep it up and I would love to see your name mentioned in the same breathe as other great directors of our day.

    - Don Allan

  • HakumenKing101

    November 30, 2011 at 6:28 am

    Lol! he looks a bit like me.

  • JakeZidel

    November 30, 2011 at 7:22 am

    touching……just touching

  • felix_castonguay

    November 30, 2011 at 7:40 am

    From what I recall, Atom Egoyam did a full lenght movie in a home-movie style. The title is Familly Viewing.

  • KasperThim

    November 30, 2011 at 7:54 am

    On my facebook, you’re right next to Benn Jordan, Mike Portnoy and Phil Defranco on my list of inspiring people. Just wanted to let you know! ^^ I really hope that once you become famous someone will put together a serious biography of your life, you are an inspiration to anyone wanting to go into a creative art.

    Keep on doin’ what you’re don’! Cheers from sweden.

  • Bigdaddyclean

    November 30, 2011 at 7:56 am

    what a dork

    • metalcommand

      November 30, 2011 at 10:55 am

      @Bigdaddyclean Die.

    • BrockLobster

      November 30, 2011 at 12:23 pm

      @Bigdaddyclean You were maybe expecting James to be the captain of the football team?

      • JamesAVGN

        November 30, 2011 at 3:16 pm

        @BrockLobster@Bigdaddyclean More like a Nerd!

  • bhaschalk

    November 30, 2011 at 8:05 am

    You have maintained that original thought/vision of short-movies. I understand where you were going with that idea; that’s the reason candy-bar companies started making bite-sized versions, that’s the reason we all love trailers, and part of the reason we love the nerd and all your other works here.

    I remember that age, we all struggle for an identity, which in this documentaries end becomes your messge/revelation; that your movies defined you, but in the end our passions do not define us, at that age we fear they do and without them we, as you said, are nothing. My run on sentences are getting better!

  • The Swedish Chef

    November 30, 2011 at 8:15 am

    It’s wonderful to see how much you’ve grown as a person and as a filmmaker since then. And seeing how much doing what you love has done for you is so inspiring.

    Comparing the part where you talk about wanting to be the “life of the party” and that “without my movies, I’m nobody” with for instance your turtles-pizza-testing party, I’d say you HAVE become the life of the party. Such great stuff man!

    • LysanderTheevilmonkey

      December 28, 2011 at 12:59 am

      @The Swedish Chef

      Did that video get deleted from this site? I can’t find the pizza testing party anywere

  • Blair_Lucas

    November 30, 2011 at 8:21 am

    Peter Gabriel playing in the opening credits? Badass.

  • Blair_Lucas

    November 30, 2011 at 8:28 am

    @KamilJanicki yeah, from Peter Gabriel I: (Car). Great song, great album.

  • GiovanniGinoCaffarella

    November 30, 2011 at 9:27 am

    Every time I go to the city, I go by the U of A. Now I will think of James when I do! Keep up he great work, James!

  • AndyWagoner

    November 30, 2011 at 9:31 am

    an another piece of the puzzle falls into place. thanks for sharing, james.

  • fromordonlikebrennan

    November 30, 2011 at 9:33 am

    This made me cry!! It’s so touching to know you’ve fulfilled your dreams, James. As your fan, I’m so proud you’ve made it this far!

  • Fei Wong

    November 30, 2011 at 9:40 am

    James here you go, your dreams come true. Thanks for being there pal!

  • sterling.treadwell

    November 30, 2011 at 9:49 am

    It is so great to have such a diverse plethora of work to share with your fans and followers. We have seen your drawings, comics, video’s and other crazy ideas from your earliest years straight to the here and now and an upcoming movie.

    That kind of dialogue, combined with numerous introspective videos and discussions about your work on here has helped you to thrive on the web because it humanizes you, makes you approachable, despite being such a celebrity. I dare say of almost all famous folk, you would be one of the few most fans would be able to walk up and b.s. with as if you were an old friend from college.

    It’s a good mini documentary, and I am glad you got your hands on it and posted it. It mentioned the Cinemassacre 101 film which I think is on the signed copy I got from you of Cinematic Catastrophes. I am surprised because the tone and narrative in the 101 film sounds a lot like your natural ability now, whereas in this you are still pretty stiff and as you said “socially awkward”. I actually attribute your demeanor in the film to exhaustion on a few levels. You just look very weary, yet there is a drive in your eyes that makes me think you were going to put in tons more hours at the labs working despite your lack of energy.

    That drive has been a great fuel for so many movies created. I hope you never lose it.

    I am curious if you will stick with your statement that if you make a full length movie you’ll still try to keep the ‘home movie’ aesthetic. Now that you are prepping to make a big movie, is that one of your goals? In a lot of ways, I can’t wait fo this movie to hit just so we can then see behind the scenes documentaries as you’re filming… because I know you’ll do it.

    • JamesAVGN

      November 30, 2011 at 3:14 pm

      @sterling.treadwell Thanks! I think you may be talking about Cinemassacre 200. (made in 2008) It’s an updated version of Cinemassacre 101 (made in 2002.) The old version is made up of interviews with my friends. I’m a little uncomfortable with showing that version as it may come off as self-praise.

      Maybe, one day, I’ll re-post it in some form. It may even still be on YouTube or somewhere, because I did post it long before, even in the pre-YouTube days, as quicktime files, compressed til the point they almost looked like mosaics.

      • JamesAVGN

        November 30, 2011 at 4:04 pm

        @sterling.treadwell Oh yes, and I still plan to do some old school FX in the AVGN movie. In the episodes, I do quick 2D photoshop animations because that’s the easiest way I can do it in a short period of time. For the movie, we plan to do more effects “in front of the camera”.

      • sterling.treadwell

        November 30, 2011 at 5:56 pm

        @JamesAVGN You know, I think in most cases it would be better to do practical effects rather then going and using the computer. The blood and gore effects you pulled off in your earlier work was simply brilliant. I tried my hand at a lot of home brew effects as a kid around the holidays and for class projects in high school, so I’ve seen what can really work and what totally stinks.

        I recall the days when video was pretty low rezz and youtube didn’t exist yet. I am betting your work is out there buried on a college ftp site. It’d be great to show that 101 episode. With a brief forward I think you can avoid people getting the wrong idea. But really, most dvd’s that include various behind the scenes features just give you a 10-15 reel of everyone on the film talking about how much they LOVED the director and kissing his butt, so I think it’s sort of a gimme nowadays. Except maybe Kubrick’s “The Shining” hehehe…

        Hell maybe you can have a friend make a mockumentary during this film production to show how much of a tyrant you are on the set. :) That way the other behind the scenes feels balanced.

  • BryceDP

    November 30, 2011 at 9:51 am

    yeah so that ending was like uhhh actually kinda sad…I may not be a fan of every single thing he does but James you have talent and you’ve developed a Huge fan base. This was a pretty cool video

  • andrewlangley78

    November 30, 2011 at 9:52 am

    James love your work. Just started watching a year and a half ago, but love all your stuff. I am always stalking your site waiting for the next video.

  • NicoSpa

    November 30, 2011 at 9:58 am

    you are not no one without your videos!!! youre a big person that deserved it to do movies that would come in the theatres

    sorry if my english is bad i´m german^^

  • Ben Gorski

    November 30, 2011 at 10:10 am

    A few things stuck out to me.

    1) James wants to be the edgar allen poe of short films. Interestingly enough, I feel he sort of has. Who else has single-handedly created a site where you release short films and tons of people gobble them up? Most of the sites cater to having a lot of contributors serving up a little bit of EVERYTHING, where jams’s site is just his stuff. I havnt run across anything like this yet.

    2) James would rather have people watch 4 short films rather than 1 main feature. Again, I’d say he’s accomplished this. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve watched 4 or more of Jame’s shorts on this site.

    3) “Im nothing with out my movies…but I made a hundred of them” I couldn’t decide if I should laugh or cry at the end of this movie. Laugh because look at where that attitude got him, but cry because it’s a REALLY sad statement for anyone to make. Glad James worked so hard and made everything work out for the best!

  • November 30, 2011 at 10:13 am

    You’ve come a long way sir. Pretty awesome to see. And you kind of are the life of the party now!!! You are more than your movies. Cool to see everything here!

  • katakis1

    November 30, 2011 at 10:15 am

    I’m so glad he made it.

  • Thomas22

    November 30, 2011 at 10:22 am

    @TheoSariklis@SmellThat7@katakis1@SuicidalSpree@RobbyK27@Schwanck-VERIFIED@felix_castonguay@RichardCarlJr Just move on, nothing to read here.

  • Thomas22

    November 30, 2011 at 10:23 am

    masterpiece for this time. Working on the new imac had to be very exciting :D

  • Thomas22

    November 30, 2011 at 10:23 am

    masterpiece for this time. Working on the new imac had to be very exciting :D

  • November 30, 2011 at 10:33 am

    Test.

  • KyleLutnick

    November 30, 2011 at 10:34 am

    James, without any of your accomplishments, or any of your movies, you are an incredible individual. The movies you make and the journey you’ve taken are an inspiration, but the creativity you’ve had since childhood, your ability to connect with people through your passions, and your unique way of viewing things are what make you such an extraordinary person. I believe you’ve had those traits all along, and that film-making is simply a meaningful outlet for them. No matter where your film career takes you, nothing will change those aspects of yourself that make you the awesome, significant person that you’ve always been. Thank you for sharing yourself and your passion with us all of these years!

    • JamesAVGN

      November 30, 2011 at 3:09 pm

      @KyleLutnick Thank you and everyone for the very nice comments.

  • lucassampaio662

    November 30, 2011 at 10:54 am

    You’re the Man, James. Greetings from Brazil!

  • TheRealPBJr

    November 30, 2011 at 10:58 am

    Wow. That was great!

  • munk451

    November 30, 2011 at 11:08 am

    James, you are so awesome!

  • Xehgoth

    November 30, 2011 at 11:50 am

    I am surprised at how much we get to learn about you James. I feel privileged. Now, on to questions! During this documentary, did you have plans for AVGN?(ANG) When did you start Cinemassacre? And the movie that you mentioned, is it made?

  • November 30, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    That’s a pretty interesting one

  • OlaviPössi

    November 30, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    That was so fucking awesome & pretty fucking inspirational. Thank you James.

  • leonardowalker

    November 30, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    Thank you for giving us the privilege to see this. It’s amazing what you’ve shown. You’ve accomplished a lot with just passion and perseverance towards a goal. I congratulate you. As for the ending, it was a bit sad and a tear jerker.

  • zombiebait

    November 30, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    I have been a fan for years and this is the first time I have decided to leave a comment. I love all the videos and have the 1st Angry Video Game Nerd season. This is amazing to look back and see what you wanted and I feel you have achieved your goal of creating a cult hit. Congrats and can’t wait to see more videos.

  • Lenteja

    November 30, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    James, you’ll be fucking big one day.

  • johndoe777

    November 30, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Alright,

    I cant hold it anymore.

    I am a huge fan of the AVGN, Bullshit, Board James.

    However, I feel that this documentary, the dragon in my dreams along with some older films before we knew James receiving nothing but praise is now self masturbatory.

    Not everything the guy makes is gold. In my opinion Stoney is the worst thing I ever saw. I am also aware of what stoney is spoofing and what it is suppose to be as a film but that does not create and excuse for being bad.

    I am also aware this is James’ website and for fans, so the old adage of, “dont like it leave” can be a great comeback to my comment. I will rebut with this, I am a fan, have been since my friend said, “hey check out this guy on you tube bitching about Simmons quest, it’s right up your alley.” I still wait and check the site daily for the next episode, i believe the aforementioned works as my credentials for a fan.

    So, wrapping up, fielding all this making a movie is hard and the flood of positive comments with out constructive criticism has reached its breaking point for me. We are all aware of how hard it is to make a movie. To the fans, you should be aware of what nothing but positive reinforcement does, simply put it is not fair to the creator, he will miss the opportunity to find weakness in the creation. If you’re a creator and ask 10k people if something is good and they all say yes, it’s great! would you be inclined to fix or tweak what you asked about? to save argument, I think you would be more inclined to move on toward finishing your creation, leaving the said part weak because of nothing but positive reinforcement.

    There you have it, long winded but I had to get it off my chest, thank you for reading.

    James good luck with everything, still a fan, not to worry, waiting for a new episode and the film. Have a safe shoot by the way.

