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The Shelf

The Shelf

By Hannah Noël & Nic Sorice
A film review podcast about the physical media we carry with us. Some of these are films we love, some are just films we have. Join us as we take a tour of the DVDs we can’t let go of.
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Episode 23: The Trotsky

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Episode 55: Road to Perdition
Vroom Vroom babies! Hop in the car and get ready to drive with your pals Tom, Nic, Tom, and Hannah. This week, for our last film on the Shelf, we watch Hannah's final movie, Road to Perdition. Topics discussed: violence in media, Tom Newman et. al Toms and Newmans, Catholicism and Protestatism, fathers and sons, Tandy and Thandie, and the Tucc. Music used in this episode (all credit to Thomas Newman unless specified), "Rock Island, 1931," "Murder (In Four Parts)," "Road to Chicago," "Meet Maguire," "Fin McGovern,"  "The Farm," "Dirty Money," "Cathedral," "Ghosts," "Lexington Hotel, Room 1432," "Road to Perdition," "Perdition," by Tom Hanks, and Paul Newman, "Chicago," by Sufjan Stevens, 20th Century Fox theme, Dreamworks theme, "Closure," by Tandy Miller, and "You Got a Friend in Me," by Tommy's cousin Randy.
October 19, 2020
Episode 54: Kangaroo Jack
G'day mates! In the final Nic episode of the Shelf, we break all the rules to revisit an ur-text of Nic's love of cinema. Also, it's a movie Hannah really liked. Topics discussed include Hot Jerry O'Connell, the difficulties of remembering names, and testicles. Songs used in this episode: Down Under by Colin Hay, Tainted Love by Soft Cell, Hey Sexy Lady by Shaggy, Brian & Tony Gold, Walkin' On the Sun by Smash Mouth, Rapper's Delight, by the Sugar Hill Gang, and Soak Up the Sun by Sheryl Crow.
October 19, 2020
Episode 53: Role Models
BOYZ TO MEN! This week Nic and Hannah watch Hannah's raunchy comedy about two grown men learning to be decent through the power of mentor-ship. Topics discussed in this episode include: toxic masculinity, Nic's love of improv, Paul Rudd, and LARP. Songs used in this episode: Love Take Me Down (To the Streets) by (not) Wings,  Augie on Rooftop by Craig Wedren, Mr. Blue Sky by the Electric Light Orchestra, Universal Studios theme, Beth by Paul Rudd, and Dunkin' Fritalian Commercial  by They Might be Giants.
October 5, 2020
Episode 52: Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
Oooohhh boy, does Hannah not like this movie. It's a Nic week, and it is his final teen coming of age story. Based on a novel that meant a lot to him, this Michael Cera, Kat Dennings flick means nothing to Hannah, but Nic still loves the soundtrack. Also, we remain stuck in 2008 forever! Songs used in this episode: Xavia by the Submarines,  Negative by Project Jenny Project Jan, Very Loud by the  Shout Out Louds, After Hours by We Are Scientists, Middle Management by Bishop Allen, and Ottoman by Vampire Weekend
September 28, 2020
Episode 51: The NeverEnding Story
Like all children's films from the 80's, the NeverEnding Story is super freaky when you think about it for too long. Luckily for you, listener, this week Nic and Hannah did all of that thinking for you. Other discussion topics include: the problematic portrayal of Native Americans in cinema, existential dread, the beauty of the horse body, and the presence of Giles in a film.
September 21, 2020
Episode 50: My Girlfriend's Boyfriend
It's a Nic week, and we have a special DVD treat. Not only are we watching a stand-up special, not a cinematic film, but also the ding dang DVD scratched! How will your intrepid hosts deal with physical media malfunction? What does Hannah think of this form of entertainment? How much of Nic's personality formed by Mike Birbiglia? These questions and more in this week's episode.
September 14, 2020
Episode 49: The Mummy
UHH! It's Hannah's week so you know we're getting that good genre action you crave. The Mummy! It's the Brendan Fraser bop that you cannot stop. What weird thing is Nic going to want to eat off an old man this week? Will your hosts solve racism in Hollywood? Can you tell there is a new editor now? Answers to all of these questions and more lay inside the crypt of the Shelf!
