Julia Ricci from Memphis, TN
@julsrich on Twitter
Aside from watch TCM, what do you do?
I'm a freelance writer and I run my own movie blog. You can also find me reading books on history, playing the piano, taking in the local fine and performing arts scene, and traveling.
What’s your favorite movie snack?
Popcorn and Twizzlers
What’s your favorite part of TCM?
The countless opportunities for discovery. I'm always learning something new, whether it's through Robert, Ben, and Tiffany's opening/closing segments, or programming like The Essentials, Star of the Month, 31 Days of Oscar, the monthly Spotlight, Trailblazing Women in Film, and more.
I also love the community aspect and the ability to interact with classic movie fans on social media (shout-out to #TCMParty!) and through Backlot. Growing up, almost none of my peers were into classic movies (and most still aren't), so it's nice to know there are kindred spirits out there. I'm looking forward to meeting fellow fans in person at my first TCMFF this spring.
What’s your favorite movie genre?
I have favorite films in all genres; it's hard to choose just one. Right now it's screwball comedy, followed closely by musicals and biography films.
Who’s your favorite actor or actress or filmmaker of all time? And why?
My favorite actor is William Holden. He consistently gave wonderful performances in a variety of genres and somehow made them look effortless. I'm always impressed by the sincerity of his acting, whether he played the hero, anti-hero, or somewhere in between. And of course, he's also nice to look at.
Who would you be thrilled to meet, and what would you say?
Composer John Williams. I'd tell him thank you, and ask him what goes through his mind when he writes music for a scene.
What do you collect?
Broadway Playbills and vinyl records. I started collecting records in college and found a lot of great vintage ones at a store near campus. My favorite finds so far include an original Sinatra album, Rodgers and Hammerstein movie soundtracks, and an album of James Mason reading Robert Browning poems.
If you had to pick just one, what would be your favorite movie?
The Sting. It's such a fun movie and everything about it is brilliant--screenplay, acting, directing, music. The ending blew my mind the first time I saw it and I pick up on something new every time I watch it.
Thank you Julia! For being in our Member Spotlight, we're sending you a rare TCM throw pillow. It lights up any room! (Note: it doesn't actually glow in the dark. That would just be silly.)
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