Bradley Richman from Queens, NY
Aside from watch TCM, what do you do?
I am an Assistant Principal in New York. I was originally a Communications Major in college and started out working on television shows such as The Cosby Show as a driver and Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous as a runner (production assistant). It was exciting for a while; television shows don't last forever. Going into education was a life-changing moment and a wake-up call.
What’s your favorite movie snack?
It's very simple: Popcorn. Popcorn is the ultimate movie snack. In the theater, sometimes movies are even better when I have popcorn.
What’s your favorite part of TCM?
I love 31 Days of Oscar. I look forward to it every year along with Oscar season. One great movie after another. It's fun to see what theme is chosen each year and the order in which the films are broadcast.
What’s your favorite movie genre?
I love the well-made; intelligent thriller/action film. Movies such as The French Connection and The Fugitive are high-level action films with strong Oscar recognition.
Who’s your favorite actor or actress or filmmaker of all time? And why?
I tend to love directors more than actors or actresses. I get drawn more towards a film with a known director and unknown talent than a movie with big talent and an unknown director. You can't go wrong with Jaws, Close Encounters, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T., Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan... yes, Steven Spielberg is my favorite filmmaker.
Who would you be thrilled to meet, and what would you say?
While I love Spielberg's films, I also like Tarantino. I think I would really like to have two hours with him and just talk to him about his films and decisions he made. I love how he pays homage to older films in subtle and not so subtle ways. I would love to ask him about those inspirations and his style of scenes being out of order. I love that.
What do you collect?
I still love purchasing DVDs. It's great to have a library of film; even in these days of streaming. I like having the physical DVD and place it in collection of great films. I also have a few movie posters. There are certain posters that stand out. Some are my favorite movies; others are just great posters. My favorites: The Towering Inferno, Star Wars, Jaws, Apocalypse Now and believe it or not, I love the poster of the 1976 version of King Kong.
If you had to pick just one, what would be your favorite movie?
Hands down, my favorite film of all time is The French Connection. A great New York film; based on a true story with 1970s grit, great performances and yes, the most famous chase in film.
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