September 7, 2020
Episode 48: The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Slappin' tracks, streaming tears, and Emma Watson. This week Nic and Hannah watched The Perks of Being a Wallflower.  Content Warning: This episode contains discussions of mental illness, suicide, sexual and intimate partner violence, homophobia, child abuse, and drug abuse.
August 31, 2020
Episode 47: Minority Report
This week, Nic and Hannah get ready to RUUUUUUUUUUN! Fathers and sons, eyeballs and snot, plants and implants, murder and jet packs...they watched Minority Report.
August 24, 2020
Episode 46: The Rage in Placid Lake
Nic and Hannah are here for a movement. A film movement. If you can stand bad and compulsive impressions of Australian accents, then you'll love this week's episode, The Rage in Placid Lake. Content Warning: This episode contains discussions of bullying, suicide, and sexual assault.
August 17, 2020
Episode 45: A Midsummer Night's Dream
Join Nic and Hannah for a midsummer night of merriment and mischief in Michael Hoffman's 1999 film adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream.
August 10, 2020
Episode 44: The Royal Tenenbaums
Our third Billy Murray, our second Wes Anderson, and our second Criterion Collection! This week, Nic and Hannah watched the delightful, the haunting, the actually really good movie, The Royal Tenenbaums. 
August 3, 2020
Episode 43: The Matrix
Hannah and Nic lose touch with reality this week 'cause they watched The Wachowski's The Matrix.
July 27, 2020
Episode 42: Lost in Translation
This week, Nic and Hannah journey to Tokyo and don't look at any butts in Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translation.
July 20, 2020
Episode 41: Léon: The Professional (Meet Joe Black)
Tricked ya! This week Nic and Hannah watched the three-hour-long, fantasy, romance, business espionage, dramedy--- Meet Joe Black.
July 13, 2020
Episode 40: Rushmore
This week, Nic and Hannah watched the father of all precocious, coming-of-age teenage boy stories--- Wes Anderson's Rushmore. 
July 6, 2020
Episode 39: The Land Before Time
Grab your tissues and your tree stars. This week, Nic and Hannah delve into the epic, the tragic, the beautiful, The Land Before Time. 
June 29, 2020
Episode 38: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
We are Nic and Hannah! This week! WE ARE READY TO ROCK! And watch Scott Pilgrim vs. the World! ONE TWO THREE FOUR!
June 22, 2020
Episode 37: Ladyhawke
The lady is a bird! The man is a wolf! Join Nic, Hannah, Mathew Broderick, Michelle Pfeiffer, Rutger Hauer, some horses, some wolves, and a bird, in the 80's fantasy epic, Ladyhawke!
June 15, 2020
Episode 36: The Spectacular Now
Nic and Hannah watch the natural, down-to-earth, totally REAL REAL coming-of-age teen drama, The Spectacular Now.
June 8, 2020
Episode 35: Junebug
Welcome to June! This week, Nic and Hannah travel down south to discuss Junebug. 
June 1, 2020
Episode 34: Kiki's Delivery Service
Prepare to be delighted! This week, Nic and Hannah discuss Miyazaki's enchanting film, KiKi's Delivery Service. 
May 25, 2020
Episode 33: Jaws
bum. bum bum. bum BUM. BUM BUM BUM BUM BUM BUM BUM BUM BUM BUM! Want to take your mind of the state of the world? Too bad! This week, Nic and Hannah watched Jaws. 
May 18, 2020
Episode 32: It's Kind of a Funny Story
This week, Nic and Hannah discuss Zach Galifianakis' blockbuster hit, It's kind of a Funny Story.  Content warning: This episode contains discussions of depression, suicide, and self harm. To avoid listening to a first hand account, you can skip the episode from 12:23 to 22:30. If you or someone you know needs help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255
May 11, 2020
Episode 31: The Snowman
Do you want to build a snowman? Then join Nic and Hannah as they contemplate the Christmas animated short--- Raymond Briggs' The Snowman. 
