Sasha James

Sasha writes about film, television, and theatre for That Shelf. She can also be found on her website,, and on Twitter (@ThatSashaJames) live-tweeting whatever BBC production is on her television.

Articles by Sasha James:

  • Spirited Away: The Films of Studio Ghibli - Featured
    December 10, 2013

    A Beginner’s Guide to Studio Ghibli

    With the return of TIFF’s retrospective of the works of Studio Ghibli returning to the Lightbox starting this Thursday (and running to January 3rd), lets look back at our Beginner’s Guide to the works of possibly the best animation studio operating today.

  • May 22, 2012

    Girls Episode 1.6 Recap

    Following a successful trip to New York, herself, Sasha James returns to give us a rundown of the 6th episode of HBO’s Girls, this time with producer Judd Apatow at the helm, the action taking place in Michigan, and with a lot more Goo Goo Dolls.

  • May 7, 2012

    Girls Episode 1.4 Recap

    After a week away, Sasha James returns to give us our weekly re-cap of HBO’s Girls, the show that took four episodes to get around to mentioning brunch.

  • April 23, 2012

    Girls Episode 1.2 Review

    Sasha James returns for a recap of the second episode of HBO’s Girls, the show that no matter if you love it or hate it, looks like it’s staying around for a while.

  • April 17, 2012

    Girls Episode 1.1 Review

    Sasha James takes us through the debut episode of HBO’s Girls. You might have heard of this one.

  • Sing-a-long-a Grease - Featured
    February 24, 2012

    Sing-a-long-a Grease Preview

    Grease, the highest grossing movie-musical of all time, is back on the big screen this February 24-26th at TIFF Bell Lightbox for four “Sing-a-long-a” screenings hosted by comedian Shawn Hitchins.

  • Addams Family Musical - Featured
    November 19, 2011

    The Addams Family Musical Review

    The Addams Family musical, now in its second year on Broadway, is based on the artwork of cartoonist Charles Addams and the popular film and television productions that followed. The comedy musical pushes our favourite gothic family into new territory — into genuine, unironic happiness. Happiness that was not achieved through decapitation, poisoning or the like. It’s kind of weird.

  • Doctor Who Episode 6.8 - Let's Kill Hitler
    September 1, 2011

    Doctor Who Episode 6.8 Recap

    The last time we heard from our favourite Gallifreyan and his time-traveling companions, Amy Pond had given birth to a baby girl named Melody. She and her baby had been held against their will by the Clerics, an organization led by Madame Kovarian intent on using Melody as a weapon. Ten thousand light-years away, the Doctor and the Last Centurion assembled an army to recover the female Ponds. Unfortunately, nothing went to plan and a lot of people died.

  • June 7, 2011

    Doctor Who Episode 6.7 Review

    Spoiler Warning: “The Rebel Flesh” (6.5) and “The Almost People” (6.6). Also, I wouldn’t read any further into this post unless you’ve watched the entirety of “A Good Man Goes To War” (6.7) right to the very end. I mean to the last second. You’ve been warned, alright? Spoilers.

  • May 31, 2011

    Doctor Who Episode 6.5/6.6 Review

    I knew going into “The Rebel Flesh” and “The Almost People” that I wasn’t going to like these episodes at all. After watching the trailer for this two-parter, the episodes immediately felt like the dismal Silurian two-parter in Series Five – “Cold Blood” and “The Hungry Earth”. Both two-installment stories deal with representations of humanity and a war between humans and their human-like counterparts (now enemies).

  • May 19, 2011

    Doctor Who Episode 6.4 Review

    This is the episode that Whovians have been waiting 47 years for, but just didn’t know it. With a woman-turned-TARDIS, companions running through actual TARDIS corridors and Neil Gaiman on board, it would be very hard to go wrong. There is no doubt that “The Doctor’s Wife” will go down as one of the most iconic episodes within both Series Six and the decades-spanning television series Doctor Who as a whole.

  • Doctor Who - 6.3 - Curse of the Black Spot
    May 14, 2011

    Doctor Who Episode 6.3 Review

    The Doctor, Amy and Rory have decided to go on adventures after three months of fighting The Silents. Their first stop is a pirate ship manned by one Captain Avery. Avery and his fellow pirates are being picked off one by one by a siren who can smell even the smallest drop of blood. Episodes immediately following the premiere episode are least spectacular episodes of each series. They are often self-contained stories that are lighter in theme that usually go back in time rather than forward. Series Six’s “Curse of the Black Spot” follows in this same vein, but thankfully for Doctor Who audiences,”Curse of the Black Spot” blows the previously mentioned episodes out of the water.

  • Doctor Who - 6.2 - Day of the Moon - Featured
    May 7, 2011

    Doctor Who Episode 6.2 Review

    As I said in my review, the first episode of Doctor Who Series Six —”The Impossible Astronaut” — was filled with elaborate narrative arcs and characters on the brink of disaster. The second part to this two-parter serial — “Day of the Moon” — does nothing in the way of answering questions or alleviating any of the tension introduced in the previous episode.

  • THOR - Tom Hiddleston & Chris Hemsworth - Featured
    May 4, 2011

    Thor Review

    I should preface this review with one caveat: I’ve never read or watched — or heard of Thor at all, really — before seeing the film. As you can probably guess from the preceding sentence, I don’t even know what format of text or media from which its story originates. Colour me uneducated and largely incurious. Instead of attempting to hide this gaping hole in my nerd credentials, I’m sure that highlighting my lack of Thor knowledge will make for a pretty interesting review.

  • Doctor Who - Matt Smith - Featured
    April 21, 2011

    Doctor Who Episode 6.1 Review

    In the previous series, Steven Moffat hit the ground running, creating one of the most entertaining collections of episodes in Doctor Who history. With the eleventh incarnation of The Doctor garnering an impressive amount of critical praise and fan approval, its understandable that Moffat’s sophomore effort is one of the most highly-anticipated television shows of the year.