Wednesday, August 11, 2004


Napoleon Dynamite. For many years Elvis Costello used this as an alias. Now, it's the name of a strange movie.

Napoleon is a geek that lives with his brother and grandma in Idaho.

I have never been to Idaho, but according to this film, it is a bizarre place that where time has stood still, then fell down and rolled over. Every scene is full of a weird mix of cars, clothes and music from the 1970s, the 1980s and the 1990s.

I loved it. It was Dyn-o-mite!

I miss Jimmy Walker. He was funny.

I wonder if he was ever on the cover of Dynamite Magazine.

If you don't remember Dynamite, it was a kids magazine available through Scholastic Book Club in the 1970s and 80s. The issues were packed with celebrity interviews and odd cartoons. Here is an interview with Jimmy Walker that I made up:

Dynamite Magazine: Jimmy, what is it like to be so cool.
Jimmy Walker: I wasn't always cool. When I was a kid I was a little uncool.
DM: No way! You were a dork?
JW: Hey! I said I was a little uncool. I never said I was a dork! Get out of my trailer.

In addition to hard hitting interviews, Dynamite also had weird cartoons. Here is one I just made up:

Title: What a bummer!
Mom: Where are you going son?
Son: To school.
Mom: But, son, it's saturday!
Son: Oh shucks.

Anyone else see Napoleon Dynamite?

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