Off My Shelf

Off My Shelf

Off My Shelf is a podcast hosted by pop culture fanatic Tracey James who created it out of her love of visual tales and the curiosity of her friends. Every other week she sits down with a guest to have a conversation using the films and TV shows in her DVD collection as a catalyst. Her collection spans genres, styles, and time periods allowing for a myriad of topics to be discussed. Join her on the alphabetical cinematic journey as she may talk about some of your favourites or uncover some hidden gems. Next Episode - June 27 - Magnolia and Mallrats

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June 14, 2022 106 min

In this episode Austin Wong is here to talk about 2 comedies about animals in the wild with Madagascar and Mean Girls.

Madagascar
Release: 2005
Director: Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath
Stars: Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sacha Baron Cohen, Cedric the Entertainer

Mean Girls
Release: 2004
Director: Mark Waters
Stars: Lindsay Lohan, Jonathan Bennett, Rachel McAdams, Tina Fey, Tim Meadows, Amy Poehler

Whe...

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In this episode Sean Archer joins me to talk about 2 films that have nothing in common with Lucky Number Slevin and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.

Lucky Number Slevin
Release: 2006
Director: Paul McGuigan
Stars: Josh Hartnett, Ben Kingsley, Morgan Freeman, Lucy Liu, Bruce Willis

Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome
Release: 1985
Director: George Miller, George Ogilvie
Stars: Mel Gibson, Tina Turner, Bruce Spence

Face-palm

Hoses and donke...

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In this episode Josh Ratcliffe joins me in talking about 2 moody films from the early 2000s with Lord of War and Lost in Translation.

Lord Of War
Release: 2005
Director: Andrew Niccol
Stars: Nicholas Cage, Jared Leto, Ethan Hawke, Ian Holm

Lost in Translation
Release: 2003
Director: Sofia Coppola
Stars: Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Giovanni Ribisi, Anna Faris

Jet – The Band

They are an Australian band that formed in 2001....

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In this episode I have 3 guests, Alix Cook, Jessica Lutzer, and Tim McLennan, who are here to talk about the 3 year epic that really only takes 13 months, Lord of the Rings.

Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring
Release: 2001
Director: Peter Jackson
Stars: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Sean Astin, Viggo Mortensen, Christopher Lee, John Rhys-Davies, Liv Tyler

Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Release: 2002
Director:...

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In this episode Shayna Fine Joins me in talking about a murderous sing plant and a poker game gone wrong with Little Shop of Horrors and Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels.

Little Shop of Horrors
Release: 1986
Director: Frank Oz
Stars: Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Vincent Gardenia, Steve Martin

Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels
Release: 1998
Director: Guy Richie
Stars: Jason Flemyng, Dexter Fletcher, Nick Moran, Jason Statham, ...

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In this episode Emma Yim joins me in talking about young women finding their place in the world with Little Miss Sunshine and A Little Princess

Little Miss Sunshine
Release: 2006
Director: Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris
Stars: Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Greg Kinnear, Abigail Breslin, Paul Dano, Alan Arkin

A Little Princess
Release: 1995
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
Stars: Liesel Matthews, Eleanor Bron, Liam Cunningham

War

W...

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In this episode Jamie Cochrane joins me in talking about 2 movies with proper names in the title, highly stylized, and released in December 2004 . These movies have a lot in common… Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.

Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events
Release: 2004
Director: Brad Silberling
Stars: Jim Carrey, Jude Law, Meryl Streep, Emily Browning, Liam Aiken

The ...

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For this episode Sarah Behl joined me in talking about 2 Tom Cruise films from vastly different points in his career with The Last Samurai and Legend.

The Last Samurai
Release: 2003
Director: Edward Zwick
Stars: Tom Cruise, Ken Watanabe, Billy Connolly

Legend
Release: 1985
Director: Ridley Scott
Stars: Tom Cruise, Mia Sara, Tim Curry

List of Fantasy films like Legend

Dragon Slayer (1981) – https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082288...

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February 21, 2022 179 min

In this first episode of 2022 we start on the letter L as Brendan Crates joins me in talking about 2 movies that would never be made now with Labyrinth and The Ladies Man

Labyrinth
Release: 1986
Director: Jim Henson
Stars: David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly, Toby Froud

The Ladies Man
Release: 2000
Director: Reginald Hudlin
Stars: Tim Meadows, Karyn Parsons, Billy Dee Williams, Will Ferrell

Venture Brothers Evil Organization

So th...

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It’s the fourth annual Off My Shelf Holiday Extravaganza!

For the holiday season I have gathered a carefree caboodle of cacophonous characters to converse about cheery chicanery,

This year we actually ARE talking about movies off my shelf. The only 2 legit holiday movies that I own with Love Actually and The Nightmare Before Christmas.

My guests are Alix Cook, Jessica Lutzer, Mike Linington, Sean Archer, Leah Erbe, Mike Su...

