Top 5 Movies About Making Movies

Mike Matei / December 8th, 2009


  • April 9, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    My overall impression on these films:

    5. Saw this on a VHS rental about ten years ago! Dark, funny, and entertaining!It’s one of those experiences I may never forget!

    4. Looks interesting and Steve Buscemi is usually very awesome with his performances!

    3. Very funny and inspiring! Could be one of Jack Black’s best movies!

    2. Classic Depp/Burton film! Landau as Lugosi was the icing on the cake!

    1. Very offbeat film! May not be for everybody, but inspiring for up-and-coming filmmakers!

  • Silvaa

    April 25, 2010 at 3:37 am

    Watching this has made me wish to order American Movie. It should be arriving at my house within the week.
    I can always count on you to give me ideas for good movies to watch!

  • Everestman161

    May 4, 2010 at 2:11 am

    I can honestly say that if you ever get the time to create something like “Be Kind, Rewind” It would be incredible. Best of luck buddy and keep up the great work.

  • Everestman161

    May 4, 2010 at 2:28 am

    I notice in a few of your videos you make the statement, if it’s in regards to something you’ve shown us before, that you don’t want to repeat yourself. We all watch things over and over again so repeating things we like is in our brains and makes us happy. I know one of the reasons you say that is because of the critics out there that you wish to cover for before they start saying, “OMG is he saying that again?” Screw them James! If cable TV repeats movies at nasuea then it’s fine for you. You are original! So minor repetition is fine and no matter what you do some critics just like to find fault because there own life is full of faults and that’s all they can relate to. I’m not blowing smoke up your ass I’m just saying it like it is man.

  • May 25, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    I was actually curious if you’ve ever watched trailer park boys. Its a mockumentary tv series. “sort” of like this.

  • harod666

    June 5, 2010 at 2:18 am

    just looking at the review of American Movie almost made me cry,i have the feeling its really emotive,cant wait to watch it.

  • July 20, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    You didn’t even mention The Player with Tim Robbins, that movie is the ultimate Hollywood in-joke but it’s still amazing even if you don’t get all the classic movie references. That would be my second favorite, and Ed Wood my top, but I haven’t seen American Movie yet.

  • zombieraddish

    July 26, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    At first I was thinking “WHAT THE FAHK! ADAPAPTATION ISN’T ON THERE!” but then I realized that it’s not very likely that James Rolphe (or even most people) would even enjoy Adaptation. Also, it’s more about writing movies than it is about making them.

  • gemini_dragon

    September 15, 2010 at 8:03 am

    James u r my movie review guide and game reviewer u tell the truth and r soo entertaining while doing it NEVER STOP MAKING MOVIES VIDEO REVIEWS u know

  • Schloss Ritter

    October 9, 2010 at 8:22 am

    Nice finds. Cool to see some inspirations.

  • alienminimalist

    October 22, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    Unquestionably the greatest documentary I have ever seen about film production is “Buster Keaton: A Hard Act to Follow”. Whether you know about Buster or not you owe it to yourself to check it out. Buy, beg, borrow or steal. It is mind numbing.

  • November 4, 2010 at 9:50 am

    I signed up for Netflix just to be able to watch some of these films. American Movie is now one of my all-time favorites, as is Be Kind Rewind.

  • November 15, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    I think that “Day for Night” from Francois Truffout is missing. Also a great movie about making a film.

  • grayhalo

    November 29, 2010 at 2:14 am

    American Movie is fucking brilliant. Loved it from begging to end. “What’s Coven about?” “It’s a direct to video 30 minute thrill ride shot on 16mm black & white reversal it’s gonna be fucking beautiful man.” Yeah, but what’s it about man. Fucking hilarious. Uncle Bill, there’s a whole movie based on him just waiting to happen. Same with Mike Schank. “Well I just won fifty dollars today, but don’t tell those guys cause then they’ll be asking to borrow money from me. Really enjoyed the film man. Good recommendation sir.

    Also, Be Kind Rewind, just should have been about them re-shooting Ghostbusters. An hour and a half about two guys trying to re-create Ghostbusters.

