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@MrGamepark That and Golden Axe 3.
2 years, 7 months ago on Sonic Memories
@BubbaBryant Exactly. I think he will, considering he had started doing his Game Glitch videos before James moved to CA to do the film.
2 years, 7 months ago on Simpsons Gameboy Games
@IanClarke It's amazing to me how dim some visitors to this site actually seem to be. It's been stated over and over and over and over and over again the last many months, that YES, once James got going with the movie, he WOULD NOT, and COULD NOT spend time making new episodes as well. Or are you saying you could do both just fine yourself?
@ocoole27 That's because they have nothing better to do, and nothing more intelligent or creative to say. Perhaps they should have their OWN sites where they make their OWN videos, which would obviously be so much better, seeing as they're all obviously film experts and successful directors.
2 years, 7 months ago on OverAnalyzers - Puppetland
@Calavera @GianBattista Holy Christ people. Not that I'm part of the Cinemassacre defense force or something, but some of you are outright goddamn annoying with the "GIMME GIMME" attitude you pedal on here. The person who wrote the above message honestly doesn't even sound to me like he's ever been a fan of AVGN or Cinemassacre in general. I mean what an asshole thing to say. "The fans give James $300k and he has the GAUL not to even give us a new AVGN episode once in awhile". What do some of you clowns not understand about the fact that he's IN California, across the fucking country, spending his ENTIRE time prepping and soon filming the AVGN movie, and that he DOESN'T HAVE TIME to make more AVGN episodes to keep you fuckers placated? What do you not understand about the fact that most of these videos you've been watching, save for Mike's movie reviews and shit, were all filmed EN MASS ahead of time by James, including this OA video, so that the site would have some new content while he was gone. Or for that matter, what don't you get about the fact that Mike is not only doing James a favor by keeping new content rolling to keep us all entertained while he's away, but that Mike is PART of Cinemassacre and has been working with James on this site and his videos for the last couple years? I'm just saying....this entitlement issue some of you kids have is really extraordinary. They provide us all this entertainment FOR FREE, we pay ZERO for the videos and other things they produce. So I don't get where people like you get off acting as if they owe you something. They don't. If you don't like the output the site has had lately, don't fuckin' come back. More people love this shit that those few vocal minority who troll in here and bitch about every single little nitpicked thing. So I doubt you'll be missed. Now go back to YouTube and troll there if you must.
@MichaelPetel I dunno...I found it to be jarring. Like there was just no purpose to it. None of the other people are playing characters, they're just talking. Every time she would talk in that accent, it just really distracted me. That's me though.
@EricJauregui I just really don't get how it's even remotely a big fuckin' deal, personally. If you ask me, this internet age we live in has made "Over Analyzers" or just plain wanna-be critics out of everybody. And it's really rather pointless. James directs these things, and does most of the planning. You DO know that right? So if Mike took over the episode with his rampant PeeWee knowledge, I'm quite sure James and the gang approved, or it may have even been James' idea. Some of you make it sound like Mike just wouldn't shut the fuck up, and consequently ruined the entire thing because he hogged the "airtime". Get a grip. Me personally, I take each video for what it is, and accept it. That certainly doesn't mean I've found every single Cinemassacre video to be hilarious, etc. But I also don't fall over myself complaining and nitpicking shit, as if James and the crew somehow "should have done it better". I never will understand that entitled type of attitude...and while some people call it "Constructive Criticism", to me, it honestly just comes off as Bitching.
@teecubed333 Perhaps next time you should direct the video and write the script yourself. I'm sure it'll be WAY better. ;-)
@Calavera So you're saying the "What If" Vs. videos weren't funny or goofy? They had me rolling.
@StilesCrisis @Jarnor @JelwynnKain But also, considering he only asked for $75,000 in the first place, even IF he only wound up getting about $150,000 of that to work with, he still has more to use than he probably imagined.
2 years, 7 months ago on Nerd Log - The Point of No Return
@StilesCrisis @Jarnor @JelwynnKain I was under the impression film-makers could get slight exemptions on some of their film funding being taxed.....but I guess maybe through things like IndieGoGo, it doesn't work that way.
