Sunday, July 10, 2005


My favorite movie in the entire world is the 1970's "Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory". However- Jonas and I are highly anticipating Friday's release of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

I admit it- I am a huge Johnny Depp fan and definitely an even bigger Tim Burton fan. So this adaption of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory book should be way cool. The trailer's look crazy good. (check out trailer's here)

In fact last night Jonas, Jen and I decided to have a Willie Wonka Party. This consisted of- watching the original movie (which Jonas had never seen), and eating lots of different wonka candy (the big winner was the wonka chocolate donuts).

Today we've been listening to both soundtracks to the old classic movie and the new soundtrack (written and composed by Danny Elfman, who has composed music for most of Burton's films).

There's some great symbolic and metaphorical imagery that can be used in relating wonka and the Christian life. In fact, when one looks at Tim Burton's films there's some spiritual gems awaiting to be unpackaged. I'm planning on using several Burton films on Wed. night for discussion on the Christian life: here's some initial thoughts:

1. Edward Scissorhands- spiritual practice of hospitality. How do we welcome the stranger as Christ in our midst

2. Big Fish: grace, and the means of grace (practices)

3. Mars Attacks- war and violence and our faith

that's all for now.



daniel greeson said...

i am definitely a huge tim burton and depp fan as well, greatly looking forward to this movie...

Anonymous said...

Hey Jonathon! It's LeAnn and LaVelle! You are cool. Because Burton/Elfman are the shiznit. We're going to be at the theater on Friday with some friends to see Charlie- so we may run into you. And I wasn't sure if you were aware that this new movie is going to be VERY different from the original movie because it's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", an adaptation of the book, rather than "Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory", a remake of the movie.

Anywho, we're both back in Nashville for awhile (Lavelle and I)- meant to come to church yesterday but got stranded in Murfreesboro. And actually watched Sleepy Hollow and The Nightmare Before Christmas just yesterday!




John said...

I adore Edward Scissorhands. It's a shame that it wasn't more commercially successful.

gavin richardson said...

if you use mars attacks you can also talk about how old country music will either kill you or save you depending on your universal geneology.