Det Jim McLeod

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    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.
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    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. 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?
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    Double Feature

    Rising Sun (1993) Next- The Presidio (1988) 2 with Sean Connery
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    Ghost of a Chance

    Fanny And Alexander (1983)
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    Name 10 Facts About This Actor

    2. He had prematurely grey hair.
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    I Just Watched...

    I agree, the most memorable (and shocking ) scene was Polidori (Timothy Spall) drinking down a glass full of leeches!
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    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. Choose which one you would have voted for with your reason why. THE NOMINEES Buttons And Bows from The Paleface* For Every Man There's A Woman from Casbah It's Magic from Romance On The High Seas This Is The Moment from That Lady In Ermine The Woody Woodpecker Song from Wet Blanket Policy *=actual winner I liked "It's Magic" the most. It has some beautiful lyrics and a haunting melody, plus it fit in well with the movie and an incandescent vocal performance from Doris Day. She said in interviews she was shocked when it did not win.
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    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.
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    "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)

    I just watched this again (VHS tape) in honor of what would have been John Lennon's 79th birthday. I believe this documentary is the best portrait of Lennon and The Beatles on film. It revolves around the recording of song "Imagine" as well as the album of the same name in 1971. It is narrated by Lennon from tons of interviews he gave. After the scene is set, it goes back to the beginning of The Beatles and and see many familiar clips of performances of "Twist And Shout", "From Me To You" and "Help". The most fascinating part of this doc are rare home movies of John at home and of some news segments probably not seen since there were aired. A striking scene shows where an obsessed fan found his way to John's England estate. The young man is confused and may be on drugs but believes John's songs are speaking directly to him, asking him the meaning behind his "I Dig A Pony" song, John tells him it was just playing around with words, literally a nonsense song. John gently tells him the songs should not be mixed up with his own life and offers the guy something to eat. After we see the psychedelic Beatle years of "Strawberry Field Forever" and "Sgt Pepper", it goes into John's years of peace protests and marriage to Yoko Ono where the press and some fans turned on him. One news reporter refers to him as the most "way out" of The Beatles. The most memorable scene for me was when John and Yoko were doing their "bed-in" for peace in 1969, conservative cartoonist Al Capp (creator of "Lil Abner") came to heckle them. Capp sarcastically puts down the album "Two Virgins" in which John and Yoko appeared full frontal naked on the cover. He also complains about the lyrics to "Ballad Of John and Yoko" where John sings about "they're gonna crucify me", John tells Capp he is taking it too literally. Capp also tells him "I'm sure the other 3 guys are Englishmen!" This is a very well rounded portrait of Lennon as we see the witty, peaceful side most associate with him but we also see the anger and impatience most did not get to see. There is a scene where a angrily curses out a recording engineer for not setting up the correct version of as song he wanted. He loses his temper when NY Times reporter Gloria Emerson accuses him of self aggrandizing behavior with his peace protests. She says she used to admire him, but he tells her "Well I'm glad you liked the old mop tops, love, but I've grown up, but you obviously haven't!" We also get some rare home movies during the years he quit the music business to raise his son. Best scene is when he and Yoko meet a fan in Central Park, of course the first question he asks is "When are The Beatles gettin' back together?" John's funny answer was "Oh tomorrow, tomorrow!" Did anyone ever see this? What are your opinions?
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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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    Imagine:John Lennon (1988)

    That could be interesting. I saw the film years ago, I thought it was just OK. The group really seems disinterested at times, the magic happens when they finally get it all together and record some great songs.
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    Name the comedy

    Down With Love Next-Jack Nicholson
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    Gregory's Girl (1980)

    This Scottish comedy is currently being shown in NY's Film Forum this week. I saw it last night and director Bill Forsyth was in attendance. It is about awkward adolescent Gregory who falls in love with Dorothy, the girl who takes his place on the school football (soccer) team. I saw this when it first was released here in America in 1982. In contrast to many America teen sex comedies of the time, this was more realistic and a lot more funny. Gordon John Sinclair (Gregory) was hilarious in his naivete and clumsiness, the host last night compared him to a silent movie comedian and I think that is a spot on observation. Forysth was so great at putting little bits of business in his films that have nothing to do with the plot but memorable nevertheless. Some examples in this film are a kid in a penguin costume walking the halls of the school and a scene of the headmaster amusing himself while playing a happy tune on a piano. Anyone else love this one?
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    Name the comedy

    The Court Jester next-Orson Welles
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    I Just Watched...

    Great story Tom. Lon Jr is a great favorite of mine as well. I was able to get the autograph of his grandson Ron at a horror movie convention about 20 years ago.
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    Mash-Up Alternate Title

    Wallace Beery (Treasure Island) Jean Harlow (Dinner At Eight) Clark Gable (Mutiny On The Bounty) and Rosalind Russell (Auntie Mame) in China Seas Next Count Dracula and Lennie Small are mute servants to Sherlock Holmes
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    Double Feature

    Caged (1950) Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte (1964) 2 with Agnes Moorehead
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    Glenda Jackson Returns

    I have a great memory of seeing Glenda Jackson on Broadway back in 1988. She was playing Lady Macbeth, Christopher Plummer played her husband.

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