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Creator: James Rolfe

Born James Duncan Rolfe. A film buff from New Jersey (now supposedly living in Philly) with directing aspirations, Rolfe remained mostly under the radar until 2006, when he posted a couple of joke reviews he made for his friends a couple years earlier on Youtube, under the name "The Angry Nintendo Nerd". A few years of booming popularity later, he eventually evolved into The Angry Video Game Nerd.

Aside from making Nerd videos, he also has a large number of films (he's been making them since 1989) registered on his website, Cinemassacre.com. In addition to the Nerd character, he has two other shows: Board James and You Know Whats Bullshit. He also established a new improv series with a few friends of his called OverAnalyzers.

He also often posts videos to the site with him acting as himself, either performing interviews, documentaries, or movie reviews, most notable of which is Cinemassacre's Monster Madness, an event that he has taken part in every October since 2007 where he reviews one horror film every day of the month, whether it be an old classic or an obscure treasure, usually in keeping with some sort of theme (So Bad, It's Good films one year, the entire Godzilla series another).

He is affiliates with both ScrewAttack and That Guy with the Glasses (despite, or perhaps due to, the Nerd's eternal conflict with The Nostalgia Critic).

Sub pages:


Rolfe's movie reviews

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    Regular reviews 

Cinemassacre's Monster Madness (by year)

    2007 History of Horror 

    2008 Godzilla-thon 

    2009 Monster Madness 3 

    2010 Camp Cult 

    2011 Sequel-A-Thon 

    2012 80's-A-Thon 

    2013 Sequel-A-Thon 2 


Rolfe's own films, Top 10's, documentaries, and other videos:


Tropes applying to Rolfe himself


  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: In his top 10 shitty Shatner movies, he ended the list with Incubus at #1, and talked about how the film was lost until it turned up with France, and ended with this dark sentence...
    "There was a lot of bad luck associated with Incubus and came with the reputation as one of those films with a curse. [Milos Milos] killed his girlfriend and committed suicide. [Ann Atmar] has also committed suicide a few weeks after the film wrapped. [Eloise Hardt's daughter] was kidnapped and murdered. Director Leslie Steven's production company went bankrupt, and his marriage ended in divorce. And William Shatner ended up being in a lot of shitty films."
  • Author Appeal: Horror movies, especially monster movies.
    • References to shit. Sorry, that was meant to be, references to SHIT!
  • Badass Boast: From the "Contra Memories" video: "I beat Contra before breakfast."
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Judging by the content of his films.
    Pop Goes the Human (this doesn't do the ending justice...)
    "DAMN! Well, I'm not thinking of Frankenstein. Are you?"
  • Corpsing: Seven words - "Live like a windrammer as you fuck."
    • Anyone watching the episodes of AVGN with Lloyd and the Guitar Guy with keen ears and eyes can notice James losing his composure with some of the things they say.
      • And of course, the one part in his review of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III where he stressed that the "Help I'm a turtle and I can't get up" gag is not funny, but burst out laughing anyway.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: After his Top 1 Shark Movies, which is basically him praising Jaws and being unable to come up with any other good shark films, he would go crazy over the collection of terrible shark movies he has, leading to the Top 40 Shitty Shark Movies!
    "Shark movies, shark movies, shark movies, SHARK MOVIES, SHARK MOVIES, SHARK MOVIES, AHHHHH Hahhhhhhahhhhhh!"
    *crazy laugh* shark movies. Shark movies!
  • Gorn: He's known for making really gory short horror movies like The Deader The Better.
  • Happily Married
  • Let's Play: Sort of. He does the James and Mike Mondays series, with his best friend: Mike Matei.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: He doesn't walk around shouting obscenities and screaming at the top of his lungs like The Angry Video Game Nerd does, and often makes it clear that the Nerd is simply a character he plays.
  • Nerd Glasses: Possibly the king of this trope.
  • Nice Guy
  • One of Us: Obviously, since he IS AVGN.
  • Political Correctness Gone Mad: Parodied. As the Bullshit man, he mentioned that people complained about having to say "Happy Holidays" out of respect for other beliefs when they insist on saying "Merry Christmas." So he coined a new term called HAPPY SHUT THE FUCK UP! and has proceeded to use this in some of his Christmas specials, including the AVGN Winter Games, and even as himself at the end of his TMNT Christmas review.
  • Self-Deprecation: In the video where Inspector Gadget explains how to use Cinemassacre:
    Gadget: I wonder when the fuck there will be a new Board James!
  • Spit Take: He does an absolutely epic one when he realises that the IndieGoGo donations for the movie have just hit 100k. He even does it in slow-motion, no less!
  • Stop Motion: James is a big fan of this practice.
  • Tempting Fate: In his Top 1 Shark Movies, he said that there were some good ones. The only movie he can think of is Jaws, which he pretty much talks about for almost the entire video. See Go Mad from the Revelation above for more.
  • The Cameo: He appeared in different commercials (one of the earliest being a Budwiser commercial), other online shows, and even independent works (like the Sonic fan film).
    • At one point he even assists in special effects works with other works, like blood work and all.
  • Vulgar Humor / Toilet Humor: He's known for doing this in AVGN. Such as the Nerd defecating on the games. (And Bugs Bunny.)
    • Also the characteristic of the Bullshit Man, Shit Pickle, and the Nerdy Turd.
  • What Could Have Been: James intended the Angry Nintendo Nerd to be a trilogy series of videos he only made for his friends. Then youtube entered his life!
    • James apparently intended the Angry Video Game Nerd to have a spin off series called the Angry Movie Nerd, where he would cover bad movies, beginning with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III. Despite being one of his most memorable videos, ranting about movie sequels in an earlier episode, and even implying to talk about the Friday the 13th movies in the game review, this spin off never kicked off.
      • Although, he did eventually signed on with Spike.Com to do movie reviews, as himself.
    • For more AVGN specific entries, check out the The Angry Video Game Nerd trivia page.

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alternative title(s): Cinemassacre; James Rolfe
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