So Bad, It’s Good: Napoleon Dynamite

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This blog is part of the Second So Bad It’s Good Blogathon, hosted by Taking Up Room.  The idea of this event is to write about a movie that is just SO bad, it’s actually good!

You can see the other entries here:

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Intro

I have many movies that I absolutely love that many would consider “bad”.  They are movies that I can sit and watch over and over, and still find great enjoyment from watching them.  I probably could have picked any one of them to write about for this blogathon, but instead, I chose Napoleon Dynamite.

I must be honest with you, I wasn’t even aware of this film until it was out on video.  I am not really even sure what made me pick up the case to see what it was about.  Maybe it was the school lockers in the picture?  Maybe it was the picture of the weird looking dude on the cover?  Maybe it was because the cover said, “You’ll laugh till it hurts”.

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No matter what the reason, I decided to rent it.  What happened next has NEVER happened before in my entire life.  When you see a bad movie, you usually say, “Well, that sucked!” and that’s the end of it.  As I sat to watch this film for the first time, I was expecting a full blown comedy.  I watched this entire movie – in silence.  When it was all over, I turned to my then wife and said, “Did I miss something?  What the hell did we just watch!?”

But that’s NOT where the story ends!  For the first time in my life, I immediately started the movie over from the beginning and watched it again!  It was THAT bad!!  The second time through, I found myself chuckling out loud at the absurdity of the whole movie, and the characters in it!  Because it was a new release, the rental was for 24 hours.  Dear reader, this movie was SO bad, I watched it AGAIN the next day before I took it back to the store!  You know what?  I found it funnier the third time!

Any time I recommend this film to anyone, I tell them, “Watch it once, and then watch it again.  Trust me!”

The movie

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It is hard for me to even begin to describe this movie.  I am not sure I even can.  Yes, there is a plot.  There are sub plots.  The movie is almost a series of vignettes strung together in a way that sort of makes a story.  Yeah, that is probably a terrible description, but that’s really all I can come up with.

Napoleon Dynamite (played by Jon Heder) is … unique.  He’s different.  He is a loner and he’s kind of happy that way.  He is a bullying victim.  A day at school is complete misery for him.  He is constantly picked on and made fun of.

Napoleon has two friends, Pedro and Deb, who fit right in with him.  They all seem to speak in short, simple sentences.  They all seem to be very socially awkward.  This does not stop Pedro from running for class president, though.

Napoleon lives with his grandmother and his brother, Kip.  Kip is also a nerd and spends almost all of his time in chat rooms talking with girls.  When their grandma is injured in a Dune Buggy accident (let that sink in for a minute!), we are introduced to their baby sitter – their Uncle.

Uncle Rico is a sleazy dude who drives around in an orange and brown Dodge van selling breast enhancement potions and Tupperware-like storage containers.  Poor Rico is fixated on 1982.  He was on the football team and they “should have won state!”  He constantly talks of how things should have been different.  He even bought a “time machine” on the internet to try to go back in time!

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The more I write, the more I keep scratching my head and wondering, “Just what was this whole movie about, anyway!?”  There are just so many scenes in the movie that leave you wondering “why is this in the movie?” “What was THAT all about?”  “Why did he do that?”

Those “what the hell” moments, actually end up being the ones you remember the most!  Many of them are some of my favorite scenes!

Some examples:

Napoleon feeding Tina, the llama

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When Napoleon throws a wrestling figure out the school bus window

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Uncle Rico nailing Napoleon with a steak

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The entire dance scene on stage

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The bully who asks for some of Napoleon’s tator tots (in his pants pocket!), only to be told “no”….so he smashes them…

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The entire Rex Kwon Do scene featuring Diedrich Bader of the Drew Carey Show

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Tether Ball, Summer’s cake, the bike that does “sweet jumps”, Ligers, La Fawnduh, I could go on and on to explain why this BAD movie is SO good.

I probably lose a few IQ points after each viewing, and you will too!  It is one of those guilty pleasure films for me that I will often quote to friends.  You will too!  But only if you watch it a second or third time!

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Thanks to my friends at Taking Up Room for allowing me to participate in this fun blogathon…..and for giving me another reason to watch this idiotic movie!

 

 

Little Bits of This and That…

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One of the blogs that I follow said that the best way to get more followers is to blog everyday.  I get daily writing prompts, and some of them have led to decent blogs, but in all honesty, most of the prompts don’t “move me” to write.  Sure, I’d like to write every day, but I feel like I should have something to blog about, you know? I have some stuff in the “to write” files, but I wanted to think a bit more on them.  So I went back through the things I wrote down in my notebook, and decided that I could write a blog about some of the little things that happened this week.

Second Ultrasound

Sam is officially 12 weeks pregnant now.  We had a second ultrasound and it’s amazing how much the baby changed in a week.  In the first one, the baby looked like a little peanut.  A week later, we could see a baby.  Baby P, as we have been calling her/him, was very active that day. We actually could see the arms moving around and they were able to snap another picture.

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We have decided that we are going to find out the baby’s gender and are looking forward to the next ultrasound.  We’re going to do one of those 3D ones.  We are counting down the days until we get to see Baby P again.  Once we find out the gender, we will be sharing that, but the names are something that we will be keeping to ourselves until the baby is born.

