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.
I am honestly flabbergasted that vraik senpai noticed me, and tagged me in this last night. Okay, five things that make me happy, here we go!
Thing 1: BEATRICE THE GOLDEN WITCH
*incoherent joyous yelling* Few and far between are the fictional characters who’s mere existence fills me with such abject glee as Beatrice.
The antagonistic Witch of Umineko No Naku Koro Ni is a character I will forever spend eternity yelling praise over for how fantastically well written she is.
Though I would simply put Umineko as a whole here, Beatrice herself deserves specific mention due to the fact that I can go from sitting quietly and ejoying the story to incredibly loud yelling the moment she appears on screen.
Thing 2: ROLEPLAYING and WRITING
Roleplay, and with it writing, are two things I am genuinely passionate about beyond nearly all else. Roleplaying specifically is something I hold so very dear, as I get the absolute deepest honor to have my characters interact with those of some well and truly dear friends like azkaji, @kinriajara, nachtwulfen, and so many more.
Thing 3: Steven Universe, and the impact it is making.
It’s been said before, and better by many a person. vraik among them. Steven Universe is an unbelievably monumental show, both for the highly complex writing of it’s cast, as well as how diverse all of them are. Chracters of many a body type, race, and even orientation are present less as cardboard “roles” and join the cast as legitimate people, with their own flaws, and shortcomings.
Thing 4: Murder Mysteries!
I’ve always, always been very open about my eternal and abiding passion for murder mysteries.
First and foremost among them, the stories written by Dame Agatha Christie, and starring Hercule Poirot, and Jane Marple.
A personal pleasure of mine, The Murder Mysteries of Agatha Christie were a very large part of my highschool life, and continue to this day to be the source of unimitigated detective-based joy.
It’s become something of a yearly ritual for me to reread the Poirot stories around winter time, especially close to christmas, and I will forever spend effort into trying to get everyone I can to read the works of Agatha Christie. I specifically ask everone who reads this to, at the very minimum, read: “The Mysterious Affair at Styles”
Thing 5: Metroid
Last, and in no way at all least, is the Metroid Franchise.
The exploits of Samus Aran, galaxy renowned bounty hunter have been a part of my life since I was able to hold that giant grey brick called a Gameboy. The exploits of Samus Aran have been one of Nintendo’s darker franchises. A science fiction tale, set in a galaxy besieged by insectoid space pirates, life sucking parasites, and sentient planets attempting to corrupt the galaxy.
It’s been a road of ups and downs for the Hunter. Super Metroid and Metroid Prime are both lauded regularly as the greatest installments in the Franchise, both with no small amount of reason. Likewise, Metroid Prime Hunters and Metroid Other M are both near universally regarded as the absolute nadir of Samus’ journeys. Prime Hunters specifically was fully retconned out of the official canon of the story, in fact.
If there was one thing I could get any of the people with either a Wii, or Wii U to do, it’s do everything in your power to get a Copy of Metroid Prime, and Super Metroid.
Here’s my #BookishSeptember2015 TBR pile video. There’ll be sweating, ghostly figures, stomping on the desk, noise of dishes in the background and the main attraction of my channel that is my bad English!
“I WISH TO THE deepest reaches of the cosmos you were out of this.”
❝& who are you to tell me where i should or shouldn’t be ?? i have as much right to be involved in this as YOU do. i am not from your dimension, so my presence shouldn’t be of that much concern to you, now, SHOULD it ?? ❞
Born Today, August 29, in 1915, the Legendary Ingrid Bergman…
“Are you suggesting that this is a knife I hold in my hand? Have you gone mad, my husband?” - Ingrid Bergman as Paula Alquist in Gaslight
Over 50 film and television roles… 3 Oscar Wins (Best Actress for Gaslight and Anastasia plus Best Supporting Actress for Murder on the Orient Express) plus 4 Best Actress Nominations (For Whom the Bell Tolls, The Bells St. Mary’s, Joan of Arc, Autumn Sonata) and so many more… Casablanca, Spellbound, Notorious, Cactus Flower, Saratoga Trunk, Indiscreet…