    Thanks

    JD.

    • nowhere4321

      November 30, 2011 at 1:46 pm

      @johndoe777 That’s cool. Everybody likes different things. But if he didn’t put this stuff up, the alternative is nothing at all. He can’t just put up AVGN episodes every day. I don’t think Stoney, for example, is the greatest thing I’ve ever seen or anything, but the alternative is nothing at all. I thought it was interesting, that doesn’t mean I think it was “gold”. If you can find me a website that produces almost daily content that is 100% gold, let me know…

      • tommy.brunn

        November 30, 2011 at 2:01 pm

        @nowhere4321 I don’t think @johndoe777 is saying that James shouldn’t post these videos. He’s simply saying that he’s tired of the commenters always praising whatever James posts, even if some of it is terrible.

        Personally, I think it’s great to see old projects from James. I think 90% of them are terrible, but that doesn’t matter to me. I can find it interesting even if they aren’t very good.

    • MichaelSeale

      November 30, 2011 at 2:16 pm

      @johndoe777 I agree with you in a lot of ways. It always bugs me to no ends how everyone just accepts everything as perfection. There is no such thing as perfect. A wise and awesome man once told me ” Practice makes better.” I find little videos like this interesting to watch, but I’m not about to tell James that this is the best thing of all time. Fans need to learn, that you can tell the guy that something isn’t good, without being a typical flamer. Constructive criticism is how things improve. In an odd way… guys like James here, and a certain other critic have inspired me. We have a lot in common in these ways, and it’s really cool to see inside things like this from him.. That said.. if I had a site, and put videos ect, and got nothing but “Awesome!” in response… I would be like….. Really? Then I would post crap to see how long it would take for some one to be honest lol.

    • CraigMillar

      November 30, 2011 at 3:38 pm

      @johndoe777 You’re taking the site and everything James does too seriously. It’s not like everything he puts up has to be tested and “passed” by some great overseer. He’s just putting up filler in between AVGN and Board James and Bullshit…etc. Just because you don’t like it or agree with some of the video’s content…doesn’t mean everyone will feel the same. I mean sure, some of it is pointless, and no where near as interesting as what the fans want to see, but the man has the right to post things he thinks are funny or interesting, does he not? It’s his site afterall. Why only expect there to be purely gold material on here? You must be a control/organization freak or something. Like seriously dude, no offense, but you gotta chill. We’re all fans here, some of us….just trolls, but for the most part we all enjoy what James puts up, and we don’t really get all bent out of shape if he posts something random as hell now and then. It’s better than him not posting anything at ALL isn’t it?

    • firewarrior2112

      November 30, 2011 at 4:09 pm

      @johndoe777 I see where your coming from. but in this case he only posted this to show us something that he obviously cares about. this was made in 2002 and his other videos are even older, so i don’t think he is looking for constructive criticism. but does this “not all his stuff is awesome” not apply to everything any artist has made ever? does every one of your favorite, or anyone’s favorite for that matter, musician or comedian make perfect material every time? well now I’m beating a dead horse so that’s my stance.

  • nowhere4321

    November 30, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    Bootsy Spankins? Bad Luck Bootsy? LOL

  • LazarheaD

    November 30, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    Go James Go!

  • DericTorres1

    November 30, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    James is the Shit!

  • doul8r

    November 30, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    Interesting. Cant say I am a fan of some of the stuff you do (Like Over analyzers) But the things that made you what you are today is what your good at. Looking forward to the future, and may you have many years of success!

  • Blakynt

    November 30, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    you have a world in your head that everyone deserve to see, peace!Blakynt

  • RichardServello

    November 30, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Damn man, that was really good! Funny how you actually have gained a cult following! Way to pursue your dreams man!

  • MichaelKz

    November 30, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    Aaah, the good ol’ Apple 4G tower. I knew it well.

  • jackblack

    November 30, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    james, your awesome if you ask me follow your dreams

  • EliDavidMorgan

    November 30, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    im currently doing a national diploma in film production and always had all of these amazing ideas but then i learned that its always going to be subjective. you are always going to be making something based on something you have seen or heard. i want to know what speilberg used to dream about as that is where most people get their inspirations from :) im not sure james ever dreamed about youtube fame tho lol

  • JakeLaFortune

    November 30, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    It’s crazy how sad and empty I felt when the film cut to black and you said that you were a nobody without your movies. Honestly, I think we all feel like that about something, especially when we’re younger.

    • JamesAVGN

      November 30, 2011 at 4:25 pm

      @JakeLaFortune Yeah, I don’t why I said it. But it’s true I had that same feeling. When you’re young and trying to find an identity for yourself. Feeling insignificant. But the truth is, you always are that somebody. Back then, I was making movies. I was doing what I enjoy and there was even somebody making a video about me. I guess you don’t always realize what you have until you look back.

  • SpacePanic1981

    November 30, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    @JamesAVGN James, you will go down as one of the greatest film makers that has ever lived. I have watched all of your stuff here on your page. I am amazed that you can have no budget and still produce good movies! You could teach Hollywood a great deal about how to make good movies from the heart and not just CGI 3D crapola. It would have been an honor to have been in the AVGN movie! I wish you all the best in all that you do.

  • Mr_Mirageman

    November 30, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    James, for me you are the greatest film maker that has existed, you inspired me to make movies, and now in a few months i’m going to college to study the arts of film making, and i’m from Chile thats the prove that your work break barriers, thanks James

    • moya182

      December 1, 2011 at 8:34 am

      @Mr_Mirageman I though I were the only fan from Chile… jaja quizás nos podríamos juntar un día a jugar juegos clásicos.

      Saludos!

  • JohnMontana

    November 30, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    The Ed Wood of our time

  • MRCAB

    November 30, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    There doesn’t seem to be an option to not-fallow the conversation unless you first post and then click un-fallow. And If I’m viewing on my iPod or tablet, there’s no option at all.

  • J03_b

    November 30, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    Rock on james, live your dream!

  • StevenWells

    November 30, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    I started making lego videos around 2002 2001.. wow.. but of cos im still only 21 -_-

  • JesseBrown

    November 30, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    Watching this makes me realize, how heartbreaking being an artist is, and that truely creative people are very lonely inside.

    • MihalyKarsai

      November 30, 2011 at 4:43 pm

      @JesseBrown And how many undiscovered artists dies without recognition. So sad.

  • KevinMcAvoy

    November 30, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    This was pretty interesting. Does that “Best of the First Hundred” film exist still? Is it on the site and I missed it? Now I want to go and look. Also, it was weird how they put a slow moving piano rendition of the “The Star Spangled Banner” over the last part. No budget for music?

  • MatthewCorelli

    November 30, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    Seeing this makes me wonder how the AVGN came about…

  • MatthewCorelli

    November 30, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    P.S. the end is really sad! Its a good thing I am an avid follower of you, because if I would have seen this on youtube without knowing who you were, I thought you would have died at the end because it was left like that. Sad music, tear in your eyes….Congrats on all the success. You are a somebody! (Even then you were a somebody)!

  • FredrikPersson

    November 30, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    Always a pleasure when we get to see a glimpse of the real James Rolfe.I always imagined you as a great guy and after watching this I believe it still.

    No homo

    Did you know that almost every time I go to bed I put on one or two AVGN episodes to fall asleep to? =P

    Of course you didnt =PP But I do, almost every day.

    Not saying its putting me to sleep, just that I really love your stuff and I can watch em over and over and over and over.

    I thank you for doing your thing and sharing it and yourself with the world.

    I hope you’ll keep doing your thing and keep on sharing your stuff for a long long time ;D

    Thank you James, you’re great.

    • coltonpugh

      November 30, 2011 at 5:14 pm

      @FredrikPersson Don’t say no homo. It’s a stupid phrase.

      • FredrikPersson

        November 30, 2011 at 5:40 pm

        @coltonpugh not a lonely island fan then

    • federikotozzi

      November 30, 2011 at 6:33 pm

      @FredrikPersson I agree with you, and I do the same thing. I put on some AVGN or Monster Madness videos to fall asleep. Im very glad that James posts this videos so we can know more about him. You rock James.

    • LaurenLCD

      November 30, 2011 at 8:48 pm

      @FredrikPersson While I agree with your sentiments exactly (and I admit, I can do the same), I have to say this: you can admire a fellow male’s work/personality without being gay. Saying “I love your work” or “You’re a great guy.” is not a sign of homosexuality. Maybe it’s because I’m a female, but to me, saying “No homo.” just makes you look like a homophobe.

      • ismail_rashed

        November 30, 2011 at 11:31 pm

        @LaurenLCD@FredrikPersson Thank you for saying that Lauren , my thoughts exactly!

  • WilliamKim

    November 30, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    “I think my dream is to um, to maybe, make a really big cult sensation like maybe have people going nuts in the theaters, like Rocky Horror Picture Show.”

    Years Later….

    “This game sucks.”

    You got close Rolfe. You got close.

  • walkingstickman

    November 30, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    “I think my dream is to um, to maybe, make a really big cult sensation like maybe have people going nuts in the theaters, like Rocky Horror Picture Show.”

    Years Later….

    “This game sucks.”

    You got close Rolfe. You got close.

  • walkingstickman

    November 30, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    “I think my dream is to um, to maybe, make a really big cult sensation like maybe have people going nuts in the theaters, like Rocky Horror Picture Show.”

    Years Later….

    “This game sucks.”

    You got close Rolfe. You got close.

  • killer7_tom

    November 30, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    You walked a long path. You changed a lot over time.

  • TomM

    November 30, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    I found that very touching. James, you are no doubt an amazing artist and such a talented person. How far you have actually come to be, in my opinion, one of the top film makers I know of, if not the best! I’d be a completely different person if I had never known about you. You are my hero James!!!!

  • WestBuiltAMountain

    November 30, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    Look how far you’ve come since this video. You’ve got over $100k in donations and are working on a fairly big budget feature length film.

    Pretty bad ass.

    On a side note – I just received Castlevania 1-2-3 in the mail, and I’ve got IV for the SNES. Never played them as a kid, but now I’m going to.

    Your AVGN videos have inspired me to start building up my NES/SNES collection again (have been doing so the last few months), and I’m planning on doing reviews (just regular reviews) on NES/SNES games now for other people who are looking to buy some games. Inspired by you and pat (the idea of reviewing and building my collection, not in terms of trying to copy a review style).

  • koonat

    November 30, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    I can’t help but think the creators of this video did not have much faith in your success.

    But now you’ve already cemented yourself into the history of film making. I don’t know that I would go so far as to call you the father of the short film, but you’ll no doubt be remembered for what you’ve accomplished and how you’ve accomplished it.

    Totally organic. Great job, man.

  • CyrilWindlovver

    November 30, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    Hey, James, could you please tell what is this thing in your hands on 3:20?

  • DonSkiver

    November 30, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    I’m glad to see that you’ve finally come out of your shell James. I know that you wouldn’t be who you are today, and the films you’ve made wouldn’t be the same if you were NOT that socially awkward individual with low self-esteem. Your life experiences color your art and I don’t think it would have reached nearly as many people as it does if you hadn’t had those experiences growing up.

  • MaxTLemasters

    November 30, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    I have to tell you this James. You wanted a cult following for your work, and you have achieved it. I check this website once a day and just a year and a half ago I just watched you on Youtube. Seeing all that you have done, and the laughs you get me to spit out influences me to get out there and fulfill a dream. When you get that movie done I’ll be watching it the first day man.

  • MaxTLemasters

    November 30, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    I have to tell you this James. You wanted a cult following for your work, and you have achieved it. I check this website once a day and just a year and a half ago I just watched you on Youtube. Seeing all that you have done, and the laughs you get me to spit out influences me to get out there and fulfill a dream. When you get that movie done I’ll be watching it the first day man.

  • MatthewCorelli

    November 30, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    4:09-4:12 = Saddest Eyes in the World.

  • yokel43

    November 30, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    Nice video dude! I know you didnt make i but, like alot of other people are saying, you have come a long way! which inspiring because i feel like i am were that young Rolfe was . Also YOU WERE A SKINNY ASS MUTHER FUCKER! But you look much better now.

