almaviva90: (Poirot and Hastings)
Hurrah! David Suchet has hinted that the five remaining Poirot novels might be filmed when he received his CBE last month!

“I have done all but five of the stories. My lifelong dream will be releasing the Poirot boxset of all the novels she [Agatha Christie] wrote. It may happen. There’s a green light flickering and I’m waiting for it to be steady. It may be next autumn.”


*jumps up and down in happiness*
almaviva90: (P&H - Partners)
This article and this article have made the Poirot fangirl who resides within me squeal with delight. And I have no doubt that when you've read these, you'll know the reason for my being completely overjoyed. YES, ITV...finally you've succumbed to reason! Don't you dare stop filming Poirot until you've allowed David Suchet to film Curtain!

Of course, there's no guarantee that stories other than Dead Man's Folly will be filmed (*begs on her knees that they will be filmed...esp. Curtain and The Big Four) but even the effort on ITV's part of commissioning another episode after Murder on the Orient Express is quite encouraging. Gah, but 2012 is rather a long wait...I sincerely hope that the rest of the episodes are also going to be shown at around the same time.
almaviva90: (P&H - Partners)
WHAT. Is ITV seriously considering ending the Poirot series when we're only SIX episodes away from finishing the whole thing? I know that articles from The Sun should usually be taken with a pinch of salt but if this is true, I'm going to get very frustrated indeed.

However, I've just sent in an email to viewerservices@itv.com to ask them to reconsider...it will be such a bloody shame for the series to end just because of funding problems. Any help counts so please send in an email too if you have the time...don't let this turn into another Granada Sherlock Holmes where the definitive Holmes (Jeremy Brett) wasn't able to finish the series...at least give the definitive Poirot (David Suchet) the chance to finish the series as it was meant to finished in the form of the last story of Curtain where Poirot and Hastings are reunited for the last time to solve a case.
almaviva90: (Poirot and Hastings)
Hurrah, just started watching Cat Among the Pigeons from Poirot and have just realised that the screenwriter of this particular episode is none other than Mark Gatiss who played Mycroft Holmes in the new Sherlock series which he also co-wrote. And no wonder, I'm enjoying the episode so far...it has this component of humour despite the subject matter which has been lacking in many of the recent Poirot adaptations and which was seen quite often in the earlier ones, aka the ones made from 1989-1999 with the rest of the gang (Hastings, Japp and Miss Lemon). Oh, and there's another brilliant thing...the person responsible for the music decided to put back Christopher Gunning's Poirot theme back in some parts of the episode. Ah, it feels like the good old days (I was quite sad not to hear the theme for such a long time to be honest...it really gives us a real sense that we're watching a genuine Poirot episode).

And Gatiss has also written another episode (Hallowe'en Party) while also appearing in Appointment with Death. Haven't got those episodes yet but I'll definitely keep an eye out for them.
almaviva90: (Captain Hastings)
As a rule, I love most adaptations of Agatha Christie's Poirot. Yes, even if some of them take a lot of license with the plot...I mean there were dozens of episodes where despite the fact that Hastings, Japp or Miss Lemon were never in the original stories, the screenwriters put them in anyway. And really, they did add to the atmosphere and the feel of the episodes which were decidedly Christie-ish.

With Cards on the Table which I must say is one of Christie's most mystifying and interesting novels, the screenwriter basically decided to turn everything on its head, throwing stuff out and then replacing it with stuff which is decidedly not Christie-ish. The premise of the plot is basically pitting four sleuths (which includes Poirot) against four criminals, the latter group all having murky pasts and a motive in killing their host who hints at his knowing a little too much about their past misdemeanours. They all sit down to play bridge; the four sleuths in one room, the criminals in the other where their host too has decided to sit next to the fireplace. By the time the evening is over, the host is murdered and it's up to the four sleuths to solve the case. Sounds like a good plan, doesn't it? Yes, and even the screenwriter isn't content with leaving the basic premise alone...he has to go off and involve one of the sleuths who apparently also has a reason to kill the host (he also decided to change the name from Superintendent Battle to Superintendent Wheeler as if it wasn't enough for him).

