A Post-'Downton Abbey' Survival Kit

March 9, 2016

The final episode of Downton Abbey aired this past Sunday evening, and now that we’ve reached Day 3 in this strange, post-Downton world, it’s likely that even casual fans have started suffering symptoms of withdrawal.  Do not panic, dear Downton lovers.  You see, we’ve assembled a Post-Downton Abbey Survival Kit featuring Downton-related documentaries, BBC shows, […]


Women's History Month: May Wood Simons

March 7, 2016

Women’s History Month is here, and the celebration is in full swing.  Not only is tomorrow International Women’s Day, but here on Off the Shelf we’re spending March highlighting the most influential women in history as chosen by you.  First up is May Wood Simons.  An Evanston resident who helped start tomorrow’s holiday, she was […]


Happy National Grammar Day!

March 4, 2016

You’ve had your decorations up for weeks, and now the big day is finally here.  That’s right, it’s National Grammar Day, and tonight spell checkers and proofreaders from coast to coast will be celebrating into the wee hours.  In honor of this momentous day, we asked a few EPL regulars the following: What is your […]


Happy Women's History Month!

March 1, 2016

Today begins Women’s History Month, and we want you to help us celebrate here on Off the Shelf.  We’d like to know who you think is one of the most influential women in history and why it’s important for people to know about her.  She can be from ancient history, recent history, or modern times.  […]


EPL's Oscar Picks 2016: Best Picture

February 28, 2016

We’re almost there.  We’ve got one final EPL Oscar to award, and it’s the big one.  The one for all the marbles, all the bragging rights, and all the EPL glory.  Ladies and gentlemen, without further ado, please allow us to present the EPL Oscar for Best Picture. The Nominees Are… Bridge of Spies “I […]


EPL's Oscar Picks 2016: Best Director

February 28, 2016

Tonight is the night for the “official” Academy Awards, but before the red carpet comes alive, we have some business to finish.  EPL Oscar business.  So, please mute E! and allow us to present our award for Best Director. The Nominees Are… Adam McKay, The Big Short “I’d give Adam McKay the prize for the […]


EPL's Oscar Picks 2016: Best Actress

February 27, 2016

We’ve reached the midpoint of our EPL Oscars extravaganza and now is a perfect time for a brief intermission.  Stretch your legs, grab a beverage, and then hurry back.  Next up, we have the award for Best Actress. The Nominees Are… Cate Blanchett, Carol “Cate Blanchett was just plain stellar in a stellar film that […]


EPL's Oscar Picks 2016: Best Actor

February 26, 2016

Best Supporting Actor?  Check.  Best Supporting Actress?  Check.  Now, ladies and gentlemen, please allow us to present the EPL Oscar for Best Actor. The Nominees Are… Bryan Cranston, Trumbo “Bryan Cranston brought Trumbo to life for me.  Although I had known the topline events, I didn’t know all the details that make a story and […]


EPL's Oscar Picks 2016: Best Supporting Actress

February 25, 2016

Yesterday we announced the EPL Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, and now it’s the ladies’ turn.  Here is the award for Best Supporting Actress. The Nominees Are… Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight “I don’t think she’s ever won or even been nominated.  She’s a veteran who’s been on the back burner of our collective […]


EPL's Oscar Picks 2016: Best Supporting Actor

February 24, 2016

This Sunday the “official” Oscars will be presented at the 88th Academy Awards, but here on Off the Shelf, it’s time to unveil the winners of an honor arguably equal in prestige.  That’s right, Evanston movie buffs.  You’ve cast your ballots and beginning tonight, we’ll be announcing the 2016 winners of the EPL Oscars.  First […]


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