Unspooled

41 EpisodesProduced by Earwolf, Paul Scheer & Amy Nicholson

Paul Scheer is a lifelong movie buff, but he's never seen many of the all time greats. On Unspooled, his team-up with film critic Amy Nicholson, he's remedying that by watching the AFI's top 100 movies of all time, to find out what makes classics like Citizen Kane and Taxi Driver so special. Paul & … read more

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Best of 2018: Critics’ Picks

February 14th, 2019

1:38:17

Amy & Paul continue their review of 2018 in film with a look back at last year's most critically acclaimed films! They praise Nicholas Cage's …

Best Of 2018: Blockbusters

February 7th, 2019

1:35:39

Paul & Amy travel to the distant era of 2018, with a look back at last year's 20 biggest movies! They cover everything from Bohemian Rhapsody to …

One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest

January 31st, 2019

1:29:10

Paul & Amy fly over 1975's countercultural touchstone One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest! They discuss how the film strays from Ken Kesey's novel, …

Sunset Boulevard

January 24th, 2019

1:37:14

Paul & Amy drive down to 1950's Hollywood house of horrors Sunset Boulevard! They ask if Joe Gillis is a reliable narrator, praise Gloria …

The Last Picture Show

January 17th, 2019

1:38:35

Amy & Paul travel deep into the heart of 1971's Texan coming-of-age story The Last Picture Show! They ask who the film's true protagonist is, …

Unforgiven

January 10th, 2019

1:28:54

Amy & Paul saddle up for Clint Eastwood's revisionist 1992 Western Unforgiven! They ask if Gene Hackman is truly the villain of the piece, put …

The Searchers

January 3rd, 2019

1:20:52

This week Paul & Amy ride deep into Texas for The Searchers! They discuss the complicated legacy of John Wayne, place the film in the context of …

In The Heat Of The Night

December 27th, 2018

1:31:38

Amy & Paul take a trip down South for 1967's racially charged police thriller "In The Heat Of The Night!" They celebrate the excellent …

It’s A Wonderful Life

December 20th, 2018

1:31:29

Paul & Amy earn their wings with 1946’s Jimmy Stewart holiday fable “It’s A Wonderful Life!” They wonder if Mary is actually a witch, explain why …

Schindler’s List

December 13th, 2018

1:32:46

This week Paul & Amy take a close look at Steven Spielberg's unflinching Holocaust drama "Schindler's List." They discuss the filmmaking …

Rocky

December 6th, 2018

1:31:51

Paul & Amy go the distance for Sylvester Stallone's 1976 pugilistic parable Rocky! They play a stunning clip of Stallone talking to himself, …

A Clockwork Orange

November 29th, 2018

1:06:00

Amy & Paul undergo the Ludovico technique to watch Stanley Kubrick's dark dystopia A Clockwork Orange! They explain the history of the famous …

Sophie’s Choice

November 22nd, 2018

1:23:54

This week Paul & Amy travel back to 1982's love triangle / Holocaust drama Sophie's Choice! They ask whether Stingo is supposed to be an actual …

Mr. Smith Goes To Washington

November 15th, 2018

1:24:28

Amy and Paul filibuster through Frank Capra's 1939 political fable Mr. Smith Goes To Washington! They learn about Jean Arthur's initial impressions …

Listener Questions Special

November 8th, 2018

58:26

In this week's special episode, Paul & Amy are answering all of your questions, submitted by Unspooled's Facebook group! They reminisce about the …

Duck Soup

November 1st, 2018

1:18:32

This week Amy & Paul hail the Marx Brothers' 1933 madcap comedy Duck Soup! They ask whether this is the first great comedy of the talkie era, …

The African Queen

October 25th, 2018

1:09:46

Paul & Amy set sail through 1951’s Katharine Hepburn & Humphrey Bogart adventure The African Queen! They ask whether the central romance is …

Raiders Of The Lost Ark

October 18th, 2018

1:25:28

This week Amy and Paul uncover 1981's rollicking Indiana Jones adventure Raiders Of The Lost Ark! They ask if Indy is actually a good archeologist, …

Psycho

October 11th, 2018

1:19:53

Paul & Amy pull off the highway for a short stay at 1960's proto-slasher masterwork Psycho. They dissect Alfred Hitchcock's artful use of …