But that isn't to say that the episode didn't have a lot of promise. The first half was actually quite faithful to the original material and seeing Poirot getting all uncomfortable with the horses in the stables (being the hygiene-freak that he is) was hilariously amusing. Alas, instead of following the path of sticking to the novel, we are instead led off another path into non-Christie territory where the culprit is later found out to be homosexual. Now, I have nothing against gay people...I believe that many of them are actually more talented than straight people (you need only to look at a list of them to see why I'm saying this, I mean look at the names here: Leonardo da Vinci, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Oscar Wilde, Stephen Fry...the list could go on). But changing a character who wasn't gay in the novel to one who is in the television adaptation is ridiculous. And I would understand the change if if added to the plot or made the mystery more mystifying but it didn't do any of those things. I mean, there was already a perfectly good motive in the novel for the person to have committed the murder but to change it to one which involved homosexuality (which was illegal in Britain, btw, until 1967)...come on, give me a break.

There are some who might argue that it's a understandable motive to put into an adaptation...true. The problem is that the motive that the screenwriter decided to use was, if you'll pardon the pun, never on the table ever with Agatha Christie. Her mentioning or involving homosexuality in her novels is as likely as getting a Michelin star dish at McDonalds...highly unlikely. Yes, she mentions 'queer' parties in the novel but that wasn't an excuse for the screenwriter to go overboard with the idea. And as if that wasn't enough, the writer decided to put a lesbian angle to the Anne/Rhoda relationship which was obviously just a friendship in the book. Also making Rhoda push Anne into the lake near the end instead of the other way round was quite bizarre. What was more bizarre was Anne being saved instead of Rhoda by Major Despard in the film and it was at this moment that I was literally mouthing the words 'WTF?' at my computer screen. Especially when you consider that Despard is supposed to marry Rhoda in the book, this switch is just inexplicable. Another thing which was inexplicable was making Mrs Lorrimer Anne's mother, causing me yet again to exclaim 'Now, I'm sure this wasn't in the book...'. What, did the screenwriter think the idea of Mrs Lorrimer trying to take the blame for Anne's sake merely because she pitied her too unbelievable in the book? And furthermore, Mrs Lorrimer doesn't get killed in the film, she ends up living...probably for the rather cliched reason of making the audience believe in forgiveness and the relationship between mother and daughter.

The episode is great if you haven't read the book (to be honest, the episode wasn't that bad albeit with all these glaring inaccuracies...thank goodness for David Suchet and good old British acting in general) but God, I advise watching this one with an open mind otherwise you might spend ages just ranting at the screen due to the 'genius' of the screenwriter.
almaviva90: (Poirot and Hastings - Styles)
Finally watched (okay, perhaps rewatched since I remember watching this a couple of years ago on television when I wasn't quite into the fandom then) the 2004 adaptation of Death on the Nile with David Suchet and wow, did I need some taking used to Suchet's Poirot after watching all those 'old' episodes from the 1990s. The Poirot of the 1990s was a much more amusing character (which doesn't mean that Death on the Nile was without its comedic moments...there really were some to my surprise) who sort of took more time in everything he did while the Poirot of the 2000s is a much more serious-minded chap who gets to the point really quickly. Perhaps it was the fast pace of the screenplay as well as the style adopted by the director which gave me this impression but after getting about ten to fifteen minutes into the episode, I quickly recognised the Poirot of old. His accent sounded a little different from one used in the earlier episodes at the beginning (somewhat more of Suchet's voice than Poirot's higher one) but then again, I soon got used to it.

Though the episode was without Hastings, thank God we got Colonel Race (James Fox) sort of filling in his shoes. Whenever I see James Fox though I'm always reminded of his Lord Darlington from The Remains of the Day...oh well, never mind. The episode followed the novel very closely but the funniest moments came from Frances de la Tour (a.k.a. Madame Maxime from the Harry Potter films) basically trying to seduce Poirot at every possible opportunity. I was barely able to suppress my laughter when I saw her literally forcing him to dance with her, putting her face so close against his and then on another occasion, collapsing onto him so that he has no choice whatsoever than to help her up. What makes it more hilarious is that Poirot isn't the most handsomest or attractive of men but it's obvious that she's most interested in his fame and wealth. Poirot is of course clearly uncomfortable with her advances but is regardless a gentleman to the last. There was another amusing scene where she simply goes on and on with more racy and perverted ideas about why a murder has been committed (she writes romantic fiction, by the way) while Poirot and Race sit like statues behind a desk opposite her before the latter turns to Belgian with an expression which clearly reads: 'Please remind me again why we're listening to her?!' 



