Det Jim McLeod

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About Det Jim McLeod

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  • Birthday 04/02/1961

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    New York
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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. Det Jim McLeod

    I Just Watched...

    She had one of her funniest moments here, near the end.
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    I Just Watched...

    The King Of Comedy (1983) 10/10 DVD It is about Rupert Pupkin, a nerd (Robert DeNiro) who fancies himself a great comedian and wants to be famous like his idol talk show host Jerry Langford (Jerry Lewis). This film is getting a lot more attention these days due to the similarity to the new Joker, which I have also just seen. I had seen this when it was first released and liked it, but I have seen it numerous more times and it has grown to be one of my favorite movies of all time. It has become more timely than ever today, with all the no talent "stars" of reality shows and Youtube who have achieved some fame. DeNiro gives one of his best performances in an atypical role, he had just played tough guy boxer Jake LaMotta in Raging Bull and makes a total 180 as the delusional, pathetic loser Pupkin. Jerry Lewis is great as Langford, a man who has become weary from the fame. He said in interviews that he just played himself, and if you saw him on his telethon or talk shows where his over serious and sometimes arrogant side comes out, you see what he means. There are some funny, cringing moments in it, making this a very unusual movie experience. Martin Scorsese's direction is excellent, blending fantasy and reality.
  3. Det Jim McLeod

    Great moments in cinema.

    My favorite Hitchcock film, Shadow Of A Doubt. The most striking scene for me was when nice teenage girl Teresa Wright confronts her serial killer uncle Joseph Cotten and threatens him in the shadows. "Go away or I'll kill you myself!"
  4. Det Jim McLeod

    Double Feature

    Rising Sun (1993) Next- The Presidio (1988) 2 with Sean Connery
  5. Det Jim McLeod

    Ghost of a Chance

    Fanny And Alexander (1983)
  6. Det Jim McLeod

    Name 10 Facts About This Actor

    2. He had prematurely grey hair.
  7. Det Jim McLeod

    I Just Watched...

    I agree, the most memorable (and shocking ) scene was Polidori (Timothy Spall) drinking down a glass full of leeches!
  8. The new bio-pic "Judy" is creating new interest in Judy Garland so I thought I would share my favorites of the movie songs she performed- 1. Over The Rainbow from The Wizard Of Oz- her signature song, I am sure this is everyone's favorite, but only Judy can sing it, I have never heard a version come close to hers. It is beautifully wistful and her voice is so tender and emotional. I also think it is the greatest song ever introduced on film. 2. The Man That Got Away from A Star Is Born-a simple torch song becomes a gut wrenching emotional performance from the power of her voice. A true show stopper. 3. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas from Meet Me In St Louis-a beautiful song that became a holiday standard, once again no one has topped the original. The song has such greater impact when seen within the context of the film, Judy is the older sister trying to cheer up sad little sis Margaret O'Brien. It seemed much more beautiful and haunting here. 4. Get Happy from Summer Stock-a jaunty upbeat number despite the lyrics about the coming of Judgement day. It turned out to be Judy's final film at MGM, but this performance ranks as one of her best. One of the few times she would look very sexy on film too. 5. But Not For Me from Girl Crazy-a poignant Gershwin tune, made heart breaking by Judy's beautiful voice. What are your top five?
  9. Det Jim McLeod

    I Just Watched...

    I just wanted to say that this is the best caricature I have ever seen of Lugosi and Karloff! High praise to whomever did it.
  10. Det Jim McLeod

    I Just Watched...

    I agree Manners was very bland in films like Dracula (1931) and The Mummy (1932), I thought he was pretty good in this one. He even got to show a bit of humor, after he gets fed up with weird goings on in the house, he says "Next time I go to Niagara Falls!". He gets a funny moment at the end too.
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    The 20 Worst Films of 2012

    Silent House is the only I saw, I thought it was OK. I like Elizabeth Olsen and it was better than most modern horror films. My pick for the worst of 2012 is Dark Shadows, Tim Burton's unfunny comedy version of the classic Gothic soap opera.
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    Lee Grant

    I got a chance to see "Detective Story" in a revival theater several years ago and Lee Grant was present for the screening. She was nominated for an Oscar and won the Cannes Film Festival award,however she said"I don't know what all the fuss was about,I don't think I was that good in this!" However she gave praise to her costars,saying"wasn't Kirk great! And Eleanor Parker,I had thought she was mediocre in other films,but was excellent here." When asked if there was any tension on the set,she said that William Bendix(who played Douglas's sympathetic police partner)truly hated Joe Wiseman(playing a loudmouth burglar)for his scene stealing antics.
  13. Det Jim McLeod

    "Movie" v "Film".

    When I'm writing I usually pick film over movie, because it's one less keystroke.
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    Imagine:John Lennon (1988)

    That was another great sequence. Lennon's first two solo studio albums "Plastic Ono Band" and "Imagine" are IMO the two best solo Beatle albums, though the other 3 made some great ones too. For McCartney I would pick 1982's "Tug Of War". Harrison "Cloud Nine" in 1988, I would have picked "All Things Must Pass" (1970) if he didn't include those boring jam sessions. The "Ringo" album for Starr, it had 3 top ten singles and contributions from the other 3 Beatles.

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