The Velvet Café

A room for thoughts about movies

About me

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Feel free to label me as you like: a 46-year-old Swedish woman, mother of two, wife, trained journalist (but not working as such), traveller, book reader with a fancy for medieval dancing and mountains, who also nourishes an old friendship with anything geekish, such as sci-fi, fantasy and adjusting fandoms.

My taste for movies is as wide and unpredictable as you can expect from someone who never went to film school. Anything goes. Almost. The Velvet Café is the place where I hang out and share whatever movie related thought that comes into my mind – reviews as well as general ranting.

You’ll find more about the origins of this blog in the post where I have my first cup of coffee.

I wrote a series of posts about my life in movies, where you also get to know quite a few things about me.

Part 1: 1967-1982
Part 2: 1982-1997
Part 3: 1998-2011

Written by Jessica

June 25, 2011 at 10:29 pm

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  1. Hej Jessica,
    Cool with another Swedish blogger writing in English, I’ll be stopping by the Velvet Cafe in my RSS reader hoping to explore some new flavors.

    Joel Burman

    August 22, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    • Hi there! I thought the same when I stumbled upon your blog today! I thought I was pretty much alone making it harder to myself.:)

      And I’ll definitely follow yours. Lovely to not only the fan perspective that I provide but a look that is more from the inside.


      August 22, 2011 at 8:03 pm

      • Not a day goes by when I wonder why the hell I choose to write in english hahah

        Joel Burman

        August 22, 2011 at 10:15 pm

        • Hehe! Well if you ask me I do it because I enjoy to talk about movies with people not only from my own country, but from all over the world. It certainly adds new perspectives and makes for an interesting discussion.

          I also imagine that it helps me to keep up or even improve my English a bit. When I first started to blog in English, three years ago (on another blog about different topic), it was very hard to write in English. At first I remember writing posts in Swedish, and then painstakingly translating them. But that has changed over the years and nowadays it is as if my brain switches over and starts to think in English when I’m about to write a blogpost. I don’t want to lose that, so I stick to English.

          My third reason is that I’ve brought a handful of readers with me from my old blog and they don’t understand Swedish.

          Oh, and there’s a fourth reason as well: I’m active at the Filmspotting forum and I publish my reviews there as well. As long as I want to enjoy the discussions there, the choice is simple.

          But sometimes I can envy my fellow Swedish bloggers who write in Swedish. It’s easier to be playful in your own language. I always feel a little bit clumsy and I’m perfectly aware of that I make quite a few grammar and spelling mistakes, which is annoying, even though I’m trying to not feel to bad about it as long as people roughly get what I want to express.


          August 22, 2011 at 11:10 pm

  2. Hey Lari..I mean Jessica 😉

    Just stumbled upon your new blog, after wondering if you had ever again posted on your former blog (did not have the old one in my feed anymore).

    Glad to see that you are still writing. I am also always looking for new movies to watch (I am personally a big fan of mindbender sort of stuff like Memento) so I will be reading your reviews with interest 🙂


    September 12, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    • Hello there and welcome to my new place! I’m also a fan of mindbending stuff as you’ll probably notice. The latest one I saw in that genre was Source Code, which I enjoyed a lot as you’ll see if you poke around here and come across the review.


      September 12, 2011 at 1:34 pm

  3. Hi Jessica, I found your blog courtesy of Tyler over at Southern Vision.

    I’ve just had a look at your most recent posts and wow, they were very interesting reading! I’ll take a proper look over the weekend 🙂

    Claire Packer

    October 7, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    • Hi there! Welcome to my little place! Please have a cup of coffee, tea or whatever you prefer while you’re looking around. I couldn’t resist visiting your blog, which was unknown to me until now, and I was delighted at what I saw. I’m going to stalk you a little for a while (in a good sense). I hope you don’t mind. 😉


      October 7, 2011 at 10:33 pm

  4. For an English-speaking/reading uniglot like me (okay, I can do a bit of German and a little French), I appreciate that you’re writing in English. I love seeing the perspective of non-Americans and non-Western Hemispherians on film.

    And I love having someone in my own age category writing on film, too! We need to get you into the LAMB, and on a LAMBcast so that I’m not the only person there who remembers the ’70s.


    October 25, 2011 at 6:33 am

    • I definitely will send an application to the LAMB. I’m afraid though that my memory is pretty crap, so even if I watched movies in the 70s many of them are pretty much lost to me. However, I suppose my age might bring a somewhat different perspective on movies.


      October 25, 2011 at 7:30 am

  5. Jessica, found you through my friend Ryan’s blog The Matinee. I’m going to be on his podcast this week, too, if you listen to that. I’m 46, and among the oldest of our film blogger community in Toronto, but don’t really think about it much. Some of the younger ones have seen more films than I have, anyway.

    Looking forward to reading more of your thoughts on film!

    James McNally

    November 20, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    • Hello there and welcome! I’m glad Ryan sent you! It’s great to see another one who is old enough to remember the 70s, not just from the history book. 🙂

      I definitely haven’t watched as many movies as many of the younger film bloggers. Yet I hope that maybe my older age might help me to provide a slightly different perspective in the discussion. I’m really glad to see you around and I’ll definitely check out your blog. I had a quick glance at it and it certainly looked promising! The Matinee is one of the podcasts I try to keep up with, so I’ll hear your voice soon.


      November 20, 2011 at 8:45 pm

  6. Hello Jessica,

    Sorry to be a late-comer to your new blog – but I had to check it out when I saw the “Closed” sign on the ol’ PPI. I’m very glad to see you’re still writing – and I’m starting to write again, too – but given that I don’t play WoW much anymore, it’s good to find other things to discuss. I can’t wait to catch up around here, and hopefully I’ll have seen some of the movies you’re discussing, so I have the opportunity to chime in. Can’t promise they won’t be “Walls of Text” like I used to leave you at PPI, but we’ll see.

    It’s good to read you again, and I look forward to more in the future.

    Thanks for the good times at PPI and more to come.

    My 2 yen for the Cafe tipjar,



    January 21, 2012 at 1:59 am

    • Hello Akiosama! It’s been a while but I’m glad you finally found your way to this place. I have no idea of what movies you like but I hope you’ll find something here that is of your taste.

      Thank you for the tip! Now here’s another cuppa. Enjoy!


      January 21, 2012 at 9:25 am

  7. I don’t normally post links to my own site, but this time is an exception:


    February 9, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    • wow, that is so sweet of you! Thank you so much! I’m not sure if I’ll send it forward or not (eventually it becomes a bit crazy with this thing spreading exponentially, won’t it?) But in any case your kind words really made my day. I’ve just got a cold and feel pretty miserable, so it was just in time.


      February 9, 2012 at 7:09 pm

  8. Hey, doing some LAMB leg work. Could you email your email address ?

    Nick Powell

    September 7, 2012 at 11:31 pm

  9. […] vad större delen av Jensens text handlar om. Man kan sedan, som bloggaren Jessica som står bakom The Velvet Café ohederligt kapa citat ur texten för att stärka sin egen politiska […]

  10. Hej Jessica, skulle vilja bjuda dig till en filmgrej så vill gärna ha tag på din mailadress. Blir jätteglöad om du hör av dig till mig på sofia (at)


    March 5, 2015 at 10:02 am

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