  • RiotRhapsodya

    November 30, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    James, did you know you have fans here in Argentina? Bueno, los tenes… Sos un ídolo James… Y por lejos, una de las personas que mas me inspira… Keep the awesome work James… I`m still waiting to watch your name in a movie at cinemas…

  • rafaelflores

    November 30, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    Man, to see James, like that at the end…man….it’s crazy how emotionally attached us fans are to someone we have never met. James you have inspired me to become an animator, though I’m in High school and I’m taking my first class of animation, I know that I have a long way to go to reach my dreams.

  • CraftyAndy

    November 30, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    I feel the same way. I feel I’m as good as my works, and so I strive to make as much entertaining content I can and cater to my attracted audience. You do great works Rolfe. I’d love nothing more then to make it to your position some day.

  • theretrogamer14

    November 30, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    damn, the end of the video was a little depressing with the music and all

  • ArturFaria

    November 30, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    Mate i got to tell you that u havent lost your credits…i can easily say that u are one of the most creative and good director the only problem is capital we all need money to do stuff and well i think in the next months u will be able to produce a master piece !

  • Yo12390

    November 30, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    Dear honored James Rolfe,

    It started out in 2006 when I first looked up some reviews on how to beat castlevania Simons Quest. With one click more I had your review about this game and in total you prooved that its A SHITTY GAME. Since this day im your biggest fan every day I watch your Gamereviews,Boardgamereviews,Top10 Reviews and other reviews or shortfilms. You inspired me …I was also on the road of nothing and now Im starting out as an Airline pilot at Air Berlin. Even ervery time I study or look up things in the internet the first thing I have in the backround is your gamereviews. I dont know why, but I think me and my brother were giving so many laughs and new suprising knowledge about our biggest hobby , through YOUR reviews of games, that right now I love it so much It chills me out and lets me conentrate better while Im studieng…and thats just hearing you from my speakers. In total since 2007 I think your the ruler of the internet and I would love it to see some epic movie in the theatres. You already accomplished something many people dream of and you just started your journey, there are many great adventures that await you and I’ll always watch everything you create and I know you can do it.

    Thanks for letting me watch alll your amazing creations that make me laugh and give me this nostalgic feeling. (SRY for the bad English ) This comes from Worms Germany

    your biggest fan

    Yo12390

  • CraftyAndy

    November 30, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    And I have to add that because of people like you it made me strive to become a better artist and videographer. I’m still practicing (now and forever no such thing as perfection) But even if you don’t have the money, the influence, all you need is a camera and a drive in order to get your message across. I first came across you when I was looking up wikipedia entries on Ninja Turtles 3, by then I was already close to putting the camera away forever but seeing you among other people do their thing and finding an audience and having such a drive and blast doing it brought me back and all those ideas I thought would never happen seem like a possibility again. Never cared for hollywood, I just want to tell a good story.

  • vegeto247

    November 30, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    There needs to be another one in the near future XD Awesome vid.

  • GakFace90

    November 30, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    oh man that was brilliant, i have lots of respect for james, but probably more now

  • November 30, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    Deep.

  • nickdreiling

    November 30, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    “without my movies i’m… i’m nobody really, but i’ve made a hundred” HA! i like that.

    • MatthewCorelli

      November 30, 2011 at 9:11 pm

      @nickdreiling I find it funny how you find that funny but the rest of us find it depressing.

      • nickdreiling

        December 2, 2011 at 8:40 pm

        @MatthewCorelli That’s just my humor. to me that’s like saying i suck, and by i suck i mean I’m awesome!

  • FelipeOrmazabal

    November 30, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    without your movies, you’d still be this awesome creative and funny, guy, is just that with your characters and reviews and just overall pasion for gaming and films thats been put into video, we have been able to see that too… thanks james for not keeping it to yourself… that you are awesome

  • AsiaRead-aBooker

    November 30, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    I got so many flashbacks about being socially awkward from all the way into my late teens after watching the ending. Now I’m completely preoccupied with searching for any old videos of myself at my worst stages of frustrated stammering and long awkward pauses to see how far I came. You seriously came a long way, James.

  • FabianRunn

    November 30, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    I got emotional watching this, we’ll always support you James, you’ve earned to prosper throughout your courage of holding on to your dreams. You’re in my “People that inspire me” on facebook for a reason. Go James! :D

  • RodFalcao

    November 30, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    How many pot did you use to smoke back in the day? lol

    That’s fine with me, James. SMOKE WEED!

  • Drakekesda

    November 30, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    This was a very nice documentary and I teared up at the end. Love you James!

  • transfixed32

    November 30, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    Thank you for posting this video as it really shows what a genuine person you are.

  • GoldenFrog

    November 30, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    This film is Amazing !

    Lol @ James with that movie title at the beginning.

    Your the man James.

  • OldLavy

    November 30, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    Your AVGN are like the holy grail of short films. XD Good work James, know that I’m a big fan of you. :) Good luck becoming a director. You deserve it.

  • LettyLetros

    November 30, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    you succeeded, and created a cult phenomenon show that will be known immortally forever. the AVGN is one of the greatest things to ever grace the internet

  • davewire

    November 30, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    Ten years later and everyone knows you as the life of the internet party. But you’re not nobody. You’re awesome and you’re doing what you set out to do. You’re a short film king with a cult following.

  • billsk8

    November 30, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    its crazy that you went from this really shy and akward person who wanted to be the life of the party to the most entertaining character on the internet

  • DanDubetsky

    November 30, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    So, how many movies have been uploaded here so far? Those Stoney ones are amazing.

  • MickeyMania88

    November 30, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    Literally worlds best person!

  • November 30, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    James, I’m not a film maker but a mere music student, but you still are such an inspiration to me!Like someone else has said, you too are in my list of inspirational people on Facebook, I also created and run your fan-blog on tumblr! This video was great as I loved being able to see such a personal side of you. Never stop what you do as, as you can tell from all the comments, it makes a lot of people, and me, really, truly happy.

  • MickeyMania88

    November 30, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    You are the only reason I even use the internet anymore, dear sir.

  • WrightWilliams1

    November 30, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    You played life and you won.

  • November 30, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    The amount of laughter and happiness you have bought to me and my friends is something that I will never forget. I am a student from the UK, currently studying in Bordeaux, France and I have introduced your films to a friend from Finland, and we both spend countless hours trying not to wet ourselves as we are laughing at your movies so much. I don’t know whether you still believe you would be nothing without your movies, but I know one thing… Your movies would be nothing without you. Thank you James. BOOM!

  • Misfile17

    November 30, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    This was incredibly inspirational. never give up doing what you love James, So many people watch your movies and you can bet that your fans will never stop supporting what you do

  • lporto

    November 30, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    Thank you.

  • MattHerrick

    November 30, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    The ending brought tears to my eyes. You were an awkward kid who made movies for fun, and wanted nothing more than to be noticed. Now, you’re an internet superstar getting paid do what what you love while being adored by fans all over the world. You are the life of the party now, James. Every person I know, I introduce them to your work. They all love your stuff and watch regularly, although I watch your movies far more. Because of you, I’m making movies again. Because of you, I’m following my dreams and pursuing a career with what I love. I watch your videos because you’re so relatable. I watch your videos because you and I are so similar. You’re the life of the party, James. Well done. Never stop doing what you love. You’re an inspiration to us all.

  • AlkisDadinopoulos

    November 30, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    Well mate you followed your dream and not only you succeded but in all honesty you are the only person that still wakes the kid in me. When i watch your stuff i genuinely feel the happyness i used to feel when i was seeing ducktales or any good animation movie. as if my problems make a total pause and i really can relax.

    Gratz to you mate and keep doing what you like cause you do it DAMN GOOD.

  • JamesGlotz

    November 30, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    James, its funny how you look back and see yourself now and its all the things that lead to who you are today; pad yourself on the back to the James 10 years ago to the James to this day for what you are and what will come. Just keep going to the top James.

    -James

  • JamesGlotz

    November 30, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    James, its funny how you look back and see yourself now and its all the things that lead to who you are today; pad yourself on the back to the James 10 years ago to the James to this day for what you are and what will come. Just keep going to the top James.

    -James

  • ColemanTopalu

    November 30, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    I find this very inspirational. I am incredibly socially awkward myself, but seeing James’ transformation is very comforting.

    Please keep up the great work! I have learned so much about the history surrounding my favorite hobby from your AVGN series, and I cannot get enough of your brand of humor. I hope that as you continue to pursue your career, you’ll find even more cinematic inspiration.

  • GabrielLopes

    November 30, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    That was very touching James, keep up the good work

  • theshep

    November 30, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    :)

  • Brett 123

    November 30, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    James had sexyness back then

  • RolandsDell

    November 30, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    you are really inspiration for me James

  • PasswordSuck

    November 30, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    Wow that was inspiring man , i know how it feels…i’m actually in college , working in the same field , ya know movie and stuff…but sadly i tried my best and all i got is insomnia , headache and in the end it made me take a obligated break from tiredness….anyway it’s just so hard figuring yourself out ya know…i just don’t know what to do anymore…i guess i need time for myself …BTW seeing your videos gave me inspiration and hope for a better future. Mostly your movie reviews , they’re neat and pretty funny too :P

  • jemis

    November 30, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    We are your public James and I would watch all of you movies.

  • J_Straws

    November 30, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    if you made a rendition of a Dogma 95 film somehow id love to watch it

  • ixion_wallace

    November 30, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    keep it up. Snap! (rocky V OST)

  • RedheadTobie

    November 30, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    Thank you James, sincerely.

  • KelliVail

    November 30, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    You’ve come a long way, James. And honestly, you, sir? Have inspired me and helped me to not give up on myself. Words cannot describe my thanks.

  • kakeroo

    November 30, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    you’re not selfish and those people are the life of the party, but we’re all nobody. i would say you achieved your goal and thanks for sharing. i look forward to the AVGN movie and kinda hope it’s in the style of a cheesy rip-off of the wizard

  • Kevin H E

    November 30, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    D’awh, you were really cute and awkward back then.

    Anyway, it’s really such a transformation to see you back then, all young, then to see you today with a completely different look but the same voice. It’s so inspiring to see what you’ve become.

  • PianomanDave

    November 30, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    James. I really hope you get a chance to read this. I know there are tons of comments. I just created an account just to post this. It’s really not something profound. I just want you to know that I used to not think I mattered. I used to think people didn’t see me. I learned to play music to be noticed in college. It’s been a decade since this documentary. I really just hope that you were able to get past that. You matter. Even the people who are the life of the party doubt themselves sometimes. They just learn to hide it. Take care.

  • guch20

    November 30, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    Here’s a message from someone who has always been the life of the party: I wish I had half the dedication you have. Maybe I’d have become somebody truly important. Maybe I’d actually finish something I started, like the novel I’ve had in my head for years, then wrote a few chapters of, then quit.

    You’re an inspiration to many and a source of entertainment for many more. Thank you.

    • Davy

      December 1, 2011 at 12:16 am

      @guch20 You’re not dead dude! You can STILL become somebody important and you can still finish that novel! Look at it this way, the story is already finished. You’ve made it in your head… now it’s just a matter of getting it down on paper. Maybe the story will turn out to be crap, maybe you’ll never hit it big… but it’s better to try then cry.

    • Joss

      December 1, 2011 at 8:45 am

      @guch20 Hey mate, I have a novel’s worth of unfinished first acts. I have huge mind maps of ideas (Freemind is a great tool). The problem is that I wish I could put it all away and erase it all from my head. Now I have so many scenes and characters which I want to honour in completed stories, my brain is just all jammed up. BUt the thing is, if I want to be writer as a career, then I have to write more than one story, so there’s plenty of time to honour all my ideas. I think you should revisit those chapters you wrote and see what you do about that. Remember that, the worst story you’ve written will always be better than the best story you’ve NEVER written.

  • DeathTrax666

    November 30, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    This is really touching…i see a guy with a dream, a Vision…and for all these years you did not give up…you inspired me…you inspired Thousands of people to do what they dream of, their visions! I Started to Review games because of you james! You Have support from all over the World.

    For that Greetings and support from Germany!

  • Hatefrost

    November 30, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    Long live James Rolfe! I love your work, man! You’re an inspiration to me!

  • MadTheDJ

    November 30, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    Isn’t it neat that in a way, you did achieve that cult following, James? Just not in the way you probably expected (as in via the AVGN success leading to the success of Cinemassacre.com and your many other great projects). Thanks for sharing a personal moment and keep up the great work!

