Dylan Grant from Los Angeles, CA
Aside from watch TCM, what do you do?
I read a lot. I'm also into photography, so I'm always looking for ways to make that interesting, new films or filters to play with.
I also love to travel. I have some Bourdain-level goals where that is concerned, so we'll see what happens...
What’s your favorite movie snack?
It depends on my mood, but Peanut M&Ms have never failed me yet.
What’s your favorite part of TCM?
The hosts, of course! Alicia Malone has a way of hosting like she's talking about a secret that you're both in on. I'm always curious how American cinema reads in other countries, so I'd love to sit down with her. Same with Eddie Muller. The guy seems to know every bit of noir minutiae, so it'd be great to talk movies over a few belts with him.
Personalities aside, I look forward to TCM Underground every week. I love that TCM is a place where you can see something like Now, Voyager and then, on the same night, something like Zardoz or Hard Ticket to Hawaii.
What’s your favorite movie genre?
I love film noir. I love how sordid it is, how bleak. I love the way backlit smoke looks in black and white. I love down-on-their-luck mugs and tough broads. I can watch films like Detour, The Postman Always Rings Twice, and Out of the Past forever. Film Noir is also fun to talk about because it is so hard to define: when it began and ended, what is or isn't. Everyone has their own ideas, and they're usually right... even when they're completely wrong!
I can't ignore musicals here, though. Who doesn't love a classic Hollywood musical?! I find myself singing pieces of Oklahoma! almost every day.
Who’s your favorite actor or actress or filmmaker of all time? And why?
It's hard to deny Orson Welles and his gregarious, larger-than-life personality, the exuberance that comes through in every film he made, even the unfinished ones. With Welles there is always something new to discover...
... but I can't leave out Hitchcock, Samuel Fuller, Sam Peckinpah, Stanley Kubrick, and too many others.
Who would you be thrilled to meet, and what would you say?
I have a million questions for Russ Tamblyn. The guy has had a long career and worked with everyone from DeMille to David Lynch.
What would I say? For starters, I'd love some inside scoop on what it was like to be down in Peru with Dennis Hopper making The Last Movie.
What do you collect?
Old cameras and lenses. The collection is a bit unintentional in the sense that I'm always telling myself "just this one" or "this is it," but there always seems to be something else arriving in the mail. The collection took up all the shelf space before I really knew what I was doing...
There was a time I was traveling a lot, and I liked bringing home trinkets from wherever I had been.
If you had to pick just one, what would be your favorite movie?
Like many of us, my "favorite" is more like an ever-changing list than a single film, and you'll probably never get the same answer twice, but F for Fake is one that I've come back to over and over since I was a teenager. It's so playful and profound, and I always feel like I'm seeing it for the first time.
There are some Bogart films -- Dark Passage, The Big Sleep, To Have and Have Not -- that I can watch forever.
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