Det Jim McLeod

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  1. 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?
  2. First Movie SONG That Comes to Mind

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

    n chronological order,comment on these or post your choices 1) Of Mice And Men(1939)-Chaney plays the child like Lennie,who doesn't know his own strength,heart breaking and haunting,one of the best movies of the 30s. 2) Man Made Monster(1940)Lon is very good and likable as an average guy turned into an electrical killer by mad scientist Lionel Atwill. 3) The Wolf Man(1941)his most famous role,at first he is a happy go lucky guy looking for love,then is transformed into a blood thirsty beast. 4) Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man(1943)back as the Wolf Man,he has some great scenes especially his outburst at the gypsies singing in the village. 5) Son Of Dracula (1943)this proves he can be very subtle and effective as the evil Count,one of the most atmospheric horror films of the 40s,very underrated. 6) House Of Frankenstein(1944)my favorite of his Wolf Man performances,he has a touching but tragic love affair with gypsy girl Elena Verdugo,she even gets him to smile,they have nice scenes together. 7) Abbott And Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)final time as Larry Talbot the Wolf Man,somehow manages to still get some scares with his vicious werewolf character playing opposite the comedy team. 8) The Haunted Palace(1963)another subtle and chilling performance here,as an evil warlock who summons his long dead master(played by Vincent Price) 9) Witchcraft(1964)a surprising performance here,as an angry older man who is not what he seems to be. 10) Spider Baby(1968)-his last good role,in a very bizarre horror/comedy,his speech toward the end is very touching and one of his best moments captured on film.
  4. 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"
  5. 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.

    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.
  7. 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.
  8. 2 MORE DAYS!!!!!!

    I love Oscar month
  9. 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.
  10. "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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. I watched this again on TCM last night, though I have seen it countless times. It is one of my favorite films. Though the reason I love it is not one most people do. I don't watch it for the "camp" value or because of the famous behind the scenes feud of Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. I love it for the twisted tale of madness and suspense. Tales of faded stardom and longing for old glory fascinates me. I find it disturbing and a little sad rather than funny, though I know many laugh hysterically at it. I also love Victor Buono's performance as much as Davis and Crawford (though both are fantastic), he was really a really under rated actor and I try to seek out as many of his performances I can (seek out his lead role in "The Strangler"). What do you think of this one?
  18. PILLOW TALK - the horror, the horror!

    "Pillow Talk" is one of my top ten comedies of all time. Rock Hudson gives his best comedic performance and Doris Day looks great and was one of the best actresses for comedy and giving a bit a of anger in her performance (it was hilarious when she was mad!) Tony Randall was hysterically funny as Hudson's neurotic pal. The sets and color were sumptuous and Doris has great singing scene at the piano with Roly Poly. I am hoping you are joking about that commentary track, I have no faith in young film students if that is true. They need to get a sense of humor and stop being offended by 60 year old films.
  19. I LIKE them, but.....

    I have to totally disagree on this. To me Stanwyck was very sexy and sensuous. I was even hot for her when her hair went grey and she was on The Big Valley! One actor I would include is Glenn Ford, he was often very bland in some films but was excellent in "Blackboard Jungle" He couldn't really get away with playing criminal types, I thought he was miscast in "3:10 To Yuma", Robert Mitchum or Richard Widmark would have been a much better choice.
  20. What Ever Happened To Baby Jane (1962)

    Yes, I often thought Crawford would have been excellent in that role, it also would have given her a chance to give Bette Davis a slap, getting even for the slap she took from Bette in Baby Jane. de Havilland did a good job, but she first balked at the role, not wanting to play a villainess. Davis begged her to take it, so she could have a good friend on the set this time.
  21. R.I.P. John Mahoney (1940-2018)

    A fine actor, I saw him on Broadway in 1991 for a revival of the play "The Subject Was Roses". His co stars were Dana Ivey and Patrick Dempsey. After the show the cast came out and answered questions from the audience. Mr Mahoney was very kind and personable when speaking to the audience. It was one of my favorite experiences at the theater.
  22. We are now in 31 days of Oscar on TCM and yesterday spotlighted some Best Song winners and nominees. My favorite year for this category was 1969. Choose who you would have voted for with your reason why. THE NOMINEES Come Saturday Morning from The Sterile Cuckoo Jean from The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head from Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid* title song from True Grit What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life from The Happy Ending *=actual winner My choice is Come Saturday Morning, it has a wistful feel to it and sets the mood for what's to come. The song playing over the credits while Liza Minnelli is waiting for the bus is poignant. The lyrics talk of "going away with my friends" matches up with the going away to college theme of the film.
  23. The End of "TV"

    I liked Tiffany, she was attractive and seemed to really like classic films. She seemed a bit awkward on camera but I was happy to see someone so young interested in these films. I found Ben Mankiewicz' s lame attempts at humor and snarky comments more annoying than anything Tiffany ever did.
  24. Your Choice For 1969 Best Song Oscar

    I liked the Butch Cassidy movie but not a big fan of Raindrops either. I groaned years later when it was ridiculously included in Spiderman 2.
  25. Remembering Helen Chandler on her birthday

    Yes, I think you are referring to the scene where Chandler (have been previously bitten by Dracula) is staring at Manners, looking both seductive and evil at the same time. A very fine piece of acting.

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