  • JasonLore

    November 30, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    James — I’m pretty sure if we interviewed you now, you’d have a different take on your potential and performance. If you don’t already know it, trust me, brother, in your own fiendish way, you’re an inspiration! Keep up the great work (AVGN in particular).

  • Bucketdeth

    November 30, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    God damn, the ending is such a emotional moment. Great film and I believe you have achieved that cult following and more.

  • RyanSmith1

    November 30, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    James-

    I have been a fan since I saw your second or third vid when they were being posted on youtube. I have watched your videos every week when they come out with a smile on my face and laughter coming from my mouth. Thats saying a lot since I have been going through rough times in my life for the past few years. I have enjoyed seeing how your style was cemented and the videos quality ALWAYS get’s better and better. Your partnership with the wonderful people of TGWTG and others. Your relationship with your fan-base. You make your videos with the full backing and love of film and making movies. You make them for YOU! Thats a lot for someone to do these days Sir. Im not a “over the top” fan – I just feel the same way about my own work and respect others like you. I thinkI speak for everyone here when I say that you are not nothing without your movies. You are a great movie maker and your dream of making a movie is coming true! I look foreword to the day when I can say “I have seen James Rolfe’s movie…and it Kicked Ass!!” Good luck with the film and I hope its everything you hoped it would be. Great Documentary guys!

  • Jedicake

    November 30, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    James, you’re fucking awesome.

  • ismail_rashed

    November 30, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    You’re work and dedication is truly inspirational , you have fans all the over the world believe it man , I’m from Yemen =) , and I found your videos by luck, I was at a video game store and a guy showed me your Castlevania AVGN episode and since then I looked you up online and watched all the episodes, keep it up ,you’ll make it big I’m sure.

  • rockarolla306

    November 30, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    @1:58 throw up some devil horns for the Heaven & Hell clip perfect soundtrack for man-eating werewolf guy

  • Crowlevel8

    December 1, 2011 at 12:00 am

    Honestly you are the reason why i wanna make movies someday. I watch one episode of the Anger Video Game Nerd and i was hooked! I had to learn more about you and if you did any kind of other videos besides the nerd ones. So i went to your site surprise that there was more then just the nerd! :D Thank you for all the entertainment!

    P.S You helped me through my depression :) A BIG THANK YOU FROM ME!

  • ChrisFlynn

    December 1, 2011 at 12:01 am

    I think its obvious you’re a different man from how you were during the making of that documentary and its fascinating to see that side of you and that you have put it out there for all your fans to see, and well, thats something special.

    As a fan, as i’m sure all your others do too, I feel privaliged (Shite, I know I spelled that wrong) to have followed your work and to get the occasional glimpse into the man behind the videos.

    I’m from Ireland and myself and all of my friends (that way inclined ;) follow your reviews avidly.

    I hope you keep it up and that you continue to find satisfaction in your work. It most definitely doesn’t go unnoticed, you’ve found your niche, and myself, my brother and my friends will continue to support and preach this site. Keep up the good work man. You feckin’ ROCK!!!

  • MetaZora

    December 1, 2011 at 12:05 am

    You may have thought all you had were your movies, but I think your thousands of fans will disagree today. After reading some of these comments I can tell you are an inspiration to more people than just myself. I look up to you a great deal James, and now that I’m in college myself and finding myself at a bit of a crossroads as to what I want to be, there’s no doubt in my mind that your work will help influence the outcome. I have been following your films and AVGN episodes since middle school. Much of my later childhood years have been spent eagerly watching your work and only being disappointed when each video ended and I knew I had to wait for the next. To me, you are more than an artist or a film maker, but a hero. Whenever I had a shitty day at school, I would often hurry home and watch the Angry Nerd in a fixated trance as you washed away whatever negative emotions I had a few moments ago. None of that matters when I watch you in action, because like the world’s greatest film makers, your work effortlessly transports me someplace where none of that outside shit matters and the only thing I have to worry about is dying of laughter. Thank you for sharing your world with the rest of us. You have made mine brighter as a result.

  • MetaZora

    December 1, 2011 at 12:10 am

    You may have thought all you had were your movies, but I think your thousands of fans will disagree today. After reading some of these comments I can tell you are an inspiration to more people than just myself. I look up to you a great deal James, and now that I’m in college myself and finding that I’m at a bit of a crossroads as to what I want to be, there’s no doubt in my mind that your work will help influence my decision.

    I have been following your films and AVGN episodes since I was in middle school. Much of my later childhood years have been spent eagerly watching you work and only ever being disappointed when each video ended and I knew I had to wait for the next. To me, you are more than an artist or a film maker, but a hero. Whenever I had a shitty day at school, I would often hurry home and watch the Angry Nerd in a fixated trance as you washed away whatever negative emotions I had a few moments ago. None of that matters when I watch you in action because like the world’s greatest film makers, your work effortlessly transports me someplace where none of that outside shit matters and the only thing I have to worry about is dying of laughter. Thank you for sharing your world with the rest of us. You have made mine brighter as a result.

  • MetaZora

    December 1, 2011 at 12:12 am

    You may have thought all you had were your movies, but I think your thousands of fans will disagree today. After reading some of these comments I can tell you are an inspiration to more people than just myself. I look up to you a great deal James, and now that I’m in college myself and finding that I’m at a bit of a crossroads as to what I want to be, there’s no doubt in my mind that your work will help influence my decision.

    I have been following your films and AVGN episodes since I was in middle school. Much of my later childhood years have been spent eagerly watching you work and only ever being disappointed when each video ended and I knew I had to wait for the next. To me, you are more than an artist or a film maker, but a hero. Whenever I had a shitty day at school, I would often hurry home and watch the Angry Nerd in a fixated trance as you washed away whatever negative emotions I had a few moments ago. None of that matters when I watch you in action because like the world’s greatest film makers, your work effortlessly transports me someplace where none of that outside shit matters. For a brief moment in time, the only thing I have to worry about is dying of laughter. Thank you for sharing your world with the rest of us. You have made mine brighter as a result.

  • MetaZora

    December 1, 2011 at 12:13 am

    You may have thought all you had were your movies, but I think your thousands of fans will disagree today. After reading some of these comments I can tell you are an inspiration to more people than just myself. I look up to you a great deal James, and now that I’m in college myself and finding that I’m at a bit of a crossroads as to what I want to be, there’s no doubt in my mind that your work will help influence my decision.

    I have been following your films and AVGN episodes since I was in middle school. Much of my later childhood years have been spent eagerly watching you work and only ever being disappointed when each video ended and I knew I had to wait for the next. To me, you are more than an artist or a film maker, but a hero. Whenever I had a shitty day at school, I would often hurry home and watch the Angry Nerd in a fixated trance as you washed away whatever negative emotions I had a few moments ago. None of that matters when I watch you in action because like the world’s greatest film makers, your work effortlessly transports me someplace where none of that outside shit matters. The only thing I have to worry about is dying of laughter. Thank you for sharing your world with the rest of us. You have made mine brighter as a result.

  • CodyLamie

    December 1, 2011 at 12:21 am

    Not gonna lie, the ending had me in tears. Everyday I always wonder whether I’m really cut out to be a filmmaker..

  • galientdomo4

    December 1, 2011 at 12:27 am

    That ending was really something. You got that following you wanted James. I love your movies, my favorites being cinemaphobia, the jersey devil, the deader the better, cinemassacre 100 and the dragon of my dreams.

  • galientdomo4

    December 1, 2011 at 12:29 am

    And curse of the cat lovers grave. :)

  • tankdo

    December 1, 2011 at 12:48 am

    wow, just wow, keep doing movies!!!!! the best wishes for you James!!!

  • 8BitTerror

    December 1, 2011 at 1:19 am

    Inspiring, to say the least

  • SteveTidoMcDonald

    December 1, 2011 at 1:46 am

    james you are truly an inspiration to your fans. keep doing what you do your videos have cheered me up in tough times of my life. Im glad you kept at your dream.

  • AdrianStraton

    December 1, 2011 at 2:11 am

    You have an army of dedicated fans behind you now James. Great to see you grow and become more confident. Someone as passionate as you deserves it.

  • TerrifyerX07

    December 1, 2011 at 2:26 am

    Please don’t forget us, the early cinemassacre adopters, after the AVGN movie takes off and rockets you into the A-list in hollywood. We love you man.

  • SammyRossi

    December 1, 2011 at 2:51 am

    We love you, man. I would love nothing more than be your friend.

  • SammyRossi

    December 1, 2011 at 2:53 am

    We love you man.

  • MichaelJVanderhoof

    December 1, 2011 at 3:19 am

    wow man, it’s like looking in a mirror, except I didn’t have the tallent for making films!

  • shunu2565

    December 1, 2011 at 4:47 am

    once avgn movie takes off… will james be the same james.

    still you’ll be my best man in the internet!! go man!!!

    • KelliVail

      December 1, 2011 at 8:17 am

      @shunu2565 Oh, I think so. Considering this was almost ten years ago and he’s sharing it with us now kind of proves that.

      I can’t wait for the movie, it’s going to be awesome.

  • btbam4

    December 1, 2011 at 5:06 am

    James, I love all the dedication you’ve always put into making everything you’ve ever done. I’ve been a huge fan since a friend of mine showed me the Super Mario Bros. Three/The Wizard review many years ago. You’re the reason I started watching old movies, you’re the reason I started playing old games, and you’re the reason I have hopes of someday making it as an internet critic.

    I really love how much heart you put into everything you do; it really shows in every single one of your movies/reviews/etc. It’s great to see you achieve your dreams. If there’s someone who deserves that, it’s you. Keep up the good work, I’ll always be a fan of yours.

  • ectopants

    December 1, 2011 at 5:08 am

    Hey James, I just wanted to express my appreciation for all you’ve done to entertain me and countless others from around the globe. We’ve seen you in nerd mode and in other personas but this video was a really interesting look at the artist behind the scenes. I’ve been a Cinemassacre fan for years and I’m eagerly awaiting the AVGN movie. You’re a really cool guy, just keep doing what you’re doing and I’m sure it will be great!

  • kaneda_bjf

    December 1, 2011 at 6:28 am

    James your dedication, enthusiasm and regard for your fans is truly commendable. I’m a budding screenwriter myself, but watching your short films and series is continually motivating me to say “Screw it!” and shoot my own short. Your love of films and film-making is something you just don’t see in the commercial, cookie-cutter, production line of Hollywood. I anxiously await the AVGN movie, and wish you all the luck I can possibly muster when you have production underway. Also, is there anywhere we can view more of your shorts?

  • kaneda_bjf

    December 1, 2011 at 6:29 am

    James your dedication, enthusiasm and regard for your fans is truly commendable. I’m a budding screenwriter myself, but watching your short films and series is continually motivating me to say “Screw it!” and shoot my own short. Your love of films and film-making is something you just don’t see in the commercial, cookie-cutter, production line of Hollywood. I anxiously await the AVGN movie, and wish you all the luck I can possibly muster when you have production underway.

  • kaneda_bjf

    December 1, 2011 at 6:29 am

    James your dedication, enthusiasm and regard for your fans is truly commendable. I’m a budding screenwriter myself, but watching your short films and series is continually motivating me to say “Screw it!” and shoot my own short. Your love of films and film-making is something you just don’t see in the commercial, cookie-cutter, production line of Hollywood. I anxiously await the AVGN movie, and wish you all the luck I can possibly muster when you have production underway.

  • David Signorelli

    December 1, 2011 at 7:00 am

    You’re THE man James and if possible I want to meet you for a brief moment, just to say some words or an autograph(or both!) next year… I’ll stay in NY for a couple of days and so… pardon my poor english.

    This is your greatest fan from the southernmost part of Brazil :)

  • KevinCF4

    December 1, 2011 at 8:15 am

    You inspired me man

  • December 1, 2011 at 8:48 am

    You are a true artist.

    It’s clear in your voice (even then) and in our support that you will be able to achieve your dreams James, no matter the size and no matter the budget. We’re here because we appreciate your work. Continue to do as YOU wish to do and we will continue to follow.

    This is the first time I’ve ever commented on this site.

  • lporto

    December 1, 2011 at 9:22 am

    oi

  • Mistertoast

    December 1, 2011 at 10:23 am

    BAWWWWWWWWWWWWW dat ending

    Of course you are someone without your movies!

    After all you could rage nerd-like over a shitty videogame without filming it! :D

    Keep it up, I´m looking forward to the movie!

