Besides a car, trains are the next type of land transportation that I feel comfortable taking. They’re efficient and fast, even though they get delayed sometimes. I sometimes end up comparing the train systems of different countries, and how their system works and the aesthetics of their trains. The most 'uncommon' train system I’ve ever encountered was the system in Vienna, Austria. They are quite serious with their transportation etiquette, even having random cart checking for validated tickets and IDs (it's serious work, these checkers just suddenly announce themselves in the train!). Maybe it’s because it’s the first time I’ve encountered an experience, but it was quite memorable. Totally derailing from the topic, here are my picks for this week:
Agatha Christie’s writing manages to scare the hell out of me. I haven’t read Murder on the Orient Express, but it revolves around a dead person, with the detective figuring out who could have killed the passenger. I really don’t remember much of it besides the revelation itself, but I did enjoy trying to figure out the mystery of who could have done it.
This might be a popular pick this week, but Snowpiercer is quite the train movie. It reveals a lot about social class and principles, with people living in the trains according to their rank. It’s quite thrilling, and we get to see what happens in each cart and how the entire system contributes to sustaining the livelihood of the remaining populates of Earth.
If you’re looking for an aesthetically-pleasing train movie, The Darjeeling Limited doesn’t disappoint. After the death of their father, three brothers journey through India via train to look for their mother. It’s not a favorite of mine, but it does adhere to Wes Anderson standards.