murder-in-the-orient-express

Sidney Lumet’s 1974 production of “Murder on the Orient Express” is terrific. It has an all-star cast that includes Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall, Michael York, Jacqueline Bissett and Ingrid Bergman who won a best support actress Oscar for her performance. The production is lush with an unforgettable film score.

Then there’s the 2001 CBS television production which is totally forgettable. It stars Alfred Molina as Poirot. Here they’ve made him younger and given him a love interest (wtf?). The train passengers have been cut from 12 to 9 people which sort of defeats the whole idea of a jury.

And in updating the story, the Armstrongs are now software millionaires and one character has been been updated to be a personal trainer.

Screenwriter Stephen Harrigan’s has primarily written for TV and frankly his Writers Guild of America membership should be revoked (and maybe Alfred Molina should burn his SAG card too). And whoever is managing Christie’s literary estate should probably be fired too.

If you are a glutton for punishment, you can see the entire movie at this link.

http://youtu.be/9rEAkwz5EZc


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Name : Ara (Not actually lmao)

Nicknames : Ara

Star sign : Pisces

Gender : Female

Height : real fucking short

Favorite color : BLUE BLUE BLUE BLUE

Time right now : sometime I should be doing my homework, clearly

Average hours of sleep : 7ish,8ish

Lucky number : 18

Number of blankets I sleep with : Actually-1, feels like-0

Favorite characters : I have a lot, but my absolute favorite is probably Angela from The Inheritance Cycle

Favorite books : I really love The Monogram Murders, Murder on the Orient Express, 

Favorite bands : P!ATD, Bastille, FoB, etc…

Dream job : DIPLOMAT DIPLOMAT DIPLOMAT fuck yeah POLITICS

What I’m wearing right now : My uniform, because I just got home.

When did you create this blog : August 1st, 2015

Current amount of followers : 153! Love you all <333

What do you post about : Like…90% hetalia??

Do you have any other blogs : Yes

When did your blog reach it’s peak (when did you get more followers, have more popular posts) : it never did, because I shitpost

What made you decide to get Tumblr : One day, I saw tumblr and I was like “yo look at this fucking dump”, but I’m trash so I totally belong here.

Do you get asks on a daily basis : HAHAHAHAhahaha h a h  a…ha…

Why did you choose your URL : I actually genuinely have no idea.

I tag: 

@potatobastard @aph-finland @littleicelandthings @biophilie @czech-your-slovakia @aph-suecia @tem-flake @fabelhaft-klarinette @sassy-sweden @the-female-macaroni @ratburg  and whoever else who wants to do this! :D

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Name: Emily

Nickname: Em, Emmy, Punkin, Brat, Fatty, Eggs (my boyfriend’s nickname is Bacon so I just kinda became Eggs lol), Sweetheart

Star Sign: I have no clue

Gender: Female

Height: 5′6″

Favorite Color: Black or blue

Current Time: 10:28 pm

Last Thing I Googled: super bowl 2016

Number of Blankets I Use: Right now I have a sheet and then three blankets on top of that because it’s been super cold lately

Favorite Fictional Character: Agent Peggy Carter

Favorite Book: Uhhhhhhhhhh….. The Hobbit, Murder on the Orient Express, The Hunger Games, the whole Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, Pride and Prejudice (This is quite possibly the worst question to ask a bookworm)

Wearing: pj pants, one of my dad’s old tshirts, a hoodie and socks

Why Your URL: The first fandom I was really in was Doctor Who and I literally crash-landed in the fandom because I had one of my best friends and my boyfriend start watching it at the same time and they wouldn’t shut up about it so I learned a TON of DW trivia in a week.

