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Popdose Winter 2012 TV Preview: “Napoleon Dynamite”

Napoleon Dynamite is back, but this time he’s got his own TV Series. How does it hold up against the beloved cult film? Brian Boone is here tell you, my friends. Read on! Napoleon Dynamite- Sundays, 8:30 PM, FOX The 2004 Napoleon Dynamite was a refreshingly original movie, a confident mix of bizarre even otherworldly characters in a dreary small town running around for an hour and a half doing nothing in particular. It was a series of deliberately chosen, almost arbitrary quirks, catchphrases, and episodic moments, but in the end, so warm and warmly hilarious. It would have and should have made a great TV series. It didn’t. The whole thing is wildly wrong in its tone, approach, and faithfulness to the mild but beloved cultural phenomenon of eight years ago. The original, live-action movie already was a cartoon, as it was both familiar and surreal (and infinitely quotable). The cartoon completely abandons the movie’s quiet, random tone for crass and formulaic plots, sitcomy jokes, and insult humor. Oh, and none of the characters make any sense vs. their movie counterparts. All …

DVD review: Sam Rockwell can’t save “Gentlemen Broncos”

Gentlemen Broncos is the brainchild of Jared and Jerusha Hess, the creators of Napoleon Dynamite. Whereas that cult classic was able to capitalize on the quirks of small town Utah weirdness, Gentlemen Broncos fails miserably. The film begins very charming and has some funny moments early on. However, the charm wear off very quickly, and when that happens what your left with is a listless movie that drags to the end. What a complete disappointment. Gentlemen Broncos wastes the talents of Michael Angarano (One Last Thing, Sky High) Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Concords), Jennifer Coolidge, Mike White, and the always entertaining Sam Rockwell. Angarano stars as Benjamin Purvis, a budding young science fiction writer who lives with his widowed mother (Coolidge). Benjamin attends a writing camp where he meets his idol, Ronald Chevalier (Clement), a pretentious hack whose idea for enhancing stories is to add suffixes “onius” to the end of the name (as in “Haronius” or “Dunphyonius”). Chevalier announces a writing contest for the participants at the camp and Benjamin eagerly submits his …