The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring

October 4th, 2018

1:23:16

Amy & Paul embark on an epic quest through Peter Jackson's 2001 fantasy adaptation The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring! They praise …

Apocalypse Now

September 27th, 2018

1:25:10

Paul & Amy plunge into the heart of darkness to cover 1979's Vietnam War fever dream Apocalypse Now. They discover which famous film character …

High Noon

September 20th, 2018

1:14:50

Amy & Paul saddle up and ride through 1952’s archetypal Western, High Noon! They celebrate Katy Jurado’s fierce performance, learn about the …

E.T. The Extra Terrestrial

September 13th, 2018

1:35:41

Paul & Amy beam up to Steven Spielberg’s heartwarming alien feature, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial! They learn E.T.’s real name, marvel at …

Taxi Driver

September 6th, 2018

1:29:41

This week Paul & Amy cruise through 1976's terrifying character study Taxi Driver. They ask whether the film is anti-misogynist or simply …

The Sixth Sense

August 30th, 2018

1:24:43

Paul and Amy see dead people in 1999's supernatural drama The Sixth Sense! They debate how Haley Joel Osment's performance compares to modern child …

Singin' In The Rain

August 23rd, 2018

1:18:54

Amy & Paul tap, swing and two-step through 1952's meta-musical Singin' In The Rain! They are dazzled by the film's stylized color, dive into its …

Double Indemnity

August 16th, 2018

1:14:11

Paul & Amy investigate 1944's murderous noir Double Indemnity! They talk about what lines snuck past the censors, learn about the true story that …

All About Eve

August 9th, 2018

1:25:06

Fasten your seatbelts - this week Paul & Amy take on 1950's showbiz satire All About Eve! They marvel at how well Joseph Mankiewicz understands …

King Kong

August 2nd, 2018

1:11:03

This week Amy & Paul unveil 1933's seminal monster movie King Kong! They ask if this was the first true blockbuster film, discover how the …

The Shawshank Redemption

July 26th, 2018

1:08:07

This week Paul & Amy tunnel through Frank Darabont's prison allegory The Shawshank Redemption! They discuss the use of opera as a 90's film …

The General

July 19th, 2018

1:12:21

Amy & Paul plow full steam ahead through Buster Keaton's silent opus The General! They realize this was the Fast And Furious of 1926, examine the …

Platoon

July 12th, 2018

1:23:51

Paul & Amy hunker down to cover 1986's Vietnam War drama Platoon! They look at director Oliver Stone's relationship with Martin Scorsese, …

Bonnie And Clyde

July 5th, 2018

1:18:38

This week Paul & Amy tear through 1967's revolutionary "Bonnie And Clyde!" They discuss how the film mixes wildly different tones, adore Faye …

2001: A Space Odyssey

June 28th, 2018

1:07:56

Paul & Amy journey beyond the infinite to Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey! They ask what the film has in common with a Rothko painting, …

Titanic

June 21st, 2018

1:17:29

Amy & Paul chart a course through 1998's epic tragedy Titanic! They marvel at the film's structure and use of geography, discuss whether the …

The French Connection

June 14th, 2018

1:08:44

This week Paul & Amy hit the streets for 1971's The French Connection! They discuss whether Popeye Doyle is actually a hero, what went sideways …

Swing Time

June 7th, 2018

1:00:27

Put on your best dancing shoes for Swing Time with Ginger Rogers & Fred Astaire! Paul & Amy caper through the 1936 film's strange comic …

The Wizard Of Oz

May 31st, 2018

1:01:20

Close your eyes, tap your heels together three times, and join Paul & Amy as they discuss 1939's The Wizard Of Oz! Discover what makes the land …

Ben Hur

May 24th, 2018

1:02:33

Strap on your death sandals, as Paul & Amy jump into 1959's Roman epic Ben Hur! They discuss the incredible scope of the film, how Star Wars …

Citizen Kane

May 17th, 2018

1:00:22

On episode one of Unspooled, Paul and Amy jump straight into the AFI’s number one film of all time, Citizen Kane. They explain why it was almost …

Preview: What Is Unspooled?

May 7th, 2018

7:46

Paul & Amy introduce their new podcast Unspooled, where they watch every movie on the AFI’s Top 100 Films list. Subscribe now - episode 1, …

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