178 episodes

Listen up, film fans! Actor & comedian Paul Scheer and film critic Amy Nicholson want your advice as they make the ultimate list of the greatest movies of all time. In Season 1, they watched every one of the AFI’s Top 100 films...and decided they could kick off half. Now, they're filling in the gaps by investigating wildly diverse areas of film through miniseries on topics like horror movies, documentaries and romantic comedies, with help from listeners' picks. Along the way, they’ll dissect iconic scenes, spotlight their favorite characters, and talk to some of the actors and directors who worked on these classics. And when Unspooled has built their own list of the best movies on earth, they'll blast them into space to be immortalized for eternity. Seriously. 

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    • 4.5 • 3.3K Ratings

Listen up, film fans! Actor & comedian Paul Scheer and film critic Amy Nicholson want your advice as they make the ultimate list of the greatest movies of all time. In Season 1, they watched every one of the AFI’s Top 100 films...and decided they could kick off half. Now, they're filling in the gaps by investigating wildly diverse areas of film through miniseries on topics like horror movies, documentaries and romantic comedies, with help from listeners' picks. Along the way, they’ll dissect iconic scenes, spotlight their favorite characters, and talk to some of the actors and directors who worked on these classics. And when Unspooled has built their own list of the best movies on earth, they'll blast them into space to be immortalized for eternity. Seriously. 

    Men In Black

    Men In Black

    Paul & Amy neuralize 1997's Will Smith sci-fi comedy Men In Black! They learn about the wild career of director Barry Sonnenfeld, ask how Smith became so skilled at picking hit starring vehicles, and wonder why blockbuster films with this much personality are so hard to come by today. Plus: What if Wild Wild West was good?
    Next week Unspooled's summer blockbuster series continues with Back To The Future! You can join the conversation for this series on the Unspooled Facebook Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/unspooledpodcast, and on Paul’s Discord at https://discord.gg/ZwtygZGTa6. Learn more about the show at unspooledpod.com, follow us on Twitter @unspooled and Instagram @unspooledpod, and don’t forget to rate, review & subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and Spotify. You can also listen to our Stitcher Premium game show Screen Test right now at https://www.stitcher.com/show/unspooled-screen-test, and apply to be a contestant at unspooledpod@gmail.com! Photo credit: Kim Troxall

    • 1 hr 53 min
    Bonus: Vaccination Hesitation w/ Dr. Kate Grossman

    Bonus: Vaccination Hesitation w/ Dr. Kate Grossman

    Unspooled is happy to share this bonus interview from the How Did This Get Made feed with our listeners!
    June Diane Raphael welcomes Dr. Kate Grossman to give us the 4-1-1 on the Covid-19 vaccine and its safety and efficacy rates, while dispelling disinformation around getting vaccinated. We hope this helps anyone who is unsure about getting vaccinated feel more educated and empowered to do so. For more information on getting vaccinated go to www.vaccines.gov

    • 23 min
    Jurassic Park

    Jurassic Park

    Amy & Paul break out of 1993's prehistoric creature feature Jurassic Park! They revisit the moment in film history when CGI was starting to break into the mainstream, learn how director Steven Spielberg decided to embrace realism in the film's dino designs, and debate whether John Hammond gets a bad rap. Plus: An in-depth breakdown of Jurassic Park vs. Jaws.Next week Unspooled's summer blockbuster series continues with Men In Black! You can join the conversation for this series on the Unspooled Facebook Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/unspooledpodcast, and on Paul’s Discord at https://discord.gg/ZwtygZGTa6. Learn more about the show at unspooledpod.com, follow us on Twitter @unspooled and Instagram @unspooledpod, and don’t forget to rate, review & subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and Spotify. You can also listen to our Stitcher Premium game show Screen Test right now at https://www.stitcher.com/show/unspooled-screen-test, and apply to be a contestant at unspooledpod@gmail.com! Photo credit: Kim Troxall

    • 1 hr 45 min
    The State Of Summer Blockbusters

    The State Of Summer Blockbusters

    Paul & Amy break the block open with a new Unspooled series on summer blockbusters! They ask why the Fast saga has succeeded where so many original ideas have failed, try to pinpoint when franchise films lost their sense of joy, and preview some of the big films coming out soon, Plus: Narrowing down the shortlist of blockbusters to cover over the next two months.
    Next week Unspooled continues the summer blockbusters series with Jurassic Park! You can join the conversation for this series on the Unspooled Facebook Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/unspooledpodcast, and on Paul’s Discord at https://discord.gg/ZwtygZGTa6. Learn more about the show at unspooledpod.com, follow us on Twitter @unspooled and Instagram @unspooledpod, and don’t forget to rate, review & subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and Spotify. You can also listen to our Stitcher Premium game show Screen Test right now at https://www.stitcher.com/show/unspooled-screen-test, and apply to be a contestant at unspooledpod@gmail.com! Photo credit: Kim Troxall

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Top 3: Karen Gillan

    Top 3: Karen Gillan

    Karen Gillan (Doctor Who, Gunpowder Milkshake) joins Unspooled to talk about her top 3 films she would send to space, including a 90s rom com classic and a horror masterpiece.

    • 31 min
    Jaws

    Jaws

    Amy & Paul take a bite out of 1975's blockbuster Spielberg creature feature Jaws! They take a close listen to John Williams' iconic score, praise the way Spielberg adds emotional stakes to the story, and ask whether Jurassic Park does much of what Jaws does, but better. Plus: Hannah Medd, founder of the American Shark Conservancy, weighs in on whether dolphins are bigger jerks than sharks.

     

    Which AFI character do you think deserves their own thematic film festival, along the lines of Sundance? 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. Also check out our live Spool Party episodes on youtube.com/earwolf! Photo credit: Kim Troxall

    • 1 hr 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
3.3K Ratings

3.3K Ratings

Dannae42 ,

Great way to get into the classics

This podcast has gotten me to watch and enjoy tons of films that I wouldn’t have otherwise, perfect companion to motivate you to watch these films!

PrinceHarming ,

Unsubscribing after two years

This show just isn’t what it used to be. Originally when they were going through the AFI 100 they would talk about the film they had watched, it was interesting and entertaining.

Now Amy constantly (by constantly I mean several times each and every episode) compares the week’s movie to the Marvel movies. For a writer she almost never articulates her point well and is almost never factually correct. She calls out plot points that didn’t exists, misquotes dialog that didn’t happen. She is hellbent on comparing everything to this straw-man. I’m not some Marvel fanboy defending a billion dollar franchise that doesn’t need me to defend it. I’m annoyed that this is what every episode has become.

Chitown Jamie ,

Hate to Agree With the Conservatives, But…

When Amy is complaining about/poorly rating classics like Goodfellas and Taxi Driver for being ads for toxic masculinity, and rates the all female Ghost Busters much higher than the original one, she’s really lost all perspective and objectivity. She’s a smart, considerate reviewer (I started listening to her Cannon pc years ago), but very liberally biased and trying to cancel old movies she doesn’t agree with politically. It’s a problem and I think this is partly why they’re pushing Dischord.

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