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

    American Splendor (2003)

    I don't think they book "eccentric" guests anymore because they will probably be accused of exploiting them. Pekar had suffered from bouts of depression so it would be controversial today if someone like him were booked. I remember Johnny Carson had on a farmer who made jewelry out of chicken droppings. He was an older guy probably in his 60s and he was hilarious, he got bigger laughs than Carson. He kept calling Johnny "Sir" and Johnny told him he didn't have to do that. He replied "Well my mama always told me to call men older than me Sir!'" The audience was in hysterics!
  2. Det Jim McLeod

    American Splendor (2003)

    It was a series of comic book issues, spanning several years. It's just episodes from his life, sometimes an issue could be devoted to a trip to the grocery store. Several issues have been published in book form.
  3. Det Jim McLeod

    American Splendor (2003)

    I thought you could relate, here is a sample of what the comic book is like.
  4. Det Jim McLeod

    American Splendor (2003)

    Did you see the movie? Or any of Pekar's appearances on Letterman? He was the type of guy who said he preferred to listen to his jazz records or read a good book, and he would rant about the "modern" world, he even insulted Letterman's audience, saying they probably don't read.
  5. Det Jim McLeod

    Name the comedy

    His Girl Friday Next-Sylvester Stallone
  6. Det Jim McLeod

    Name a Celebrity - Name a Movie

    Joan Blondell was in Three On A Match with Ann Dvorak
  7. Det Jim McLeod

    American Splendor (2003)

    This is a bio-pic about Harvey Pekar, a cynical curmudgeon who worked as a file clerk in a Cleveland Ohio Veteran's Administration hospital. He achieved some fame when he became the author of a comic book called "American Splendor" in which he told stories of his mundane life, it was illustrated by Robert Crumb. Paul Giamatti plays the title role and he is excellent, the real Pekar also appears in some segments, some of which work and some do not. Pekar can be very strident and angry so this film may not be to everyone's tastes, while I would not have liked to hang around with somebody constantly complaining, it is pretty funny to see him go on rants. He appeared several times on the David Letterman show, back when talk shows would sometimes bring on eccentric ordinary people. Letterman seemed amused by Pekar, though Harvey would openly show his disdain for Dave. The two got into a huge argument on one show about GE buying NBC and Harvey calling Dave a "shill" and Dave coming back with sarcastic comments about Harvey's slovenly appearance and "Mickey Mouse" comic book, both angrily telling the other to shut up. You can see this on youtube and it was one of the more angry and real things you will ever see on TV. I liked the film a bit better on the second viewing, I would recommend it to anyone as long as they know what they are in for. Pekar died in 2010. Did anyone see it? What are your opinions?
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    For valor above and beyond the call of duty.

    That was when he played Ty Cobb in "Cobb" (1994), when he accepted his Oscar for "The Fugitive" he had that shaved head.
  9. Det Jim McLeod

    I Just Watched...

    This was one of the better 1980s exploitation films mostly due to the incredible cast: Cliff Gorman ("The Boys In The Band")is a cop who tries to help teen hooker Angel and track down a psycho killer. Dick Shawn (LSD in the 1967 "The Producers") plays Angel's drag queen friend. Susan Tyrell (Oscar nominee for "Fat City") is a lesbian landlady Rory Calhoun as a former movie cowboy who walks the streets of Hollywood still in his cowboy garb and packing a pair of pistols.
  10. Det Jim McLeod

    Name a Celebrity - Name a Movie

    Edward G Robinson was in All My Sons with Burt Lancaster
  11. Det Jim McLeod

    Name the comedy

    Our Relations Next-Clint Eastwood
  12. Det Jim McLeod

    Adapt Ability

    The Picture Of Dorian Gray Next-Lillian Hellman
  13. Det Jim McLeod

    Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969)

    Totally spot on and exactly what I was thinking. Especially the encounter group sequence, where everyone is encouraged to tell their "true feelings", and scream and have group hugs. It seems to be doing this with a straight face but really just sets up many comedic scenes later on.
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    Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969)

    But did you think it was funny? I know I laughed quite a bit.
  15. Det Jim McLeod

    Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969)

    TCM showed this last night and I love it, rate it 8/10. It seems to me to be a more graphic version of a Rock Hudson/Doris Day type sex comedy updated to later 1960s movie trends. The last Day/Hudson film ("Send Me No Flowers") was only 5 years before but could not be further from this one. The comedy scenes are just as funny however. Robert Culp and Natalie Wood are ideal as the new "hip" modern couple. The scenes in the encounter group may seem dated today but I found them pretty funny, the actors downplay it but I still think there is some satire going on there. Elliott Gould and Dyan Cannon get the funniest lines as the more strait-laced couple, and they are the two who got Oscar nominations. Gould provides a lot of laughs with his discomfort with the new sexual revolution going on. Cannon has a hilarious scene with her psychiatrist. Some people were disappointed with the ending but I think it worked quite well. Plus I love the use of Jackie DeShannon's hit "What The World Needs Now Is Love". What do you think of this one?

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