Lana Formato from Las Vegas, NV


Aside from watch TCM, what do you do?

I play bridge several days a week. I volunteer for CASA as a court appointed special advocate. I work for the family court judges working with the children that are in foster homes and are being monitored by the family courts. Right now I am on a leave of absence due to back surgery. I am catching up on all the reading I could not do when I was working. I also am doing the traveling that I couldn’t do. My last trip was to Australia and New Zealand. The previous one, to China.


What’s your favorite movie snack?

A small popcorn with the butter layered throughout.


What’s your favorite part of TCM?

My favorite part is when Ben or someone else tells tidbits about the people that were responsible for the movie we are about to see or we have seen. It make the movie, the actors and people that worked to create it real and not just a two-dimensional image on my TV. I think about his/her stories while watching and sometimes it feels like I am watching a home movie that my grandmother had told me as bedtime stories.


What’s your favorite movie genre?

I don’t really have one favorite movie genre. I don’t like the common film genre categories since they encompass too broad a spectrum. I would say I love what I would call the mystery/detective genre, but without the gangsters “kill em up" part in it. I like Sherlock Holmes, most any actor playing him, the Thin Man series, The Shadow, The Falcon, The Saint, Agatha Christie book adaptations, and her Hercule Poirot. I like film noir, but I also love to watch romances and romantic comedies. So it is kinda a tie.


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

My favorite actor of all time is Cary Grant. Why? Only because I have been in love with him since I can remember. Obviously that is not a very logical or intellectual reason but it is the only one I can give you. My only regret in life is that I never met him and believe me I tried. Thinking more as an adult, Alfred Hitchcock was a brilliant filmmaker. Just look at all the films he is responsible for and you can’t deny it - at least I can’t.


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

Obviously - Cary Grant and I would have said, Why couldn’t I have met you before you Barbara?


What do you collect?



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

To Kill A Mockingbird.


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