AVGN Movie Q&A – World Premiere in Hollywood

Mike Matei / September 9th, 2014

The introduction and Q&A at the world premiere of Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie, in Hollywood, at the historic Grauman’s Egyptian Theater, July 21, 2014, with cast and crew.

Special thanks to William Demolee for filming, and to Jackie for submitting additional footage and pics.


See the movie here


  • Xen11

    September 9, 2014 at 12:23 am

    There’s a sound sync problem. I hear two different audios starting about 20 seconds in.

  • greedo

    September 9, 2014 at 12:49 am

    Excellent! I especially loved the part with the actor who said that he preferred being in your movie than Star Trek. Shows dedication!

  • Xen11

    September 9, 2014 at 12:51 am

    It’s funny because I was about to watch Robin Hood (1922). Watched AVGN movie already and it was really great. Love the main trio of characters. Love the evil bastard that keeps losing limbs that reflects the evil of the world (Religious/Republicans) that wants to destroy everything (even themselves) at any cost. Appreciate the underlying commentary on the ridiculous nature of our reality that believes in myths and (like the recent film, Noah) goes on to show what it would be like if those myths of religion actually existed.

    I would compare this film to My Name Is Bruce. I enjoyed both films about the same. I think its something very special to have a film that basically documents the phenomena of Bruce Campbell and The Angry Video Game Nerd “James Rolfe” (written and directed by the guys themselves). It’s a special place and event in time that should be known and celebrated.

    Criticisms: The cliched ending of smiling schmucks in a crowd (extras) and two characters spontaneously getting together with everything hokey and happy is my only complaint. That may have been the point, but that’s something I really hate. And both faults of the films (AVGN: The Movie and My Name Is Bruce) for me are the endings where it becomes too hokey.
    As to what some people may consider “hokey”, (the special effects), I loved every single effect in the film. There’s charm in every scene. For me, even if this was a 100 million dollar blockbuster, I still wouldn’t mind those kinds of special effects because as long as it portrays itself clear enough for me to know what it is, that’s all that matters.

    Of course, I would have loved even more character scenes and development of the main trio, but that’s just me wanting more.

    The runtime was perfect. I’m so glad this wasn’t a cookie-cutter 90 minutes.

    Thanks for making this, James and company.

    • King Kung Fu

      September 9, 2014 at 3:59 pm

      Just because you are incapable of seeing the world from any viewpoint but your own intolerant position does not mean that everyone agrees with you.

      The multi-verse is actually a theory made up by the left wing athiest political activists to not have to justify a beginning to the universe. (And thus come face to face with the thought that SOMETHING had to start the process).

      Perhaps the military man is a commentary on the ever encroaching police state brought to you by the current POTUS and his anti-privacy regime?

      Or maybe, it is just a lighthearted movie in good fun made by an extremely talented and hardworking guy, James (and co.)

      Why does everything have to be all political for you anti-God Stalinist types?

      • culwin

        September 9, 2014 at 5:28 pm

        As a liberal & atheist (did I repeat myself?) I will agree with you to a degree; the multiverse hypothesis (not a theory) has no scientific grounds. It is an unscientific idea that can likely not be proven or disproven.
        I will further agree with you that the current president has done nothing to fix the anti-privacy and liberty-eroding measures started by the Bush administration.
        However, science has no political agenda. Also, atheists are unlikely to be “Stalinist” types.
        Perhaps the comment section of the Angry Video Game Nerd is not the place for political vitriol and kookiness. Although neither are most comment sections of the internet, but that doesn’t seem to matter.

      • Jarnor23

        September 9, 2014 at 9:58 pm

        Thank you, King Kung Fu. It’s nice to see someone call out when someone’s being a douche and belittling at least half of Americans rather than just talking about the movie at hand.

        I also agree that the commentary in this movie could be taken many ways, including the libertarian/conservative viewpoint.

        But, hell, more to the point, it looks like the folks working on this movie put a lot of love into it and had a great time despite it being utter hell to make something of this scale on a shoestring budget. Bravo for putting it all together.

  • September 9, 2014 at 1:54 am

    No mcbuter at the premiere?

  • September 9, 2014 at 1:57 am

    Just finished downloading the movie! You guys have worked hard to make this movie, and I’m so excited to watch it! I just wanted to say that you are all true inspirations and you show us budding filmmakers what is truly possible with hard work and dedication. You’ve inspired me to follow my dreams! I love you guys and congrats!

