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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 & Amy will dissect iconic scenes, talk to artists and industry experts, and discover just how these films got made.
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Best of the Decade Pt. 2

Best of the Decade Pt. 2

2019-12-1201:59:051

Paul & Amy continue the Best Of The Decade miniseries, picking their favorite films from each year of the 2010s! This episode covers the years 2013-2015, and they'll discuss a visionary action film, a super-low-budget indie gem, and an inescapable musical among many others. Plus: a critical eye on this year's Golden Globe nominations. Next episode, we're pausing the miniseries for a week to cover the original Star Wars. Tell us your favorite minor Star Wars character! Call the Unspooled voicemail line at 747-666-5824 with your answer. Follow us on Twitter @Unspooled, get more info at unspooledpod.com and don’t forget to rate, review & subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts. Photo credit: Kim Troxall This episode is brought to you by Issue Zero Podcast, Invitae (www.invitae.com), Away (www.awaytravel.com/unspooled), Sonos (www.sonos.com), and AMEX.
Best of the Decade Pt. 1

Best of the Decade Pt. 1

2019-12-0501:43:322

Amy & Paul kick off a new decade-spanning miniseries, where they'll pick their favorite films from each year of the 2010s! This episode covers the years 2010-2012, and they'll advocate for knotty films from cinema's modern masters, a balls-to-the-wall cult comedy, and a nearly-forgotten Best Picture winner among many others. Next week the series continues with 2013-2015; keep sending us voicemails with your pick for best movie of the decade! Call the Unspooled voicemail line at 747-666-5824 with your answer. Follow us on Twitter @Unspooled, get more info at unspooledpod.com and don’t forget to rate, review & subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts. Photo credit: Kim Troxall This episode is brought to you by Issue Zero Podcast, The Irishman, and AMEX.
Raging Bull

Raging Bull

2019-11-2801:50:261

Paul & Amy go toe-to-toe with 1980's Martin Scorcese boxing biopic Raging Bull! They learn how De Niro gained so much weight for his role as Jake Lamotta, wonder why there are so many boxing films on the AFI list, and ask if this is Scorcese's best examination of toxic masculinity. Plus: Cinematographer Michael Chapman talks about bringing the camera into the ring to film the famous fight scenes. Next week we begin our Best of The Decade miniseries - call in and tell us about one of your favorite films of the decade! Call the Unspooled voicemail line at 747-666-5824 with your answer. Follow us on Twitter @Unspooled, get more info at unspooledpod.com and don’t forget to rate, review & subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts. Photo credit: Kim Troxall This episode is brought to you by Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, AMEX, and Sonos (www.sonos.com).
BONUS REEL: Rian Johnson

BONUS REEL: Rian Johnson

2019-11-2600:39:494

In a new Bonus Reel, Paul & Amy are joined by Rian Johnson, writer/director of "The Last Jedi" and "Looper", to talk about the three films he would add to the AFI list, and his new movie, "Knives Out."
Annie Hall

Annie Hall

2019-11-2101:41:551

Paul & Amy clear their throat for 1977's Woody Allen breakthrough "Annie Hall"! They ask how autobiographical the film is, learn who else was considered for that Marshall McLuhan cameo, and decide if the list absolutely needs a Woody Allen film. Plus: Tony Roberts, who plays Rob in the film, talks about his relationship with Woody. Pitch us your "Raging ___" film! Call the Unspooled voicemail line at 747-666-5824 with your answer. Follow us on Twitter @Unspooled, get more info at unspooledpod.com and don’t forget to rate, review & subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts. Photo credit: Kim Troxall This episode is brought to you by Invitae (www.invitae.com) and Amex.
BONUS REEL: Lorene Scafaria

BONUS REEL: Lorene Scafaria

2019-11-1900:39:45

In a new Bonus Reel, Amy sits down with Lorene Scafaria, director of "Hustlers" and "The Meddler," to talk about the three films she would add to the AFI list.
The Best Years of Our Lives

