Posted on September 13th, 2011 2 comments
Not all detective stories feature a tough guy in an old fedora, lugging around a .45 caliber piece of iron and bedding every hot dame that crosses his path. One of the best and most entertaining characters in the realm of Who-dunnit mysteries is that of Hercule Poirot, the wax-mustached Belgian detective created by Agatha Christie. Without doubt in the top ten of the most famous detectives ever in print, Poirot is absolutely most known for his role in
Murder on the Orient Express.
Originally written in 1934, this masterpiece of murder was transformed into an all-star movie by director Sidney Lumet and screenplay writer Paul Dehn 40 years later. Dig this lineup:
Albert Finney Hercule Poirot
Lauren Bacall Mrs. Hubbard
Martin Balsam Bianchi
Ingrid Bergman Greta
Jacqueline Bisset Countess Andrenyi
Jean-Pierre Cassel Pierre
Sean Connery Colonel Arbuthnot
John Gielgud Beddoes
Wendy Hiller Princess Dragomiroff
Anthony Perkins McQueen
Vanessa Redgrave Mary Debenham
Rachel Roberts Hildegarde
Richard Widmark Ratchett
Michael York Count Andrenyi
Shot in an old, classic-era Hollywood style, the film is a nice diversion from some of the grittier, dirtier movies of the 1970s. It’s also a nice look back at the way life was at a time when people took trains instead of cars or planes to far-off destinations. The story is intriguing and the acting top notch, as you might expect from such a hip roster of stars.
Finney is great as the somewhat strange Poirot, playing the part much older than his actual age. And of course the ending…the resolve…is one of the most famous in history, with dozens of other books and movies borrowing from it or parodying it. (I won’t give it away here).
Don’t forget this was a book first…watch the movie, then read the book.
Food & Booze: I would suggest an aperitif, perhaps a Champagne Cocktail or Negroni to go with this upper-crust flick. Roast chicken, Brussels sprouts and Waldorf Salad should make an entertaining dinner. Then again, a pizza and beer works just as well.
Here’s the original trailer from 1974:
Tiki Chris reporting from the terminal at the Orient Express
Posted on September 12th, 2011 3 comments
The staff and management at Tiki Lounge Talk would like to wish a Happy Birthday to our kool kat flounder…eh, founder…Tiki Chris! Mahalos & have a fun one!
-Tiki the Cat, Mo, & Wahine Colleenee
Posted on September 11th, 2011 No comments
On the 10th year anniversary of the attacks on America by a bunch of cowardly, low-life criminals, here are some videos that remind us why we love our country so much…and why others are jealous of what we’ve got.
Irving Berlin, singing his song “God Bless America,” 1968
Frank Sinatra, “America the Beautiful,” 1979
Glenn Miller, “American Patrol,” set to images of WW2, 1941-1945
Billy Murray and The American Quartet, “You’re A Grand Old Flag” on 78, 1917
And “The Stars & Stripes Forever” by John Phillip Sousa, with introduction by the man himself. Even with all its problems and difficulties, I’m pretty sure he would be very proud of his beloved America today, as we all should be.
God Bless America, The Greatest Country On the Planet. – Tiki Chris
Posted on September 3rd, 2011 No comments
Like the opening scene of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, the whisper of the word “Shanghai” conjures images of a distant past, one of dark, narrow streets filled with underworld characters sneaking into opium dens and harlot-filled nightclubs. A six-month trip on a tramp steamer and there you are in “the Paris of the Orient”, where you take your chances and your life in your hands as you embark on a Noir adventure of mystery and lust.
You step up to the hand-carved bar in The Shanghai Club, and order a
from a seedy bartender. He narrows his eyes as he considers the strange American before him, and makes his decision whether to poison you or allow you to live. You slap an American sawbuck on the bartop, and he decides to give you another day.
Shanghai Cocktail Recipe:
1 oz dark rum
1 tsp anisette
1/2 tsp grenadine syrup
juice of 1/4 lemon
Shake ingredients together in a shaker with ice until a frost forms on the outside of the canister. Rim a martini glass with lemon, and strain the cocktail into the glass. Garnish with a lemon wedge.
To make a Shanghai Surprise, set a half ounce of Bacardi 151 aflame and pour into the mixed drink.
-Tiki Chris reporting from the Tiki Bar at Tiki Lounge Talk, the web’s hottest blounge for Tiki Drink Recipies.