346 episodes

Each week actor & comedian Paul Scheer (Black Friday, The League) and film critic Amy Nicholson (New York Times, Washington Post) break down the greatest films of all time. From the classics, to new releases and every indie film in-between. 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. Join Paul and Amy every Thursday as they “Unspool” a new film and decide if it still stands the test of time.

Unspooled Earwolf

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    • 4.5 • 4.3K Ratings

Each week actor & comedian Paul Scheer (Black Friday, The League) and film critic Amy Nicholson (New York Times, Washington Post) break down the greatest films of all time. From the classics, to new releases and every indie film in-between. 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. Join Paul and Amy every Thursday as they “Unspool” a new film and decide if it still stands the test of time.

    Mad Max

    Mad Max

    This week Paul & Amy are breaking down the 1979 film Mad Max directed by George Miller. The two discuss this modern-day silent film, all the dangers and injuries that happened on set and how this untamed film is a necessary watch. We’re not a bad podcast, we’re sick! Meow!



    You can join the Unspooled conversation on Paul’s Discord at https://discord.gg/ZwtygZGTa6

    Follow Paul and Amy on Letterboxd for more of their movie hot takes! https://letterboxd.com/paulscheer/  https://letterboxd.com/theamynicholson/

    Paul’s book Joyful Recollections of Trauma is out now! Find it at https://www.harpercollins.com/products/joyful-recollections-of-trauma-paul-scheer

    Check out more of Paul's writing on his Substack https://substack.com/@paulscheer



    Episodic Art by Kim Troxall: https://www.unspooledart.com/

    Learn more about the show at Unspooledpod.com, follow us on Twitter @unspooled and on Instagram @unspooledpod, and don’t forget to rate, review & subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or where you listen to podcasts.

    • 59 min
    The Goonies

    The Goonies

    This week, Paul and Amy are delving into nostalgia as they analyze the 1985 film The Goonies. They discuss the collaboration between Richard Donner and Steven Spielberg and the film's frenetic energy, and wonder what Martha Plimpton was doing with that crab! Bonus: Paul reveals The Goonies connection to Back To The Future!




    Paul’s book Joyful Recollections of Trauma is on presale now! Out in stores on 5/20/24. Find it at https://www.harpercollins.com/products/joyful-recollections-of-trauma-paul-scheer




    Next week, Paul and Amy take a look at the 1979 film Mad Max, in honor of the release of Furiosa. Check out this week's spotlight episode from the Unspooled archives, Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom, starring our favorite Goonie, Ke Huy Quan!




    You can join the conversation on Paul’s Discord at https://discord.gg/ZwtygZGTa6

    Check out Paul's Substack https://substack.com/@paulscheer




    Episodic Art by Kim Troxall: https://www.unspooledart.com/




    Learn more about the show at Unspooledpod.com, follow us on Twitter @unspooled and on Instagram @unspooledpod, and don’t forget to rate, review & subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or where you listen to podcasts.

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Carrie (1976)

    Carrie (1976)

    This week Paul & Amy are breaking down the 1976 Brian De Palma film Carrie, starring Sissy Spacek. The two dig into the Stephen King of it all, bad moms, and the trauma of menstruation, and to Amy’s dismay Paul reveals that he does NOT love this film.

    Next week, Paul and Amy will take a look at the 80's kids classic, The Goonies! Check out this week's spotlight episode from the Unspooled archives, Psycho, here: https://www.earwolf.com/episode/psycho/

    You can join the conversation on Paul’s Discord at https://discord.gg/ZwtygZGTa6 and check out Paul's Substack https://substack.com/@paulscheer

    Paul’s book Joyful Recollections of Trauma is on presale now! Find it at https://www.harpercollins.com/products/joyful-recollections-of-trauma-paul-scheer

    Episodic Art by Kim Troxall: https://www.unspooledart.com/

    Learn more about the show at Unspooledpod.com, follow us on Twitter @unspooled and on Instagram @unspooledpod, and don’t forget to rate, review & subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or where you listen to podcasts.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Point Break

    Point Break

    This week Paul and Amy are breaking down the 1991 Kathryn Bigelow film Point Break, starring Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze. The two dig into this elevated action movie and discuss how Kathryn Bigelow helped launch Keanu Reeves into action stardom. Then, Paul asks if this movie is shaped around the “Female Gaze," and Amy fills us all in about the stunts in this movie and which Red Hot Chili Peppers member didn't take the stunt training seriously. Vaya con dios, friends.