  • drev

    December 3, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    Nice top 5,
    I just finished to watch Captain Orgazmo, I Trey Parker movie (creator of South Park) about the making of a porn movie, and I am sure that if James had watched it for sure be in the list ! (can not see everything… but if you can found ithis movie… go for it ! )

  • Sorte

    January 4, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    A danish movie about making a movie is Offscreen. It is about an actor who destroys his life and loses his sanity because he tries to make a movie about himself and his love interest. Her rejection of him gets him obsessed with filming everything, and he refuses to get help from his friends

    Very real and honest movie. Last 15 mins are extremely brutal, worth a watch even if you do not understand the language..

  • March 11, 2011 at 6:54 am

    I really enjoyed Be Kind Rewind. Great entertainement. I remember wathcing it with friends, having to explain them half the movies they were making in the movie, because here in France some of the portrayed movies where not really well known, or at least only the titles, not the stories. Good Memories.

  • JackeeLee

    April 19, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    Omg I was really hoping the muppet movie would be on here. Its not really the same concept, instead of them just making a movie, it starts with all the muppets going into a thearter for the screening of the movie they already made. Its like your watching with them, and as it goes on, you can see how they made the movie with their bad directing. It even stops for an intermission. Its the best movie ever and is so worth a watch.

    But this list is pretty good. I havent seen 3 of them, but they must be good if their on this list.

  • June 18, 2011 at 3:58 am

    Great video. 😀 Ed Wood is one of my favorite movies, and without a doubt Tim Burton’s masterpiece. I thought Be Kind, Rewind was just okay, but after seeing what you had to say about it I kind of want to watch it again. I’m kind of surprised Fellini’s “8 1/2” didn’t make it onto your list. I see it on lists of movies about movies all the time.

  • TeePee

    June 23, 2011 at 10:48 am

    What? no “Cecil B. Demented”? Great movie from John Waters about a group of “degenerates” shooting their own movie because they are tired of the same shit that comes from mainstream cinema. One of my favs of all time, lots of great quotes: “petey loves me but i cant love him back… I am ashamed of my heterosexuality”… lol great stuff.

  • NEORaven667

    December 2, 2011 at 12:23 am

    would love to see a full review about be kind rewind if you ever plan to do one 🙂

  • JoeByrne99

    October 1, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    James should review Coven the Short film being made in American Movie

  • sanchokobe

    November 8, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    I loved American Movie, too. But for my money, the most quotable movie of all time is The Big Lebowski.

  • February 14, 2013 at 1:07 am

    Wow, I am surprised at this top 5, Only because I expected Spinal Tap to be here, which is one of my favorites. I say that because I’ve seen you quote it quite a few times in some AVGN Videos.

    • HomingMissiles

      February 27, 2013 at 12:48 pm

      Spinal Tap is a great movie, but it’s not about filmmaking.

  • spekkio

    March 4, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Have you seen Lost Highway, Mullholland Drive or Inland Empire. If not, you should 🙂 Mullholland Drive is probably my favorite. Only seen Inland Empire once though, it was too strange. Believe it or not, they actually fit in to the category “movies about making movies”, somehow…

  • Simon Belmont111

    May 23, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Holy crap! It’s that Game of Thrones midget!

  • Zach Bremer

    August 11, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Lol Peter Dinklage, he’s awesome in Game of Thrones.

  • John Storton

    August 13, 2013 at 3:05 am

    lol, I had a camera really close. It had grey on the side and was a bit bulkier… Also wasn’t great with stop motion.

  • John Storton

    August 13, 2013 at 3:06 am

    Also, no Bowfinger?

  • October 23, 2013 at 4:19 am

    I have just watched “singin’ in the rain”, and I loved it! It was presented in my university’s cineclub. I was encouraged to go and see it by your comment about it. Thank you.

  • sanchokobe

    October 30, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    I wonder if you’ve ever seen “Lost in La Mancha”. It’s like a big budget version of “American Movie” that chronicles Terry Gilliam’s failed attempt at making a film adaptation of the story of Don Quixote. Pretty good stuff.

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