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

    The First Film That Comes to Mind...

    That Darn Cat Next-a scary neighbor
  2. Det Jim McLeod

    First Movie SONG That Comes to Mind

    What Can You Do With A General-from "White Christmas" (Leonard Maltin described this as Irving Berlin's least memorable tune) Next-sung by someone in prison
  3. Det Jim McLeod

    Best and Worst Fathers On Film

    Happy Father's Day. Who do you think are the best and worst fathers portrayed in films? Here's what I think: BEST Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird WORST John Huston as Noah Cross in Chinatown
  4. Det Jim McLeod

    Noir Alley

    I just saw this for the first time. I was very impressed at the way we see the suburban life of bored family man Dick Powell (a surprisingly cynical view of post WWII America). Then it gets going with tough noir stuff with sultry model Lizabeth Scott and creepy private eye Raymond Burr. I was shocked at some the twists that happened in the story. Powell by this time had perfected his deadpan quips as the insurance man who gets in over his head. Burr has one of his best villain roles as the obsessed detective, very subtle but still menacing. I thought Noir Alley host Eddie Muller was a bit hard on Lizabeth Scott, saying she was not a good actress, though he does praise her in this film. I thought she was very good here and I thought she was good in "Scared Stiff" holding her own in scenes with the wacky comedy team of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.
  5. Det Jim McLeod

    The First Film That Comes to Mind...

    Spider Man (2002) Next-something gritty and realistic
  6. Det Jim McLeod

    First Movie SONG That Comes to Mind

    Tammy from Tammy and the Bachelor (Universal) Next-sung by a famous folk singer
  7. Det Jim McLeod

    The First Film That Comes to Mind...

    Brighton Rock Next- an unwelcome guest at a party
  8. Det Jim McLeod

    Previous experience... ;)

    Kyle MacLachlan played a outer space alien in the body of an FBI agent who acts rather strange in "The Hidden" (1988) a very good horror/sci fi film, worth seeking out. He would soon after become the very human but equally weird FBI agent Dale Cooper in "Twin Peaks".
  9. Det Jim McLeod

    Movies You Want to End Differently

    Halloween (1978) I wish after Michael Myers was shot dead, he STAYED dead, so we would have been spared those horrible sequels.
  10. Det Jim McLeod

    History of Blackface (Yellow Face, etc.) in Film.

    Battles Of Chief Pontiac (1952) and he played a Indian named Blackfish in Daniel Boone Trailblazer (1956)
  11. Det Jim McLeod

    The Roaring Twenties

    I love this film. Though I think their earlier teaming "Angels With Dirty Faces" was a better movie, they had better scenes together in this film. Cagney was tough but did have a heart, while Bogart was equally tough but no heart at all.
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    My Favorite Brunette print

    I didn't see it this time but I once had a horrible print of this on VHS. It really hurt my enjoyment of it, the picture was faded and the sound was off, hard to catch a lot of Hope's quips. But memorable for scenes like Peter Lorre's knife throwing and Hope telling Lon Chaney Jr that he will buy him a rabbit. Biggest laugh was Hope in the chandelier and finding a bottle of booze. "Oh Ray Milland's been here!"
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    History of Blackface (Yellow Face, etc.) in Film.

    I don't get offended by these things. It is hard to be offended just because people tell you SHOULD be when you're not. If something is funny I laugh at it, I don't analyze it. If I am intrigued by a story I am not thinking about the ethnic background of an actor. As far as blackface goes, I actually laughed at that Bob Hope/Mammy line when I read it, I would probably laugh if it saw it. In the Our Gang comedy "Anniversary Trouble" Spanky gets into blackface posing as Buckwheat, trying to escape the gang who is angry at him. It's a very funny scene, it's has a lot of childhood innocence and no malice to it. I am not bothered by yellowface in classic films either. Warner Oland and later Sidney Toler gave Charlie Chan great wisdom and dignity (he was always the smartest guy in the room.)Toler also gave his Chan a little sarcastic edge that Oland did not. Keye Luke, a real Asian actor (he played #1 son) had nothing but praise for Warner Oland's performance. I was also too engrossed in "The Good Earth" to worry about where Paul Muni and Luise Rainer were born. I recently saw Sylvia Sidney as a Japanese in "Madame Butterfly" and while I like the movie, her performance was a little uneven. In scenes with her parents she speaks perfect English but when she speaks to her new love Cary Grant, she reverts to "velly" instead of "very" type pidgin English.
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    What is Cult?

    Roger Corman, who was responsible for cult classics like "A Bucket Of Blood" and "Little Shop Of Horrors", once said that the filmmakers do not make cult films, the audience does. I agree with that, if someone consciously tries to create a cult film, it fails. A recent example would be "Snakes On A Plane", it was released with great fanfare, but the only thing people recall about it is the title. One thing I believe a really great cult film needs is a low budget, no big stars (though former big stars are OK), supernatural or lurid subject matter and a little bit of humor, intentional or not.
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    The Final Girl Concept

    No, that version followed the same ending as the 1945 movie, Eaton in the final girl role. There was a 2015 BBC TV version of the story which does remain true to the book's ending. The story was needlessly padded to over 3 hours and had some bloody gore to it, but it was nice to see the original ending on film for once.

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