    Next week, Paul and Amy take a look at the 1976 horror Carrie, as they put a twist on Mother's Day. Check out this week's spotlight episode from the Unspooled archives, Speed, here: https://www.earwolf.com/episode/speed/





    You can join the conversation on Paul’s Discord at https://discord.gg/ZwtygZGTa6 and check out Paul's Substack https://substack.com/@paulscheer

    Paul’s book Joyful Recollections of Trauma is on presale now! Find it at https://www.harpercollins.com/products/joyful-recollections-of-trauma-paul-scheer



    Episodic Art by Kim Troxall: https://www.unspooledart.com/

    Learn more about the show at Unspooledpod.com, follow us on Twitter @unspooled and on Instagram @unspooledpod, and don’t forget to rate, review & subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or where you listen to podcasts.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Call Me By Your Name

    Call Me By Your Name

    This week, to celebrate the release of Luca Guadagnino's Challengers, Paul and Amy break down the 2018 film Call Me By Your Name, starring Timothée Chalamet (sorry, no Zendaya in this one). The two talk about the beauty of the film's title, Guadagnino’s obsessive messiness, and the delicate CGI’ing of a certain actor's nether region. Plus, this movie has us all nostalgic over our first loves and our first heartbreaks.



    Next week, Paul and Amy take a look at the 1991 film, Point Break, in honor of The Fall Guy release. Check out this week's spotlight episode from the Unspooled archives, Brokeback Mountain here: https://www.earwolf.com/episode/brokeback-mountain-2/



    You can join the conversation on Paul’s Discord at https://discord.gg/ZwtygZGTa6 and check out Paul's Substack https://substack.com/@paulscheer

    Paul’s book Joyful Recollections of Trauma is on presale now! Find it at https://www.harpercollins.com/products/joyful-recollections-of-trauma-paul-scheer



    Episodic Art by Kim Troxall: https://www.unspooledart.com/

    Learn more about the show at Unspooledpod.com, follow us on Twitter @unspooled and on Instagram @unspooledpod, and don’t forget to rate, review & subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or where you listen to podcasts.

    • 57 min
    Her

    Her

    This week, Paul & Amy look at the other side of divorce with the 2013 Spike Jonze film HER. The two break down the incredibly charming performance of Joaquin Phoenix, discuss the AI of it all, dig into all the messiness that is being in romantic relationships, and ask, “Was Scarlett Johansson acting as an avatar for the Jonze-Coppola divorce?”.



    Next week, Paul and Amy take a look at the film Call Me By Your Name, in honor of the release of Luca Guadagnino’s new film, Challengers.



    Check out this week's spotlight episode from the Unspooled archives, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind here: https://www.earwolf.com/episode/eternal-sunshine-of-the-spotless-mind/



    You can join the conversation on Paul’s Discord at https://discord.gg/ZwtygZGTa6 and check out Paul's Substack https://substack.com/@paulscheer



    Paul’s book Joyful Recollections of Trauma is on presale now! Find it at https://www.harpercollins.com/products/joyful-recollections-of-trauma-paul-scheer



    Episodic Art by Kim Troxall: https://www.unspooledart.com/



    Learn more about the show at Unspooledpod.com, follow us on Twitter @unspooled and on Instagram @unspooledpod, and don’t forget to rate, review & subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or where you listen to podcasts.

    • 1 hr 8 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
4.3K Ratings

4.3K Ratings

Esteban_PodcastReview ,

Excited New Listener

I have been looking for a new movie podcast and binged four episodes today. Both hosts have interesting ideas, but I’ve been particularly impressed by the female host’s observations. The only critique I have is they sometimes talk over and interrupt one another, but that’s tolerable. I’m looking forward to getting deeper into the archives.

Dirk The Dragon Slayer ,

Paul Is a Joy, Amy a Drag

Paul Scheer brings a great love of cinema and films with his witty and fun perspective. I enjoy what he brings.

But Amy Nicholson is a massive dead weight to what could be an incredible podcast under any other circumstance. I’m not sure she likes movies actually. She doesn’t offer very much in the way of critiques (I’m not sure how she’s able write for prestigious organizations), and seems to genuinely have a problem understanding even simple and basic concepts about really popular movies. She often breaks off into worthless tangents which takes up larger portions time trying to explain even basic plot points. (In one of the later episodes, Paul has to spend five minutes, trying to help her understand why they are called “goonies”; are you kidding me? She seems to be, and I mean this with no disrespect, but possibly on the spectrum.) It makes the whole thing mediocre.

MaddieEllis2000 ,

Late to the party

I wish I would have found this fun podcast. Im listening in order and I so want to reach out weekly to discuss, but I’d like to go back in time to do so. I’m listening as fast as I can…please slow down so I can participate!!!

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