    (I wonder how many registratios you got just by people who want to comment on this video)

  • Mistertoast

    December 1, 2011 at 10:24 am

    BAWWWWWWWWWWWWW dat ending

    Of course you are someone without your movies!

    After all you could rage nerd-like over a shitty videogame without filming it as well! :D

    Keep it up, I´m looking forward to the movie!

    (I wonder how many registratios you got just by people who want to comment on this video)

  • FardinJavanmard

    December 1, 2011 at 10:27 am

    you are a true artist…really like your work, especially your AVGN board james and movie rewievs and the other movies as well..keep up the good work!!SOOOO looking forward to the AVGN movie!! :)you’re the man!!

  • DaveMcGrath

    December 1, 2011 at 10:28 am

    I am sure you have probably already seen it or own it… But there is a series by Brendan Small called “Home Movies” it is all unscripted and the basis of the show is just as the title says. Kids making home movies. I always enjoyed the show but I fell in love with the final episode. (It is relative to your situation.) If you ever find the time try to pick it up and watch it. This reminds me of the end of the series.

    And by the way. YOU made those movies. Even if they never made it on the web and the rest of the world didn’t get to love/hate them they are still creations you gave life to. It is very humble to admit you need/want recognition but don’t let yourself feel worthless without your gift. The great folks in your movies would probably say the same thing chief!

    I don’t normally post but I admire how much of yourself you let the audience see in videos. A big part of enjoying an authors work is to let yourself walk in his/her shoes to get a feeling for the way they see the world. You have put on many different pairs of shoes in your documentaries and videos and you let yourself be influenced by SO many great names! And this shows in everything.

    Before I let myself rant I will sum the last paragraph up by saying… I knew I was going to be a long time fan when I saw your review of “Be Kind Rewind” which was by no means a great movie BUT you picked up on the MESSAGE that so many viewers most likely never even tried to find. (They were too busy waiting for cliche jack black jokes.) You pointed out the same thing that I saw. I saw the old unity neighborhoods used to have. I saw the way a heartfelt film that told a visionary story could make folks young and old sit and laugh and cry for just a few hours together. I saw the way a community could find some passion in their mundane middle class lives. I saw art being FUN in 2000! Needless to say you summed it up much better than I did.

    I have no clever way to wrap up this rant so… Nuff Said!

  • PennyBluejay

    December 1, 2011 at 11:33 am

    You are the life of the party! Been a fan for ages. Crushing on you like most ladies I’m sure. Keep it coming!

  • Xtremo

    December 1, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    Love you, James. :)

  • hypersonic55

    December 1, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Oh my god that has touched my soul, this is simply beautiful, brings tears to my eyes. James you are the awesomeness, but now i think you’re the greatest on such a deeper level. You are more of a man than many i have seen in my life, you have my eternal respect. And never fear James you are the life of the party these days, there is no party without you. You rule. Fact!

  • numtumbot361

    December 1, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    that was great!!

  • OV_Furious

    December 1, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    I’m wondering about how you feel the internet changed your dreams for the future? On one hand, you’ll probably never have the chance to make big-budget movies to be seen internationally in theatres, not even short films. Even though you make great short films, but the internet spawned thousands of amateur filmmakers virtually overnight. On the other side you now have a fanbase of over 200,000 people, not only laughing at the Angry Video Game Nerd, but admiring the actor, the producer and the director, James Rolfe.

  • December 1, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    haha this video clip reminded me almost exactly of that documentary “American Movie”

    that was uncanny…

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0181288/

    great documentary, reminds me a lot of James in a good way

  • Justin Butler

    December 1, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    and then a few years later he was all like “SHIT FUCKKKKKKKKKKKKKK THIS GAME IS KANGAROO TURD CRUST DIARRHEA IN MY EARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!”

  • Brandon Sternburg

    December 1, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    beautiful.

  • Dustin Powers

    December 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    You’re awesome James. You’ve got your cult following, and it’s only going to grow from here. Great job man. Thanks for all the laughs.

  • Jesse Osgood

    December 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    That AVGN movie better be amazing with all the money donated to it, or i’ll…..i’ll…..troll some more! Hah!

  • Chris Newell

    December 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Aww, the ending was so heartfelt. It’s interesting to see another side of you. Really inspiring, as always.

  • Glenn Smith

    December 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Candid. You’re a bit older now, aren’t you?

  • Noah Dinnar

    December 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Way to go James, look how far you’ve come!

  • Diego Darlux

    December 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    look at that young Dr. House at the begining XD

  • Gregory Anthony

    December 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Damn you use to be half a Tard.

  • Henry Chan

    December 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    I have nothing but respect for you James. Keep up the great work!

  • Henry Chan

    December 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    I have nothing but respect for you James. Keep up the great work!

  • Kidd Botoxamine

    December 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    I would’t go as far to say, without u making 300 pluse movies your nobody, we all have a life we live because we love it, which is why we love the life we live, dude i never get a reply back from you, but thats ok, theres thousands of people that watch and comment, and everything, and you put your life into your imagination, and put it in something for all of us to see, thats not to say you don’t listen to your fans, i started watching AVGN, when you first started, it was the games, the comidick value, the imagination, the wonder years… everything you did, i wish i’d of met you as a kid, cause i too am a nerd of it all, i just never put it to use like you did

  • Kidd Botoxamine

    December 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    I would’t go as far to say, without u making 300 pluse movies your nobody, we all have a life we live because we love it, which is why we love the life we live, dude i never get a reply back from you, but thats ok, theres thousands of people that watch and comment, and everything, and you put your life into your imagination, and put it in something for all of us to see, thats not to say you don’t listen to your fans, i started watching AVGN, when you first started, it was the games, the comidick value, the imagination, the wonder years… everything you did, i wish i’d of met you as a kid, cause i too am a nerd of it all, i just never put it to use like you did

  • Robert Walle

    December 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Wow, the ending made me cry. Your such an inspiration James. I’m a totally uknown filmaker and this really made me feel proud of that. You know what James? Your the fucking MAN, your a legend!!

  • Robert Walle

    December 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Wow, the ending made me cry. Your such an inspiration James. I’m a totally uknown filmaker and this really made me feel proud of that. You know what James? Your the fucking MAN, your a legend!!

  • Skyrim Steam

    December 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    i dont think the end is sad at all, is a celebration of how things are now for James. he got a lot of experience in these years.

  • Skyrim Steam

    December 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    i dont think the end is sad at all, is a celebration of how things are now for James. he got a lot of experience in these years.

  • Maxime Capdeviole

    December 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    It’s a way better “don’t give up your dreams” movie than the High School Musicals…..

  • Maxime Capdeviole

    December 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    It’s a way better “don’t give up your dreams” movie than the High School Musicals…..

  • Nicolas Alejandro Zarate

    December 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    WE are going to make YOU become the Biggest Budget DIrector that we can James… people please give some Thumbs Up if you´re agree

  • Nicolas Alejandro Zarate

    December 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    WE are going to make YOU become the Biggest Budget DIrector that we can James… people please give some Thumbs Up if you´re agree

  • Alexander Gerald Bruce Parker

    December 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    James reminds me a lot of myself here.

    Without movies I would honestly be nothing. It’s my passion.

  • Alexander Gerald Bruce Parker

    December 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    James reminds me a lot of myself here.

    Without movies I would honestly be nothing. It’s my passion.

  • Scott Watkins

    December 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Throw back James

  • Scott Watkins

    December 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Throw back James

  • Kidd Botoxamine

    December 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    I use to imagin myself as the villan in most movies, there is a speacial look you have to have to be the perfect villan, in one of your vidios you quote “I don’t know what makes a good villan, but you can just tell when you see it” That was perfect cause i always thought the same thing, we have alot in common, another quote you said is “Nothing is original… ideas in general come from somewhere” just the way you act and make up words, quite honestly, i’m surprized you didnt throw the controler at the tv, or say some smart ass remark like ” Looks like i bought a 50$ frizbee” me quote :D (as to say games come on cds now) I hope one day, you’ll add me to your line of work… just a chance to put myself out there would be the world to me, as it is to you, but if not, well, I’ll still be watching your vidios, cant wait for the movie… sorry i havent done my part, to send in some money, but trust me, i dont watch everyday and stock, but i do find myself going online, just because of what you brought to the internet… Thankyou KEN

  • Kidd Botoxamine

    December 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    I use to imagin myself as the villan in most movies, there is a speacial look you have to have to be the perfect villan, in one of your vidios you quote “I don’t know what makes a good villan, but you can just tell when you see it” That was perfect cause i always thought the same thing, we have alot in common, another quote you said is “Nothing is original… ideas in general come from somewhere” just the way you act and make up words, quite honestly, i’m surprized you didnt throw the controler at the tv, or say some smart ass remark like ” Looks like i bought a 50$ frizbee” me quote :D (as to say games come on cds now) I hope one day, you’ll add me to your line of work… just a chance to put myself out there would be the world to me, as it is to you, but if not, well, I’ll still be watching your vidios, cant wait for the movie… sorry i havent done my part, to send in some money, but trust me, i dont watch everyday and stock, but i do find myself going online, just because of what you brought to the internet… Thankyou KEN

  • Ian Bradburn

    December 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    The Angry Video Game Nerd Movie will be that cult film James.

  • Ian Bradburn

    December 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    The Angry Video Game Nerd Movie will be that cult film James.

  • James Lowrey

    December 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    This^^

  • James Lowrey

    December 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    This^^

  • Ryan Boyd

    December 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Makes me proud to wear my Monster Madness tshirt. Well done James.

  • Ryan Boyd

    December 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Makes me proud to wear my Monster Madness tshirt. Well done James.

  • Kevin Teller

    December 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    This made my respect for you skyrocket James. As a fellow filmmaker/film editor (getting certified in editing in 3 weeks), I find it awesome that you made so many movies back then. Plus, I can relate socially to how you were back then (I too, have gotten alot better since my middle school days in 2002). Much respect man, hope I get to meet you someday, and as always, keep up your amazing work!

  • Kevin Teller

    December 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    This made my respect for you skyrocket James. As a fellow filmmaker/film editor (getting certified in editing in 3 weeks), I find it awesome that you made so many movies back then. Plus, I can relate socially to how you were back then (I too, have gotten alot better since my middle school days in 2002). Much respect man, hope I get to meet you someday, and as always, keep up your amazing work!

  • Tanel Lepp

    December 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Oh maan, in 2002 I went to work for the first time, legally :P got enough money to buy a decent videocard to play games :D the 9700PRO, epic card, epic years :) Very nice video man! havent watched it to end but man :) I should have started doing filming and editing sooner :P

  • Tanel Lepp

    December 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Oh maan, in 2002 I went to work for the first time, legally :P got enough money to buy a decent videocard to play games :D the 9700PRO, epic card, epic years :) Very nice video man! havent watched it to end but man :) I should have started doing filming and editing sooner :P

  • Brett Wilkins

    December 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    James…that was amazing. Thank you for allowing us to know you better. It just makes us like, appreciate, and support you even more.

  • Brett Wilkins

    December 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    James…that was amazing. Thank you for allowing us to know you better. It just makes us like, appreciate, and support you even more.

  • Michael Hale

    December 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    I wish I knew you in person. You’re an awesome person, James! You have done amazing things and I look forward to everything you ever release.

  • Michael Hale

    December 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    I wish I knew you in person. You’re an awesome person, James! You have done amazing things and I look forward to everything you ever release.

  • Ian Michael Berry

    December 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    James, you’re so cool.

  • Ian Michael Berry

    December 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    James, you’re so cool.

  • Troy Matzen

    December 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    You’re fucking awesome. Nice candid vid. Can’t wait for the feature length AVGN film. I’ve been a fan of AVGN and all of your other Cinemassacre films since ’07.

  • Troy Matzen

    December 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    You’re fucking awesome. Nice candid vid. Can’t wait for the feature length AVGN film. I’ve been a fan of AVGN and all of your other Cinemassacre films since ’07.

  • Matthew Corelli

    December 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Very sad ending. Inspirational though, look how far you have come!

  • Matthew Corelli

    December 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Very sad ending. Inspirational though, look how far you have come!

  • Mitch Miller

    December 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    That was amazing!

  • Mitch Miller

    December 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    That was amazing!

