Gayleen: I haven’t heard about the job yet. haha
Kim says I was too indecisive in my review of The Devil’s Rejects. Fine. I liked it. In fact, since I keep thinking back on it, I’ve come to the conclusion that I liked it quite a lot. It wasn’t perfect, but it was damn good. The scariest/creepiest moment for me was when the maid comes to clean the motel room and finds the survivor. I also liked the homage to The Shining in Ken Foree’s final scene. The character of Otis seemed to change a lot from what he was in House of 1000 Corpses … he no longer seemed so creepy, but was more just the good ol’ Southern boy with a demented violent streak. But, I guess somebody had to be sane enough to drive, huh? So, yeah, I liked the movie. The most disturbing scene was in the extras, where Otis was attacking the cheerleader. The older I get — and the older my daughters get — the harder it is to watch that kind of stuff.
Now, compare that to last night’s offering of Tim Burton’s remake of Willy Wonka or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, or whatever the hell it was called. Keep in mind I hate the original. That said, I think I liked this one even less. Much like Burton’s Planet of the Apes remake, it just seemed pointless and dumb. In the original, at least, Charlie and his grandpa did something bad, showing they had some humanity in them. This time, Charlie was just too goody-goody all the way through. Like Wahlberg’s character in Planet of the Apes, he never evolved, never grew. He was the same boring person at the end of the film as at the beginning. And Johnny Depp was supposed to play the Wonka role so much darker than Gene Wilder. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz What? He referenced cannabalism and that was supposed to make it darker? Big damn deal. Even Danny Elfman’s music for this one kinda sucked; at least Planet of the Apes produced a great soundtrack. My hope is that Christopher Lee doesn’t suffer the same fate as Vincent Price after having a role in a Tim Burton/Johnny Depp/Danny Elfman movie.