Ashton Leach from Benton, AR
@TheAshtonLeach on Twitter
Aside from watch TCM, what do you do?
I am a full-time student of history and English with an emphasis in film studies, so I am almost always in the process of researching and writing! When I am not doing that, I love camping and going to concerts as often as possible.
What’s your favorite movie snack?
I am not much of a snacker, but I love having a large Icee with me any time of the year.
What’s your favorite part of TCM?
I love the history that is exposed in interviews on different films, the discussion of the individual narratives of the movies and how that film fits into the larger historical setting is fascinating! Seeing the public remembrance of film as a representation of a period of time as well as a piece of art is fulfilling, and it is the best part of being a part of the Turner Classics community.
What’s your favorite movie genre?
I will never turn down a good romance, comedy or drama. The Way We Were, Love Story, Casablanca... you really cannot go wrong.
Who’s your favorite actor or actress or filmmaker of all time? And why?
It is nearly impossible to pick just one! My favorite actor would have to be Gene Wilder; his ability to make you feel the emotions in his comedies while not losing the realism that an audience depends on within a film is amazing, to say the least.
My favorite filmmaker would have to be Hal Ashby, from Harold and Maude to Being There, Ashby brings his own persona of comedy and unapologetic counterculture views into the playing field and I feel as though many filmmakers today are starting to look back on his work as inspirational.
Who would you be thrilled to meet, and what would you say?
Robert Redford, for sure! I know that if I did I would be starstruck and would not be able to say anything, but if I was to say something, it would be a thank you, not only for his artistic contribution to film over the last decades but for also leading a voice in politics during a time when it can be divisive. He is an inspiration for environmental activists and actors alike, and I would just want him to know that we appreciate all aspects of his work.
What do you collect?
DVDs of course! But, I also collect vinyl records, books, and my favorite shots from movies.
If you had to pick just one, what would be your favorite movie?
Young Frankenstein has been, and always will be, my go-to movie. I could watch it every day and still laugh at every joke. It is a comedic masterpiece that I hold dear. Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder are a dynamic duo, to say the least.
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