May 4, 2020
Episode 30: In the Mood for Love
Criterion! Collection! This week, Nic and Hannah watched Wong Kar-wai's seminal film: In the Mood for Love. 
April 27, 2020
Episode 29: (Disney's) Into the Woods
Do you love Sondheim? Do you love fairy tales? Too bad! This week, Nic and Hannah discuss Disney's adaptation of Into the Woods.
April 20, 2020
Episode 28: High Fidelity
This week, Nic and Hannah grapple with the pop culture juggernaut that is the 2000 classic--- High Fidelity. 
April 13, 2020
Episode 27: Uncle Buck
Oh hi! Nic and Hannah are back baby! Season 2 is here, and it begins with John Hughes' Uncle Buck, a comforting John Candy film when we all need more than a little comfort. Uncle Buck IS our dad and we DO love him.
April 6, 2020
Episode 26: Hereditary
Welcome to The Shelf's season one finale! This week, Nic and Hannah descend into madness with Ari Aster's horror hit, Hereditary. If you are strong of spirit and pure of heart, join them. If you want. No pressure. Seriously it is such a long episode. Content Warning: This episode discusses topics of trauma, mental illness, suicide, and violence.  To read more from Sasha Geffen, you can find their article here: "Trans Horror Stories and Society's Fear of the Transmasculine Body" You can find Willow Maclay and Caden Gardner's blog here: "Body Talk: Conversations on Transgender Cinema"
December 22, 2019
Episode 25: Her
This week, Nic and Hannah watched Spike Jonze's academy-award-winning-cinematic-film-of-the-cinema, Her. Join them as they discuss lighting, color, costumes, set designs, scores, emotions, themes, and Jackass. But seriously it's a good film and a good podcast, so listen!
December 8, 2019
Episode 24: Wizard People, Dear Reader (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone)
Welcome to this week's very special episode! A physical media experience like no other! Nic and Hannah watched Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone IN SYNC with Brad Neely's magnificent audio track companion, Wizard People, Dear Reader. Join your friends as they discuss their relationship to the Destroyer of Worlds--- Harry Potter, do bad impressions of funny people, and wax nostalgia over Wizard Rock and Puppet Pals. 
November 24, 2019
Episode 23: The Trotsky
Are you part of the proletariat class? Are you tired of the bourgeoisie pigs keeping you down? Are you ready to start a revolution? Then join Nic and Hannah this week as they watch the film The Trotsky, and learn everything you didn't (or did) already know about the Marxists theorist and Soviet revolutionary--- Leon Trotsky. 
November 10, 2019
Episode 22: Hamlet 2
Where do dreams go to die? Tucson, Arizona! This week, Nic and Hannah watched the Steve Coogan comedy Hamlet 2, an "inspirational teacher movie" parody that's cuckoo-bananas fun for the whole family! 
October 27, 2019
Episode 21: The Go-Getter
It's football Sunday! And what better way to celebrate than by watching the romantic, melancholy, indie film The Go-Getter?! Nic and Hannah come along for the ride with Mercer, a sad sweet boy on a meandering road trip, as he copes with loss and finds unexpected love. 
October 13, 2019
Episode 20: Galaxy Quest
This week, Nic and Hannah watched the beloved, meta, sci-fi movie adventure Galaxy Quest! Help them figure out, is Patrick Stewart the same as Spock? Can Sigourney Weaver rap? And how cute is Giles' haircut? 
September 29, 2019
Episode 19: Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Guess who discovered the censor button!?!?!? While having some fun with new editing developments, Nic and Hannah discuss the seminal 1980's high school comedy Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Does this movie hold up? Is it cool to be a method actor? Does everyone think this movie is that movie where Matthew McConaughey says that thing he says? What's the deal with smoking in movie theaters? Find out the answers to these questions and more on this episode of the Shelf!
September 15, 2019
Episode 18: Fantastic Planet
Join Nic and Hannah as the explore the savage alien world of Ygaam on this weeks episode of the Shelf. They watched Hannah's DVD, Fantastic Planet. Together they discuss the strange nature of dressing pets like people, the strength of allegory, psychedelic French rock, and weird statues.
