Mamo 448: Manbaby Boobytits

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Do you hear the slurping, mewling sounds of the internet fanboys roiling in disgust (once again) because women exist? It was hard not to get hit by the spray this week as the Cinema Massacre web site (!) achieved the seemingly impossible, and turned GHOSTBUSTERS into the most politicized film release of the year. We tackle the outrage, and then dovetail to this week’s other gender war, #toofemale.

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Robert Reineke
Guest

Remember back in the day when people argued over a movie after it came out?

Sean Kelly
Guest

Angry Video Game Nerd’s real name is James Rolfe.

Now you know who he is.

Sean Kelly
Guest

Here is some more general cliff notes about him:
– The Angry Video Game Nerd web series has been going on since 2004. Each episode focuses on a frustratingly difficult video game, which are played accompanied by foul-mouthed commentary and quite a bit of toilet humour.
– Even though AVGN is what he’s most known for, James Rolfe also posts other video content on his website Cinemassacre, including film reviews.
– James Rolfe made his feature film directorial debut with a film version of AVGN in 2014. It is available for rent or purchase from Vimeo on Demand if you’re curious.

Andrew James
Admin

Is AVGN not more or less a household name within video game / social media outlets these days? I thought this was a pretty well known person/show. Apparently not? Now I watched some of his mildly entertaining antics about 10 years ago when he was reviewing terrible NES games and really haven’t thought about him since. So maybe his fifteen minutes are up and he’s over. Still, I’m pretty sure most people who look for reviews and opinions on pop culture “Stuff” know who this guy is by now.

PS – He’s got a pretty great media collection – and how he showcases it is awesome.

His savagery of Ghostbusters is kind of whatevs at this point I would think.

Sean Kelly
Guest

The latest episode of AVGN currently has 1,693,920 views, so it’s still a quite popular web series. However, there is now a longer gap between episodes.

Voncaster
Guest

I’m more surprised that that James not reviewing the movie is a story that other sites care about than James not reviewing Ghostbusters.

As Sean states, James does toilet humor video game reviews. I think the message was targeted to his audience and fans, who probably expect him to review the movie since his show is steeped in nostalgia and specifically 80s nostalgia. If he is not going to review the film, that is probably something his audience wants to know.

That fact that this got picked up and somehow qualifies as news to other sites blows my mind.

But it probably shouldn’t. Sites like Aint it cool, Slashfilm, and even Cinemablend strike me as increasingly blurring the line between criticism and fan pages. If you want to try a fun exercise, head on over to Aint it cool and count how many headlines end in exclamation points. I go to these sites to get news on properties I care about, but in no way do I think they are good or reliable film critics. These sites cover every minute detail of Star Wars, Marvel, and other Geek properties. So someone says something about Ghostbusters: thats a news story. Really?

Andrew James
Admin

Yeah I don’t think AVGN is a paid, professional critic is he? Isn’t he just some guy on the internet who rants about shit? I think that’s kind of his schtick. Or maybe he is kind of a staple these days – I’m really not sure. But taking anything he says seriously and giving a shit one way or the other is kind of like getting mad at Steve Harvey for saying he believes in creationism.

Voncaster
Guest

Exactly. If the New Yorker or Variety boycotts a movie based on a trailer, that is a story. Presumably, even well established and respected outlets make decisions on what movies they are going to review. They just don’t publicly announce what movies they are not going to review.

But this is AVGN guy boycotting a movie. To me, that is not news. That is Tuesday on the internet.

Sean Kelly
Guest

The Angry Video Game Nerd is more a character than anything else. I believe the real James Rolfe is more a normal individual.

devolutionary
Guest

Also, anyone who watched the video can attest that he’s relaying his thoughts as himself-calm, collected, and rational. Like Voncaster alluded to, these sensationalist opinion “think-pieces” [which is all they are] are more damning than James’ non-review. The Internet is free to project and assume but these are nothing more than Opinion Op-Eds, not glaring statements of factual misogyny.

Sean Kelly
Guest

My personal issue was less with the video itself (which I did begin watching, only to stop a minute or so in) and more about how James Rolfe felt the need to produce a six and a half minute video to explain why he was boycotting GHOSTBUSTERS. Sometimes a tweet would suffice.

That said, I do believe that the majority of the think pieces out there are reading a bit too much into this.

schizopolis
Guest

“Welcome to Mamo. Mamo! We’re about movies and popular culture. But one of us refused to watch Batman v Superman, while lambasting some moron for boycotting Ghostbusters.”

Pot vs. kettle? I kid, I kid. You’re Nice Guys…so whatevs.

Matthew Fabb
Guest

Well, while MAMO talks about movies and popular culture, there are a number of movies that they don’t watch that they still manage to talk about. As the show isn’t a review show, but talking about the box office and people’s reactions to movies and what future movies might be made based off of it. Some times but not all the time, this includes their own personal opinion of the movie.

Matthew Price has talked about giving up watching new movies in the near future and how they would still be able to do MAMO when/if this happens, as watching all the big movies isn’t a requirement.