  • Juan Flores

    December 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    i wish to become a film maker lik u someday James the ending made me want to cry

  • Juan Flores

    December 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    i wish to become a film maker lik u someday James the ending made me want to cry

  • Rudy Navarrete

    December 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Almost 10 years later and look at all you’ve accomplished. Keep the dream going. Kudos and looking forward to the next 10 years

  • Rudy Navarrete

    December 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Almost 10 years later and look at all you’ve accomplished. Keep the dream going. Kudos and looking forward to the next 10 years

  • Thomas Lau

    December 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    James you are awesome!!!!!!!!!

  • Thomas Lau

    December 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    James you are awesome!!!!!!!!!

  • Gustavo Puma Tejada

    December 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Manly tears were shed.

  • Gustavo Puma Tejada

    December 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Manly tears were shed.

  • Nick Overstreet

    December 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    James, I hope you read these comments… You are awesome. You are one of the few internet personalities I look up to and admire. I’ve got autographed AVGN DVD’s from you, and I cherish them. I love everything you do and keep up the awesome work man. I am really pumped for the AVGN movie you’re working on.

  • Nick Overstreet

    December 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    James, I hope you read these comments… You are awesome. You are one of the few internet personalities I look up to and admire. I’ve got autographed AVGN DVD’s from you, and I cherish them. I love everything you do and keep up the awesome work man. I am really pumped for the AVGN movie you’re working on.

  • Jonathan Courtney

    December 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    damn you were so young looking i have that video camera in my storage somewhere lol

  • Jonathan Courtney

    December 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    damn you were so young looking i have that video camera in my storage somewhere lol

  • Nathan Hodgins

    December 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    My Inspiration!! My most favorite film maker!!!

  • Nathan Hodgins

    December 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    My Inspiration!! My most favorite film maker!!!

  • Mark Pompeo

    December 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    wow, its amazing how he created a cult following with the angry video game nerd, its odd to not see him sitting drinking a rolling rock and curseing a bad game….

  • Mark Pompeo

    December 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    wow, its amazing how he created a cult following with the angry video game nerd, its odd to not see him sitting drinking a rolling rock and curseing a bad game….

  • Carlo Pedulla

    December 1, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    very touching.

  • Carlo Pedulla

    December 1, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    very touching.

  • Nic Valesey

    December 1, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    Makes me hopeful. You’ve come a long way sir! :)

  • Nic Valesey

    December 1, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    Makes me hopeful. You’ve come a long way sir! :)

  • Michael Clavelli

    December 1, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    That was nice.

    For what it’s worth, James, you’ve done a fuck-ton more than I ever did with my life. Granted you’re older than me, but only by like, six months.

  • Michael Clavelli

    December 1, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    That was nice.

    For what it’s worth, James, you’ve done a fuck-ton more than I ever did with my life. Granted you’re older than me, but only by like, six months.

  • Aaron Smith

    December 1, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    You are so awesome james. I sincerely hope to meet you some day. I relate to you in so many ways that I am sure we would be great friends. I too share the same passion for movies and my life goal is to make a movie that will really impact people. I have made a few short films when I was a kid with some friends. Always comedies because I was afraid they would get laughed at if they where anything else so comedy worked out perfect. Keep up all the great work. I get so excited every time I see a new video post from you.

  • Aaron Smith

    December 1, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    You are so awesome james. I sincerely hope to meet you some day. I relate to you in so many ways that I am sure we would be great friends. I too share the same passion for movies and my life goal is to make a movie that will really impact people. I have made a few short films when I was a kid with some friends. Always comedies because I was afraid they would get laughed at if they where anything else so comedy worked out perfect. Keep up all the great work. I get so excited every time I see a new video post from you.

  • Angel Ortega

    December 1, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    Even without your movies or personas, your still a swell guy.

  • Angel Ortega

    December 1, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    Even without your movies or personas, your still a swell guy.

  • Mitchell Smith

    December 1, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    This is truly inspirational, man. I hope to someday meet you and tell you in person how much of an inspiration you are to me, to other film-makers. Heck, even just the people who have the potential or the dream to be film-makers. I, myself, just back from an interview today, getting into the film course that I want to do. Really… what can I say that hasn’t been said already? Great work — keep doing what you do — insert more praise here, etc. XD

  • Mitchell Smith

    December 1, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    This is truly inspirational, man. I hope to someday meet you and tell you in person how much of an inspiration you are to me, to other film-makers. Heck, even just the people who have the potential or the dream to be film-makers. I, myself, just back from an interview today, getting into the film course that I want to do. Really… what can I say that hasn’t been said already? Great work — keep doing what you do — insert more praise here, etc. XD

  • Art Schott

    December 1, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    And 2 years later he made AVGN!

  • Art Schott

    December 1, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    And 2 years later he made AVGN!

  • Melissa Henderson

    December 1, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    you made a cult classic AVGN!

  • Melissa Henderson

    December 1, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    you made a cult classic AVGN!

  • Francisco José Roldán Duque

    December 1, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    Just the use of Peter Gabriel’s music got me into it!

  • Francisco José Roldán Duque

    December 1, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    Just the use of Peter Gabriel’s music got me into it!

  • Ferry Meštrović

    December 1, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    Well, mission accomplished don’t you think? :)

  • Ferry Meštrović

    December 1, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    Well, mission accomplished don’t you think? :)

  • Josean Zengotita

    December 1, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    kind of amazing how he says he made more than 100 movies hoping to be the light of the party and shine and then all of a sudden the dream became a reality and now he is one of the top channels on youtube with millions of viewers plus at the same time by showing this serves as inspiration to many people including myself to never give up our dreams

  • Josean Zengotita

    December 1, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    kind of amazing how he says he made more than 100 movies hoping to be the light of the party and shine and then all of a sudden the dream became a reality and now he is one of the top channels on youtube with millions of viewers plus at the same time by showing this serves as inspiration to many people including myself to never give up our dreams

  • Chuster M. Merino

    December 1, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    “I was very socially”
    Now… Rolfe it´s a maniac?

  • Chuster M. Merino

    December 1, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    “I was very socially”
    Now… Rolfe it´s a maniac?

  • TannerKish

    December 1, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    I was going to come on here and post some over-long essay about how James has truly become more than just a source of outstanding entertainment, but rather a TRUE role model to the non-sell outs, the throw-backers, and the ambitious head-cases (like myself) that crave the ability to create what we see in our minds. But it’s not nessacary, because it’s been re-iterated so many times by your fans that it goes without saying. The best compliment I can give you is this, sir- in my eyes, you’ve gone from “that dude who plays the nerd” to “James Rolfe, the director”. Never change, James. Never.

  • Obdemnium

    December 1, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    And now look what you’ve become Rolfe. Your work is genius and you’ll be a AVGN will be cult-classic! You are a successful person now.

  • Obdemnium

    December 1, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    Now look what you’ve become, Rolfe. Your work is genius and AVGN will be cult-classic! You are a successful person!

  • SvetoslavSavov

    December 1, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    we will never let you become nobody james !

  • December 1, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    If James hand long hair this could be a trailer for the sequel to the documentary “American Movie”

  • joeythatzme

    December 1, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    The end is so sad!

  • mrpierc

    December 1, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    I find cinemassacre.com 2 years ago and i still find some very ineresting movies, games and reviews. James Rolfe was maybe alone and outsider, but now has too many virtual friends and viewers = and its because he have endurance !

    Go James ( sorry for my EN )

    MrPierc

  • wellfunk

    December 1, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    He has gone a long way from that to this! =) It’s so awesome to see. I especially like his last comment. “Without my movies I’m nobody really, but I made a hundred of them…” So Fucking Great! That is what matters! It doesn’t matter if your movies are fucking masterpieces or not, just the fact that you have actually made something like that is really amazing! =D

    James is a great inspiration!

    /wellfunk

  • cobaltnightsky

    December 1, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    The ending is sad, I really think you were someone deeply sad within. I may be wrong, but that’s what I feel.

    And now, look how far you’ve come…

    AVGN is now cult and you are about to shoot your own movie .171000$ raised for your movie and it’s still going on. I’m not talking about the money itself, but the fact that people (internet mates) gave you money to make your dream comes true.

    You deserve what happens ;) And you are now the life of the party…

  • MikeALCR

    December 1, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Much respect James. Been following your videos for years.

  • JorgenD

    December 1, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    Great of you to share this with us, James! Look where you are now, with millions of fans checking out your site daily. That gotta feel real good. I’m so happy for you! Keep rockin’! :)

  • DaanLeenders

    December 1, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    This one really touched me,I got really emotional watching this.We support you, James!

  • ThomasJones

    December 1, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    James, I’ve been a fan for a very long time. And it’s great to see the transition in you then to how you are on now. I dunno if you ‘played the part’ but I really felt there was genuine discomfort going on in your life back then. I went through a lot of terrible things at uni and my early twenties was probably the hardest time of my life. Things are getting so much better now and It’s such a great boost to see how far along their path someone I respect so much has come! There must be a million messages like this and I’m reading the same message from all of them. KEEP GOING! We love your all your work! Keep holding the torch out for us man. We need more people like you in the world.

  • TreF68

    December 1, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    Curious, how many videos have you made now? im sure much more than 100 lol

    • n3

      December 1, 2011 at 11:10 pm

      @TreF68

      Maybe a thousand. There are more than 100 nerd episodes alone. There are also board james, monster madness, alot of other stuff, monster madness, YKWB, and all of the turtle tuesdays

  • HeXiGON

    December 1, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    We all support you James!

    Even though this documentary is old, it still has a lot of meaning.

    Really good video James, hopefully your Nerd film will be shown world wide.

    Best of luck!

  • ThaminChelliah

    December 1, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    It is what we do that makes us. If everyone did the same thing we would we nobodies. This is where you have broken through James, now you are a somebody, a somebody that can proudly proclaim of his achivements. Keep going James, Best of luck!

  • JohnathanEsteban

    December 1, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    This is my first video comment on this site ever James. And I just wanted to say I’ve been following your videos for about 3 years now you’re a genius and you are an inspiration to all. It’s always awesome to see someone achieve there dreams through hardwork. Thanks for always being you and never changing that or your style :)

  • BrossardBeach

    December 1, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    This just convinced me to go buy a script for your new movie, congratulations x)

  • BrossardBeach

    December 2, 2011 at 12:01 am

    I think I’ll wait a little and get the “Behind The Scenes exclusive” instead ;)

  • Doubledare51

    December 2, 2011 at 12:19 am

    Man, I haven’t felt a closer connection to you since now. That end reminded (reminds) me of myself. Keep up the good work

  • KathleenTaft

    December 2, 2011 at 12:28 am

    Rofle, I will say this. When it comes to dreams you are really up there and going for it and the AVGN movie is just the start. I hope someday your movies make on to the big screen (Still hoping that the AVGN movie does) because you are great a what you do.

    I learn so much about video games and horror movies of the past that I wouldn’t if I didn’t stumble upon your site, and I feel well round because of that. Also I remember seeing a movie recently and seeing the Bride of Frankenstein in the movie and it took me back to you review. So thank you for all that you have done so far and I hope you dreams go far as you do.

  • marinesman

    December 2, 2011 at 1:24 am

    Weather you think so or not you are the life of the party James. I just got out of the marine corps and we would all sit around in iraq and watch your movies from across the country and laugh and have fun it all brought us closer as a unit. Even are higher ups including captians would watch your videos and have a good time. Some of us didnt come back but the best memories were watching you. Even though it wasnt a party out there you made it a party. I hope one day i will be able to meet you so i can shake your hand and thank you

  • AlejandroBarrios

    December 2, 2011 at 1:25 am

    you’re gonna go far men, for suresorry for my bad english.

    keep the good work.

    -your biggest fan in mexico.

  • LuisErnesto

    December 2, 2011 at 1:25 am

    the best part of all of this is that you state you would like to have a cult classic movie… little did you know, back then, that now you, yourself would BE the cult classic. Everyone knows AVGN, and James… keep it up. People have dreams and there are few who can enjoy the fruits of following those dreams. I hope that I too one day will be able to follow my dreams!

  • Michael Ballesteros

    December 2, 2011 at 3:19 am

    I remember when i found the avgn episodes, i saw the very first ones when they came out and i was surprised at how far and long you took this, and expanded on this, and i do feel the pain of being socially awkward in a sense, but keep it up!