The Best Years of Our Lives

2019-11-1401:40:331

Amy & Paul return home to 1946's post-WWII drama The Best Years Of Our Lives! They praise the natural performance of first-time actor Harold Russell, compare the film's style to noir movies and Network, and learn how the Hayes code circumscribed the film's portrayal of veterans. Plus: Comedian Santina Muha talks about why disabled people's representation is so important. Who would you pull into an argument as an expert, Annie Hall-style? Call the Unspooled voicemail line at 747-666-5824 with your answer! Follow us on Twitter @Unspooled, get more info at unspooledpod.com and don’t forget to rate, review & subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts. Photo credit: Kim Troxall This episode is brought to you by Invitae (www.invitae.com) and Sonos (www.sonos.com).
Forrest Gump

Forrest Gump

2019-11-0701:23:151

Paul & Amy run through 1994's satirical American history tour Forrest Gump! They learn the nutty plot of the sequel book Gump & Co, listen to a bit of the Lt. Dan Band, and ask how John Candy would have played the Forrest role. Plus: We take your calls and hear why this film has resonated with so many movie fans. What do you think The Best Years Of Our Lives is about? Call the Unspooled voicemail line at 747-666-5824 with your answer! Follow us on Twitter @Unspooled, get more info at unspooledpod.com  and don’t forget to rate, review & subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts. Photo credit: Kim Troxall
The Grapes of Wrath

The Grapes of Wrath

2019-10-3101:36:351

Amy & Paul squeeze out 1940's Dust Bowl-set John Steinbeck adaptation The Grapes Of Wrath! They ask if Henry Fonda's Tom Joad is more of a character than an icon, explore the film's impact on music, and learn what attracted the conservative John Ford to this film. Plus: Labor activist Randy Bryce explains why this is one of his all-time favorite films. If you're a Forrest Gump fan, call in to defend your love for it! Call the Unspooled voicemail line at 747-666-5824 with your answer. Follow us on Twitter @Unspooled, get more info at unspooledpod.com and don’t forget to rate, review & subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts. Photo credit: Kim Troxall
The Godfather Pt. II

The Godfather Pt. II

2019-10-2401:43:233

Paul & Amy say buona sera to 1974's epic mobster sequel The Godfather Pt. II! They analyze Robert De Niro's Sicilian, learn which US president loved the film, and ask if this sequel really covers territory not covered by the first film. Plus: Tom Santopietro, author of The Godfather Effect, talk about how the Godfather films have affected the Italian-American community. For The Grapes Of Wrath week, tell us about your experience with unions! Call the Unspooled voicemail line at 747-666-5824 with your answer. Follow us on Twitter @Unspooled, get more info at unspooledpod.com and don’t forget to rate, review & subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts. Photo credit: Kim Troxall  This episode is brought to you by Villains (www.parcast.com/VILLAINS).
The Godfather

The Godfather

2019-10-1702:06:105

Amy & Paul pay tribute to 1972's mobster epic The Godfather! They praise the film's incredible rich cinematography, wonder if Michael makes his character turn too quickly, and debate whether this is truly the second greatest American film ever. Plus: Gianni Russo, who plays Carlo Rizzi in the film, shares stories from the set. Next week is Godfather Pt. II - tell us one of your deepest secrets! Don't worry, you can use a fake voice, just call the Unspooled voicemail line at 747-666-5824. Follow us on Twitter @Unspooled, get more info at unspooledpod.com and don’t forget to rate, review & subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts. Photo credit: Kim Troxall
On this special bonus episode, Paul & Amy compare the controversial supervillain origin story Joker with one of the films that inspired it, Martin Scorcese's Taxi Driver.
American Graffiti

American Graffiti

2019-10-1001:28:391

Paul & Amy cruise through 1973's George Lucas coming-of-age comedy American Graffiti! They discover why Lucas decided to make a film inspired by his teenage years, learn about the real Wolfman Jack, and watch the trailer for the bizarre sequel. Plus: Candy Clark, who plays Debbie in the film, talks about creating her character. For Godfather week, Paul & Amy are the Godfather, and you have a chance to ask them for a favor on the day of their daughter's wedding. Call the Unspooled voicemail line at 747-666-5824 with your favor! Follow us on Twitter @Unspooled, get more info at unspooledpod.com and don’t forget to rate, review & subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts. Photo credit: Kim Troxall
Bonus Reel: Shea Serrano