Ratings

So last Friday, the radio ratings book came out.  It is the results of radio surveys of listeners in the market.  I have been doing the Saturday weekend shift at the Moose since the book started.  The 12+ numbers are the ones that kind of encompass the whole audience.  It is the entire group (male and female) 12 years old and up.  There are other breakdowns (Women 25-54, Men 25-54, etc…) and some formats care more about female numbers and others care more about male numbers.  Country tends to care about female numbers, while rock tends to lean more male numbers (because of advertisers).

At any rate, I got a text message from my boss on Monday:

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Even though I am only on once a week, it is nice to know that people are listening and made me #1 in my time slot.  Thanks, Mid-Michigan!

Radio Hijinks

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As a part timer, sometimes you walk into the on air studio and find remnants from whatever went on during the week.  Many times it makes me wish I was back on full time, because I truly miss all the silly stuff that happens throughout the week.  One day I walked into the studio and there was a piece of scrap paper that read, “Stop farting!” Obviously a note from one host to another while the microphone was live.

This week I went in and found this:

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Perhaps “little ears” were outside the studio?

At my other station, the morning show co-host compiled a list of “Demerits” for each staff member.  I am unaware of what lead to this, but she put them up on the grease board in the studio.  Our boss got demerits for not showing up for work (he’s on vacation), she gave herself demerits for being a “clown lover”, the mid-day guy got demerits for always “asking what time it is”, and when I walked in and saw mine – I laughed out loud:

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Yes, I did.  I wanted to write underneath, and clarify that it was my wife, when something funnier came to mind.   We are a radio station after all, so I thought it’d be funnier to write this:

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Our morning show celebrated 15 years together as a team this week.  They went on the air in 2004 (Believe me, this is a big deal in radio!  It is rare for DJ’s to be at the same station for that long!).  I wanted to promote the fact that their anniversary was Monday, so I looked back at the year 2004 to see what was going on.  In August of 2004, the Summer Olympics were going on in Athens, Greece.  So I wrote this line:

“It’s hard to believe that Jim and Jodi have been together for 15 years!  When they went on the air 15 years ago, in Athens, Greece, they were throwing around the discus at the Summer Olympics.  15 years later, Jim is throwing out the discuses (sic) in his back!”

Stan Freberg

The great Stan Freberg would have been 93 this week.  What an amazing talent!  He did voice work for cartoons (Pete Puma, and many others), had a weekly radio show, released many parody/satirical songs, was a very successful advertising man, appeared on TV and in the movies, and wrote books.

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Some of my favorite Freberg tracks include his Dragnet stuff (which he got Jack Webb’s band to do on each track – St. George and the Dragonet, Little Blue Riding Hood, and Christmas Dragnet), Heartbreak Hotel, Green Chri$tma$, Banana Boat, and Wunnerful, Wunnerful.  Until I read his book, I had no idea how many voices he did for cartoons.  He sings the story of the 3 Little Pigs in one of my favorite cartoons (I could not find the full cartoon, but here is the audio of it) with Shorty Rogers – The Three Little Bops.

The C Pillow

As mentioned earlier in this blog, my wife is pregnant.  Anyone knows that with pregnancy comes the challenge of getting comfortable.  Whether someone told her about this thing, or whether she saw it online, she ordered herself the “C Pillow.”  It is a HUGE pillow that she can lay on/in to be comfortable in bed.

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I am all for my wife being comfortable, and as the pregnancy gets further and further along, I am sure that this will be very helpful to her.  Right now, personally, I hate it.  This thing takes up so much room on the bed, but that is not why I hate it.  I hate it because if it is on the bed, it is very hard to hold my wife.  I know, I am being selfish.  I love holding my wife when we sleep.  I have gotten to where it is hard to sleep without her.  This pillow has taken up temporary residence in our bed, and it bothers me a bit.

Monday night I was called off work.  I tried to stay up all night in order to keep on my midnight schedule.  I made it to about 5a, (usually I go to bed around 9a), and fell asleep.  When I fall asleep to early, it really messes with the following night.  It was about 1pm when I woke up and couldn’t fall back to sleep.  I got up and grabbed my book and went out to the couch to read after laying in bed for an hour and a half.

While I was out there, I heard Sam get up.  She came out to the living room and asked why I was up.  I told her I couldn’t sleep.  She asked if I would come back into bed and just hold her.  I put my right arm under her neck and pulled her close to me.  She laid her head on my shoulder and I put my other arm around her.  I cannot begin to explain how amazing this was.  Holding her close, listening to her breathing, kissing her forehead, and just thinking about what a lucky man I am.  I held her close and fell deeper and deeper in love with her.  Oh, and I was loving the fact that the stupid C Pillow was on the floor!

My pick for this week’s funniest picture on the internet

I really need to write a review on Napoleon Dynamite.  It is truly one of the strangest movies I have ever seen, and to date, it is the only movie I watched immediately after watching it for the first time – because I wasn’t sure what I had just seen!  If you have seen the movie, this should give you a chuckle.

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