  • Richard Steven Jones

    December 2, 2011 at 5:28 am

    Holy shitballs you’ve changed. Honestly though, this is pretty amazing considering what you’ve become. It looks like you’re literally living your dream. As long as you keep posting vids I’m sure I’ll be watching.

  • Christopher Mauro

    December 2, 2011 at 5:28 am

    This film really touched me. 2002 James reminds me so much of… well… 2011 me. I have great ideas and I feel like I want to show them off. James, you’re an inspiration to me, and probably many others.

  • Danyelle Moose

    December 2, 2011 at 5:28 am

    Aww, the nerd’ll always be the life of the party. lol

  • Saara Varala

    December 2, 2011 at 5:28 am

    <3

  • Haisman7

    December 2, 2011 at 10:08 am

    Great video, James!

  • cptspauldinggoe

    December 2, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    I’m so glad I’m no the only 80′s kid (born Oct 81) that you can see a progressive largness in. Must be all the beer I think.

  • Asylum Al

    December 2, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    You’re a hero, James.

  • boudewijnhaak

    December 2, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    Am I the only one that noticed Bootsy Spankins, P.I. is actually the same guy that plays Bad Luck Bootsy in Board James? That’s neat.

    I’m very impressed by your abilities, James. You’ve achieved cult status and rightfully so. Nobody deserves it as much as you do.

  • TylerJohnBrookbank

    December 2, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    James you are fucking awesome!

  • Theking44

    December 2, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    Facebook joke. Roses are red, violets are blue, zero mutual friends, who the fuck are you?

  • BillRayRiderIII

    December 2, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    Sometimes we don’t expect that we achieve our original goal, as others had mentioned you set that cult classic deal. However, I’m sure you have something more than that in mind. Take it from the book of Lebowski, your peace is your movies, and even if something gets in the way of that, you will always have them and then improve on them. You will always succeed as long as you have a passion for it. Keep up the good work.

  • EddieGearSolid

    December 2, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    The ending was quite touchy. Great micro-documentary

  • looks2ce

    December 3, 2011 at 12:10 am

    Touching. I have to imagine that is kinda hard to watch for you. Must have been harder to film at the time. I’d also say you have achieved the cult status. AVGN is a character that will be remembered. I have enjoyed watching you grow through and past him. Right now I like Board James and your retro’s like the TMNT stuff. I like OA as well.

    I truly respect that you are creating your own way. I see you in the same space as:

    HAWP

    TWIT.tv

    gruber

    marco

    hotdogsladies

    in that respect. Keep it up man!

  • fishlineeyes

    December 3, 2011 at 2:22 am

    Thanks for all the endless hours of entertainment and bringing back phenomenal childhood memories that many of us will never have the patience and resources to achieve and travel back to the past.Keep up your hard work and continue on your sensational “rage” that makes us all smile~!

  • LucaBrazzale

    December 3, 2011 at 3:23 am

    James, you don’t need to become a famous director to get the respect you wanted.

    You already ARE famous and you have a solid fanbase that donated you 176.000$ out of the 75.000$ you asked for :P

  • JuanFranciscoGonzalez

    December 3, 2011 at 7:08 am

    Mister Rolfe, you migth not be a big hollywood hotshot, but you have your heart where it belongs and that’s all that matters. I hope we get to see your feature down here on Mexico!, deffinitley gonna take my gf to watch it with me to introduce her to one of the biggest artists that influenced me to continue to craft my short stories.

  • shadow47805

    December 3, 2011 at 11:47 am

    James you really inspire me to make movies myself and I will always thank you for that Im sure this was a very powerful video to watch. But hey James your a great person with dreams bigger than others that will be accomplished and you have friends and fans to support you James that will be by your side.

  • December 3, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    That was brilliant.

  • BartRovers

    December 3, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Wow man look at you now, hundreds of thousands of fans from all over the world supprting you and donating to make the movie happen ;) I’m happy for you man

  • dbaxter

    December 3, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    Dude, the old Terra hall!

  • dbaxter

    December 3, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    That’s what the Terra building looked like? Nice!

  • Erdal Yurtseven

    December 3, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    can you guys upload it to youtube ?

  • guilhermedestro

    December 3, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    we wanna see those movies!

  • AaronByrd

    December 3, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    heaven and hell!!!!!

  • Slaktarrn

    December 4, 2011 at 3:30 am

    Feckin’ awesome!

  • BenjaminOstermeier

    December 4, 2011 at 3:31 am

    If you ever become a big time director, maybe when they make your biography they can use this for the obligatory “before they were famous” segment, and we’ll look back on it fondly and humorously. Who knows, the AVGN movie might just help you do that!

  • David McMillan

    December 4, 2011 at 6:23 am

    James, you continue to inspire many up and coming directors and many others on so many different levels. I’ve followed your AVGN videos since 2006 and it’s amazing the direction everything has gone. Just think of how much has spawned off of your success? You’re a hit! Keep your nose to the grind stone and opportunity will continue to reveal itself. Congratulations on all of your success.

  • TannerKish

    December 4, 2011 at 8:13 am

    Keep that chip on your shoulder, James. If you do you will become a great director, Hollywood or no Hollywood.

  • bloodmist

    December 4, 2011 at 10:08 am

    You will always be a great director.Much like Tarantino.

  • bloodmist

    December 4, 2011 at 10:10 am

    I just gotta say that you’ll always be a great filmmaker, because, much like Tarantino, you will always be nerdy as fuck.Much to everyone’s benefit.

  • Jeremobi

    December 4, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    Awesome!! You’ve had no problem proving to me that you are an incredible filmmaker! :) Keep up all the terrific work!

  • TechWeaver

    December 4, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    True passion for making movies. Fred Fuchs would be proud of you, dude L-:

  • LudwigLinder

    December 4, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    I don’t know if you really care but I’ve been watching basically everything that’s been up on this page and have been doing so since the first halloween episodes many years ago. I love the things you make, they are extremely entertaining and at the same time they feel very real. I feel like you really share a part of yourself in your creations. Keep up the good work, I would love to see you in charge of a big budget production!

  • Ness

    December 4, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    god the computers are so fucking old but who the fuck cares :)

  • Huloo

    December 4, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    Omg the ending was kinda sad !! *sniffles*

    But now there’s a ton of people who follow you and are always anticipating your next video (including myself !!) !!

    AND YOUR MOVIE !! asdfghjkl; !! so excited and one day I’ll achieve MY goal of meeting you !! O.O !!

    Keep up your awesome work !! d(^_^)b

  • jbruchon

    December 5, 2011 at 1:01 am

    James, I registered because I’ve always had little urges to say something to you, and this video was a procrastination assassination. I have been watching AVGN since late 2008 and I can’t even begin to explain the amount of joy you’ve brought to my life through your work. I’m a pretty tough-looking guy, with a pretty decent life, but this video sincerely made me cry by the end. I got the impression that you and I weren’t terribly different in 2002. I felt like, with some minor changes, that easily could have been me in that chair instead of you. I also have an extremely soft spot for the games that I grew up with, which I’m sure is partly from being a pretty socially awkward kid who was the stereotypical “kid who got picked last for kickball.” My friends and the people who work for me and my roommate…all of those people think I’m a little crazy because I constantly re-watch AVGN as if on a hundred-episode loop, almost every single day., and other than movies and music, that’s all they ever hear when I’m around! Sure, there are tons of funny videos out there, but you’ve made something that, for me at least, is so enjoyable that it has nearly unlimited re-watch value.

    It upset me when I started sifting through some of the comments on your “making of” episode yesterday and read the drivel that some people chose to post there. Those people are fools looking for a cheap laugh with no real appreciation for life. I see what you’ve done and I love it so much that I have a desire to follow in your footsteps. Because of you, I’ve picked up a camera and begun a journey to create something that is the gonad-detonating cluster-bomb epitome of awesome.

    For a lot of people, AVGN is entertainment and nostalgia, and is a great way to get a kick out of 15 minutes and then move along with life. For me, though, it’s so much more, and I wish there was some way I could sufficiently express my appreciation for all of the joy that you’ve brought to my life and all of the grumpy, lackluster days that your anger has killed off my own. When I’m down, I can always depend on you to cheer me up and remind me that there is always a seed of good in the bad things in life. Hopefully our paths will cross one day and I’ll have a chance to shake your hand and thank you personally.

    IIf there is anything at all that I could do to help, feel free to let me know. I want to give back something in return for all that you’ve given me. In that hetero “maximum brofist” meme fashion, I love you man. Keep on living your dream, and thank you for giving me the push I need (and the sorely needed comic relief) to live mine.

    Jody Bruchon

  • swiftmock

    December 5, 2011 at 4:41 am

    wow I always thought you were a confident person. I’ve never seen this side of you. You know I never commented on a video of yours until now. But I have to say almost everyone I know is a fan of yours my friends, my brother, his friends. Even my mom. Your videos helped my mom get through a difficult time. I won’t go into it, but I thank you. You’re quality. I remember I first discovered you on youtube back when I was a sophomore, at that time you had just released the ninja turtles review. And boy that was the funniest shit ever. My friends and I would all chill out on the couch and just watch you and laugh our asses off because you’re so brilliant, funny and thought provoking. THANK YOU

  • Syena

    December 5, 2011 at 5:00 am

    I signed up just to post this comment. I am deeply moved by this vulnerable exposed look into your past. I have been a fan of your work for quit a long time. A silent fan like most of us are. We rarely get to say anything to the creators like yourself. You have accomplished so much. A true example of where honest passion can lead. I look forward to seeing what you come up with in the future.

  • Einsam

    December 5, 2011 at 5:53 am

    looks wired at 22

  • boba_the_theft

    December 5, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    James is a one of a kind entertainer, & I consider my lucky to have been introduced to his material, as many on this post, I am a first time commenter, and I say a very deep thanks, for all you’ve provided for everyone, and I hope the future holds plenty more entertainment & benefits, on both yours and the fans side.

    P.S. For what it’s worth congratulations on your high success thus far.

  • boba_the_theft

    December 5, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    James is a one of a kind entertainer imo, & I consider my lucky to have been introduced to his material, as many on this post, I am a first time commenter, and I say a very deep thanks, for all you’ve provided for everyone, and I hope the future holds plenty more entertainment & benefits, on both yours and the fans side.

    P.S. For what it’s worth congratulations on your high success thus far.

  • Hocke

    December 5, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    I’m not very good at writing down my emotions/feelings/whatever. But after watching this, I feel need to.

    It was very wierd to see this side of you, and the end almost made me cry. In all your movies you seem so confident and “the guy to be” (hard to explain, english isn’t my first language). I have admired you for many years and your shows have brought me joy in many depressing situations.

    I think you will be a great film director, because you know what you want and you don’t seem to be the kind of person who would accept money to make a bad movie. Hard to explain but kind of like when Romero where making Day of the Dead. He was first offered something like $8 million, but then he had to get a R-rating and bunch of other stuff that would have ruined the movie. He wanted to make it just like he wanted it to be. And he did so, on a much smaller budget. And the result was awesome.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if I read something like that about you in a few years.

  • Hocke

    December 5, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    I’m not very good at writing down my emotions/feelings/whatever. But after watching this, I feel need to.

    It was very wierd to see this side of you, and the end almost made me cry. In all your movies you seem so confident and “the guy to be” (hard to explain, english isn’t my first language). I have admired you for many years and your shows have brought me joy in many depressing situations.

    I think you will be a great film director, because you know what you want and you don’t seem to be the kind of person who would accept money to make a bad movie. You won’t become one of those hollywood douchebags that take whatever is populare and shove it into a sucky movie, just to make some quick bucks. I see you as a future rebel director (in- or outside Hollowood) making movies just like he wants them to be (big or low budget)! Movies people will look back on for many years…

  • JokerSushi

    December 5, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    Hi there James, you are one of a kind guy! Your reviews are funny as hell and I still watch them, particularly bible games 1 & 2 and dragons lair. Thank you for posting this video, I believe you have inspired people a lot with this one and I too did not believe you were this guy. Your videos have a certain power and got mme also through some tough times making me forget them for a while. From the UK, cheers!

  • Jordanv78

    December 5, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    I love it when James posts videos like this. Always cool to get some insight as to who James is/was.

  • optimusxjfr

    December 6, 2011 at 2:34 am

    Wow man, I got goosebumps at the end. Very personal, very powerful. It’s funny that you don’t find out you’re badass until about 25 or so…at least that’s how it was for me.