@R2 Oooooooh no. Trust me. There are far, far worse movies than Plan 9. Plan 9 actually has some charm and entertaingment value. Go watch Creating Rem Lezar. Or Manos: The Hands of Fate, or Hobgoblins, or many OTHER horribly made films out there. Compared to a lot of shit out there, Ed Wood's movies are masterpieces. lol
@ZidaneTribal I don't think he was saying that the script is going to change at all. I think the script is set. I think he's saying whether or not the actual FILM will be able to live up to how good he thinks the script is. And I'm sure it will, at least to us.
@WillPhanto1 People who think that creators owe them something, just because they may have spent money to BUY the creations they enjoy, are pathetic, and misguided. It's a two way street. Yeah, you as a fan are paying your money to support an artist, but in turn that artist is CREATING the things you enjoy and are willing to spend your money on. It's a symbiotic relationship. The artist needs fans to support their work, and the fans need things of beauty, and things of entertainment, to help inspire them and enrich their daily lives. So people who get greedy, and demanding of artists, is pretty silly. And ESPECIALLY in James' case, where he's been giving us 99% of his creative output for FREE all these years...how can any self-proclaimed FAN actually have the gaul to get pissy with him OR Mike OR this site, and act like they are owed something. Artists you claim to enjoy, give you entertainment. They don't owe fans for anything more than enjoying their work. Period.
@EricMason I agree. I've wanted nothing more than to be a published author for a living for years. I'm still far away from that dream a decade later as I was when I was 20. But you're right, seeing someone like James work and struggle and SHOW that you can get things done with a little help and with hard work, if you just stick with it, that really helps. It is really inspiring, which is why I like when he reads the "nice letters" (and not just the funny ones that SOME selfish fans think are all he should read), when he does the Mailbag episodes. It's great to hear other people's stories, and relate to how his work has helped them, made them laugh, or inspired them also. Anyone who enjoys anything that someone else creates is ultimately touched and affected by that creator. But with James, he's so down to earth, so real, so "one of us", that it's even moreso the case, because you really get the feeling that "hey, if he can live his dream, so can I". Life is rough man, but I'm halfway through a novel I've been writing for the last couple years, and I'm hoping to speed up the process and have it done and ready to publish this year. And seeing James do his thing, definitely helps me feel like I can do mine as well.
@randi Yeah. I resent this "e-begging" notion people put out there. Like "Hey, make us shit we like that entertains us, but HOW DARE YOU ask fans to help financially support the end-product we're demanding?" Really selfish and silly. I think sites like IndieGoGo are a great thing. Look at some of the indie games that recently are getting funding through that type of means. Those games would not even be getting MADE for fans that want to play them, if the fans hadn't been willing to help out. I think it's a perfectly good idea for smaller, independent creation projects, by it music albums, comic books, movies, games, you name it. If fans want you to make something, but don't want it to get ruined by corporate interests changing things and making demands that alter the product, then why NOT help fund it themselves, assuring they're going to be getting nothing BUT what the creator actually wants to create. I think it's perfect, honestly. So Kudos to James and anyone else who takes this avenue.
@Jordanv78 One would imagine that growing up in NJ and living his adult life in Philly, his experience and knowledge with how expensive (and honestly how crappy) So Cal can be, would understandably be minimal to nothing. Now he knows.
James, as a long time fan, I want you to know that there is literally no way on earth that this could be "The worst move of all time". Not even close. Even if you were only able to do nothing more than what basically equates to an hour/hour and a half long version of one of your regular AVGN episodes....you know what? Your TRUE fans are going to love it. And I have complete faith that you're going to give us one hell of a movie.But from one creator to another, I'd just like to say that, while I know I don't need to tell you this, keep in mind to stick to your vision, and stick to your convictions. Remember to make this movie for you, James Rolfe, because that's what any great creator does. Artists create for themselves, and then they share that creation with others, some of whom enjoy their work, some of whom don't. There is something to be said for appreciating, valuing, and "Staying true" to your fans. But there is also something to be said for not merely producing what you think the fans want to see, just to make them happy. In my mind, if they're TRUE fans, they'll like, or at least respect and appreciate, what you produce no matter what. So with that said, don't worry about certain fans and whether or not they think this movie will be awesome. Because I can assure you, MOST of us will love it. And so long as YOU also love it, then that's all that matters.So go kick some ass and take some names my friend. Hopefully the shooting goes as smoothly as possible, and like you said, the knowledge and experience you're gaining out of this will only make you an even better director/creator, meaning your future films will be even better than this will be. We (most of us) will be eagerly awaiting the finished product, so take your time, and most importantly, have fun!
