Screen Junkies » Napoleon Dynamite http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Tue, 12 Aug 2014 17:41:43 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Napoleon Dynamite Tenth Anniversary Celebration Includes A Hilariously Bad Statue http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/napoleon-dynamite-tenth-anniversary-celebration-includes-a-hilariously-bad-statue/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/napoleon-dynamite-tenth-anniversary-celebration-includes-a-hilariously-bad-statue/#comments Wed, 11 Jun 2014 16:42:43 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=262193 If they didn't have tater tots, I would have stormed out of that party so quick.

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When you think of indie film overachievers, Napoleon Dynamite might not be the first movie that comes to mind, but that doesn’t diminish its success. It was able to turn a strong profit at the box office, enter the social consciousness, and probably made a ton of money from licensing miscellaneous crap.

And in honor of its success, and the film’s tenth anniversary, Fox threw a little party for the film on its Century City lot. Kind of like those really bleak office parties that have cake, but they only last for 15 minutes on a Tuesday afternoon, then it’s back to work.

The entire cast was there, save for Kip, and they unveiled an odd statue of Napoleon that looks like it may have been melted a little after it was built. It looks like they put Napoleon in the Bad Grandpa makeup. It’s gross.

But so is Napoleon, so maybe it’s a very self-aware bad statue.  

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Screen Junkies, Korean Christians Crash Napoleon Dynamite Day (Video) http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/screen-junkies-korean-christians-crash-napoleon-dynamite-day-video/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/screen-junkies-korean-christians-crash-napoleon-dynamite-day-video/#comments Tue, 10 Jan 2012 17:29:59 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=241974 Sure, a few things went wrong, but on the bright side, it gave the guy who played Pedro a reason to leave the house.

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Honestly, it would be pretty bizarre if the contest-cum-carnival to introduce the Napoleon Dynamite animated series wasn’t ridiculous or a half-debacle, so in that regard, I can say that the event was a total success.

To create awareness for the upcoming program, FOX set-up shop at the corner of Hollywood and Highland, offering to the public a food truck serving quesadillas and tots, tetherball, THE Tina the Llama, a bizarre little nook called “Deb’s Crafts,” and a surprise appearance by the cast of the film and show. Honestly, their appearance may have only been a surprise to me due to my lack of preparation for the event, but whatever, the amount of jewelry the guy that plays Pedro was wearing was shocking no matter what your expectations were.

However, the real spectacle here was a Napoleon Dynamite impersonation contest, which garnered hundreds, if not thousands (actually, more like “dozens”), of entrants. Unfortunately, the contest got off to a late start because a) this didn’t seem like a particularly well-run event, and b) there was a whole grip of Koreans who were keen on Jesus demonstrating on the street, and they made it hard to hear anything other than the Koreans bellowing on about how great Jesus is. You can find this guy just singing his heart out at about 1:25 on our video.

Of course, the demonstration ruined my interview with the cast, and caused the impresonation contest to be delayed so long that no one really stuck around to see it, but when you think about it, I was there to cover the Napoleon Dynamite animated series, and they were there to save mankind from eternal damnation, so I didn’t really feel like I had a valid gripe.

Beyond that, no one seemed to really care about the tetherball installation, save for one crazy guy who just went batshit on it (solo), and the crafts didn’t seem to be terribly popular either. The llama kept biting people and was just kind of an asshole in general. We didn’t stick around for the impersonation contest because, after a two-hour delay, we just didn’t want to, knowing we could find footage of it online.

We were wrong. There seems to be no footage of the sound-a-like contest at all. Shit.

In summation, the event was cut from the same cloth as the Napoleon Dynamite film – it was a little overhyped, some mild fun, and just weird and dumb enough to keep my interest. I would tell you the premiere time and date of the cartoon on FOX, but they didn’t give the press free tots OR quesadillas.

Hmm. Now I feel bad. As a compromise, here’s a link to the premiere date and time.

A very special thanks to Matt McVay for editing, filming, and basically doing all the work on this piece.  A less special thanks to Michaela Kuenster for just sorta being there. 

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10 Movie Foods More Disgusting Than The McRib http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/10-movie-foods-more-disgusting-than-the-mcrib/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/10-movie-foods-more-disgusting-than-the-mcrib/#comments Mon, 24 Oct 2011 21:25:09 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=233569 I managed to get through this article without grossing myself out, then I came back to write the intro, and that McRib description made my stomach turn.

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The McRib may be “back,” but it never left my heart. As such, I decided to celebrate this BBQ pork cake’s return to the national consciousness by presenting a handful of movie foods that are somehow grosser than this pressed pig thing that’s covered with raw onions and pickles.

I managed to get through this whole article without grossing myself out, then I came back to write the intro, and that McRib description just made my stomach turn. At any rate, here are 10 movie foods more disgusting than the McRib. Bon appétit.

Auntie Lee’s Meat Pies – Auntie Lee’s Meat Pies

PEOPLE! AUNTIE LEE’S MEAT PIES ARE MADE OF PEOPLE!

Well, that secret’s out. I suppose that if I was to eat a person, a meat pie wouldn’t be the worst way to do it. It’s better than human sashimi. For those mercifully unfamiliar, Auntie Lee would lure drifters to her trap using hot girls, then grind them up for her pies. I suppose it’s not so gross considering they’re free-range drifters, rather than drifters kept in a cage and loaded with hormones, but still. You could use Niman Ranch pork and no one would know the difference, Auntie Lee!

Plus, anyone who orders a meat pie deserves whatever they get. Yeah, that’s right Britain. I said it.

Fetus Dumplings – Dumplings