Monday, February 29, 2016

Emily's Guest Post Series #1

So I have recently recruited an old friend, Emily, to help with some guest posts.  She'll be doing the occasional writing prompts regarding reading and/or writing as well as guest reviews.  She's also in the midst of writing her own YA books so hopefully these posts will be good practice for her.

"Your favorite book is a movie! Who’s in your dream cast?" - The Parody

Book: Murder of Roger Ackoyrd by Agatha Christie

A Reason Why I Love This Book: Murder. Affairs. Scandal. A Classy Detective. Plot Twist. What's not to love about this book?

Genre of the Dream Movie: Satirical Mystery with a Monty Python twist

The Cast: 
Hercule Poirot - The star detective and never the man to ever settle for less than perfection, Hercule Poirot would do well as a serious foil in my dream movie and the actor to do that would be, funny enough, Hugh Grant. The king of rom-com and star of "Like a Boy", Grant has the perfect vibe of bad-ass, go-getter, and snarkiness to possibly pull the role off of the classy, resourceful, and ever so witty Hercule Poirot. Half of what makes Hercule Poirot even partly tolerable in comparison to Sherlock Holmes is less so the intuitive leaps and train-jumping and more of the choosy but certain charms that Poirot always brings to every scene he's in. Grant has always made it a case where he acts like he is the smartest man in the room (an image even more strongly reinforced by his outspoken desire to quit acting as the profession is, he claims, "useless" and "insufficient" in instituting world change) and I suppose that Hercule Poirot would be the role of a lifetime for him so that he can be actually who he is but admired. I guess it can also help that Hugh Grant is British. 

Roger Ackroyd - As the old wealthy man who really got the short end of the stick in this story, I'd choose Alec Baldwin mostly because (1) I really wouldn't say no to a chance to see the man die sometimes - he does have quite a foul mouth - and (2) he just seems the type to do well in scenarios where a man would abandon a widow lover who has done terrible deeds of love against a terribly unjust husband on the basic premise that it is not something he would ever do (being his fabulous self). I'm joking; it would just be nice to see Baldwin for once be the man of sympathy rather a man of annoyance.

Captain Ralph Paton - Alas, the playboy who has a secret marriage and another possible lover to boot. The scandalous Ralph Paton, in my opinion, should be played by no other than Alex Pettyfer! This man is someone you must hate at first glance and believe that he would do so much as kill his adored adopted father and still be an idiot about how he is not suspect. Trust me, I have no exact hard feelings towards Pettyfer but I do figure he would do very well in this clever role of a man who is as tricky as food to be eaten from an unplugged fridge.

Mrs. Cecil Ackroyd - I've never quite liked this grand-nanny of the wealth in this book so it would have been natural for me to pick another fun and delightful actress for the role. Surprisingly, I'm going to have to cast Julianne Moore in it just because it would be more of a delight to see the red-headed beauty to act in comedy and embody a plainer role than the usual glamorous, smart characters she gets. Nothing in the book said that Cecil Ackroyd couldn't be a red-head and I want her to be one.

Ursula Bourne - My choice here will definitely condemn me to an unnumbered level of hell since the prompt of why I would make this suggestion has everything to do with the part of Alex Pettyfer's personal life that is perfect for theater. The dame should be Dianna Agron. If anyone knows anything about cinema and the art of love among celebrities, these two were well-knotted as lovers and then, in the typical happy-you-let-go-always, broke up. Hence, the real-life mystic of heartbreak and bitterness would do well for this ex-Glee star to exhibit a poised yet subdued urge to maybe set a man straight about her relationship with a former lover with just enough acid that she would convincingly be tolled as a suitable murderer (in the movie, of course).

Dorothy Ferrars - Alexis Biedel, hands down. Before anyone tries to shoot me with a duel pistol and tells me that I can't possibly let a Gilmore girl be a murderer, no less a corpse (Ferrars does die after all), I would like to bring up that Alexis Biedel has done certain far more mature work in the present years like Mad Men and Sin City. The actress is ripe in her 40s and still gladly suited to cry and poison tea for her pretend-husband so that's the woman I'd choose to do a good job with poor Ferrars' story.

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