@Guild Navigator Not that I'm comparing the two, at all, but I thought it worth pointing out that many good writers of the past started very young. For example, H.P. Lovecraft actually published his first work when he was 14/15. I've read it, and it was actually rather good. Not as good as his later work, but still incredibly well written "for a teenager". And while I do agree life experience helps, I really don't think life experience comes much into play when writing about epic fantasy or science fiction. That stuff is pure imagination most of the time, anyway.
2 years, 7 months ago on Eragon (2006)
@schloss_ritter It is absolutely better. Plus Rachel Weisz did the voice for the dragon, so that was good at least.
All joking aside, while I can see the "knockoff" elements you're pointing out Mike, I have to say, I saw this in theaters and didn't think it was that bad. It was worth seeing once, at least, and was entertaining (to me) for what it was. I've seen worse, and it's certainly not the first "me too" or knock-off of it's kind. Not that I've read them, or care THAT much, but movie is based on a series of four books, the first of which was published in 2002, four years before the movie of it came out. And as far as knocking off Lord of the Rings, be it the movies or the books, well honestly, MOST fantasy these days you could accuse of borrowing from Tolkien's work, because his was the first real epic fantasy novels, and they established so many basic concepts of the genre, not to mention heavily influencing Dungeons & Dragons, which in turn, along with LORT, heavily influenced most modern fantasy writers. And as far as ripping off Star Wars goes, well, again, it's been done before. And it's also super easy, just like LOTR. George Lucas based the basic structure and premise of his original movie, off of writer Joseph Campbell's work "The Hero With a Thousand Faces", which describes what he called "The Hero's Journey", the basic structure that a LOT of mythological stories follow, wherein: small young everyman (farmer, Luke), gets faced with an enormous crisis wherein he must leave home, traveling far away, in which he usually experiences personal pain and loss, finds a sage-like mentor to teach/train/guide him (Obi Wan), has to grow up and grow as a character/hero, must face some bad guy/obstacle, overcome odds, and complete some sort of quest, before coming home a better man. That same basic premise HAS been the core structure of most hero stories, be they from comics, novels, movies, you name it. So it's kind of hard NOT to, to some extent, "rip off" a story like Star Wars, when Lucas based it on his own college reading and research into the works of mythology and Joseph Campbell in the first place. Just saying, Eragon wasn't a GREAT movie, and I've never read the books, but it wasn't horrible either, and in the end, I thought it was alright.
@Kain They go back, as far as I know, to the 40s or so. Possibly earlier, but at least the 40s, I'm pretty certain. As for how to get them......well, yeah, there are ways. But I don't think this is the place to get into that......
2 years, 7 months ago on Donald Duck Games
@EdgarsSondors No offense, but I seriously doubt that Mike or anyone else really needs your "help" on their own creative content. Try making your own, and let's see how people respond to it. That's the only way to go.
