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28mm Fanatik06 Jun 2017 10:57 p.m. PST

The 1974 original adaptation is hard to beat, but I'll probably see it anyway. Cast includes Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer and Kenneth Branagh who also directs.

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Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP06 Jun 2017 11:29 p.m. PST

Want to know who did it?

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP07 Jun 2017 5:07 a.m. PST

Is there anyone left who doesn't know the resolution ?

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP07 Jun 2017 5:14 a.m. PST

Yay, yet another remake. Seriously, are they just totally out of ideas that they have to keep remaking films?


Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP07 Jun 2017 5:49 a.m. PST

Yes, Dan. They are.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP07 Jun 2017 8:14 a.m. PST

This is at least the third remake, and possibly more than that.

Personal logo Andrew Walters Supporting Member of TMP07 Jun 2017 8:17 a.m. PST

There are new ideas, but some of the old ideas are really good.

There's a series called Poirot (currently on Netflix) that did seventy or eight ninety minute Hercules Poirot mysteries. They had an Orient Express and a Death on the Nile episode, both of which were excellent. I recommend the entire series. I may rematch them all.

I don't mind remakes. I hope this one is good. Death on the Nile is a more fun story, but just like I'll be watching new Hamlets any time one comes out people say is good, I'll watch a new Orient Express if it seems they did a good job. Certainly they couldn't have a better cast.

Great War Ace Inactive Member07 Jun 2017 9:34 a.m. PST

Do artists tire of painting the human body? It's been done to distraction time out of mind. Making films is an art expression, and FUN for those doing the making. I will probably see it someday. No movies are going anywhere. There is no such thing as nitrate dissolution. Short of a massive EMP from the cosmos, nothing will be lost or forgotten. I'm waiting for the next remake of LotR and especially The Hobbit.

For new ideas, I want the Silmarillion fleshed out over three films of 3-4 hours each. But keep P. Jackson's hands off of it!………

Great War Ace Inactive Member07 Jun 2017 9:43 a.m. PST

David Suchet IS Poirot.

Personal logo Andrew Walters Supporting Member of TMP07 Jun 2017 10:44 a.m. PST

David Suchet is the Poirot all future Poirots will be measured against, as Basil Rathbtone's Holmes.

I wouldn't mind a remake of LotR, and Harry Potter, too. I figure we'll get them when we get another quantum leap forward in film technology, like 3D that's worth the trouble, or VR surround something, etc.

28mm Fanatik07 Jun 2017 11:04 a.m. PST

Remakes may be unnecessary to the old folks, but how else will the younger generation get to see it?

Yes, I know there are cinephiles under 40 who love "classics" and watch TCM but they're a minority.

Who asked this joker07 Jun 2017 1:38 p.m. PST

This might be pretty good. Branaugh is a good director and actor. The cast looks the part. Could be fun.

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP07 Jun 2017 3:15 p.m. PST

It's on my list to see – but I'm not expecting a different denouement. Unless they completely rewrite the plot and just keep Poirot & the train !

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP07 Jun 2017 3:27 p.m. PST

I'm surprised they aren't working on another Beau Geste remake.


Personal logo Jlundberg Supporting Member of TMP07 Jun 2017 3:36 p.m. PST

A Beau Geste remake might b good, except when Hollywood got done with it Digby would be rescued by a kindly and wise Riff

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP08 Jun 2017 1:26 a.m. PST

Lol. I'm afraid you are absolutely right. Hollywood's directors, in striving to make the movie "their own", would probably do away with the entire plot and feel of the story.

After some recent remake fiascos, I no longer go to a remake with any hope of seeing anything recognizable.


Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP08 Jun 2017 1:51 p.m. PST

Saw the in-theater trailer on Tuesday and even though it is a re-make, the cast looks stellar. My wife and I enjoy the Poirot stories and shows/movies, so we'll go see it, if for no other reason than to see Kenneth Branaugh's interpretation of Poirot.


Personal logo Bowman Supporting Member of TMP09 Jun 2017 6:10 p.m. PST

Yay, yet another remake. Seriously, are they just totally out of ideas that they have to keep remaking films?

I'll disagree with Winston and you, if I may.

Hollywood pictures have become obscenely expensive to make and the suits in charge cannot sign off on a new idea for fear of failure. The brave filmmakers like Peckinpah, Gilliam, and Altman who fought the studios to get their visions made are now long gone. So, to protect their livelihoods, the studio executives take the easy way out: sequels, prequels, remakes, and reboots. There is a built in audience already, which is easier to mollify. It is just easier and less financially risky than entertaining a new one. It's not that the ideas are not there, what's missing is vision and balls.

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP10 Jun 2017 4:04 p.m. PST

Funny you should mention Gilliam he's just wrapped filming his Don Quixote movie (after 17 years!)


Personal logo Bowman Supporting Member of TMP15 Jun 2017 12:10 p.m. PST

Good for him. I remember seeing the documentary "Lost in La Mancha" about all the troubles he had getting the first version of the film done.


Then there was the death of Heath Ledger while filming the Imaginerium of Dr. Parnassus. Unfortunately, his last few movies have been lackluster. So I don't have great expectations for this new film. However, he is a fighter.

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