Matthew Coniam

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Location Bath, England
Introduction I got a Super-8 projector when I was eight and a Betamax video recorder when I was eleven. I fell in love with Universal horror films in the summer of 1983 and the Marx Brothers the following Christmas. In 1984 I bought my first Halliwell's Film Guide and met the man himself. That brings us more or less up to date.
Interests old films, the 1920s and 30s, the 18th century, evolutionary biology, philosophy of science, philosophy, Egyptology, Italy, wine, T. E. Lawrence, Jack the Ripper, art, literature, music, old things, the forgotten popular culture of the past, pipe smoking, Scampi Fries, Existentialism, Darwinism, Christian atheism
Favorite Movies Pre-Code, Marx Brothers, Chaplin, Rouben Mamoulian, Cecil B. DeMille, Fellini, Fay Wray, King Vidor, Clara Bow, Val Lewton, Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Monroe Owsley, Vincent Price, Helen Kane, Kay Francis, Jean Harlow, Lillian Roth, George Sanders, Tod Slaughter, James Stewart, Lee Tracy, Jane Russell, Charles Laughton, Barbara Stanwyck, Gloria Stuart, Thelma Todd, Irene Ware, Frank Capra, Ernst Lubitsch, Miriam Hopkins, Ray Dennis Steckler, Frank Tuttle, Bela Lugosi, Charlie Ruggles, Miles Malleson, W. C. Fields, Gianni Di Gregorio, Walter Catlett, Robert Benchley, Patsy Kelly, Roland Young, Joan Blondell, Mary Wickes, Walter Huston, Pete Walker, Veronica Lake, Universal Horror, Hammer Horror, Italian movies
Favorite Music Bach, Elgar, Beethoven, Puccini, Michael William Balfe, Grieg, Schubert, Liszt, Skip James, Coleman Hawkins, Lionel Belasco, Hoagy Carmichael, Kenny Ball, Anthony Newley, Nino Rota, Billy Mayerl, Half Man Half Biscuit, Geoff Love
Favorite Books Samuel Johnson, William Wordsworth, Jane Austen, Dostoyevsky, Jonathan Swift, Ernest Hemingway, John Kennedy Toole, Mykal Mayfield Banta, Robert Benchley, Anita Loos, Dorothy Parker, Alexander Woollcott, Dennis Wheatley, Margery Allingham, Sherlock Holmes, John Betjeman, Philip Larkin, Peter Benchley, Earl Derr Biggers, Schopenhauer, Kierkegaard, Roger Scruton, John Romer, Theodore Dalrymple, Edmund Burke, George C. Williams, W. D. Hamilton, E. O. Wilson, Colin Wilson, A. J. Ayer, Leslie Halliwell, Malcolm Muggeridge, Kenneth Williams, Gilbert Harding, Professor Joad, Samuel Smiles, Roald Dahl

Why do you think honeydew is the money melon?

I don't.