Cinemassacre

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Cinemassacre is an entertainment website started by lifelong Godzilla fan James Rolfe, featuring primarily reviews, gameplay, and commentary of various media such as video games and movies. The website's most popular series, The Angry Video Game Nerd, features Rolfe as the titular character in satirical reviews of vintage games that he finds less-than-enjoyable. Godzilla film posters, toys and other items can often be spotted in the background in many of Rolfe's videos, and he talks about the King of the Monsters often.

Angry Video Game Nerd and game reviews

James Rolfe talked about and played several Godzilla video games on Cinemassacre within his Angry Video Game Nerd series and beyond.

Episode 77 of the AVGN focused entirely on the select retro Godzilla games Godzilla: Monster of Monsters!, Godzilla 2: War of the Monsters, Super Godzilla, Godzilla: Kaiju Daikessen, and Godzilla for Game Boy. The three Pipeworks Godzilla games also made appearances near the end of the episode in a humorous montage.

Godzilla: Unleashed, Godzilla for the PlayStation 4, Godzilla: Battle Legends, and Godzilla: Monster of Monsters! were played during four separate episodes of James and Mike Mondays where Rolfe and co-host Mike Matei sit down and play various video games.

Movie and TV reviews

Cinemassacre is known for its annual (now-discontinued) Monster Madness event where Rolfe reviews various horror, sci-fi, and monster movies during the month of October. During the second Monster Madness, Rolfe reviewed the entirety of the Godzilla series up to Godzilla: Final Wars. Subsequent Monster Madness events featured other Japanese monster movies such as Toho's The War of the Gargantuas and Rodan. In 2013, Rolfe reviewed every Gamera movie in the Showa series as a part of Cinemassare's Monster Madness: Sequel-A-Thon 2 and briefly talked about the Heisei Gamera films in one review.

Miscellaneous content

Rolfe has included Godzilla-related content in other videos on the site. The Godzilla book written by Ian Thorne was mentioned in a video discussing the Crestwood House Monster book series.

Opinions

Rolfe's top ten Godzilla films, as listed at the end of his Godzilla-thon series, are as follows:

  1. Godzilla (1954)
  2. Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah
  3. Godzilla: Final Wars
  4. Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack
  5. Mothra vs. Godzilla
  6. King Kong vs. Godzilla
  7. Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla
  8. Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.
  9. Godzilla vs. Destoroyah
  10. Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster

In 2014, Rolfe relayed his immediate thoughts on Legendary Pictures' 2014 American Godzilla film, and although he enjoyed the movie, claiming that he actually saw a Godzilla movie, he complained that there wasn't enough Godzilla in it and that the design of the MUTOs "weren't original" and "felt a little too cliché." However, he also expressed his wish that this movie was released earlier rather than the 1998 film. In his re-review of the 2014 film in 2016, he pointed out some more flaws he found with it. Also in 2016, Rolfe gave his thoughts on the trailer for Toho's then-upcoming new Godzilla film Shin Godzilla, expressing his excitement for the first Japanese Godzilla film since 2004. Rolfe later reviewed the film alongside Mike Matei after attending an early screening, stating that he found it to be a flawed, but overall very satisfying and refreshing entry in the series.

On May 1, 2019, in the lead-up to the release of Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Rolfe released a video entitled "Godzilla for Beginners: My picks" in which he gives a brief overview of the entirety of the Godzilla series and recommends five specific films for newcomers to the series to watch in order to become familiar with the franchise. Rolfe's recommendations, all of which also appear in his top 10 Godzilla films list, are as follows:

  1. Godzilla (1954)
  2. Mothra vs. Godzilla
  3. Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah
  4. Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla
  5. Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.

Trivia

  • Bear McCreary, who arranged the song "You're a Mean One, Mr. Nerd" for The Angry Video Game Nerd's 2010 Christmas special and composed the score for Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie, also composed the score for Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

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Keizer Zilla

16 months ago
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I love AVGN, I'm still waiting on his second rematch with Bugs Bunny! And I think it's awesome that he's a fellow kaiju fan.
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Green Blob Thing

16 months ago
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He already had his second rematch with Bugs Bunny in the Mega Man Games episode.
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Green Blob Thing

16 months ago
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Which also came out three years ago.
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Titanollante

49 months ago
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Hey, now this page is pretty good!

Anyway, let me say something about Cinemassacre. I love James and everything he does, however, I really hate it when people just grab his opinion and treat it as fact. He thinks the M.U.T.O.s are uncreative and "look like the bugs from Starship Troopers"? Bingo, 50 people commenting that everywhere. The AVGN episode calling all those games garbage? Bingo, people say that Godzilla has never had any good games, and say that GMOM and Super Godzilla are crappy games. It's amazing.
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The King of the Monsters

49 months ago
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To be fair though, I think Legendary's designers specifically said the M.U.T.O.s were inspired by the bugs from Starship Troopers. Where I disagree with James and get really annoyed when people copy his opinion is when he says the M.U.T.O.s are ripoffs of Clover and the monster from Super 8. If standing semi-horizontally and walking on their hands makes them generic ripoffs of Clover, then every single bipedal kaiju is a ripoff of Godzilla for standing on two legs.
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Goldn

48 months ago
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It's a little ridiculous to say that the MUTOS aren't, in some minor or major way, even slightly based off of the Cloverfield monster. It's also silly to say that the MUTO are 100% identical to the Cloverfield monster, because that's simply not true, but what James means to say is that the monsters aren't all that creative and they remind him of almost all of the hollywood-made monsters in the past ten or so years (and it's okay for him to say that 'cuz its his opinion).
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The King of the Monsters

48 months ago
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I don't think it can be factually stated that the M.U.T.O.s are necessarily based on the Cloverfield monster in any way. Their only similarity is the stance. Aside from that, they look nothing alike. Legendary did look to inspiration from other monsters when designing them, but Clover was not mentioned among them.
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