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November 29, 2021 123 min

In this episode Shayna Fine joins me in about 2 movies that have nothing to do with each other, Kill Switch and Knocked up.

Kill Switch
Release: 2008
Director: Jeff King
Stars: Steven Seagal, Isaac Hayes, Holly Elissa

Knocked Up
Release: 2007
Director:
Stars: Seth Rogen, Katherine Heigl, Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Jason Segal, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel,

Becoming a Cop

In the US, the criteria is having a Highschool Diploma/GED, c...

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November 16, 2021 202 min

In this episode Josh Ratcliffe joined me to talk more about Tarantino’s obsession with feet with Kill Bill volume 1 and 2.

Kill Bill Volume 1
Release: 2003
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Stars: Uma Thurman, David Carradine, Daryl Hannah, Vivica A. Fox, Lucy Liu, Michael Madsen, Sonny Chiba

Kill Bill Volume 2
Release: 2004
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Stars: Uma Thurman, David Carradine, Daryl Hannah, Michael Madsen,

The Vehicles of ...

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November 2, 2021 134 min

In this episode Jamie Cochrane joined me to talk chaos theory and dinosaurs with Jurassic Park!

Jurassic Park
Release: 1993
Director: Steven Spielberg
Stars: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough, Samuel L Jackson, Wayne Knight

Jurassic Park: The Lost World
Release: 1997
Director: Steven Spielberg
Stars: Jeff Goldblum, Julianne Moore, Vince Vaughn, Peter Stormare,

Jurassic Park III
Release: 2001
Director: Joe ...

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In this episode Adam Upper joined me to talk Kevin Smith and Keanu Reeves with Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and Johnny Mnemonic.

Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
Release: 2001
Director: Kevin Smith
Stars: Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes, Shannon Elizabeth, Eliza Dushku, Will Ferrell, Ben Affleck

Johnny Mnemonic
Release: 1995
Director: Robert Longo
Stars: Keanu Reeves, Ice-T, Dina Meyer, Dolph Lundgren, Udo Kier, Henry Rollins

Movies to...

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In this episode Sean Archer joined me in talking cheesy 80s horror and a 90s interpretation of a sploitation film with Invaders from Mars and Jackie Brown

Invaders from Mars
Release: 1986
Director: Tobe Hooper
Stars: Karen Black, Hunter Carson, Timothy Bottoms, Laraine Newman

Jackie Brown
Release: 1997
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Stars: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster, Robert De Niro, Michael Keaton,
Bridget Fonda, Chri...

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In this episode Alix Cook joined me to talk 2 very different movies about…Family? with The Incredibles and Interview with the Vampire

The Incredibles
Release: 2004
Director: Brad Bird
Stars: Craig T. Nelson, Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee, Elizabeth Peña

Interview with the Vampire
Release: 1994
Director: Neil Jordan
Stars: Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Kirsten Dunst, Antonio Banderas, Christian Slater

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In this episode Sarah Behl joins me in talking about brooding upper class white Americans who like to make problems for themselves with The Ice Storm and Igby Goes Down.

Ice Storm
Release: 1997
Director: Ang Lee
Stars: Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Tobey Maguire, Christina Ricci, Elijah Wood

Igby Goes Down
Release: 2002
Director: Burr Steers
Stars: Kieran Culkin, Susan Sarandon, Jeff Goldblum, Claire Danes, Ryan Philli...

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 In this episode Leah Erbe joins me to talk about 2 quirky films, Hudson Hawk and I Heart Huckabees

Hudson Hawk
Release: 1991
Director: Michael Lehmann
Stars: Bruce Willis, Danny Aiello, Andie MacDowell, Richard E. Grant, Sandra Bernhard, James Coburn, David Caruso

I Heart Huckabees
Release: 2004
Director: David O. Russell
Stars: Jason Schwartzman, Jude Law, Lily Tomlin, Mark Wahlberg, Naomi Watts, Dustin Hoffman

Richard E Grant...

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In this episode Josh Ratcliffe joined me to chat about a compulsive list maker and a hilarious homage to the action film, with High Fidelity and Hot Fuzz. We talk music b

High Fidelity
Release: 2000
Director: Stephen Frears
Stars: John Cusack, Jack Black, Lisa Bonnet, Catherine Zeta-Jones

Hot Fuzz
Release: 2007
Director: Edgar Wright
Stars: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Timothy Dalton,

Jack Black With a Sax-a-boom

Jack Black is wh...

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 In this episode Alix Cook and Austin Wong joined me in talking about 2 films that have had recent reincarnations Heathers and Hellboy(2004)

Heathers
Release: 1989
Director: Michael Lehmann
Stars: Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, Shannen Doherty

Hellboy
Release: 2004
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Stars: Ron Perlman, Doug Jones, Selma Blair, Rupert Evans, John Hurt

Reincarnations

Heathers – 2018 10 episode TV series that updated...

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