Bonus Reel: Shea Serrano

2019-10-0800:33:16

In a special bonus episode this week, Paul & Amy ask Shea Serrano, writer for The Ringer and author of “Movies (And Other Things)”, about the three films he would add to the AFI list.
SOME LIKE IT HOT

SOME LIKE IT HOT

2019-10-0301:43:01

Amy & Paul get cookin' with 1959's Billy Wilder gender-bending comedy Some Like It Hot! They learn why the film's final line was controversial, ask if films about cross-dressing still need to be made, and dive into Marilyn Monroe's troubled history with Hollywood. Plus: Mira Sorvino discusses getting into Marilyn's head to star in "Norma Jean & Marilyn." What sort of American Graffiti would you draw? Call the Unspooled voicemail line at 747-666-5824 with your answer! Follow us on Twitter @Unspooled, get more info at unspooledpod.com and don’t forget to rate, review & subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts. Photo credit: Kim Troxall
Spartacus

Spartacus

2019-09-2601:38:45

Amy & Paul fight for 1960's Roman epic Spartacus! They discuss why Spartacus isn't usually considered part of director Stanley Kubrick's canon, learn about Kirk Douglas' heroic efforts to get the film made, and liken the movie to a good casserole. Plus: Thomas Doherty, author of Show Trial, talks about how screenwriter Dalton Trumbo was affected by the Hollywood Blacklist. Next week is Some Like It Hot week - help us come up with a better title for the film! Call the Unspooled voicemail line at 747-666-5824 with your answer. Follow us on Twitter @Unspooled, get more info at unspooledpod.com and don’t forget to rate, review & subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts. Photo credit: Kim Troxall  This episode is brought to you by Sonos (www.sonos.com) and M&Ms Hazelnuts.
North by Northwest

North by Northwest

2019-09-1901:37:504

Amy & Paul traverse 1959’s Alfred Hitchcock blockbuster North By Northwest! They discuss what makes Cary Grant’s suit one of the greatest in cinema, ask why so many Hitchcock films feature women betraying men, and draw a line from this film to the Coen Bros. Plus: Daniel Raim, director of “The Man On Lincoln’s Nose,” talks about Hitch’s famed art director Robert Boyle. For Spartacus week, what do you think the film is about? Call the Unspooled voicemail line at 747-666-5824 with your answer! Follow us on Twitter @Unspooled, get more info at unspooledpod.com and don’t forget to rate, review & subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts. Photo credit: Kim Troxall   This episode is brought to you by Bombas (www.bombas.com/UNSPOOLED) and M&Ms Hazelnut
On the Waterfront

On the Waterfront

2019-09-1201:35:43

Paul & Amy fly the coop to 1954's Marlon Brando crime drama On The Waterfront! They ask what the film would have been like with Frank Sinatra in the lead, explore the history of "the Method," and wonder how the ending would change if this were made today. Plus: Paul revisits your thoughts on Lawrence Of Arabia. For North By Northwest week, what is your favorite Hitchcock film? Call the Unspooled voicemail line at 747-666-5824 with your answer! Follow us on Twitter @Unspooled, get more info at unspooledpod.com and don’t forget to rate, review & subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts. Photo credit: Kim Troxall  This episode is brought to you by A Life Lived podcast and Sonos (www.sonos.com).
Lawrence Of Arabia

Lawrence Of Arabia

2019-09-0501:39:22

Paul and Amy journey through 1962's David Lean WWI epic Lawrence Of Arabia! They ask if this can fairly be called a "white savior" film, learn about the many injuries Peter O'Tools endured during the shoot, and compare the film's structure to Citizen Kane. Plus: A brief look at the controversy around the Joker premiere. For On The Waterfront week, what are times in your life you could have been a contender? Call the Unspooled voicemail line at 747-666-5824 with your answer! Follow us on Twitter @Unspooled, get more info at unspooledpod.com and don’t forget to rate, review & subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts. Photo credit: Kim Troxall  This episode is brought to you by Sonos (www.sonos.com), Beach Too Sandy, Water Too Wet Podcast, and Away (www.awaytravel.com/unspooled code: UNSPOOLED).
Network