On a more serious note, there was this touchingly sad moment when there is an exchange between one character and Poirot on the point of love and which highlights his extreme loneliness in life...Suchet was simply marvellous at this point.

Poirot: Love is not everything.
Jacqueline de Bellefort: Oh, but it is. It is. You must know that. Surely you understand.
Poirot [becoming unusually quiet]: It is terrible, mademoiselle. All that I have missed in life.

After this the camera pans out from above to show him alone on the deck of the boat, gazing sadly into the water (seen below).



Absolutely heartbreaking in a way when you think how brilliant he is in terms of his career and profession but dismally lacking in terms of personal life. No wonder he's becomes so animated when he sees Colonel Race (reminiscent of Poirot's reaction at seeing Hastings in The Mysterious Affair at Styles but without the embracing and the kissing on cheeks) which is quite sweet. I won't give away the ending/solution but yeah, Death on the Nile is much more of a romantic-themed episode than most of Christie's stories which interestingly focuses on one couple in particular rather than Poirot himself who is usually shown as the victor. I wasn't surprised at all when they used that popular 1930s song, 'Love is the Sweetest Thing' as a recurring soundtrack thing over the credits.

Yes, I'm seriously just a romantic at heart sometimes, methinks.
almaviva90: (Default)
My book on Wellington finally arrived this afternoon...just a week after the other book arrived last Wednesday. It's not a hardcover as I thought it would be (the booksellers seem to be all wretchedly unclear as to whether the copies they have are paperback or hardback since both of them weirdly seem to have the ISBN number) but alas, what can one do? At least it's readable, that's the most important thing. Perhaps I'll try to get a hardback version next time.

Watched a couple of Poirot episodes last night...and goodness me, it was extremely entertaining to have refreshed my mind about these episodes. I nearly forgot how hilariously funny they were; with Hugh Fraser's Hastings as always stealing the show with his adorableness although really Hastings wouldn't be half as funny if David Suchet's Poirot wasn't there to complement him. There was one extremely amusing moment in the last episode of the first series (The Dream) where Poirot laments that his little grey cells might be deserting him:

Poirot: ...a sign that they are weakened by old age and the fast living.

Hastings: I wouldn't call your life exactly fast.

Poirot: Oh, not perhaps now, Hastings but in my youth?

Hastings stares at him in amazement.

Hastings [astounded]: Really? [Pause] Really?

Poirot shrugs.

Poirot: You see one pays to settle one's account.

Hastings [utterly disconcerted]: I say.

What else can I say? I love these two. =P
almaviva90: (Captain Hastings)
   

The title of the post is pretty self-explantory but all right, I'll say it again: Happy birthday, Mr Fraser! =D

Yes, I'm officially now a great fan of this fellow if I've decided to post on my LJ just to celebrate his birthday (and I have to confess that I've also posted something in a Poirot community as well). But heck, he makes a fantastic Hastings and Wellington (two of my favourite characters ever on television) so I think he deserves a little post of his own.

And please, ITV, please, please, please make sure that you allow them to continue filming the Poirot series until the very end...there simply must be a reunion between Hugh Fraser's Hastings and David Suchet's Poirot in Curtain!
almaviva90: (Captain Hastings)
You know you're a slowly becoming a military historian/geek when you a) watch a television series, b) examine the various medals, badges, etc on the uniforms worn by some of the characters and c) research those said medals, badges, etc and note the details down. Yeah, that's what I did before I went to bed last night (yes, I know I'm sad)...examining and researching the insignias on Hastings' uniform in the television adaptation of The Mysterious Affair at Styles and I must say the costume designers are extremely accurate in getting the historical details right. Though they probably made up the fact that his regiment was the 7th Royal Fusiliers (signified by the collar badge on his lapels) since Agatha Christie never told us which regiment he was in and probably decided to put any old medal ribbon on his uniform, I noted these things:
Slightly heavy pic spam... )
almaviva90: (Captain Hastings)
I'm noticing more and more recently that though actors can play characters who are great friends in one book/series/film, they can also play each other's enemies in another...take the example of David Suchet and Hugh Fraser who play the fantastic duo of Poirot and Hastings in the television series...