  • DaveStation3

    September 9, 2014 at 6:08 am

    Glad to hear Stephen Mendel getting plenty of applause. He was fantastic. Obviously everybody involved did an excellent job and there really wasn’t a single weak link in the entire cast. But Mendel’s portrayal of Dark Onward, his various grimaces and his delivery of practically every line was hilarious. Helena Barrett also did a great job, they played off each other very well.
    Was the “It helps if you shake me, sir” line during the chase scene improvised? It seemed that way to me.

    James, Kevin, Mike, Mrs. Rolfe, and everyone involved has done very admirable work here. I hope you’re all proud of what you’ve accomplished; you absolutely deserve to be.

  • Mark B

    September 9, 2014 at 7:26 am

    I was there at the premiere, at first I thought it’d be a bad thing to be seated in the second row. But in almost every crowd shot you can see my drunk white self with the red face.

  • September 9, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    I thought actor Time Winters as Dr. Louis Zandor was channeling actor John Wood’s performance as Falken in 1983’s Wargames. That’s what I loved about his character.

    • Jarnor23

      September 9, 2014 at 10:00 pm

      You know, you’re right, that had a very Falkenesque quality to it. Aside from not saying “screw it, world ought to end anyway” at first. 🙂

  • Paul Sendell

    September 9, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    After watching this film three times I am still split over what to think.
    The various nods to the fans, the cheesy special effects, the pure love that obviously was put into this film, I love it all.
    BUT, in my humble opinion, the side characters seriously let this movie down. The only side character that seemed to fit into the nerd universe was the boss at the video game store, that guy was bloody brilliant, but the penny from big bang theory character, the camera guy, the crazy general, mcbutters, none of them fit in.
    Omg, and those scenes where penny from big bang theory was leading mcbutters around all those various locations… what a comedy low point.
    Sorry James, i tried to like it all.
    Stick to the episodes, or do a second movie with actual avgn characters in it this time!

    • September 10, 2014 at 7:16 pm

      This movie showcased the worst acting of all time, and the worst performance in the movie by far was the video game shop owner. He did not make a shred of sense and was painfully unfunny.

    • Lukas Sprehn

      September 11, 2014 at 5:26 am

      If you want James to improve as a filmmaker, maybe you shouldn’t end your comment in a blatant demand/order.

      • Paul Sendell

        September 11, 2014 at 1:02 pm

        Its more of a blunt suggestion, but you are entitled to your own interpretation i guess.

  • September 9, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    Hi Jams & Mike. I just got my AVGN Movie Poster signed in the mail but it was really damaged. i was wondering it can get another on free for this or do I need to contact screwattack?

  • Kaos

    September 9, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    Love the movie AVGN!!!

  • frankB

    September 10, 2014 at 9:05 am

    I dont no if this will be read but as a long time fan … One year ago and before that I was able to watch videos on this site no problem. You changed something in the past year, and now the videos ALL STUTTER and wont load properly and FUC UP. I have to go youtube for everything now and there are many videos on this site I want to pass onto friends but cant because theyre not on youtube. And because the videos here dont play properly. This is a very serious problem that has been going on for a really long time. I used to come to cinemassacre to watch the new videoes here but now I always have to WAIT until the youtube upload. I cannot believe you havent fixed this after so long.

  • September 10, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    I would have stood up at the end and asked “why does the movie suck so incredibly bad?” then threw my drink at them. Other than that, thanks for the website videos which are actually very good, such as board james and avgn, and the monday videos with mike which imo should be way longer because they are so awesome.

  • September 11, 2014 at 2:46 am

    Great movie, thanks James for all the hard work!

  • ninjabackwards

    September 11, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Listening to both James and Kevin answer their questions got me right in the feels. You can hear the excitement and emotion in their voice.

    Thanks for providing the best movie I have seen all summer. Can wait to see more from you guys.

    • ninjabackwards

      September 11, 2014 at 11:45 am

      Can’t* wait.

  • colt

    September 12, 2014 at 5:03 am

    I donated early on for this movie. I assumed I wouldn’t be sharing in any of the film’s profits like normal “Producers” do. But I assumed I’d get to watch the movie for FREE since I donated a good sum.

    Anyways, here were are and James is now asking those same people to buy/rent his movie that just a few years ago he asked for them to pay for him to make it. So he got people to pay for him to make a movie, and now asks those same people to then pay him so they can watch it.

    Cinemassacre should give a free movie download to those who donated more than the cost to own/rent the movie.

    I find this whole thing insulting, and I won’t be donating to any future Cinemassacre project.

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