Anthony Hicks from Memphis, TN
@anthonyhicks03 on Twitter
Aside from watch TCM, what do you do?
Professionally, I'm a public relations director for a disability services nonprofit. In my private time, I enjoy going to plays, movies, the symphony and spending as much time as possible outdoors walking in parks or renting a cabin in a nearby state park in addition to spending quality time with my three young adult children. For years I've written poetry, having self-published a collection of poetry and working on a second. I also dabble in screenwriting. I have written one screenplay adapted from a book and written one that's original.
What’s your favorite movie snack?
At home it's anything light... fruit, nuts... in the theatre it was once popcorn, but I'm watching the calories now, so I have to just enjoy the wonderful aroma of that buttery delight.
What’s your favorite part of TCM?
Definitely the first feature on Friday night, especially if it's a classic like Casablanca. It's my version of appointment TV. I find nothing more relaxing at the end of my work week than propping my feet up for a couple of hours glued to a great TCM film.
What’s your favorite movie genre?
Hands down it's noir. No doubt because I grew up watching them with my parents. One of the local TV stations where I lived ran them every night, so from my teen years on I had a steady diet of the greats like The Blue Dahlia, High Sierra, Laura, The Postman Always Rings Twice, They Drive by Night. The flawed hero and swank femme fatale with the peekaboo hairdo is always a winning combo! By high school I could probably name every leading and supporting noir actor and actress from the 40s and 50s.
Who’s your favorite actor or actress or filmmaker of all time? And why?
Favorite actor: Bogart. Whether it's Key Largo, Desperate Hours, the lighthearted Sabrina or his taut role in Treasure of the Sierra Madre or The Barefoot Contessa, Bogart has a way of almost magnetically drawing you into his character and holding you there. In The African Queen it's not difficult to think he and Charlie Allnut share an alter-ego. Favorite actress is easier -- who could ever tire of watching Elizabeth Taylor?
Who would you be thrilled to meet, and what would you say?
Kirk Douglas. I would love to ask Kirk how the motion picture dynamics that produced his generation of actors and actresses differ from today's filmmaking culture.
What do you collect?
Esquire magazines, old books, arrowheads, vinyl records, and recently DVDs including westerns, TV shows from the 60s, and of course noir.
If you had to pick just one, what would be your favorite movie?
Thank you Anthony! For being in our Member Spotlight, we're sending you Into the Dark, TCM's beautiful book all about Film Noir. It's filled with stunning photos, fascinating behind-the-scenes info, and murder. So much murder.
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