Jeanine Jewell from Lincoln, NE


Aside from watch TCM, what do you do?

My day job is teaching English at the local community college, which is challenging and rewarding work. In my spare time, besides watching TCM, I like to read, take walks with my husband, sing in the choir, and go to the pool with my granddaughter.


What’s your favorite movie snack?

Definitely buttered popcorn - even if I've just eaten dinner.


What’s your favorite part of TCM?

TCM offers so many things - the leadins/leadouts to the films, the exclusive interviews and special TCM productions, and of course the movies. I recently completed the "Mad About Musicals" course and was surprised at the depth of the course. I'm eager to see what's next.


What’s your favorite movie genre?

Well, musicals are definitely high on my list. My love of movies came from my mother, who loved pretty much any movie as long as it wasn't horror - so I share her taste.


Who’s your favorite actor or actress or filmmaker of all time? And why?

For today, I'll nominate Billy Wilder as the best filmmaker of all time. All his movies were well paced, and they span from comedy to one of the most painful dramas I've ever seen. Wilder seemed in touch with the human condition; the characters in his movies touch us with their longings and foibles.


Who would you be thrilled to meet, and what would you say?

In the past, I have had the chance to meet a couple of movies stars and have shied away - specifically due to fear of making a fool of myself. Now that I am older and braver, I would love to meet Colin Firth. Most likely I'd say something about how I've loved all of his roles, whether he's in Victorian English dress or blue spandex!


What do you collect?

I am not much of a collector; I tend more toward cleaning things out. However, as an English instructor, I have more books than any one person probably needs.


If you had to pick just one, what would be your favorite movie?

Cabaret. I first saw it when I was a senior in high school, and I immediately ran out and found some green nail polish (not an easy task in the early 1970's). At that time, I felt that Sally Bowles/Liza Minnelli was exactly who I wanted to be. Within 10 years, I'd seen it 10 times - not an easy feat in pre-VCR days. Through the years, I've kept finding new depths to the film. The acting, the music, camerawork and staging, and above all the way life in the seedy cabaret comments on the coming Nazi wave creates an immersive experience.


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