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127 minutes | Oct 19, 2020
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.
89 minutes | Oct 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.
82 minutes | Oct 5, 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.
64 minutes | Sep 28, 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
107 minutes | Sep 21, 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.
54 minutes | Sep 14, 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.
87 minutes | Sep 7, 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!
127 minutes | Aug 31, 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.
105 minutes | Aug 24, 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.
73 minutes | Aug 17, 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.
94 minutes | Aug 10, 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.
109 minutes | Aug 3, 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.
95 minutes | Jul 27, 2020
Episode 43: The Matrix
Hannah and Nic lose touch with reality this week 'cause they watched The Wachowski's The Matrix.
101 minutes | Jul 20, 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.
89 minutes | Jul 13, 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.
87 minutes | Jul 6, 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.
70 minutes | Jun 29, 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.
94 minutes | Jun 22, 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!
79 minutes | Jun 15, 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!
68 minutes | Jun 8, 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.
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