September 1, 2019
Episode 17: Easy A
Remember high school? Oh, you blocked it out? Yeah, we did too. So what if that time but fuuuunnnnn?! Join Nic and Hannah as they discuss the light-hearted (?) adaptation of Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter--- Easy A.
August 18, 2019
Episode 16: Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog
OMG ya'll! Our very first musical! Hooray! Join Nic and Hannah as they discuss the-little-musical-that-could, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog.
August 4, 2019
Episode 15: The Way, Way Back
Does Hannah like waterparks? Has Nic been to a Beach House? How good are Toni Collette and Allison Janney? Find the answers to these questions and more this week on the Shelf. Nic and Hannah watch and review Nic's DVD, The Way, Way Back.
July 21, 2019
Episode 14: Darkon
It's the exciting world of Live Action Role-Play! Join us as we review our first (and only?) documentary. 
July 7, 2019
Episode 13: Charlie Bartlett
Join Nic and Hannah as they explore deep psychoanalysis in a bathroom stall. What's the deal with student lounges? Our specialist special feature yet? Do you miss laserdisc? I never had one, but I like the idea.
June 23, 2019
Episode 12: Vanilla Sky
You've seen Inception. You've seen Jerry Maguire. What if there was a movie like those, but BETTER?!  Join Nic and Hannah as they swim through the ether of deep thoughts in the darkness of night and emerge from the objectively best dream-within-a-dream film of all time: Vanilla Sky. 
June 9, 2019
Episode 11: The Campaign
Do you like comedy?! Do you like politics?! Then join as as we review The Campaign...looking for both, and finding neither. 
May 26, 2019
Episode 10: The Cabin in the Woods
Be be scared! Nic and Hannah delve into the horrors of Horror in this week's film: The Cabin in the Woods. So many spooky happenings! Like watching a darkly lit film in the middle of the day! Not getting to the plot of the film for two hours! And does Hannah have a knife?! 
May 12, 2019
Episode 9: Brick
Join Nic and Hannah as they get to the bottom of a mystery in this week's episode: Brick. What mystery, there are so many? How big is Joseph Gordon Levitt's IMdB? What does a noir voice sound like? What's up with Giles this week? Where does Brick rank on the Shelf? For answers to all of these questions and more, tune in!
April 28, 2019
Episode 8: Beetlejuice
This week, the JUICE is on the LOOSE. Join Nic and Hannah as they review a classic.
April 14, 2019
Episode 7: Wristcutters: A Love Story
Join Nic and Hannah as they take a roadtrip through the desert of depression in this week's movie Wristcutters: A Love Story. Enjoy as Nic executes a flawless Tom Waits impression, Hannah is doubtful, and Giles will not stop talking. Also discussed: Patrick Fugit, hoodie/jean/sundress combos, and vampires who hate women. Content Warning for this episode: this is a movie about suicide, and depression and suicide are discussed.
March 31, 2019
Episode 6: Batman Begins
Nic and Hannah delve into The Dark Knigh....eerr, we mean Batman Begins. Did you know that bats are scary, and an element, and also a MAN? Join us this week as fathers and sons make Nic cry, Hannah cracks the thematic code, and still has a cold. 
March 17, 2019
Episode 5: Assassination of a High School President
This week, Nic and Hannah discuss Assassination of a High School President. Boobies, beepos, and farts, oh my!
March 5, 2019
Episode 4: Waitress
Hannah and Nic discuss pie, domestic violence, the origins of Nathan Fillion, and pie. Join them as they finally watch a movie they both like.
February 18, 2019
Episode 3: The Art of Getting By
What's the point of life...when we're all gonna die? Join us this week as we review Nic's DVD, The Art of Getting By.
February 3, 2019
Episode 2: Amélie
Hannah and Nic review their next DVD, Amélie. Amélie is mischievous, Nic is dubious, and Hannah cries a lot? Help your hosts solve the mystery of whether this flic is a quirky romcom, or a horror film examining the machinations of a psychopath. 
January 20, 2019
Episode 1: Almost Famous
In our very first episode, we explore the first DVD on our collective shelf. This week, Nic and Hannah unpack “Almost Famous.”
January 8, 2019