Monday, June 15, 2009

Out of the Past ~ A Classic Film Blog's Second Anniversary

On June 15th, 2007, I ventured out into the unknown with my very first post on this blog. It was an opening of sorts; a welcome to future readers. My first real post was on Dick Cavett's interview with Alfred Hitchcock. What followed was 2 years of faithful writing about classic movies and the stars that I love. It was slow at first, building up a readership and finding time to post in between full-time work and graduate school. Once I graduated last year, this blog really got into it's stride as I had more time to devote to it.

I'm very happy about the people I've met online and in person through my blog. I love all the comments and e-mails I've gotten. I have also loved seeing others start their own classic film blogs. This blog has really grown and I'm happy with everything I've been able to put into it.

I'm not sure what is in store for the future of this blog; whether I will continue it at the same pace, at a slower pace or even at all. Looking back though at the 2 years I am very happy that on that fateful day in 2007, I decided that all the words I had building up inside me about my love for classic movies could finally get a portal to be released into the world.

Here are some highlights of the past 2 years of blogging:

Sexiest Scenes in Film History ~ I still get lots of wayward Google searches land people here. I wish I could have continued the series, but I'm glad I at least got a few posts up.

Breaking the Code Boxed Set ~ I took a school project and tied it in with my blog. That's dedication.

Elia Kazan & You Otto See It ~ To prepare for Kevin's lectures on Kazan and Preminger, I wrote reviews for several films.

Partying Norma Shearer Style ~ I dressed up as Norma for Kevin's 30th Birthday party and he dressed up as James Dean!

I Saw Mickey Rooney with my Own Two Eyes ~ Seeing the legend in person.

The Friend Dynamic ~ I got a lot of compliments on this one. I dissect the dynamic of watching films with friends.

Work: My Classic Film Nest ~ Photographic tour of my classic film paraphenalia at work. Jonas @ All Talking! All Singing! All Dancing! starts his blog.

Brattle & Harvard Film Archive Posts ~ Wonderful memories

Out of the Past (1947) by the Numbers ~ Just happens to be my favorite post. Such a fun project!

Good Heavens ~ I try to make sense of all of those movies with "Heaven" in the title.

Norma Shearer Week ~ A whole week devoted to my favorite actress. It's the biggest project that I have taken on and the results made me very happy.

Hot Toddy/Hot Chick ~ Celebrating the best in hotness.

Guest Blogger Months ~ This one is already a success and it's only half-way through the month!

If you would like to tell me what your favorite post or series was on my blog, I'd love to hear from you! (Not asking for praise, but would love to hear feedback for sure).

And a special thank you to Frank who indirectly inspired me to start writing a blog. He doesn't know this and I'm sure will be surprised to find out that he was the impetus for Out of the Past!


  1. I'm so glad you posted these links. It gave me a chance to explore some of the great stuff I missed before I met you. :)

    That Sexiest Scenes in Film History one is so great. My favorite part of The Seven Year Itch is that air conditioner scene, too! Tom Ewell is being so ridiculous plotting about Marilyn and all the time, she's just trying to figure out a way to get some sleep. She's sitting there thinking how she'll take back some silly little fan she bought and lamenting over how she lost the receipt! It's classic!

    One of my favorite series of posts is the Hot Toddy/Hot Chick ones. You should do more of those!

    I also loved Out of the Past by the Numbers.

    Please don't stop blogging! It would be so sad!

  2. Happy blog birthday Raquelle! I see you as my fairy godmother when it comes to film blogging. Without your input I would probably still just write my weird reflections on Swedish society and surer still have no readers.

    I say my favorites of your posts are the Norma Shearer week, as Norma is my favorite actress and not often gets the praise she deserves.

    Thank you for always being a very inspirational fairy godmother!

  3. Congratulations, and happy anniversary to a great blog.

  4. Happy 2 Years Raquelle and hopefully many, many more!

  5. Congratulations on 2 years of great work. I've been hooked since I read your articles on the film that gives the blog its name.

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  7. Congrats on two great years. I know it's a labor of love, and some times more labor than love, but we all appreciate your blog.

  8. Congrats on reaching two years and looking forward to many more!

  9. Congratulations on your bloggiversary, Raquelle! I hope you will continue blogging as Out of the Past is so enjoyable. I really enjoyed your reviews of the films in the Warner Romance Classics and Natalie Wood sets.

    Like others, I also enjoyed your posts on Shearer, Out of the Past, and the "hot toddy" posts on Don Taylor and Dennis Morgan.

    Best wishes for your future endeavors!


  10. Two Years Raquelle! Mighty Congrats.

    I'm so happy to be one of the bloggers that you've got to know over the years, I remember the day you linked to Film for the Soul, it was such an honour to be associated with a blog I admired and revered.

    Happy 2nd Anniversary and I hope there will be many more to come.

  11. Happy 2nd Anniversary!!!!! PLEASE don't write less often or not at all-- I get so excited when I see your updates in my dashboard!!

  12. You guys are the best!!! You all make this blog possible.

  13. Hi Raquelle,

    Happy 2nd Blog Anniversary, and great post! It has been a pleasure seeing your blog from its early stages until now. It has really evolved a lot and, unsurprisingly, has gained a lot of intelligent readers. It's an honor to have participated in and been mentioned in your blog so often, too! I always look forward to reading what you post next!


  14. Correction:

    It has been a pleasure seeing your blog from its early stages THROUGH now...not until now. :-)

  15. Happy anniversary Raquelle! You have consistently high quality posts, but one that really stands out in my mind involved preparing a dinner based on food in a classic film. Your box set was really well done, too.

  16. I always keep visiting this place, and am glad for it.

  17. You have genuine affection and respect for classic films, just as I do.
    I liked the entries about your mother and father.


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