YMMV / James Rolfe

  • Broken Base:
    • A sizable number of former fans have essentially declared war on James and everyone who still supports him due to the release of the AVGN movie. The reasons vary; some say they just hated the movie so much that they can't take James seriously as a creator anymore, some are convinced that he only spent some of the budget on the movie and personally pocketed the rest, some think that the existence of the movie is offensive to begin with because it led to a slowdown in the number of normal episodes produced, and some think it's an unforgivable sin that the movie isn't free to watch online.
    • Let's just say that his decision to not review Ghostbusters (2016) was met with... mixed reactions.
    • Cinemassacre's Monster Madness 2016 only uses screenshots as opposed to full video in exchange for being able to present it on Youtube. Some people would have preferred to see full video while others are willing to tolerate this new format to be able to view it on Youtube.
  • Earworm: The "Munky Go Boom" song from Munky Cheez 3.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: According to Alexa 16% of his site's traffic comes from Norway, where it breaks the top 500 sites.
  • He Panned It, Now He Sucks: His decision not to watch Ghostbusters (2016) was met with this reaction, never mind that those who called him out for it ignored his reasons for doing so.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The 2014 Monster Madness ended with a review of Trick 'r Treat, which James cites as a perfect manifestation of the Halloween spirit. Two years later, the final Monster Madness would end with another holiday horror film from the same director, the Christmas-themed Krampus, symbolizing that ten years of Autumn celebration had finally succumbed to Winter.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In his review of Godzilla (1998), he mentioned how ridiculous making Godzilla "realistic" by not making them shoot his atomic breath is like making Spiderman "realistic" by not allowing him to shoot his web through his hands. Well...note 
    • In the third part of his "Bat-a-thon" video (done shortly after The Dark Knight was released), he comments on the idea of a movie starring both Batman and Superman to be a bad idea. Yeah, like they'd ever do that.
    • James has a long history of praising movies for having strong (and funny) female characters and complaining when women are depicted as stupid or incapable, which is funny in hindsight given the accusations of misogyny over his thoughts on Ghostbusters (2016).
  • Tear Jerker:
    • The Dragon In My Dreams is a very sad video, considering it's one of James' more personal ones. It's about James wanting to revisit the playground that bestowed his earliest memory—a nightmare where a dragon tries to eat him (the dragon was really plastic and part of the playground)—and then realizes that the one day he decides to come back, the park is being renovated. Had he come a day later or even a few hours later, it probably would've been too late. The look on James' face as he looks at the dragon in its aged and dilapidated state for the last time is just devastating. And then he goes away, looks at it again, and leaves knowing that he'll never see it again. Worse yet, the video ends with a gallery of young James playing at the park which was being renovated.
    • ROLFE: A No-Budget Dream, a documentary about James made back in 2002, when he was still in college, closes with this sad line: "Without my movies, I'm nobody, really."
    • October 2016 will be the last "real" Monster Madness. Though James said it will still happen every year in some form, this will be the last time he's doing the usual "1 video a day for 31 days" format.