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
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    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

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  1. Hysteria (1965) and other amnesia films

    Yes, the Hammer Films team of Jimmy Sangster and Freddie Francis made a rare film set in modern times. I always enjoyed the 1960s films set in swinging London.
  2. Twenty All Time Great Science Fiction Films

    Afraid not, the authors wanted to limit themselves to just 20, and ones they consider "great" not "best". They do a very in depth look at each film, describing every scene in detail. As for "Godzilla" most of us got to know the US version with Raymond Burr, which is good, though the original Japanese version is better, giving more in depth to the characters and a sense of foreboding, and that great music is one of the best things about it.
  3. Brian Donlevy: An actor who never gets his due?

    I never could accept him as a tough guy lead character, I liked him in supporting roles like the straight arrow assistant D.A. in "Kiss Of Death". He has a memorable final scene as the deaf gangster in "The Big Combo".
  4. Hysteria (1965) and other amnesia films

    I loved how there were so many different actresses in this, Jean Simmons and Suzanne Pleshette among them. Nichelle Nicols (later Lt. Uhura on Star Trek) also shows up in a small role.
  5. I just saw "Hysteria" for the first time and it made me think of other films about amnesia, especially in the 1960s. Hysteria (1965) has character actor Robert Webber in a rare leading role. He is an American in England who loses his memory after a car accident. He then finds himself involved in a murder or did he imagine it? It seems like it may be inspired by "Psycho" since it also has a stabbing, a shower and plot twists. Maurice Denham has a memorable supporting role as private investigator who is tougher and smarter then he seems. Mirage (1965) is a similar film from the same year. Gregory Peck is the amnesiac who may or may not be a murderer. This one has great New York locations and an excellent supporting cast. Diane Baker is a helpful female but she may not be what she seems. George Kennedy is a violent thug who gives Peck some pain. Robert H. Harris is a nasty, short tempered psychiatrist. And best of all we have Walter Matthau as a wisecracking private eye. Another 1960s film worth mentioning is Mister Buddwing (1966), this time with James Garner as the amnesia victim. This is also set in New York and I have not seen all of it, I caught part of it after it started and was intrigued. I would like to see the whole thing. What do you think of "Hysteria" or any other amnesia films of ones I mentioned or haven't mentioned?
  6. Twenty All Time Great Science Fiction Films

    I like those two as well. "Day The Earth Stood Still" is a great Christ allegory with Klaatu coming to earth, dying and being resurrected, he even takes the name of Carpenter (Jesus's occupation) "Body Snatchers" is good film, as close to horror as sci-fi. The scary part was how your neighbors and loved ones can suddenly turn evil, which is also similar to the plot of "Invaders From Mars" another of my favorites.
  7. Twenty All Time Great Science Fiction Films

    I wouldn't have included The Mind Of Mr Soames either, but it is one of my favorite films. It is about a man(Terence Stamp) who has been in a coma since birth and is now 30 years old. A surgeon (Robert Vaughn) performs a special brain operation which awakens him. There are great scenes of trying to teach him basic skills so he can be put into society. It was made in England and has some fine locations and a pointed discussion of how to educate and raise a child. Nigel Davenport plays a doctor who takes a cold, clinical approach and Vaughn tries to use more kindness and enjoyable activities.
  8. This is a book i own, complied by Kenneth Von Gunden and Stuart H. Stock published in 1982. I have finally seen all of them (Things To Come was the final one). There are ones you would expect like Day The Earth Stood Still, Forbidden Planet and 2001. But there are little known ones like Magnetic Monster and Robinson Crusoe on Mars. Surprisingly, no Star Wars films were included. What do you think of this list? Things To Come (1936) Destination Moon (1950) The Thing (1951) The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951) The Man In The White Suit (1951) Donovan's Brain (1953) The Magnetic Monster (1953) Invaders From Mars (1953) The War Of The Worlds (1953) Them (1954) This Island Earth (1955) Forbidden Planet (1956) Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1956) Village Of The Damned (1960) Dr Strangelove (1964) Robinson Crusoe On Mars (1964) 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) The Mind Of Mr Soames (1969) Colossus-The Forbin Project (1970) A Clockwork Orange (1971)
  9. My Top Ten Peter Lorre Films

    These are two I have seen but only have vague memories, I would like to see them again. I recall "Black Angel" had Lorre playing another one of his sleazy creeps, like his role in "Quicksand" opposite Mickey Rooney. "Three Strangers" had a very intriguing plot with separate stories going on with three different characters. I somehow recall Lorre involved in the life of crime, but his character but not villainous.
  10. My Top Ten Lionel Atwill Films

    No, not at all, I am glad to see someone else discussing great actors who appeared in horror films. I am having a hard time coming up with ten films for Atwill where he had a good role in a good film, I probably have to see more of them. But there are a few that stand out for me: Son Of Frankenstein- without a doubt my favorite of his films. He is great as the one armed police inspector. His speech about his childhood encounter with the Monster is gripping. Also the dart game and battle of wills with Basil Rathbone is another highlight. Mystery Of The Wax Museum-although I prefer the 1953 remake House Of Wax, this is a good chiller and Atwill gives a fine performance as the mad artist. Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon-it's been awhile since I have seen this, but I was happy to see Rathbone's Holmes opposite Atwill's Moriarty. Near the end I recall a scene where Moriarty seems to have the better of Holmes, but Holmes refuses to admit it. Atwill has a great line where he says something like "Still the same conceited, swaggering Holmes, eh?" And although I don't think The Ghost Of Frankenstein is a very good film, Atwill has a great moment in it. At the end he turns the tables on Cedric Hardwicke's Dr Frankenstein and has this evil grin on his face, no one else could smile as obscenely than Atwill!
  11. A man don't go his own way, he's nothing

  12. The original Willard will be on TCM

    I just re watched this On Demand. It was the first time in years I have seen it. I was surprised how tame the horror scenes were, but the early scenes of Willard's loneliness and attachment to the rats were still very effective. Anyone who is scared of rats will still be creeped out by it.
  13. Horror made for TV in the 1970s

    "When Michael Calls" is another one worth mentioning. Elizabeth Ashley plays a divorced woman who gets phone calls from her dead nephew. Ben Gazzara is her ex husband who looks into the case. Michael Douglas has a memorable early role as the dead boys brother. I heard this was a favorite of Stephen King. There are several memorable moments including a shocker of a Halloween scene and an attack by bees. The phone calls are also pretty creepy.
  14. Horror made for TV in the 1970s

    I have some vague memories of that one, there were some kids in Amish type garb who can float in the air, I would like to see it again.
  15. Horror made for TV in the 1970s

    For me the 1970s were the Golden Age for TV movies, especially the horror and suspense ones. "Crohaven Farm" has long been a favorite of mine, I have been hoping for a DVD to come out. It was probably inspired by "Rosemary's Baby" with it's evil child (played by pretty Cindy Eilbacher) and it's twist ending. A similar one to this is "The Devil's Daughter" with Shelley Winters as one of Satan's minions. I have "Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark" on DVD, it stars Kim Darby as a young wife terrorized by tiny demons living in the old fireplace. Another one with a bleak ending, but it WAS the 1970s, after all.

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