Terence Towles Canote from Huntsville, MO

@mercurie80 on Twitter


Aside from watch TCM, what do you do?

I am a freelance writer who specializes in popular culture. I have three books out. I have also kept a blog, A Shroud of Thoughts, for the past 14 and a half years.


What’s your favorite movie snack?

I am a traditionalist. Raisenets and Goobers!


What’s your favorite part of TCM?

That is like asking a parent to pick his or her favorite child! There is so much to love about TCM: the hosts; the interstitials; the special programming; Noir Alley; The Essentials; and so on. That having been said, I think what I might like best about TCM is its special connection to its fans. TCM has a large and very active fan community, and the cable network does everything it can to encourage and support that community. I love interacting with other TCM fans on Twitter!


What’s your favorite movie genre?

I really can't say that I have a favorite movie genre. I will watch any film if it is good! I do have movies genres that I like more than some others, including fantasy, film noir, horror (especially Hammer Films), movie musicals, science fiction, screwball comedies, Sixties sex comedies (especially those with Doris Day and Rock Hudson), and Westerns.


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

Vanessa Marquez, who played Ana Delgado in Stand and Deliver (1988) and Nurse Wendy Goldman on the TV show ER, among many other roles. I have to admit this is mostly for personal reasons. Vanessa and I were very close. She was my best friend, my soulmate, the girl of my dreams, and the love of my life. She was also the biggest TCM fan I knew. That having been said, she was also an immensely talented actress. She was a bit of a chameleon in that she could transform herself into any character she played. Vanessa could play almost any part she chose to.


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

I would love to have met Akira Kurosawa, but I think I would be too in awe of him to say anything!


What do you collect?

I have an extensive collection of pinback buttons. Most of them are devoted to various rock bands, but I have a few devoted to classic movies and classic TV shows as well.


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

Seven Samurai. In my humble opinion, it is the greatest movie ever made.


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