  • adamloewen

    December 6, 2011 at 5:57 am

    OMG that was absolutely beautiful. You are a beautiful person, James. Your dreams have come true and you are still the most awesome person evar1

  • SirVejeiro

    December 6, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    really good James. Actually this kind of movies is always amusing to watch, sometimes more than the AVGN ones. Way to go man. b

  • fredfunk23

    December 7, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    this was really great to see. it reminds me of myself when I made ridiculous/unconventional movies at chapman film school. anyway, I’m glad people like you are making movies………I’ve gotten 100 times more enjoyment from your work than most of the film crap pumped out over the last few years.

  • EarwaxJungle

    December 7, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    Hey All, Checkout my latest ringtone ‘Brown Note’ in the iTunes App

  • LysanderTheevilmonkey

    December 11, 2011 at 3:18 am

    Real tearjerker at the end James. This was awesome that someone made a documentary about you. Ever since i first saw the review on the TMNT NES game years ago and LMAO i have been coming to Cinemassacre ever since. Like you i am socially awkward also. Keep up the good work James.

  • December 12, 2011 at 3:43 am

    the start is scary ass NOT! and wow 100 movies NOT im not jeoulous

  • bmfwong

    December 12, 2011 at 5:54 am

    You have great content that I love watching and rewatching. Its crazy to think what you would be able to pull off if you had a big budget. Honestly even though that doc was a long time ago, you could hardly tell now that you were socially awkward.

  • SycoMantis91

    December 12, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    The opening line is legendary

  • ided

    December 12, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    Damn even I got teary eyed at the end but then thus is the life of an over emphatic individual like yourself, we all have our own ways to obtain that feeling of being whole and yours is via your art like me and many others, just keep at it man.

  • mutsumifruit

    December 12, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    You really inspire me James, I try to tell my friends about you all the time.

    But for this video I have to tell you about how I couldn’t stop smiling in embarrassment and shaking my head, you are such a nerd :)

  • Sken

    December 14, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    Cult Following? King of the short film? Bringing the home movie style to your films? CONGRATULATIONS JAMES!! You have most definitely achieved those goals!! How many people can say that? You’re an American Hero, dude! And you’ve definitely been the life of the party, I’ve shown AVGN at parties and you’ve definitely stole the show. I’m a huge fan! I’ve seen everything you’ve posted. Where are those 100 films? I’m sure your fans would love to see them!

  • KhaleelSantiago

    December 16, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    James, you are somebody and don’t let anyone else tell you otherwise.

  • deabreu

    December 17, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    you’ve come a long way in these 10 years, man. rock on!

  • BenDistler

    December 30, 2011 at 4:37 am

    Shockingly touching. I could see myself in the younger Rolfe. It’s amazing how his young, undefined dreams came to fruition in a way he never envisioned in AVGN. Anyone who is experiencing a creative slump should watch this and remember how your passion to create is part of you, and nurturing can only be good. Kudos, James… you ARE the life of the party!

  • WrathOskvro

    January 4, 2012 at 12:55 am

    I’m a musician and wow. The end really reminds me of myself a lot of times. I hope I can be as successful as you someday. You’ve heard it all before but I’ll say it again. You give other artists hope; you’re a hero.

  • Strazdas

    January 7, 2012 at 9:13 am

    Very honest documentary. A side of you we havent seen yet. Thanks for sharing.

  • tehno1fan

    January 13, 2012 at 3:24 am

    is it wrong that i cried after watching this?

  • Spidernigger

    January 14, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    This was lovely and very moving

  • zeda

    January 26, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    Hello James, I’m another longtime fan of Cinemassacre and I’ve been viewing your work for years.

    Very, very touching video that shows how tremendously far you’ve come with your dreams. You’re sensitive and deeply genuine in terms of your goals, as you’ve always been. You are incredibly inspiring and I thank you for all that!

    I loved your comment about being a home-movie type of director. I’m tired of the CGI and faux 3D movies pouring into movie theaters. I’m sure with your creative efforts movies would be a lot more nostalgic and bring us back to the days where everything wasn’t just flashy, animated special effects.By the way, I’m sure you’ve probably been told this, but your voice is amazing. I love the accent and it can be so soothing to listen to. I’m sure you could be the next best narrator after Morgan Freeman.

  • zeda

    January 26, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    Hello James, I’m another longtime fan of Cinemassacre and I’ve been viewing your work for years.

    Very, very touching video that shows how tremendously far you’ve come with your dreams. You’re sensitive and deeply genuine in terms of your goals, as you’ve always been. You are incredibly inspiring and I thank you for all that!

    I loved your comment about being a home-movie type of director. I’m tired of the CGI and faux 3D movies pouring into movie theaters. I’m sure with your creative efforts movies would be a lot more nostalgic and bring us back to the days where everything wasn’t just flashy, animated special effects. By the way, I’m sure you’ve probably been told this, but your voice is amazing. I love the accent and it can be so soothing to listen to. I’m sure you could be the next best narrator after Morgan Freeman.

  • zeda

    January 26, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    Hello James, I’m another longtime fan of Cinemassacre and I’ve been viewing your work for years. Very, very touching video that shows how tremendously far you’ve come with your dreams. You’re sensitive and deeply genuine in terms of your goals, as you’ve always been. You are incredibly inspiring and I thank you for all that!

    I loved your comment about being a home-movie type of director. I’m tired of the CGI and faux 3D movies pouring into movie theaters. I’m sure with your creative efforts movies would be a lot more nostalgic and bring us back to the days where everything wasn’t just flashy, animated special effects. By the way, I’m sure you’ve probably been told this, but your voice is amazing. I love the accent and it can be so soothing to listen to. I’m sure you could be the next best narrator after Morgan Freeman.

  • RichardSD

    February 5, 2012 at 12:05 am

    Wow Its crazy to see James so timid and modest, he has no idea that in a couple of years he will go from being an amateur director with big dreams to a bona fide internet icon! Couldn’t of happened to a more a creative deserving guy. I’m poor as could be without a penny to my name but assuming I’m ever well off in my life I plan to donate to Cinemassacre. James will put it to good use I’m sure.

  • RowanJColeman

    February 23, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    You know what James story and ambitions and how genuine a guy he seems actually makes me tear up some times. Just that last line “…without my movies I’m nothing…” really got to me. I my self have similar ambitions and thanks to James Rolfe I know it’s possible.When people ask me who my favourite directer is I’ll always reply James Rofle.

  • February 24, 2012 at 1:43 am

    What a difference a decade makes. I can attest to social awkwardness, perhaps not into my college years but in my adolescence for sure. And if anything, this movie is a testament to how shyness can make someone seem weird or inarticulate while at the same time relaying how creative and distinct that same person’s ideas are. Short and sweet.

  • March 3, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    I’m an aspiring filmmaker and writer and I love seeing the stuff you can make. You’re a major inspiration for me along with many other internet reviewers. I plan to make some video reviews myself, but at the moment I just write reviews on a blog site. Keep up the good work. I’m socially awkward as well, although you seem to be doing a lot better these days (though I am too) so I get how people can see you as weird. Keep up the good work. ^_^

  • March 3, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    I’m an aspiring filmmaker and writer and I love seeing the stuff you can make. You’re a major inspiration for me along with many other internet reviewers. I plan to make some video reviews myself, but at the moment I just write reviews on a blog site. Keep up the good work. I’m socially awkward as well, although you seem to be doing a lot better these days (though I am too) so I get how people can see you as weird. Keep up the good work. ^_^

  • comblit

    March 5, 2012 at 9:11 am

    half your dream came true, and the other half is on its way!

  • Spectrome

    June 20, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    This is one of them shorts that touch you here: <3. James is living proof that with time, patience, dedication, persistence and a true passion that you can achieve your dreams.

    Good luck to you James and remember to keep you friends and loved ones close to you.

  • RetroGamer

    January 4, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    Fascinating , yet very sad i really wish you the best for everything , James ! your awesome .

  • January 30, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    AMAZING VIDEO! This is how you started!

  • mac_guffin

    February 15, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    Says he wants to make a really big cult sensation… and look what he’s doing now. :) AVGN is this to the T.

  • holyfadedsoldier

    March 12, 2013 at 8:59 am

    this… is awesome. i made an account just to say that you’re an amazing person and i don’t think i’d ever stop watching your films. and i feel like, i dunno, you’re such a ‘real’ person, like, down to earth, no bullshit. it’s awesome. keep doin what you’re doin, you’re an inspiration to anyone with a dream, man.

  • Old Hay

    March 15, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    Over a year later and this video still has the power to make me tear up instantly. I want to reach into the screen and give young James a big hug and tell him that he saved my life, quite literally, and that like Discostick said, he’s the life of my party. Your movies might be the vehicle that brings you out across the internet and into my home, James, but it’s you – that person that you are – that I keep coming back to this site for. To be reminded that I was blessed to be born in a time where there was media all around that inspired awe and wonder and imagination, and that I’ve come so far since and can go anywhere from this point on. I just wish I had the strength of character to stick with the things I loved when I was a child like you did, James, but I’m lucky enough to have you to guide me back to them and be made spiritually whole again.

  • Carson Shover

    March 27, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    I too am trying to make films by myself, and James is my number 1 inspiration

  • Atomos1293

    April 7, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    Really great documentary! I could relate to the whole social awkwardness and wanting to be the life of the party. In a way I know how it feels, I’ve got four Sarcoma albums, over 50 some songs and I feel like without all my music, art, and writing I would be a nobody. I think its really cool that you are following your dreams and actually becoming the life of the party. I know if I would have met you back in these days, I would have instantly be-friended you and made you feel like you were the life of the party- I mean you did 100 movies, had a real passion for art and filming, I would have thought that was so awesome! Well anyways before I keep babbling I just want to say this was an awesome documentary! Keep on taking us back to the past!!! \m/ Keep kicking ass James!

  • July 3, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    just shows, in the end. we all eventually find ourselves if we don’t give up. the end got me though…without my movies, I’m nobody…I feel the same about my drawings, music..and well all my creative endeavors. It’s awesome to see you become what you worked so hard for, James.

  • Hitokiri Akins

    August 20, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    It’s amazing to see James before the AVGN, in the days when his aspirations were to be “the father of the short film”. But you can also see who he will become. He’s still a soft spoken guy, but he needed time to break out of his shell, and get used to being candid on camera.

    This has a “where are they now?” feel to it; humble James Rolfe becomes the man behind the Angry Video Game Nerd. It’s awesome.

  • cortisol

    October 20, 2013 at 1:53 am

    ugh I love this so much. there’s some image on tumblr of James smiling and it’s captioned “James Rolfe: endearing as fuck” and this video proves it.

  • David Flores

    October 22, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    oh man, I’ve been following the AVGN and I guess James himself (the more I got to know through his other videos) for about 9 years or so now? I’ve gotta say, watching this again, and recalling where he was a decade ago, he has definitely become a sensation if I do say. Myself being a videographer/editor now, I looked up to James as I was going through high school and when I got to college and film school myself. He is truly inspiring, and I am glad to be a fan of his work.

  • TheElectricVolt

    January 8, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    The line “without my movies I’m nobody” really got me. I can’t explain it, but something about it kind of hit me hard. The people who made this also did a good job catching a side of you we often don’t see as viewers.

  • February 17, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    “Without my movies I’m nobody really… but I made a hundred so…” Both heartbreaking and hilarious. Gotta love James.

  • nammm3

    June 14, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    That was an emotional ending to this, great 12 years of work you’ve done since this documentary was made by your fellow college mates. Lol, no clue Bootsy had a musical background.

  • June 16, 2014 at 11:40 am

    Damn. Glad how far he’s come.

    • Tross

      June 17, 2014 at 1:37 am

      Well, James. You are the life of the party now. You’ve made your own feature length film, and you’re one of the biggest icons on the Internet. You’ve come a long way in 12 years, but here’s to 12 more of Cinemassacre.

  • Dylan Fehlman

    June 21, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    Awww I felt sad when he said “I guess I want to be the life of the party you know.” You can tell that at this time at least he had some insecurity issues, but I’m glad he has so many fans like is so he can feel better because he is the life of the party!!!

  • nickreaper

    July 6, 2014 at 7:50 am

    For some reason that last line really resonated with me. I almost teared up a bit.

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