Category Archives: Shelf of Shame

Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 120 – The Fast Eddie Felson Movies (Shelf of Shame)

Ben Stark had some time to knock a few classics off of his Shelf of Shame and recruited Franco Asmaeil to help him discuss Robert Rossen’s The Hustler and Martin Scorsese’s The Color of Money, which tell the story of pool shark Fast Eddie Felson, possibly Paul Newman’s greatest on-screen character. Share your thoughts with us on the Film Nerds Facebook page! Please be sure to subscribe […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 116 – The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (Shelf of Shame)

Craig Hamilton and Morgan Gargis get together to discuss a classic film that sat on both of their Shelves of Shame: John Ford’s The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, the 1962 Western that is legendary for a number of reasons, including its all-star pairing of John Wayne and Jimmy Stewart. Did the guys like it as much as they SHOULD have? […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 45 – On the Waterfront (Spoilers)

Ben Stark continues his journey through his 2015 Shelf of Shame with Elia Kazan’s classic, On the Waterfront. Tune in as he discusses the film with Craig Hamilton. Topics covered include the film’s legendary performance(s), Leonard Bernstein’s score, the movie’s Oscar scorecard, and other notable Kazan works. Make sure to subscribe to our brand new podcast on iTunes or listen in […]

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Ben Stark’s Shelf of Shame 2015

Thanks to a new baby and a film project, it’s already been a busy year for me. This post is several months late, but the shame of having not seen certain cinematic classics is too great not to attempt to quell. Here are the titles I vow to see in 2015.   January – The Jerk February – Groundhog Day March […]

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Shelf of Shame: Comedy Edition – Withnail & I (1987)

Shelf of Shame Comedy

WITHNAIL & I (1987) Bruce Robinson’s crudely shot but deeply personal meditation on friendship and alcoholism follows a pair of unemployed actors living in squalor and taking an impromptu trip to the English countryside to continue an ongoing avoidance of any actual responsibility. Richard E. Grant (in his film debut) stars as the troubled and self-absorbed Withnail with an at-first […]

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Shelf of Shame 2014 – Ben Stark

In 2013, I watched 12 “classic” films that I hadn’t ever seen before. It worked out well, and I’m doing it again in 2014! Here are the final 12 films I’ll be watching. Friends from Film Nerds, Aspect Radio,  and the Hollywood Gauntlet and Fabisch Factor facebook groups voted and helped me whittle down the list to just 12. Needless […]

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Shelf of Shame: Comedy Edition – Midnight Run (1988)

MIDNIGHT RUN (1988) Martin Brest’s road action/comedy marks the first essential film in this 10-part comedy series thanks to a deft script loaded with memorable action and dialogue delivered by pros in their absolute primes. Robert De Niro obviously still had about a decade of brilliant work in him, this on the cusp of “Goodfellas” and “Awakenings.” As no-nonsense, world-weary […]

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Ben Stark’s Shelf of Shame, Revisited

In September, I sacrificed my pride on the Film Nerds alter, confessing that I had not seen five highly regarded cinematic classics. Per the Matt Scalici edict for the Shelf of Shame, I was to give myself six months to watch these “blind spots” and, thinking a challenge was what I needed to conquer a few monsters, gave myself quite […]

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The Shelf of Shame – Benjamin Stark

We’re trying something new here on FilmNerds, something that promises to be both humiliating to our writing staff as well as (hopefully) enlightening for our readers. We call it The Shelf of Shame. In each installment, one of our FilmNerds contributors will reveal five indisputable classic titles that for some inexplicable reason they have not yet seen. In an attempt […]

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