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The place for Irish cinema-obsessives Páraic McGeough and Nigel Wheatley to discuss the best and worst films that they've seen in cinemas and on the telly. We've been on the go since 2012. Say hello @spool on Twitter.

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It's the most wonderful time of the year.... end of year list time!! In this annual tradition Nigel and Páraic run through their respective best films of the year in a 12 month block like no other, and work out what their combined favourite film of 2020 was. See for privacy and opt-out information.
Films for lockdown #2

Films for lockdown #2


Nigel and Páraic sit down for a WhatsApp video call to talk films they've been "enjoying" Ireland's second full lockdown. Includes Cork FIlm Festival favourite WOLFWALKERS, Ben Wheatley's REBECCA, the Emily Mortimer-starring RELIC, Pixar's ONWARD, Robert Zemeckis' THE WITCHES, British film LYNN + LUCY and many more.... Plus Páraic goes through his Sky Movies offer, and Nigel reveals the best time to watch horror films - 5.30am. See for privacy and opt-out information.
It’s taken us 6 weeks but we’ve finally gotten back to the cinema and so this episode is mostly a big giant discussion on Tenet and whether it was worth the big wait. And after all that we’ll be digging through some of the new releases that have shown up on Netflix in the last few weeks and discussing 'The Batman'. And Nigel shills for 'Palm Springs' which isn't coming to a screen near you...Closer: See for privacy and opt-out information.
Nigel makes it to The Stella cinema in Rathmines for some socially distant cinema, Páraic virtually attends the Galway Film Fleadh for the Philip Doherty's Cavan-set 'Redemption of a Rogue', we set ourselves the challenge to tackle David Lynch's 1990 'Wild at Heart'... and a selection of what's been floating our boat on Disney+, Netflix and Amazon Prime including...Dating AmberHamiltonDa 5 BloodsEurovisionThe Old GuardKing of Staten IslandPlus One See for privacy and opt-out information.
We believe we can fly right back to 1996 to take on the Michael Jordan, Bugs Bunny opus 'Space Jam', Nigel review new on-demand releases 'Never Rarely Sometimes Always' and 'The Assistant', and Páraic takes on 'Extraction' and 'The Wrong Missy'. And we remember Lynn Shelton and Fred Willard.Watch 'The Making of Space Jam': the closing clip from 'My Sister's Sister': See for privacy and opt-out information.
4 weeks into shut cinemas, we're remote-recording to dip into a film that is considered a modern classic - 2000's 'American Psycho' from director Mary Harron and starring Christian Bale. We also go through some of the other random stuff we've been watching from Disney+, Netflix and Amazon Prime. See for privacy and opt-out information.
We try to make sense of what is going on in the world around the coronavirus pandemic, and how this affects cinema-going, on-demand viewing at home and the entire cinema industry. Amidst this we also review 'The Invisible Man', 'Portrait of a Lady on Fire' and 'Colour out of Space' and remember Max von Sydow. See for privacy and opt-out information.
Eithne Shortall joins Nigel and Páraic for the ultimate Academy Awards 2020 preview as they unveil their picks, discuss the big omissions and predict who'll be walking home with a gold statuette (Joaquin, Renée, Laura and Brad probably!)... See for privacy and opt-out information.
Páraic and Nigel dissect the disappointment of the latest part of the Star Wars franchise... See for privacy and opt-out information.
Nigel and Páraic debate the best films of the year, with nods to Marriage Story (Nigel's #1), Bait (Páraic's #1), The Farewell, Pain and Glory, The Irishman and many more! PLUS some friends of Spool record their picks for 2019's best work. *SPOILER* See for privacy and opt-out information.
2010 - Inception, Unstoppable, The Social Network, Blue Valentine, Looking for Eric, Winters Bone, Black Swan, Scott Pilgrim, Greenberg 2011 - Drive, The Tree of Life, a Separation, Hugo, Moneyball, Take Shelter, Shame, Fast Five, Midnight in Paris, We Need to Talk About Kevin 2012 - Silver Linings Playbook, Skyfall, The Avengers, Amour, The Grey, Good Vibrations, After Lucia, Central Park Five, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, What Richard Did, Moonrise Kingdom, The Master 2013 - Gravity, Wolf of Wall Street, Mud, Frances Ha, Before Midnight, The Purge, Ain't Them Bodies Saints, 12 Years a Slave, The Way Way Back, The Place Beyond The Pines, The Selfish Giant, Django Unchained, Good Vibrations, The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014 - Ex Machina, Her, Inside Llewellyn Davis, Obvious Child, 71, It Follows, Love & Mercy, a Most Violent Year, The Battered Bastards of Baseball, The Babadook, Magic in The Moonlight, Frank 2015 - Mad Max, Boyhood, Inside Out, The Revenant, Slow West, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Carol, Inherent