I tag: @princess-onion-ring, @nevergonnawalkpastafez, @mchaelschaffer, @friendly-neighborhood-narwhal, @thatguyinthepicture, @eowynsunknownsister, @justpoefect, @aconsultingdetective @ofmiceandmckenna, and @padfoot-prongs-moony-lilykins

EIGHT PEOPLE I’D LIKE TO GET TO KNOW BETTER: @blindmxn @misscaiin @mcgnifique @mctriarchal @betrayblood idk u chose tbh

TAGGED BY. @granxaire

I. NAME / ALIAS.  corinna ( idk i never had a steady nickname )
II. BIRTHDAY. july 1st
III. ZODIAC SIGN. cancer
IV. HEIGHT. 5′4″
V. TIME.  17:48PM
VI. SLEEP. mostly from 3 or 5 am to 9 or 11 am
VII. FAVORITE BOOKS. harry potter, the waves, murder on the orient express, idk so many, help
VIII. FAVORITE ARTISTS. florence + the machine, dillon, abel korzeniowski, timber timbre, bon iver, so many again why
IX. LAST MOVIE I WATCHED. the raven
XI. COLLEGE. in university atm studying english / german
XII. DREAM JOB.  publisher, writer maybe
XIII. THE MEANING BEHIND YOUR URL.  death spell, quite deathly muse, it was a fit

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Rules: Answer this in a new post and tag your 3 followers! Make sure you tag back to the person who tagged you so they can see it : @princessepompom , there you go. I should say, despite the numbers, there are no particular order in these lists.

Films:
1. Bayonetta: Bloody Fate
2. Clue: the Movie
3. The Pagemaster

Series:
1. Le Coeur a ses Raisons
2. Spongebob Squarepants
3. Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries

Actors:
1. Marc Labrèche
2. John Barrowman
3. David Suchet

Actresses:
1. Anne Dorval
2. Essie Davis
3. Madeline Khan

Books:
1. And then they were none
2. Murder on the Orient Express
3. Peril at End House

Music band/artist:

1. Koji Kondo

2. Rei Kondo

3. Masami Ueda

Colours:
1. Jonquil yellow
2. Black
3. Lavender

School subjects:
1. Foreign languages
2. Biology
3. Science

Animals:
1. Ravens
2. Cats
3. Snakes

Countries:
1. Japan
2. UK
3. Switzerland

Female Name:
1. Marina
2. Flora
3. Dorothée

Male Name:
1. Florent
2. Valentin
3. Armand

Fandoms:
1. Bayonetta
2. Super Smash Bros.
3. The Legend of Zelda (even if I somehow seldom post about it)

The Actress part of that thing took me forever, I like never watch any movie and rarely watch TV series.

Anyway I will tag @whitepaw57 and @crazy-ass-bat @manchot-brisefer! :D

The advantage of being employed again, even if it’s underemployed

Reading material acquired today:

All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

Meeting Infinity edited by Jonathan Strahan

Analog, March 2016 (includes “The Coward’s Option” by Adam-Troy Castro)

Asimov’s Science Fiction, February 2016

Locus, January 2016

I’ve never been a fan of Analog. It’s brand of science fiction usually doesn’t do anything for me. The Adam-Troy Castro story is one of his Andrea Cort mysteries. I loved the first two books in this series and just discovered there is a third. The first book had Cort solving a murder in a society run by AIs in an ecosystem where the intelligent biological life had no concept of “I.” The second book takes place on a space elevator. Yes, Castro wrote a Murder on the Orient Express style mystery set on a beanstalk capsule. 

Charlie Jane Anders is an excellent short story writer. I’ve been waiting for her novel ever since it was announced.

Strahan is one of the best science fiction editors working today and his Infinity series of anthologies have been very good. Good, hard science fiction (and hasn’t Charlie Jane been writing about the definitions of hard science fiction over at io9 lately, so everything comes back around) with a light theme for fictional analysis each time. For this one, the idea is profound change and the introduction begins with a quote from Future Shock.

Happy Birthday Vanessa Redgrave!

The eldest child of Sir Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson, sister to Lynn and Corin Redgrave, former wife of director Tony Richardson and now of Franco Nero, mother of Joely and Natasha Richardson and director Carlo Gabriel Nero and mother-in-law of Liam Neeson, she really is part of an acting dynasty.

Her debut on the West End stage she had in 1958, appearing already the following year in plays with Charles Laughton and Sir Laurence Olivier. Also in 1958, she had her first screen role.