@EdgarsSondors "I just want you to know that I don't think you're a piece of shit." LOL!!!!!!! Ooooooh man. Well, I guess at least you got that out right away, so now he knows that AT LEAST you don't think he's a piece of shit. LOLI've seriously never even heard anyone say that before. Classic.But on a more serious note, as others have said, you need to calm down a bit. That's the nicest way to put it. If you don't care for Mike's style of videos, fine. But one thing I don't get, though I am in no way involved with the site and am just a fan, is why people bother making criticisms like this. Me personally, if I had a site where I put content out, you know, requests or friendly suggestions is one thing. But someone basically ripping my work a new one, while kindly letting me know that "at least I'm not a piece of shit", is pretty wild, and I would probably just delete that shit. This site isn't just for AVGN. Mike has worked with James for a long time, and he's been a part of the "Cinemassacre Family", helping run the site, make videos, do the artwork, etc., for a long time. Personally, I'm glad Mike started making videos, as I appreciate his insight into many things that he and I (and James) have in common. I happen to be the same age as Mike and James, growing up as a kid in the 80s and a teen in the 90s, and as it turns out, we had/have a lot of the same interests. They had a lot of the same experiences and likes growing up as I did, and so I love their videos because, for one thing, it helps me go back and remember those things from someone else's perspective. For another, I just think they're entertaining.But one thing I think you really need to keep in mind when it comes to Mike's videos, is that he's not James, and these aren't James' videos. These aren't AVGN episodes, nor are they trying to be. I don't think Mike is neccissarily trying to be funny or even going out of his way to entertain people. I think his videos are what they are, which is him sharing stuff and giving his own thoughts and info about them. That's it. Taken for what they are, and NOT for what they aren't, they're great little videos, and I for one am very thankful that Mike is keeping the site going with new content while James is making the film. I know it probably gets old to hear on here, but as many many people keep saying, myself included, if you don't like it, don't watch. But giving someone like Mike, who doesn't have to be doing this, the kind of comment that "I don't really like your videos, so I won't be coming to this site much, and I have other sites to go to".....it's just pointless and waste of yours and Mike's time. If you don't care for his videos, fine. Don't come to the site. It's not like it's going to miss you, it's still going to get millions of hits a day. But beyond that, what purpose could saying some of the things you had to say possibly really serve in the end? Do you expect Mike to slap his forehead and say "OF COURSE! I'm so sorry dude, I'll start being more entertaining for you!"? Sorry to sound harsh, and to ramble on at length....but I just never quite understand the motivation behind comments like this. They just seem like an enormous waste of time. It's one thing to make positive suggestions to people who create something for your benefit or entertainment. But it's another entirely to bother coming to a site, watching their content, and then basically posting "That sucks, it needs to be etc. etc. etc.". If it were me, I'd tell ya not to let the door hit you in the ass on the way out. But Mike is probably a bigger man than I am. And like you said.....at LEAST he isn't a piece of shit. ;-P
That's one thing I always loved about the old Godzilla/Toho films, was the amazing work they did on all the miniature sets that they would then just trample and blow up and destroy. The attention to detail in that stuff was amazing, even though people today laugh at those movies for having "cheesy effects". Me personally? I find nothing cheesy about people in rubber suits stomping on miniature sets. I take it as it is, and what it is, is fantastic.
2 years, 7 months ago on Nerd Log - Production Design
@TheShervinator No way. That episode was bad ass, for a variety of reasons. I'm James' age, and I remember back when Nintendo Power was like that (IE awesome), and I actually had (and still have) some of those magazines he shows in the video. Plus, the song is bad ass, and it's just a good piece of pure nostalgia.
2 years, 7 months ago on Mrs Nerd's Top 20 AVGN Episodes
@OlaviPössi Not "hating on you", but I think critiquing acting or production values in AVGN is kind of counter to the point of them. They are cheaply done, both by need but also design, as James is a self-avowed lover of "cheesy and schlocky" humor. Everyone has their own taste and opinions, but I'm just saying.
@ultimacj I would think she is clarifying for the purpose of trying to avoid people asking obnoxious "But what about THIS game" questions when it comes to her choices. I'm pretty sure she does play SOME games. Most people do, and being married to a gamer, and surrounded by gamer friends, there is pretty much no avoiding playing sometimes. I just think she wants to clarify that she's not a "gamer", and doesn't play regularly or know a lot about it.
@Dano Angelo I've actually heard rumors that Tim Burton was going to be involved in an Addams Family movie. It would, mostly like, suck ass, like (IMO) most of his adaptations. I love a lot of Burton's original works, but his adaptations leave a lot to be desired, mainly because he doesn't seem to understand that his "style" doesn't WORK on just anything.
2 years, 7 months ago on Festers Quest Commentary
@Alphapix Anyone who's going to buy the DVDs, is going to buy them as a fan period. So who cares if he puts a couple special feature parts online?
