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

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  1. First Movie SONG That Comes to Mind

    Poor Unfortunate Souls from The Little Mermaid Next A song sung on a dark street
  2. My Top Ten Lon Chaney Jr Films

    I am glad someone else is a fan of Lon Jr. "High Noon" and "The Defiant Ones" are great movies, I did not include them in my list since Lon's roles were so small. "House Of Dracula" is the only Wolf Man film I did not include, while Chaney is very good and has a happy ending, I thought the film was a bit dull and mostly a rehash of the more entertaining "House Of Frankenstein"
  3. Top Five Elizabeth Taylor Performances

    It's been years since I have seen that one, but I remember being impressed by it. It definitely is the second best Burton-Taylor film.
  4. She is the star of the month so I thought we could discuss what you think are her best performances. Here's what I think: 1. Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf-She really gives it her all in this brilliant version of the play. She is totally believable as the strident acid tongued wife of a tortured college professor. She won a well deserved Oscar for this. 2. Giant- an excellent performance and showed what she can really do with a great role. She is the outspoken woman in a time and place where that was frowned upon. And it takes her through decades of aging and it still works. 3. Suddenly Last Summer-as the mentally fragile woman with secrets, she has some devastating scenes at the end. Plus she looks ravishing even in the black and white photography. 4. Cat On A Hot Tin Roof- she goes toe to toe with Paul Newman and matches him in every scene as the love starved Maggie the Cat. 5. A Place In The Sun-She has many touching moments as the sweet rich girl and has magical chemistry with Montgomery Clift. What are your top five?

    I read the book also. There is one actor he did not like. Horst Buchholz, his young co star on "One Two Three". Cagney said that Buchholz was trying a lot of scene stealing tricks and would have been very happy to knock him on his a-s-s. Dealing with this character was one of the reasons why he decided to retire from films after this one.
  6. I Just Watched...

    Through A Glass Darkly (1961) New York's Film Forum is having a Ingmar Bergman retrospective this month. I saw this one On Demand the other day. I thought it was quite good, though not one of my favorite Bergman films (Fanny And Alexander and The Seventh Seal). Sometimes his films grow on me, so maybe I will revisit this one again.
  7. 2 MORE DAYS!!!!!!

    I love Oscar month
  8. "Fred" Hitchcock?

    I am sure it was just a misread from the teleprompter. She did not seem confused but sharp as ever, she looked great too. Her win for On The Waterfront is one of my favorites of all time.
  9. This One is for the Unnominated!

    A chilling performance, I am glad someone remembers this great film, one of my top ten favorite horror movies.
  10. This One is for the Unnominated!

    Best Picture-Shadow Of A Doubt (1943) My favorite Hitchcock film (personal favorite of Hitchcock himself too), this was during WWII years so perhaps no one thought to nominate a suspense film of small town America, but it is very well remembered today. Best Actor- Kirk Douglas in Detective Story (1951), not sure why this was not nominated, since Douglas was a huge star at the time and well respected as an actor. He is one of my favorites and as you can see by my avatar, I think this is his greatest performance. Best Actress-Elizabeth Taylor in Giant (1956), I was surprised at this omission, the film was nominated in many other categories and was probably Taylor's best performance to date. Best Supporting Actor-Howard da Silva in The Lost Weekend (1945) a tough category since most of my favorite supporting performances did get nominated, I chose da Silva since many of my favorite scenes in the film take place in the bar, and his performance as the bartender showed down to earth empathy as well as toughness in dealing with the drunk lead character. Best Supporting Actress- Dinah Manoff in Ordinary People (1980) this was even tougher to choose, but I just rewatched this last week and was struck by Manoff's one scene in the film opposite Oscar winner Timothy Hutton, it was very sweet and poignant.
  11. Your Choice For 1940 Best Actor Oscar

    I never saw that one, I was not that impressed with Charles Boyer in the 1944 remake. I wished we could have seen Vincent Price (who played it on Broadway) in a film version.
  12. Your Choice For 1940 Best Actor Oscar

    Can you imagine if Young Mr Lincoln and Abe Lincoln In Illinois were released the same year? The Battle For The Planet Of The Abes! If I was forced to choose, it might be Massey since he actually makes you believe he WAS Lincoln. Not to take anything away from Fonda who is excellent, but it is more of a great courtroom drama than a definitive portrayal of Lincoln.
  13. To Sir Sidney With Love

    One of my favorite actors, he is one of the best at playing quiet strength and dignity. My top favorites of his films are To Sir With Love-he was clever and understanding in getting through to his rowdy group of British students, he has a great scene when he finally explodes in anger at them. I love the supporting cast and the music too in this one (even though Poitier is not much of a dancer!) A Patch Of Blue-he is the big hearted guy who helps an abused blind girl. Elizabeth Hartman is heartbreaking as the girl and Shelley Winters is hateful as the racist prostitute mother. Poitier's final scene when Hartman is leaving is very poignant. No Way Out- Poitier is a tower of strength as a proud doctor faced with snarling racist Richard Widmark. People today would be shocked that something so raw and brutal could be made in 1950. One film not mentioned yet is Shoot To Kill (1988), it may just be an 1980s action adventure film but it is highly entertaining. Poitier is an FBI agent who teams up with a mountain man (Tom Berenger) who guides Poitier into the mountains to track down a crazed killer/thief who has kidnapped Berenger's lover (Kirstie Alley). This was Poitier's first acting job in ten years and he hasn't aged at all, he still has that quiet charisma and has good chemistry with Berenger. The film has great scenery and some stunning stunt work. I won't spoil who plays the villain because he is among several actors who previously played bad guys before and it comes as a surprise in the middle of the film. Look for this one.
  14. TCM is showing many Best Actor wins and noms this week, so I decided to discuss the 1940 which I believe is one of the best years and all are still fondly remembered today. Choose who you would have voted for with your reason why. THE NOMINATIONS Charles Chaplin in The Great Dictator Henry Fonda in The Grapes Of Wrath Raymond Massey in Abe Lincoln In Illinois Laurence Olivier in Rebecca James Stewart in The Philadelphia Story* *=actual winner It was quite a group, Chaplin in a dual role as his famous Little Tramp character as well as a satiric version of Hitler, Massey playing Honest Abe, Olivier as the haunted Max DeWinter and Stewart in an atypical role of a cynical reporter. I believe I would have voted for Fonda, playing the literary character of Tom Joad the Okie who strives to provide for his family despite overwhelming odds. His powerful speech at the end ("I'll be there...") is what clinched it for me.
  15. TCM has been showing a lot of supporting performance nominations since last week. So I thought of one of my favorite years for this category where I saw all of the nominations. Choose who you would have voted for with your reason why. THE NOMINATIONS George Chakiris in West Side Story* Montgomery Clift in Judgment At Nuremburg Peter Falk in Pocketful Of Miracles Jackie Gleason in The Hustler George C Scott in The Hustler *=actual winner I would have voted for Clift. He was heart breaking as the Jew who is sterilized by the Nazis. In a huge cast of stars, he was still the one I would be thinking of after the film is over.

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