Vice, Enemy, Song of The Sea 2016 - Manchester by The Sea, Arrival, Green Room, I Daniel Blake, Everybody Wants Some, Midnight Special, Sing Street, Mustang, Embrace of The Serpent, The Hateful 8, The Nice Guys2017 - Dunkirk, Get Out, Logan, Paterson, Wonder Woman, Detroit, Three Billboards, The Lost City of Z, Good Time, Blade Runner 2049, Paddington 2, Michael Inside, Maudie, The Death of Stalin, The Farthest2018 - Call Me by Your Name, Phantom Thread, Mission Impossible Fallout, Black Panther, Roma, Spider Man Into The Spider Verse, a Star Is Born, The Hate U Give, Widows, Creed, Rosie, Journeyman, The Shape of Water, Kissing Candice 2019 - The Irishman, Marriage Story, Sorry We Missed You, Apollo 11, The Favourite, The Farewell, Burning, Pain and Glory, Bait, Mid 90s, Pain and Glory, Captain Marvel See for privacy and opt-out information.
Reviews of.... The Irishman, Monos, Marriage Story, Sorry We Missed You, Bait, The Last Black Man in San Francisco, and Terminator: Dark Fate. Plus a look ahead to Knives Out and Frozen II! Boom. See for privacy and opt-out information.
It's about time we sat down and dissected Todd Philips' JOKER, with both of us absorbed by the 70mm presentation of the film at Dublin's IFI. Also on the slab this month is Vince Gilligan's Breaking Bad film EL CAMINO, the superb Awkwafina-starring THE FAREWELL, and James Gray and Brad Pitt's opus AD ASTRA. Plus remembering Robert Forster with a nod back to JACKIE BROWN. See for privacy and opt-out information.
This month we're celebrating 1999 with a run-through of some of that year’s iconic releases. Back to the present day and we’re talking Pedro Almodovar’s Pain and Glory, Scary Stories to tell in the Dark, Never Grow Old, Angel has Fallen and whatever other bits and bobs that have caught our eye. We’ll be looking ahead to James Gray’s Ad Astra, the Downton Abbey film and the IFI's renovations.Brad Pitt in Fight Club: See for privacy and opt-out information.
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Páraic and Nigel are back and have an absolute bucket load of films to get through including Spider-Man: Far From Home, Child's Play, Apollo 11, Toy Story 4, Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story, Booksmart, Dark Phoenix, Rocketman, Diego Maradona, Murder Mystery, Late Night and Papi Chulo. And we preview the Galway Film Fleadh, and reveal the best and worst films we've seen this year... See for privacy and opt-out information.
It’s been a while! #RealLifeAnyway on the cards for Nigel and Páraic in this podcast…John Wick: Chapter 3 – ParabellumPokémon Detective PikachuAvengers: EndgameLong ShotShazamKnock Down the HouseMid90sEighth GradeThe post #84 – Is John Wick 3 a masterpiece or glorified computer game? Plus PIKACHU v AVENGERS.. appeared first on See for privacy and opt-out information.
Páraic, Nigel and Eithne go through this Sunday’s Oscar broadcast… View this post on Instagram Podcast recording for our annual Oscars preview! Been doing this with @myfavtalkies and @eithne.shortall for the last 5-odd years, and been watching the exravaganza live on and off since 2006 (We think). The new Spooool podcast will be available from iTunes, Spotify and HMV Xtravision from tomorrow…A post shared by Nigel Wheatley (@wheatln2) on Feb 19, 2019 at 12:08pm PST The post Pod 83: So, who’s gonna win an Oscar? (w/ guest Eithne Shortall) appeared first on See for privacy and opt-out information.
It’s getting close to Oscar season and it’s been a few weeks since we yacked away about films so we’ve got a wealth of things to talk through in the January podcast…The post Pod 82: Green Book v Beale Street v Driving Miss Daisy (kinda) appeared first on See for privacy and opt-out information.
Read the “Friends of Spooool” picks for the year’s best films It’s that time of the year where we sit down and argue about what the best films of the year were, while discretely taking notes about all the new things to add to our watch-list over Christmas.This year there’s three films that crossed over and featured on both of our lists – A Star is Born, Phantom Thread and Rosie. Nigel’s Top 10Nearly made-its…: Tully, Hereditary, The Shape of Water, The Old Man & The Gun, Lucky, BlacKkKlansman, BPM, Sorry to Bother You, JourneyMan, Black Panther, Lady Bird  10. Phantom Thread9. Mission Impossible: Fallout8. A Fantastic Woman7. First Reformed6. Creed II5. A Star is Born4. Widows3. Leave no Trace2. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri1. Rosie   Páraic’s Top 1010. Hereditary9. Kissing Candice8. Shirkers7. A Star is Born6. Nico, 19885. Phantom Thread4. The Shape of Water3. Rosie2. American Animals1. JourneymanWe’ll be sharing some of the friends of Spooool lists tomorrow. Send yours in now – contact [at] , or @spool on Twitter. Woop!woop.The post Pod 81: THE BEST FILMS OF 2018 appeared first on See for privacy and opt-out information.
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