Hi there! My name is Raquel and I have been running this ole blog since June of 2007. I started this blog simply because I loved classic films and was bursting to talk about them with somebody, anybody who would listen. I had a lot to say so I decided to create this little nook on the web for me to share my personal thoughts on old movies. And that's what I'm all about. The personal experience when it comes to films from the 1920s to the 1960s. That's what makes this blog unique. It's all me 100% of the time.
How did I develop a love for classic films? I didn't watch very many films until I was a teenager. During that time I felt very isolated so I gravitated to classic literature. I read lots of Louisa May Alcott, Jane Austen, Thomas Hardy, Henry James, etc. And since the 90s were the golden era of period films, I watched a lot of literary adaptations. So basically I've always had a thing for the past.
It wasn't until college when I took a film course. Classic films were almost ruined to me forever when I watched The Quiet Man (1952) for an Irish Literature course. I thought it was one of the worst films I had ever seen. Thank goodness for that film course. During the class, we watched some great classics like Citizen Kane (1941) and Out of the Past (1947). Watching these films, understanding their construction and their cultural and historical significance made me appreciate them immensely. I started to watch more and more classic films.
When I was living with my parents (up until 2006), we had TCM and I would watch it constantly. Also, my Netflix queue (I have been with them since 2000) was starting to consist of more and more classic films and fewer and fewer contemporary ones. When I moved away in 2006, I had to abandon TCM because I couldn't justify the cost of Comcast's extremely expensive digital cable package. My mother still tapes films for me to this day. However, I have begun to rely Netflix, purchased DVDs, borrowed DVDs, burned DVDs friends send me as well as review copies of DVDs in order to feed my classic film hunger.
Running this blog is like having a second job. I put a lot of effort into each post and I try to be different from everyone else. There is no structure, no form and I always go above and beyond the call of duty. But I have a real full-time job too! I've been in the book industry since I was 17 and have been at my current company for 7 years.
I currently live in Massachusetts with my husband Carlos. We met in the summer of 2009 and quickly fell in love. We married July of 2012. He loves films as much as I do and it's been great sharing my passion for movies with him. Through this blog I've made a lot of friends, online and off. My friend Frank was the first person I talked to about classic film blogging and he's been a supporter of this blog ever since it started. I met my friend Kevin when I attended his film noir class, something I did in order to learn more about classic films and to give me some material for blogging. Also, I have made good friends with classic film enthusiasts such as Jonas from All Talking! All Singing! All Dancing! as well as author Mark from Bookmark Zero.
My other passions include cooking (check out my food blog), reading, traveling, going out to eat, photography, being a domestic goddess, studying languages (I am fluent in 3), etc.
If you would like to contact me, please visit my Email and Contacting Policies page.
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