Retro Reviews: Ray Castillo Jr. looks back on movies more than a decade old (to see if they have aged well)

"Yes, The Dark Knight is an old movie but it doesn't feel like it because its' cultural impact has been so massive on pop culture."

Paul Trenton · 06 Dec 2018

Who are you?

My name is Ray and I have a podcast called Retro Reviews. It's a podcast where my co-host and myself revisit films from our past to see if they still hold-up. However, the movies we revisit have to be 10+ years old and can't be any older than from the year 1980.

How did you get the idea for Retro Reviews?

I came up with the idea for RR last year when I wanted to share my thoughts on past films that I grew-up watching and that have had an impact on my life.I wanted to create a podcast that revisit films from the past to see if the films still hold-up today.

Why do you consider 10 years to be the minimum for a retro review? Is The Dark Knight really an old movie in 2018?

I think 10 years old is the minimum to call anything retro (fashion, music, movies, etc.) Also, 10 years is a good time frame to see how well a movie has aged, its relevance, and if it has had an impact on the film industry as a whole.

And yes, The Dark Knight is an old movie but it doesn't feel like it because its' cultural impact has been so massive on pop culture. It doesn't feel like it's a decade old but it is.

What is it about podcasts that you find appealing?

I find podcasts appealing because I have so many different things in my life that I enjoy (movies, video games, etc.) and there is a podcast out there for almost anything you are interested in. It's fun listening to people (even if you don't know them) talk about the things you enjoy. You also (as a listener) build a relationship with the hosts and after sometime it feels like a couple of friends chatting about things you like.

How much time do you spend on each episode? (Break it down in terms of research, writing, recording etc.)

I would say that I spent 5-6 hours a week for each episode of my podcast.

Do you worry about burning out? What are you doing to prevent it?

I don't worry about burning out because this is something I've always wanted to do. Once my podcast starts to feel like a job and stressful then I'm going to stop doing it. My creative outlet shouldn't cause me any stress because it's my stress reliever.

Do you know anything about your audience demographics? What do they have in common? What has surprised you?

I know that most of my listeners are in the age range from mid 20's-early 30's and that a majority of my listeners are from the United States. The one things that surprises me most about my audience is that they really love the movie 'Titanic'. That is our most download episode and it was done earlier this year. I re-listened to that episode and the audio quality is not great but many people still listened to it.

What are you hoping to accomplish with your podcast? How do you

define success for this project?

What I hope to accomplish with my podcast sounds kinda lame but it's just to create something and put it out in the world. I've been listening to podcast since early 2000s and I've always wanted to make one. So this year I had it a resolution to create a podcast and do an episode every week (Tuesdays) which I've done so far.

How many people are involved in the production of your podcast and

what are their roles?

There is only one other person (my co-host) involved in the production of my podcast. I'm the only one that does the recording, audio editing, uploading, and posting on social media when a new podcast is released.

What feedback have you received?

Much of the feedback has been very positive and encouraging. The only thing I've been asked about to improve on the podcast is the audio quality which I've been teaching myself by watching Youtube videos, reading articles, and listening to other podcasts.

How do you monetize your podcast?

I don't make any money off of the podcast. Our podcast host I use (Podbean) has a system in place to input ads into a podcast but I'm not into selling people things they don't need.

How do you promote your podcast?

I do all the promotion on the podcast and post-up, when a new episodes drops, on Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, and Reddit. I've also done sticker promotions by creating stickers and putting them up around my neighborhood and popular tourist spots. Also, giving stickers to friends and asking them to place around their neighborhood as well.

How effective have the stickers been?

I'm not sure how effective the stickers have been to getting new listeners but I've given out a good number to friends and to a few listeners.



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