Amongst her big screen credits are A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS (1966, dir. Fred Zinnemann), BLOW UP (1966, dir. Michelangelo Antonioni), CAMELOT (1967, dir. Joshua Logan), THE DEVILS (1971, dir. Ken Russell), MURDER AT THE ORIENT EXPRESS (1974, dir. Sidney Lumet), BEAR ISLAND (1979, dir. Don Sharp) and many more - in fact, she’s still busy today.

Redgrave was nominated for an Academy Award six times between 1966 and 1992 (winning one for 1977’s JULIA), for six Emmy Awards between 1981 and 2002 (winning two) and for an amazing 13 Golden Globes between 1966 and 2002 (again, two wins). She also won multiple awards for her stage work.

She also is a political activist, an UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and has declined in 2003 the offer by Tony Blair’s gouvernment to becoming a Dame of the British Empire.

The photograph shows her as Jane in Antonioni’s BLOW UP.

Vanessa Redgrave, CBE *30th January 1937

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Name: Krystal
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Star sign: Libra
Gender: Female
Height: 5′5"
Favorite color: Purple
Time right now: 1:40 am
Average hours of sleep: 7-9 always tired!

Last thing I googled: Erm, tips on how to survive longer in the pixel game Kingdom. XD

Favorite fictional character: Hermione Granger tied with Eowyn (shield maiden of Rohan!)

Favorite books: The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton, The Witches by Roald Dahl, Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie, Harry Potter series (Prisoner of Azkaban holds a special place)

Favorite bands: The Darkness, Queen, The Cure, Imagine Dragons … Probably more that I’ve forgotten.

Dream job: Writer!

What am I wearing right now: Storm Trooper Leggings, black tee and rainbow socks - stylin’!

When did you create your blog: waaaay back in 2010?

Current amount of followers: 60

What do you mainly post about: Mostly Fandom stuff (Star Wars and Jurassic Park/World have starring roles, Harry Potter, Guardians of the Galaxy), Gaming and general randomness.

When did your blog hit its “peak”: Peak? It hasn’t?

Who is your most active follower: umm, it really varies.

What made you join tumblr: was shown the way by a friend and I’m still here.

Do you get asks daily?: I very, very rarely get asks.

Why did you choose your url: I think it’s part of a quote from Shakespeare that I was reading at the time and it’s sort of stuck. Plus stars so, yeah. Heh!

tagging: anyone who feels like sharing! :D

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I’ve mentioned I’m a fan of Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Orient Express”. I think it was the first novel of hers that I read. I love the 1974 film starring Albert Finney. And I enjoyed listening to the audio book read by Dan Stevens.

So when I heard that there was a Japanese TV miniseries produced in 2015, I had to track it down. Actually it was pretty easy finding two different websites that had it available for download.

Watching it was a very weird experience. This version is set in 1933 Japan and involves a train traveling from the south to Tokyo. All the characters’ names have been changed but it’s essentially the same plot and most of the same details. But what’s strange is that while most of the actors are playing it “straight” (seriously), the actor playing Poirot (renamed Suguri) is playing him for laughs. There is no subtlety to his performance. Every look and gesture borders and surpasses mugging. It’s impossible for me to figure out whether this is intentional for maybe some cultural difference that eludes me. Researching the actor as well, I found that he is famous for a certain style of Japanese theater that is similar to Commedia Del Arte. Huh?

When I think of Poirot I don’t think “comedic”. While both Albert Finney and David Suchet’s performances may have had slimy wit, neither were buffoons.

THEN I remembered Peter Ustinov’s version (in a couple of films and TV show). He certainly played Poirot for laughs. And in the 1960s Tony Randal played Poirot in “The Alphabet Murders”. I found a clip on YouTube and Randal certainly was treating the character for laughs. In facts he couldn’t keep his accent straight, wavering between and English accent and a French accent in the same sentence.

I hear Kenneth Branagh will be directed a new version of MOTOE. I’ll be curious do see how that turns out.