Det Jim McLeod

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About Det Jim McLeod

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  • Birthday 04/02/1961

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    Cary Grant
    Kirk Douglas
    Boris Karloff
    Robert DeNiro

    Natalie Wood
    Hayley Mills
    Bette Davis
    Audrey Hepburn

    Alfred Hitchcock
    Stanley Kubrick
    Martin Scorsese
    William Wyler

    Favorite movies:

    Duck Soup
    King Kong
    Sons Of The Desert
    Bride of Frankenstein
    The Raven
    Gunga Din
    Son Of Frankenstein

    Shadow Of A Doubt
    Arsenic And Old Lace
    Meet Me In St Louis
    Kiss Of Death
    Miracle On 34th Street
    The Search
    The Window

    Detective Story
    Strangers On A Train
    From Here To Eternity
    On The Waterfront
    Night Of The Hunter
    Paths Of Glory

    The Manchurian Candidate
    Whatever Happened To Baby Jane
    A Patch Of Blue
    The Good The Bad And The Ugly
    Rosemary's Baby
    Midnight Cowboy

    The Mind Of Mr Soames
    Dirty Harry
    The Taking Of Pelham 123
    Taxi Driver

    48 Hrs
    Fanny And Alexander
    Blue Velvet
    Monty Python's The Meaning Of Life
    Full Metal Jacket
    The Untouchables
    Imagine:John Lennon

    What About Bob
    The Crying Game
    The Player
    The Shawshank Redemption
    Ed Wood

    Ghost World
    Spider Man
    Kill Bill Vol 1
    Shattered Glass
    The Chronicles Of Narnia:The Lion,The
    Witch And The Wardrobe
    Dear Frankie
    Little Miss Sunshine
  1. House Of Dark Shadows (1970)

    I watched a little bit of Night Of Dark Shadows, didn't finish it. It was great to see Lara Parker, who plays the evil and gorgeous witch Angelique.
  2. Wait Until Dark 50th Anniversary

    One of my favorite thrillers of all time. Alan Arkin plays one of the most clever and evil psychopaths on film. He once said in a TCM interview that he was felt so guilty being mean to Audrey Hepburn because he was crazy about her.
  3. House Of Dark Shadows (1970)

    TCM just showed this again yesterday. It's a movie version of the popular daytime serial about a vampire. I was one of the young kids who watched the show after school in the late sixties, early seventies. The movie is a good compact version of the story, with much more blood than they could show in the TV show. Jonathan Frid is excellent as Barnabas Collins the vampire who wants to be cured of his vampirism, since he feels he was found his lost love in Maggie Evans (Katherine Leigh Scott). Classic film star Joan Bennett is Elizabeth Stoddard, the family matriarch. Grayson Hall (an Oscar nominee for "The Night Of The Iguana") plays a scientist who tries to help Barnabas.A lesser known actress Nancy Barrett, is a standout as a sweet young woman who is turned into a hissing Hammer film style vampiress who gets staked in a shocking scene. Any fans of this one?
  4. Now Watching: Blacula (1972)

    I own this on VHS. It is a good time capsule of 1970s film making. No need for a remake since the reason this is so good is because it is such a product of it's time. The fashions, the politically incorrect language and the music are some of reasons why it is enjoyable. William Marshall is excellent in the title role and he plays it completely straight, which also brings this one up a notch.
  5. Return To Giant Documentary

    I saw this last night on TCM and enjoyed the recollections of the towns people who watched the filming and some worked as extras. However I thought it was a brand new documentary but it appears it was actually done 20 years ago, since most talk about it being the 40 year anniversary. I was disappointed that Elizabeth Taylor or Jane Withers did not particpate, and wished there was more from Carroll Baker. I got to see her last year. She was at NY's Film Forum on 09/30/16 to introduce the 60th anniversary screening of George Stevens 1956 classic, along with Stevens' son George Jr. She wears her hair long, though it's all gray now. If you closed your eyes, she sounds exactly same as she did 60 years ago, her voice still sounding young and girlish. Some tidbits: She said that she considered James Dean a good actor and friend, but on set "he acted like a BRAT!" Apparently he felt he worthy of "star" treatment and would complain about being kept waiting for his scenes. On Rock Hudson- "He was one of the most FUN people I ever met, he threw a party every night! And invited the whole cast, right down to the extras. By the way, Jimmy never went!" She also said that Elizabeth Taylor, Hudson and Dean were each given their own house to stay in, but she was given an apartment with one bathroom, which she had to share with Mercedes McCambridge and Jane Withers. The interviewer at the screening (an author,I can't recall his name)talked about how she worked with great actor's directors like Stevens, Elia Kazan (Baby Doll), William Wyler (The Big Country). Baker insisted that John Ford (Cheyenne Autumn) should be included in that list. She said great directors never tell you how to act, they hire you and expect you just to do your job. What is your opinion of the documentary or the film?
  6. Butterflies Are Free (1972)