Network

2019-08-2901:29:391

Amy & Paul surf through 1976's Sidney Lumet TV news satire Network! They explore how writer Paddy Chayefsky came up through the TV trenches, listen to modern media figures who took inspiration from Howard Beale, and ask if the film has become too real to work as satire. Plus: Orphan Black's Tatiana Maslany talks about what it was like to reprise the Diana Christensen role onstage. If you haven't seen Lawrence Of Arabia, what do you think it's about? Call the Unspooled voicemail line at 747-666-5824 with your answer! Follow us on Twitter @Unspooled, get more info at unspooledpod.com and don’t forget to rate, review & subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts. Photo credit: Kim Troxall  This episode is brought to you by M&Ms Hazelnut and Hawthorne Men’s Products (www.hawthorne.co code: UNSPOOLED).
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Comments (40)

Pete Cuellar

I still love you Paul, or should I say Tall

Oct 22nd
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Pete Cuellar

I feel like you put the joker under microscope and zoomed in too much

Oct 22nd
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JC LI

where is jaws on this list?

Oct 8th
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Lloyd Higley

Quit making excuses for Marilyn, she was a dim wit. 59, 83 takes anyone could turn in a " performance

Oct 7th
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Charmain Barksdale

I'm glad they this one! I encourage EVERYONE to watch!

Jun 30th
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Angela Tsames

Add Caberat or All that Jazz

Jun 21st
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Terra Mork

htda

Jun 17th
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Ron Mahre

Please consider Moonstruck and Crossing Delancey.

Jun 5th
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Ron Mahre

how did Jimmy get saved from the roof top hang?

Jun 5th
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Mike Whiskey

Also how are you going to call the "Ark of the Covenant" in Raiders of the Lost Ark "Evil" again so out of context and it makes me sad since you make an interesting podcast but when you touch on anything that is common knowledge or basic context for the film... it's like you didn't watch the movie?? I mean were talking about the Ark of the Covenant the object the Nazis (In the Film: Raiders of the Lost Ark) were trying to weaponize and take control of, but Indy was like "That belongs in a museum" and basically fights against them getting it not just because he's an archeologist, but to also keep the power of the relic from falling into the Nazis hands. It's literally the premise of every... single... movie. Except "Temple of Doom" which is still impressive in many other ways not to mention the heart gripping tension (Yes I said it) that you feel watching the movie.

Mar 27th
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Mike Whiskey

how do you get "eye of the tiger" the song originally created for Rocky 3 confused with Rocky 4... They are completely two different sides of the spectrum for Rocky! Did you even watch the movies or did you just google them?? I mean a song that was literally created to show the complacency Rocky was developing and how he needed to get back the "eye of the tiger" by the end of the movie training with Apollo, and it also showed the "hunger/eye of the tiger" of his new and upcoming rival Clubber Lang (Mr. T) and you dont even cover the fact that it's Mr. Ts first ever role in Film??? AND the origin of "I pity the fool'??? when did you actually watch the film?

Mar 27th
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Heidi Hocking

the instrument in the intro is actually someone playing a saw with a bow, not a theremin : )

Mar 26th
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Heidi Hocking

the graduate is definitely in my personal top 5

Mar 26th
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Cheng Zhang-Stoddard

I'd be very grateful if the show didn't have to start with 2 entire minutes of sheer advertisements.

Feb 28th
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Jill Lloyd Flanagan

Amy is great! followed her here from The Canon. I think her and Paul play off each other well. I'm excited about them covering newer films bc sometimes I'm not as interested in a lot of the classics they cover

Jan 31st
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Timothy J. Byrd

I can't believe great cinephiles as yourselves hadn't seen the film...

Dec 31st
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Jessica Fisher

I think there is so much that could be done with the topic/aim of this podcast. But when I listen to these two, I am underwhelmed. They also don't seem to understand the historical context, including not knowing the year of the stock market crash of 1929 before watching Citizen Kane. I expect more from them, I guess. Also, they spend a lot of time discussing the techniques used in the films and less about the scenes, the overall impact of the film.

Dec 19th
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Ari Christine

Paul is straightforward and firm.. unlike his Co-host. good podcast ...

Dec 14th
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Ari Christine

irony ! irony !

Dec 3rd
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Idont Likeripoffs

uhhh why so racist? watching american movies while complaining about white people?

Oct 14th
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