Peter Putzel from Madison, WI

@PeterPutzel on Twitter


When you’re not watching TCM, what do you do?

Is there anything aside from watching TCM? In real life, I'm a supervisor at a newspaper, lacrosse editor for MaizenBrew.com, and I have my own film blog called Aperture Reviews. When not doing one of those things, I'm either on Twitter or spending time with my wife and three daughters.


What’s your favorite movie snack?

Ben & Jerry's Chunky Monkey during the "regular" lineup of films on TCM. Beer or bourbon and some salsa when it's time for TCM Underground.


What’s your favorite part of TCM?

The intros and outros to the films (especially those that are new to me) are fantastic; I never fast forward through them if I had to DVR the movie. There is always interesting information that helps build understanding of a certain film, star, director, etc. Those intros/outros are invaluable no matter how much you know about film.


What’s your favorite movie genre?

I love all kinds of films, but give me something epic and/or powerful. Rashomon isn't an epic film, but its power is undeniable. I just want to be left almost breathless by the end of whatever movie I'm watching.


Who’s your favorite actor or actress or filmmaker of all time?  And why?

I'm starting to feel a little anxiety in trying to come up with a short list! I think Merle Oberon, Myrna Loy, and Greer Garson are probably my favorite actresses. They are heart-breakingly gorgeous, but can also act like there's no tomorrow. Cary Grant and William Holden are probably my favorite of the classic male leads because what man wouldn't want to be Grant or Holden?


Who would you be thrilled to meet, and what would you say?

Living or dead? I think the three living actors I would risk losing my job to meet are Sean Connery, Alan Alda, and F. Murray Abraham (you'll see why down below). Connery because...well, he's Connery, and Alan Alda because of M*A*S*H, which is my all-time favorite TV show. I wouldn't be able to utter a word to either of them out of fear of saying something completely stupid, but simply getting to shake their hands would be amazing.


What do you collect?

Books are my life; I have about 500 around the house, and although I don't buy as many as I used to, I'll find a few new ones each year. And movies, obviously. I recently started getting into the Criterion Collection Blu-rays, which means my children may have to figure out how to pay their own way through college.


If you had to pick just one, what would be your favorite movie?

One? ONE!? Amadeus, simply because F. Murray Abraham's performance is the single greatest performance on film and one that gives me chills every time I see it. Every. Time.


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