@AmbossDerRabiator Because he probably figures people who want the DVDs (and this one was, I'm pretty sure, from 2006), have them by now. And Mike needs stuff to post so fans don't start bitching about "HEY WHERE'S THE NEW CONTENT" while James is doing the movie. Not all of us were able to buy the DVDs, also, so it's cool to be able to see some of this stuff.
@Calavera Uhh....I get what you're saying, and I'm sure he appreciates comments like that. But as a creator, you always look back and go "Man, that sucked, I could have done it better". It's called self-critiquing. There's nothing to "get", just that if he had had more time/money/etc., he would have done it better.
@ClaudioPaola *raises hand* I won't. I haven't liked anything Turtles related since II came out and the old cartoon. I didn't care for the new CGI Turtles movie, so I didn't bother wasting my money to go see it in theaters. It'll be no different with this film. Just being a fan of something, doesn't mean you are obligated to waste your money on something terrible because it bears the same name.
2 years, 7 months ago on Michael Bay's TMNT from Outer Space?
@BrandonReese Calling "Shit" what it is, namely "shit", is not being a "whiney minority", nor is it trying to be "cool". It's pointing out a fucking fact. Bay's movies blow, and even if he wasn't involved, there was pretty much zero chance that this new live action Turtles movie would be any good anyway. It's not surprising in the least. We have the original film, and to a lesser degree, Turtles II. And the classic show. People have only themselves to blame for supporting these remakes and sequels and reboots that keep coming out, by forking out their money to see it. If they don't want to see more shit, then don't GO see it. It's as simple as that.
@metalcommand That doesn't mean much. Terry Goodkind, the writer of the Sword of Truth series, was directly involved in that "Legend of the Seeker" show, and yet look what happened. It turned out being some bastardized piece of garbage that had a totally different plot, and bared very little resemblance to the first book it was based on. So original creators being involved isn't always an indication that things will be good. You're right, The Rock was a good movie. But Michael Bay does not make good movies anymore, so why is anyone even surprised?
Yup. That pretty much nails it. All the haters, whiners, and complainers out there, who HATE Mike Bay.....and think his movies are garbage, well...it's YOUR fault he's so successful, and YOUR fault his shit keeps coming out. Did he ruin your favorite cartoon series from the 80s? Well you're partly to blame, for watching and supporting it. If no-one went to see this shit, then there'd be no more crap to follow. Me? I DO think he's a hack, and consequently, I don't waste my money going to see his movies. So I'm happy to say I'm NOT part of the problem. Cheers.
@eer4 then stop the video at that point. No offense, but why waste time complaining?
2 years, 7 months ago on Cinemassacre Mailbag #2
@Richy Krimmel Riiiight. Well for one thing, it's James' videos, so I'm pretty sure he'll do what he wants, not want "gimme gimme" fans on the internet tell him to. Secondly, I personally find the "serious" messages to be really cool. It's nice hearing people with similar stories as you, and how or why they like or are inspired by James. That's good shit. So whatever kids, if you want nothing but comedy, go to Funny or Die.
That was one thing with me too. I had a best friend when I was little who was into video games as much as I was. But not really any of the other things, like mythology, monsters, Godzilla, monster movies, etc. Hell, on that end, I still don't think I have a single friend that is or was into Godzilla and old monster movies as much as I was. I remember getting the same crappy Godzilla book from the library that James did, I was that into it. Good stuff.
I will commend the fact that they are still using suits. That is awesome. That's why I wish Toho would just make a new Godzilla movie in time for 2014. Sure, some American company is making one, but who knows how that'll turn out (look at the last one), and besides...it's TOHO, we want a REAL Godzilla movie from them for his 60th Birthday. Plus I still wish Toho would give up the ghost and just consent to finally do a Godzilla vs. Gamera movie like they supposedly had offers to do back in the 70s, but refused because they didn't want to work with the competition. If done right, it could be amazing, and neither monster would have to "lose", just have them fight a bunch, neither one really wins, then have an evil monster show up that they have to team up and fight: BAM, instant reward for all fans everywhere. But alas.....Anyways, I honor Japan for both keeping the tradition of Tokusatsu alive, as well as traditional HAND DRAWN animation. I may not like all of it personally, in fact I probably don't personally like a majority of it. But I still love that they keep it alive, where as in the US almost everything, even kids' TV cartoons, are almost all CG these days. It's sad. In this guy's view, practical special effects and hand drawn cell animation will always be better.
