Movie My Way: Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie
I was originally made aware of the Angry Video Game Nerd and James Rolfe about 6 years ago when I came across seeing one of his more popular AVGN episodes about some Nintendo game I had never played. I was little too old to grow up playing Nintendo and cut my gaming teeth with a much older console. Some of you may have heard about the Atari 2600 with all its wonderful wood grain finish. So even though I didn’t hit the target market for most of the AVGN videos, I still found them fun and full of some pretty well made video making for just one guy to do on his own. As a result, I ended up tuning into his production companies website, Cinemassacre to find out that Mr. Rolfe is not only a video game fan but an even more passionate film maker. He has been making films since he was in a kid and he has grown a real appreciation for classic films. Something about the thoroughness of his videos as well as his commentary and writing just engages me and makes me want to watch pretty much all his films as well as introducing me to several films I have never even heard of before. So through crowd funding, James was able to get funding to finally film his very first, full length independent film using the character that made him internet famous.
Angry Video Game Nerd The Movie is a film about his character only known as “The Nerd” and his fans constant desire to see him finally review what has once been touted as the worst video game ever. The infamous Atari 2600 video game based on the hit blockbuster, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial. The story goes that the game was so bad and sold so poorly that Atari recalled millions of them and buried them in the New Mexico desert in Alamogordo. The act eventually lead to Atari’s demise and the home console market of the 80’s. Or so the legend supposedly goes. This film takes a quite humorous look at the Nerd and his quest to prove that these cartridges do not exist which in turn means he doesn’t need to review this game. With his best bud and and cast of wild and over the top characters, this film takes every boyhood fantasy of monsters, explosions, video games, fast cars and humor with the kitchen sink thrown in for good measure. I flat out enjoyed this film. It isn’t perfect by any means since the budget was on a shoestring but that only adds to its charm. It invites you in to see how they made the cheesy effects. Model airplanes with sparklers in the rear to people wearing suits smashing up miniature sets just like Godzilla. Every scene was done with a purpose and every scene was done for the purpose of making the film Mr. Rolfe wanted to make. I was so happy to support his film by buying the blu-ray. Speaking of which, the blu-ray has over 10 hours of additional behind the scenes footage and interviews. Well worth the price. In a way, it is almost inspiring to think that if I was even able to put my mind to it, I could write and make my own film too. Not likely to happen but I have had ideas for movies in the past. In listening to interviews with Mr Rolfe, it is clear he just went out and made the film he wanted to make. Because no one else is going to make your film for you. I hope that this entire experience convinces Mr. Rolfe to write and shoot his next film. Fortunately, he is still making his shorts on Cinemassacre which I will watch each and every week, gladly.
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