...but play both Napoleon and Wellington respectively (though in two totally different films, I have to say!) who as we all know were historically enemies:




[They also look eerily similar to the real life historical people they were portraying...O_O]

As Hercule Poirot would say: 'Interesting. Very interesting.'
almaviva90: (Captain Hastings)
Yay...my Poirot book arrived this afternoon (though alas my mum had to pick it up for me since I was away in Tai Wai for work today). The description on the bookseller's site said it was a paperback...and lo and behold, it actually was a hardback first edition! Quite unexpected.

Too tired to actually read it all in detail now though. That also goes with my Welsh National Opera book which I have to get on to reading as well other things...
almaviva90: (Default)
A sign that you're newly obsessed with something is when you start ranting about how horribly some people draw the characters...

"Why is it the fate of Hercule Poirot to live among such philistines?" )
almaviva90: (Captain Hastings)
Bought two books online today despite my awful experience of having to wait for my last book to come by bloody effing ship (which I think is ridiculous). Thankfully they weren't so expensive this time and I made quite sure that the books would be delivered to me within 14 working days. I must say though that most British booksellers are amazingly fast in shipping them off soon after the order is sent to them...I believe they sent them off only 4-5 hours after I requested them O.O

As to what these two books are about; well, one's about Welsh National Opera (the first opera company that TA sang with) and I believe it's really the ONLY book written about the company and the other is about the TV series (and my new obsession) Agatha Christie's Poirot.

I read somewhere recently that there's a new film coming out later this year about King George VI (who is the current Queen's father) and guess who's playing him...Colin Firth. Hurrah...it's nice to see Firth doing roles we don't usually associate him with; first the gay English professor in A Single Man and now the stammering and nervous George VI. I think I'll also give this film a go when it comes out in the cinemas later...and talking about cinemas, I simply can't wait until HP7 Part 1 comes out!

almaviva90: (Default)
Hurrah! My little sketch of Hastings and Poirot has finally been finished (and David Suchet's left eye has finally been restored, lol)...it's over here =)

*is tempted to sketch or even write some fanfic but knows that she can't until she gets her essay/exams out of the way*

almaviva90: (Captain Hastings)
It is a truth universally acknowledged that when one has a new obsession, one inevitably goes on an icon-making spree. Or at least, I do.

31 meagre offerings of Poirot/Hastings icons from various episodes but quite a few of them from The ABC Murders.

Please note that these are not to be used as bases and that credit will always be nice! =D

Order and method... )
almaviva90: (the merry widow)
Lol, I found something in Page One this evening which amused me greatly: a book series called the Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries. The name is pretty self-explanatory but it just tickled me just imagining Oscar Wilde being like Sherlock Holmes or Hercule Poirot on a case.

And I wonder who would be his Watson or Hastings? Bosie perhaps? Oh, the imagery...XDDDD
almaviva90: (Default)
It is a truth universally acknowledged that if I start sketching people/characters, it means that I've developed a new obsession.

And once again, it's true...I've succumbed to the television series Agatha Christie's Poirot.

A sketch here but not quite finished since I've found it hard to find the time to finish it. Hopefully once my essays and stuff are out of the way, I can finally finish it. Poor David Suchet's Poirot looks weird with only one eye!

phantomphan1990.deviantart.com/art/Hastings-and-Poirot-WIP-160500286
almaviva90: (Wellington)
OMG. I've just read a Poirot/Hastings slash fic.

And I think I rather secretly enjoyed it.

WTF. Gah...I'm going waaaaay overboard with my new interest in Poirot.

almaviva90: (Default)
I think I've added a new obsession to my list: Reading and watching A LOT of Agatha Christie's Poirot.

Gah, what the heck is wrong with me?

Plus I also think my Phantom interest is returning to me as well...and it's all because of that damn sequel...-___-

Ah well, I might get back to writing my POTO fanfiction then which I've left for quite a long while.

On another note I've realised that we do actually have Easter holidays at HKU next month though only for about a week.

Damn, if only they were longer and that would give me ample time to go over to London and see Il turco in Italia with TA as well as meet my fellow TA fans/friends. Grrr...*swears that this is the umpteenth time that she's hated HKU for meddling with her schedule*

If I don't see Cosi in September, I'll be so annoyed -___-

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