    TCM showed this last week, one of my favorites of the era. I especially like the early 70s feel, like the scene in the clothing store, the folky title song Edward Albert sings (he also sings a little bit of John Denver's Country Roads). The characters are flawed and not just stereotypes. Jill the flighty girl is also shown as being a bit selfish and callous at times, Mrs Baker is not just an overbearing mother, she is loving and concerned. One of my favorite exchanges between Jill (Goldie Hawn) and Mrs Baker (Eileen Heckart) Jill: "Oh please, we're just having kicks" Mrs Baker: " Kicks! that's how it started with Linda-just kicks...but Donny fell in love with her...and he'll fall in love with you. Then what happens?" Jill: "I don't know!" Mrs Baker : "Then don't let it go that far. Stop now before you hurt him" Jill: "What about you? Aren't you hurting him?" Mrs Baker: "I can't. I can only irritate him. You can hurt him. The longer you stay the harder it will be for him when you leave. Let him come home with me and you can have your kicks with someone who won't feel them when you're gone!" Any other fans of this one?
  7. Lloyd Nolan - An Underated Actor? Or just forgotten?

    I sure have not forgotten him. The first description that comes to mind when I hear his name is "lovable curmudgeon". I first got to know him from "Julia" as the doctor with more bark than bite. He would appear to be grouchy at times but always with a heart. When I started catching up on old classic films I found him in "A Tree Grows In Brooklyn" as the kindly neighborhood beat cop. Another of my favorites was the blustering father in "A Hatful Of Rain", his scene at the football game was hilarious and the one where he confronts his beloved son's drug addiction is very powerful.
  8. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

    Thanks, I will look into that. I hope it can live up to the great visual beauty of the film
  9. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

    This was just shown again last night on TCM's essentials. I rewatched it for the first time in a few years. This is one film that can truly be called "unique". This a great one for the music, sets, direction and FX, it is a movie to be "experienced" more than simply watched. I don't understand every single part of it and I don't care, I am just knocked out by the visual splendor, the dialogue (which is minimal for most of film) takes a back seat to it.
  10. Eclipses or other celestial phenomena in movies

    In the Our Gang comedy "Little Sinner", Spanky decides to skip Sunday school and go fishing along with Buckwheat and Porky. There is a nearby baptism going on with people in white robes and the sky goes dark from a total eclipse, making it even scarier for the kids and they rush on out back to Sunday school.
  11. Upcoming Releases

    I am looking forward to this one. Natalie Wood and Steve McQueen both give one of their best performances. Plus there is hilarious comic relief by Herschel Bernardi as Natalie's over protective brother and Tom Bosley as a clutzy suitor.
  12. Singer-actor Glen Campbell (1936-2017)

    "Galveston" was a great record, I remember when the massive hurricane hit there a few years ago, this song became very poignant. He made many other great records and I have special love for the haunting title song to "True Grit" His acting has been criticized but while he never eclipses John Wayne, his performance in TG is pretty good. He had mentioned that the director Henry Hathaway constantly screamed at him and berated him. Wayne was mostly patient with him, one day Hathaway told Campbell to walk up beside Wayne on his left side for a scene. Wayne angrily told Campbell "Fer crissakes, I got an eyepatch on! Why are you coming up on my blind side for?" Campbell just said the director told him to. Wayne then said "Sorry I yelled at ya kid, it's not your fault you don't know what you're doin'"
  13. First Movie SONG That Comes to Mind

    Blue Danube from 2001 A Space Odyssey Next-song performed by a two man comedy team
  14. First Movie SONG That Comes to Mind

    "One Never Knows" sung by Alice Faye in "Stowaway" Next-sung accompanied by a banjo
  15. The First Film That Comes to Mind...

    Radical Elisha Cook Jr in "Pigskin Parade" Next-toothless character

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