2 years, 7 months ago on Alien vs. Ninja (2010)
I wonder if that was Lance Krall's inspiration for the Ninja Golf assassination skit he did on the Lance Krall Show (didn't last nearly long enough, great show).
2 years, 7 months ago on Ninja III: The Domination (1984)
@DevGal89 This has already been explained many times. Most of the locations they're shooting are in Cali, and the winter and even spring sometimes on the east coast can have too unpredictable of weather, or even harsh storms, which would totally fuck entire days of filming time. Time is money when making a movie, and things will go more smoothly in Cali. Besides, he said MOST of the film is being done on the East Coast. I'm sure some of it, like whatever footage of him in his "Nerd Lair", etc, will still be done back home.
2 years, 7 months ago on AVGN Movie - Production help
@games Get a life, child. Why be here trolling if you don't like this shit? These videos happen to be hilarious, and you'd have to be braindead to actually think they're forcing laughs. Or perhaps you just weren't paying attention. Nope...I'm gonna go with trolling.
2 years, 7 months ago on Most Unlikely VS Battles (Part 2)
It's almost as entertaining that they crack up so much, as compared to the ridiculous battles they're trying to come up with.
@Jingleboy Keep in mind that I'm pretty sure they have more than that $300,000, because James also raised money for a month on Cinemassacre.com beforehand via PayPal. True, a lot of that probably went into the new equipment he bought like better cameras and stuff. But I'm sure there's at least a bit more there than $300k. But yes, he's gotta stretch that out, and make it count.
2 years, 7 months ago on Nerd Log - Casting Decisions
@PoLaR_IV I'm pretty sure some of the "offers" are from actors that James and Co. would LOVE to have in the film, even as a cameo. In fact, he didn't say so, but I'm sure a few of those "offer actors" will in fact wind up being in the film. Not with huge roles, but likely cool cameos like "Oh hey, that guy". Also, keep in mind that having a "name" in Hollywood does mean that you can command a bigger asking price, which is part of the point of getting into the movie business to be a success in the first place. Sure, some actors can get a big head and be a dick about it. But in general, many of these more known actors have a schedule to build and maintain, so telling someone like James to "make them an offer" to be in his film, is their way of gauging whether or not it's worth it to them to take the time to be in a small film by a (relatively) no-name first time feature film director, in lieu of accepting some OTHER offer they have to be in something else that might have a higher profile, be more the kind of project they want to do, and/or of course probably pay better.
@DrDoug I still hope Mike has a cameo. Mike has never really been in the Nerd episodes as "AVGN'S Friend", however he has been in a lot of them as various characters. It would be nice to see him play some character.
@TheCrazyEinstien P.S. And don't even get me started about submitting your film to the MPAA for an official rating, if you want your film to be picked up by a distributor and put into theaters. THAT'S where a lot of cuts sadly come into play in the movie business. *sigh*
@TheCrazyEinstien Problem is, to have distribution in theaters, a film has to get picked up by a larger distributor, like Paramount, or Universal, Sony, etc. It doesn't HAVE to be one of those huge top companies, but you get the point. You can't just get into regular theaters without a bigger studio picking your film up and paying to distribute it. A lot of smaller films, especially if there is high demand or even more if they have won awards, will be shown in smaller "art house" theaters which most bigger towns and cities have, though.
@Jingleboy If I just had money to burn, I think one thing I would probably do, is build up a collection like this. Not QUITE like that. I wouldn't bother with some of the real crap he's been sent or gotten over the years like the CDi or some of the old Colecovisions or whatever. But I would bulk up my NES and SNES collection, try to get a working old Game Boy and get more games for that, Master System, Genesis, Atari 2600, probably a Saturn, stuff like that. Just to have them. I mean, my friend and I have a pretty decent NES and SNES collection, and even N64 going on. But only a fraction of that. Man.....to say that you pretty much literally own every NES title ever release in the NA, and some even from Japan and EU......crazy.
2 years, 8 months ago on Sega 3D Glasses